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LAND COMMISSION: The Land Commission is on its way to solving Land Snags

first_imgPublic hearings on the proposed Land Rights Bill took place in the Chambers of the Liberian Senate on Monday, August 10, 2015, before the Senate Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment (lead Committee) and the Committee on Judiciary, Claims, Human Rights and Petitions, as well as the Committee on Lands, Mines, Natural Resources & Environment and Judiciary of the House of Representatives, with call from a cross-section of Institutions represented, including the Governance Commission, Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), National Civil Society Council of Liberia, the National Traditional Council of Liberia, amongst others, to pass the law.Earlier in his opening statement, the Senate Committee Chairman on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment, Senator Albert T. Chie of Grand Kru County, noted that, land rights, ownership, protection and use are very crucial to the existence and well-being of the Liberian people.Senator Chie said Liberia has suffered several land-related violences that resulted into the death of many citizens and residents and the destruction of properties. He said some of the land dispute cases are on the courts dockets unresolved, while several others are being addressed through dispute resolution at a snail pace. He furthered that many Liberians often predict that the next civil conflict will be land-related, but assured that Government’s decision to take all necessary measures to address land problems in the country through the reform of land policies, laws and programs is irreversible and unwavering as evidenced by the proposed Land Rights Bill.The opening statement by Senator Chie was followed by testimonies from several panelists who were invited to provide their candid opinions on the Land Rights Bill. They include the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Hon. Patrick Sendolo, the Chairman of the Land Commission, Dr. Cecil T. O. Brandy, the Chairman of the Governance Commission, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, the Chairperson of the National Civil Society Council of Liberia, Madam Frances Greaves, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture for Planning and Policy, Dr. Charles McClain, and Mr. Ali Kaba of Sustainable Development Initiative (SDI), amongst others. The panelists pleaded with the legislators for the passage of the proposed Land Rights Bill, affirming that the drafting of the Bill and its subsequent submission to the National Legislature through the office of the President, was a result of extensive and participatory consultations, with diverse stakeholders, thus the Bill when passed will benefit the government and people of Liberia. However, two of the panelists, former Deputy Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, ECB Jones and the Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Harrison Karnwea, held different views and argued against some provisions in the Land Rights Bill.Mr. Jones said even though he is not opposed to the passage of the Land Rights Bill, there were however some issues, which he referred to as “bugs” that needed to be revisited and clarified before the Bill is passed into Law. He cautioned committee members of both houses not to hastily pass the Bill because the issue of land is critical to sustaining the country’s peace and security while at the same time protecting the rights of the people as enshrined in the Constitution. He then volunteered to work with the Joint Committees on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment to point out what he perceived as “bugs” and proffer his expert opinions. For his part, FDA Managing Director, Harrison Karnwea similarly, subscribed to the passage of the Bill, but expressed concern that the Land Rights Bill could be in conflict with some provisions in the Community Rights Law. Hon. Karnwea also stressed the issue of governance as it relates to the forestry reform law of 2006, which mandates the FDA to set aside 30% of the remaining forest as protected area. He therefore requested the honorable legislature to critically look into these issues with a view that they are not in conflict with other laws before the passage of the Bill.In a statement during the hearing, Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe also supported the passage of the proposed Land Rights Bill, which he said is in the best interest of the Liberian people. Cllr. Gongloe specifically argued against the issues raised by Hon. Harrison Karnwea, stating that the Community Rights Law is possessory rights which are different from title rights. Cllr. Gongloe said the proposed Bill, for the first time in the history of Liberia, gives communities the opportunity to have titles to their land, making it possible for them to negotiate with investors, which will lead to greater economic advancement for all Liberians. The National Legislature now has the task to rectify and fast-track the passage of the historic Land Rights Bill to curb the injustices of huge land grab in the country by those with significant economic status that have persisted in the land sector for years.The draft Land Rights Bill already provides wide range of protections for customary land rights, which if retained and passed into law, will fulfill the potential protection of security of tenure for the customary land rights as contained in the Land Rights Policy. Over the years, there have been disparities between user’s rights and ownership rights, but the Bill has harmonized those rights by equating them to that of the private ownership rights said Dr. Brandy in his closing statement. “Therefore, most of those issues that were raised in the hearing are captured in the Bill; we all need to read the document extensively so that we can together resolve these land issues, which have the potential of brewing violent land conflicts in the country,” Dr. Brandy concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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South Africa partially lifts ban on U.S. pork

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Obama administration announced that South Africa will open its market to U.S. pork, a move praised by the National Pork Producers Council, which has been working for a number of years with the governments in the United States and in Pretoria to lift a de facto ban on U.S. pork.NPPC has not yet seen the fine print of the agreement but understands that some restrictions may remain.“While dropping the ban on U.S. pork is great progress,” said Dr. Ron Prestage, NPPC President and  a veterinarian and pork producer from Camden, S.C., “there is no scientific reason to restrict any of our pork, so we’ll continue to work with both governments to get complete access to the South African market.”South Africa’s de facto ban on U.S. pork ostensibly was to prevent the spread of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) to South African livestock even though the risk of disease transmission from U.S. pork products was negligible. There is no documented scientific case of PRRS being transmitted to domestic livestock through imported pork. Prestage noted that New Zealand, a PRRS-free nation, imported pork for 10 years from PRRS-positive countries without getting the disease.last_img read more

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Xbox One: Microsoft’s Big Bid To Pwn The Living Room

first_imgIt’s not every day one of the big three gaming powerhouses announces a new console. In fact, we’ve been waiting a solid eight years. In an event on its Redmond, Washington home turf today, Microsoft announced the Xbox One, its next generation Xbox gaming console — and more.In fact, the Xbox One is pretty much an audacious land grab by Microsoft, an attempt to stake out your living room as its undisputed turf. Here’s how.The new console packs 8GB of RAM, a base 500GB hard drive, USB 3.0, wi-fi direct, and built-in Blu-Ray. The One runs on a custom eight-core AMD chip and will come bundled with Kinect, the motion-based controller system that Microsoft introduced with the Xbox 360.Contrary to rumors, the Xbox One will not require an Internet connection at all times. Though it may crimp your ability to play used games and apparently won’t play Xbox 360 games at all.On stage in Redmond, Head of Xbox Don Mattrick touted the Xbox team’s ability to stay agile with trends — not always the company’s strong suit — by feeding the voracious appetite of avid gamers. “Nearly 8 years after our launch, the Xbox 360 remains a vibrant platform,” Mattrick said. “We made an early bet on Xbox live. Gamers were hungry to adopt emerging technologies… we doubled down on Xbox Live. Today it’s time for technology to step behind the curtain.” But it is in the living room that the Xbox One stakes its major claim to fame. A new generation of Xbox Live will be the revamped, beating heart of the console, weaving together interactive TV, real-time major broadcast events like sports and awards shows and connected gaming, naturally.The new Xbox Live interface enables quick-switching between Xbox Live’s homescreen, movies and live TV — and in the demo, quick meant quick. “”You can switch to your game like it’s a TV channel flip” according to Xbox Live head Marc Whitten. The quick-switching is thanks to “snap mode,” a multitasking feature that allows apps to remain running in the background so that they can pop back up instantly.By hosting its own event on its own terms, Microsoft is jumping the gun on E3 — the biggest North American gaming conference, and traditional grounds for big, flashy hardware announcements. Of course, Microsoft is also beating Sony to the punch, considering that the rival’s PlayStation 4 reveal is just around the corner too. All photos by Taylor Hatmaker for ReadWrite Tags:#consoles#gaming#Microsoft#Xbox 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… taylor hatmaker 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

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Another security official held in Tripura journalists’ murder probe

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday arrested a security official in connection with its probe into the murder of two journalists in separate incidents in 2017. Swarupananda Biswas, Assistant Commandant in the 2nd battalion of paramilitary Tripura State Rifles (TSR), is the second senior officer arrested after former battalion Commandant Tapan Debbarma, for their alleged involvement in the killing of journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik.Sudip Datta Bhowmik, a reporter with Bengali daily Syandan, was shot dead inside the office of Commandant Tapan Debbarman at R.K. Nagar, near Agartala, when the former went to a paramilitary campus to on a professional assignment. The other journalist Santanu Bhowmik, who was working for a local television channel was lynched to death while covering a road blockade agitation at Mandwai, 25 kms east of Agartala.After it assumed office in March 2018, the BJP-led coalition government in the State handed both the investigations to the CBI. Journalists’ organisations had been continuously holding street protests to press for probe by the central agency.The police and the CBI had made several arrests in connection with the murders but almost all the accused were released on bail. The CBI recently intensified its investigation after Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb spoke to Home Minister Amit Shah.last_img read more

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Olympiacos Shocks Barcelona, 73-71

first_imgPIRAEUS – Greek power Olympiacos surprised Spanish hoop giant Barcelona, gaining a 73-71 win to move closer toward the Eurloeague final four.The Reds now lead 2-1 in the best-of-five series and showed ability to hang tough against one of Europe’s other great teams, before a packed house at home in Peace and Friendship Stadium.Giorgos Printezis led the way with 19 points as Olympiacos overcame a 26-23 first period deficit to take a 44-36 lead at the half before Barcelona started coming back and even led, 60-59. A desperation three-point heave at the buzzer by Alex Abrines didn’t hit for Barcelona.Olympiacos captain Vassilis Spanoulis had 15 points and eight assists, showing his old form.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Kuldeep Yadav spins a web around West Indies to grab maiden 5-wicket haul in Tests

first_imgKuldeep Yadav registered his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket during the first Test between India and West Indies in Rajkot on Saturday. After West Indies were asked to follow-on by India, Kuldeep dominated the Windies completely.Ravichandran Ashwin picked the first wicket of the West Indies’s second innings in Kraigg Braithwaite. Since then though, it was Kuldeep who took over and absolutely ran through the Windies batting line-up.Kuldeep also became only the second Asian chinaman after Sri Lankan Lakshan Sandakan to pick a five-wicket haul in the traditional format of the game.In his fourth over, Shai Hope was Kuldeep’s first victim when he trapped him leg before wicket (lbw). Post that Kuldeep hardly let any batsman settle as he sent Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase and Kieran Powell home.India vs West Indies: Live Blog | Live Cricket Score | ScorecardThe biggest two wickets of them all were of Roston Chase (20), who had scored a half century in the first innings and that of Powell (83), who was his fifth victim, as he was the only Windies player who looked settled.Here’s a look at all of Kuldeep’s five wickets:18.6 overs – Kuldeep to Hope, OUT! The 47-run stand is broken. Kuldeep Yadav it is and he gets his second of the match. Leg spinner pitched outside off, Hope goes onto his back foot and looks to work this to the on side. Gets beaten by the turn and is struck on his back leg. The Indians appeal and up goes the finger. This will give Yadav a lot of confidence.advertisement22.1 overs – Kuldeep to Hetmyer, OUT! Another one bites the dust. The Windies are wasting the decent start. They were 79/1 and now find themselves 97/3. They are playing positive cricket but are losing wickets. Kuldeep tosses this one on middle and leg, Hetmyer looks to goes on side but gets gets a leading edge towards point where Rahul takes a good low catch.22.4 overs – Kuldeep to Ambris, OUT! Stumped! Oh dear. Oh dear. Oh dear. What on earth is happening? Poor Windies. This bloke has faced just 2 balls and he is jumped out on his third. Not even to the pitch of the ball. Misses. Pant doesn’t. Ambris tries to go back but he is heading back to the dressing room instead. Pant is way too quick. He might have struggled to take catches but stumpings have been brilliant.29.3 overs – Kuldeep to Chase, OUT! Half the side down. Seems like someone has told them to get these runs today itself. Another loose shot. Full and outside off, Chase leans to drive but does not bother to keep it down. Lady Luck does not bother to keep him on the field. Straightforward catch to Ashwin at cover. Kuldeep cannot control his laughter. This is silly cricket.35.4 overs – Kuldeep to Powell, OUT! Edged and taken! MAIDEN TEST FIFER FOR KULDEEP! Number 6 is down and this one is of the set batsman – Powell. A beautiful ball. After the long hop on the previous ball, Kuldeep bowls this much fuller and the line is on the stumps. Kieran presses forward to defend but the ball spins away and goes straight off the face of the bat. Where? To the debutant standing at silly point. Prithvi Shaw is alert and takes it well. Fine knock from Powell, deserved a century.Earlier, India had managed to bowl Windies all out for a mere score of 181 in the first innings. Having put up a massive total of 649/9 themselves, India bowled business-like as Ashwin returned with figures of 4/37 and Mohammed Shami picked two wickets while Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep and Ravindra Jadeja picked a wicket each.With Windies still trailing by 468 runs, India captain Virat Kohli enforced the follow-on. While Windies did start with some intent, especially Powell showing solidity but it was only a matter of time before Kuldeep came and ran through them five.last_img read more

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