Liberian fishing boats (Credit: Environmental Justice Foundation)President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has submitted to the Liberian Senate for enactment a Bill titled: An Act to Amend Title 23, Natural Resources Law, Liberian Code Revised by Repealing Subchapter B, Fish Resources and to amend title 30, Public Authorities Law to create the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority.The Bureau of Fisheries has been under the Ministry of Agriculture, until it was recently transferred to the Liberia Maritime Authority under an Executive Order.In her communication dated June 24, 2017, President Sirleaf noted the object of the Act is to ensure the long-term management, conservation, development and sustainable use of the fisheries and aquaculture resources and related ecosystems for the benefit of the people.“As you are aware, the Fisheries and aquaculture sectors have the potential to make an enduring and significant contribution to the development, economy and wellbeing of the nation. However, there have been challenges in harnessing the resources associated with these sectors,” President Sirleaf noted.President Sirleaf expounded on the existence of need to establish an appropriate framework for the formulation of policy and the transparent and accountable management of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.This Act, President Sirleaf noted, “will address the ongoing need to comprehensively regulate and control fishing and related activities within the areas under national jurisdiction to illegal fishing and related activities. It will also enforce applicable conservation and management measures within and beyond the Fisheries Waters in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Liberia and its obligations under regional fisheries management organizations or arrangements and international law.”When passed into law, President Sirleaf assured it will facilitate the management and development of the fisheries and aquaculture resources for the benefit of the Liberian people, “most especially those communities whose livelihood depend on these resources.”Immediately after the communication was read, a motion was proffered to send it to the relevant committees with the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as lead committee.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
England openers survived a tricky period of play at the end of Day 2 to take the team to 6 for no loss at stumps in their second innings after India posted 273 in their first innings to take a lead of 27 runs in the fourth Test at Southampton.Cheteshwar Pujara’s unbeaten 132 lit up the second day’s play as the right-hander helped India go past England’s first innings score of 246 with his 15th Test hundred and the first on English soil.Along with skipper Virat Kohli (46), Pujara stitched together 92-run third wicket stand to lay the foundation.India vs England 4th Test Day 2 HighlightsThe Saurashtra cricketer then batted superbly with the tail-enders, adding 32 runs for the ninth-wicket with Ishant Sharma (14) and 46 runs for the final wicket with Jasprit Bumrah, who scored just 6 runs in the partnership, to lead India’s reply.Pujara, who was dropped from the first Test at Edgbaston, answered his critics in style at the Ageas Bowl as he played out a whopping 257 deliveries and spent over 350 minutes at the crease to grind out just his second hundred outside Asia.Cheteshwar Pujara wages lone battle with maiden Test hundred in EnglandA hard fought CENTURY for @cheteshwar1.This is his 1st century in England, 5th against England and 15th overall in Tests.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/S1TzJp2iA6BCCI (@BCCI) August 31, 2018The knock also saw him jump to second on the list of highest run-scorers in the series behind Kohli. Pujara now has 236 runs in 5 innings with one century and a fifty while Kohli leads the list with 486 runs in 7 innings with two tons and as many half-centuries.advertisementIndia vs England 4th Test Day 2 at Rose Bowl: As it happenedKohli added 46 valuable runs to the Indian total on day 2 before England off-spinner Moeen Ali triggered a middle-order collapse by picking up 5 wickets for 63 runs in 16 overs. During the knock, Kohli also went past 6000 runs in Test cricket to become the second-fastest Indian to reach the landmark.Ali got rid of Rishabh Pant (0), Hardik Pandya (4), R Ashwin (1), Mohammed Shami (0) and Ishant Sharma (14) as India collapsed from 181 for 5 to 227 for 9 before Pujara and Bumrah took India past England’s first innings total.Stuart Broad got 3 wickets while Ben Stokes and Sam Curran grabbed a wicket each for the hosts.India got bowled out with a lead of 27 runs giving England just 4 overs to play before stumps.Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings survived the two overs each from Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah to bring an end to the day’s play.That’s Stumps on Day 2 of the 4th Test.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/3QzS3ogq4PBCCI (@BCCI) August 31, 2018Earlier, starting from overnight 19 for no loss, Dhawan and Rahul made a sedate start. The duo were watchful for any hint of lateral movement, similar to what the Indian pacers generated on the first morning of the match.James Anderson (0-37) didn’t find much movement, while Stuart Broad (2-34) did hit on a troubling length to the left-handed Dhawan whenever he pitched the ball up.Broad struck in the fourth over of the morning, trapping Rahul lbw in the eighth over of the innings. The batsman opted for DRS, but the decision stayed in England’s favour.The pacer had another appeal against Dhawan turned down, this time for caught behind in the 14th over, and even on DRS, the batsman benefitted as the ball only clipped his thigh pad.Bowling a lengthy first spell this morning, Broad finally got a second reward for his efforts as he continued to tease Dhawan outside the off-stump. Finally, the edge came in the 18th over, with the batsman caught behind immediately after India crossed 50.It brought Pujara and Kohli together at the crease, and thanks to the latter, the Indian run-rate picked up once again. Kohli hit four fours during his 40-ball stay thus far, and in doing so crossed 6000 runs in Test cricket, the second-quickest Indian batsman after Sunil Gavaskar to reach the mark.England’s desperation could be seen in that they put both spinner Adil Rashid (0-5) and Moeen Ali (0-0) into the attack just before lunch. Sam Curran (0-16) had earlier toiled hard but in vain, and even Keaton Jennings (0-4) was tried for two overs.Pujara and Kohli though settled down for what should be a lengthy Indian innings in helpful batting conditions, as the score crossed 100 at the stroke of lunch.The Indian pacers rattled England and reduced them to 86 for six, before Sam Curran’s second Test half-century helped them post 246 runs in the first innings.advertisementEngland lead the five-match series 2-1, after winning the first two Tests at Birmingham and Lord’s, with India pulling one back with victory in Nottingham.(With PTI inputs)
Madrid: Real Madrid will rival Barcelona in the race to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar this summer, according to reports in the Spanish press on Friday. Madrid have shifted focus to Neymar after the close of the English Premier League’s transfer window on Thursday ended their hopes of signing Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. According to Marca, Neymar has “returned to the scene” with the club “believing for some time that the team is lacking a big star up front”. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSports newspaper AS claims the Brazilian has been offered to Madrid by PSG, who are open to selling if they can either recoup the 222 million euros they spent on him in 2017 or receive half that amount, with players included in the deal. It means La Liga’s two greatest rivals are set to go head-to-head in the battle to sign Neymar before the Spanish transfer window closes on September 2. Barcelona newspaper Mundo Deportivo says the 27-year-old will wait until August 20 for Barcelona to make a decisive move, after which “PSG’s number 10 does not rule out any option in order to leave the French champions, where it is clear he does not want to stay any longer.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterBut Mundo adds that “it is clear Neymar wants to play for Barcelona” while Diario Sport agrees, writing that “the winning card Barca continues to hold is the will of the striker to runite with players like Leo Messi and Luis Suarez. With them he has a great understanding on the pitch and also a strong friendship off it.” Marca believes Madrid also have factors in their favour. “Neymar’s priority is not to go to Barcelona. His priority is to leave the PSG,” wrote Marca, also citing their “magnificent relationship” with PSG, “quite the opposite” of how the French club view Barcelona.