Sime Darby Plantation (SDPL) says it is not involved in logging or the extraction of timber that a recent report says is putting Liberia in danger. A release issued yesterday said regarding clearing of land for the cultivation of oil palm, Sime Darby Plantation has had a moratorium on any clearing of land since September 2014. The moratorium has allowed the company to study the need for the conservation of high carbon stock forests, an effort “we are undertaking with several stakeholders, including groups of growers, NGOs and scientists under the umbrella of the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach.” Prior to September 2014, Sime Darby Plantation said it also had strict policies and guidelines on the preservation and protection of High Carbon Value (HCV) areas, including Environment & Biodiversity Policy and Slope & River Protection Policy. The release said Sime Darby Plantation has observed both these policies for all new land development activities in Liberia. “Today, new land development is still put on hold as the HCS Approach pilot is currently being conducted in SDPL’s concession area,” the release said.This is despite SDPL being pressured by the communities to start developing their land for oil palm plantation to create much needed opportunities for employment and economic development. “With the above commitment to ensuring that our plantation development is carbon neutral, conflict-free, transparent and equitable to stakeholders, Liberians can rest assured that Sime Darby will not be carrying out logging activities within its concession area even if the government decides to introduce theConversion Timber/Logging regulation in the country.“Striking the balance between people, planet and prosperity in new developments has always been Sime Darby’s objective,” according to the release. It may be recalled the global environment watchdog Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) recently raised an alarm on illegal awarding of logging rights to certain concessions by unnamed top government officials.SDI said Liberia’s forests are under renewed threats from what it termed as conversion timber/logging, which the government is on the verge of introducing – which has the potential to destroy the country’s remaining rain forests.SDI’s position indicated that agricultural concessions, especially oil palm companies such as Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) and Sime Darby, could carry out logging activities within their concession areas. However, Sime Darby in its release re-affirmed its position on the suspension of such an activity in its operating areas stating that it will not carry out logging activities within its concession area even if the government decide to introduce the Conversion Timber/Logging regulation in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
It was released by the provincial government late last week with Health Minister Terry Lake offering its key finding.“After careful review and analysis, the study found the risk to human health from the emissions from oil and gas activities in the northeast remain low,” said Minister Lake during the release.The two year study looked at the maximum predicted levels of a variety of chemicals from oil and gas activity in a total of 26 northeast communities, and the province has accepted each of its 14 recommendations.- Advertisement -“In general, B.C.’s regulatory framework is broadly protective of health and it’s extensive,” project leader Bart Koppe explains of its findings. “And when we compared the B.C. regulations against regulations in other jurisdictions, the B.C. regulations held up very well.”Two of the recommendations relate to fracking, with one going to a base line pre-drilling ground water testing requirement – coupled with advance landowner approval – and the other to disclosure of the ingredients of fracking fluids – with the information to be shared with healthcare providers.Mr. Koppe addressed all 14 recommendations including two others relating to setbacks and flaring.Advertisement “Recommendation number two relates to the setting of a reciprocal agreement framework. So the idea is that the oil and gas industry, or infrastructure, may have to adhere to setbacks, and that’s not necessarily reciprocated by all of the municipalities,” says Koppe. “The third recommendation refers to emissions related to flaring, venting, and fugitive emissions. When we reviewed the regulatory framework, we noticed that the language wasn’t always clear as it related to this.”Koope adds, “And we wanted that language or those types of activities linked back to the B.C. Ambient Air Quality objectives to get some assurance, as a result of these activities, there wouldn’t be any exceedance of the ambient air quality.”Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nations isn’t impressed – calling the report embarrassing, and claiming the investigation was too narrow and designed to support industry.
This was AFC’s biggest defeat of the season, further piling pressure on head coach Rodolfo Zapata who just over the weekend saw the side eliminated from the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield by Sofapaka.Tusker, eager to push into the top five in the standings had a brilliant start and within the opening two minutes, they had a chance to break the deadlock. Brian Osumba cut back a cross from the left with Boniface Muchiri’s effort blocked.The rebound fell on Peter Nzuki who tried going for a spectacular volley and the effort could not even get on target as it went high above goal.AFC, still with fresh wounds from their Shield exit over the weekend had their first chance of the game in the 13th minute when Duncan Otieno’s ferocious freekick from the left was turned behind for a corner by keeper Patrick Matasi.AFC started the set piece short with Baker Lukooya floating the eventual cross which was met by Salim Abdallah at the far post, heading it over.AFC Leopards midfielder Edward Seda tries to control the ball under pressure from Tusker FC defender Eric Ambunya during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on September 26, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIngwe had another brilliant opportunity in the 20th minute when Ezekiel Odera knocked down the ball beautifully for Brian Marita, but the wingback’s shot was well collected by keeper Matasi.The shot stopper quickly launched the ball back into play and AFC were punished for the missed chance going one down.From Matasi’s distribution in goal, the ball eventually landed on Brian Osumba who took a shot at goal from range deflecting off Abdallah and Ochieng was faster to react to the ball inside the box, racing to it and tapping it past Ezekiel Owade in the AFC goal.Seven minutes later, Tusker who now had the upper hand in the game had another opportunity off a counter attack with Muchiri releasing Timothy Otieno on the right but the latter’s shot was blocked by Owade.Tusker FC midfielder Brian Osumba shields the ball away from AFC Leopards defender Mike Kibwage during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on September 26, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTusker continued dominating play, passing the ball around well with AFC chasing shadows and evidently lacking the motivation to fight back.The brewers went 2-0 up with three minutes left before halftime, Tangauzi striking a superb goal off a counter on the right.The right back was released by Osumba on the wing before going past Abdallah with a little nutmeg and breaking into the box to fire past a dazed Owade. Tangauzi should have had his brace at the stroke of halftime when he drove away on the right again, but this time Owade denied him.In the second half , Zapata made changes with Brian Marita coming off for Christopher Oruchum while Edward Seda was also subbed off for Eugene Mukangula. Later on Nabwire was also hauled out for Saad Musa.AFC were up in confidence but still, they couldn’t master a way past the brewers.It was Robert Matano’s men who would wrap up the game with two goals in quick succession, both in easy fashion.Muchiri made it three with a cool calm and composed finish inside the box while Macharia scored in similar fashion after fellow substitute Mike Khamati had won the ball off Abdallah before Macharia picked up to drive into the box.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tusker FC players celebrate one of their four goals against AFC Leopards during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on September 26, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Sep 26 – Tusker FC completed a home and away round job against AFC Leopards beating them 4-0 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Wednesday afternoon to move fifth in the Kenyan Premier League standings.First half goals from Sidney Ochieng and Marlon Tangauzi set the tempo for the brewers before Boniface Muchiri and substitute Jackson Macharia completed the job with two goals within two minutes late in the first half.
GARTAN Outdoor Adventure Centre has launched a series of new adventure camps for Easter with children in mind….and their mums and dads!Great new mini-adventures await your children where they get to learn new life skills and make new friends doing everything from building their own rafts, kayaking on Gartan Lake or having good old-fashioned fun building their own camp for the night.Gartan is running a two-day Muckabout Camp (one night residential) on March 26/27 and again on April 3/4. (Cost €79). There are also non-residential Adventure Days on Mon – Thurs, 25th/26th/27th/28th March 2013 – Multi Activity – €30 per day or €110 for 4 daysThere are also Kayaking and Canoeing Training (age 12 & upwards) €35 per day or €90 for 3 days or €115 for 4 days.The second week of the Easter holidays features Family Adventure Days…running Tues – Fri, 2nd/3rd/4th/5th April 2013Family Adventures – One adult & one child €55 per day or €210 for 4 days. Additional adult €30 per day or €110 for 4 days. Additional child €25 per day or €90 for 4 days. So don’t say there’s nothing to do in Donegal this Easter!For more log on to www.gartan.com or call 07491 37032 to reserve a place. GREAT EASTER FUN AT GARTAN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMPS – FOR ALL THE FAMILY was last modified: March 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GREAT EASTER FUN AT GARTAN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMPS – FOR ALL THE FAMILY
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card It may all be legal, mainly because the laws are written by the beneficiaries, but it’s disgusting nonetheless. From an ethical standpoint, it’s unacceptable to have a government that’s essentially for sale. But compounding the outrage are the national-security implications. With the country waging its War on Terror, and with troops in Iraq and Afghanistan whose very lives depend on the equipment they use, it’s abhorrent that our leaders’ decisions may be influenced by special interests. Politicians swear they’re not being bought, but they’re hardly beyond doubt. We already know that ousted Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-San Diego, accepted bribes from a defense contractor. And the burgeoning Jack Abramoff scandal threatens to implicate any number of leaders in crooked deals with Indian gaming interests. Americans have good reason to be suspicious. The flow of thousand-dollar donations to political leaders and million-dollar contracts back to defense interests ought to have alarm bells ringing. When it comes to military contracts, good government is not only a matter of ethics, but life and death. For a company trying to secure a federal defense contract, it’s not necessary to pony up big contributions to powerful politicians – but it sure helps. The results of a Daily News review of the records speak for themselves: Of 32 Southern California companies to receive defense contracts over the last three years, 30 pumped cash into the campaigns of local or national politicians, either through direct contributions from their top executives, political action committees or Washington lobbyists. That leaves just two companies that reaped rewards without first sending a tribute to Washington – two apparent exceptions to an unseemly rule. Now, no one alleges that any laws have been broken, or that there’s a quid pro quo in which companies get contracts in exchange for contributions. But what few deny is that there is an unofficial system of pay-to-play at work here: Give money, and more powerful people will give you a hearing. You still might not get the contract, but at least you’ve got a shot. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Tinney’s Toys in Letterkenny have ideas for the perfect gift for Father’s Day so he doesn’t have to be disappointed with socks ever again:Yes, it’s that time of the year again when fathers all over the country get to open that surprise gift that can only be a pair of socks or a tie.Is it not time that you put some thought into the perfect gift for father’s day? Here at Tinney’s Toys we have a large selection of ideal father’s day gifts waiting for you. We have everything from country music CDs & DVDs to farming DVDs and collectable models.Why not take your father on a trip down memory lane with our large range of vintage tractor and machinery models, with prices to suit all pockets. Maybe you don’t know which model he would prefer. Well, why not get him a gift voucher for our store and let him choose his own?Our store on the Leck Road in Letterkenny is open weekdays to 5.30pm and on Saturday to 5.00pm. Below we have selected some of our top sellers for you to check out. Check out our website www.tinneystoys.com for many more or call into us and one of our team will be happy to show you what’s available. How about a top-quality collectable for Dad this year?Universal Hobbies Massey Ferguson 675 2WD TractorDie-cast metal Massey Ferguson 675 2WD tractor featuring enclosed cab, original detail detailing, engine detail, interior detail, front weight, front wheel steering, rolling wheels, tyre tread detail and rear 3-point hitch.Universal Hobbies Massey Ferguson 35 (1959) TractorHighly detailed die cast metal Massey Ferguson 35 featuring original decal detail, rolling wheels, opening bonnet and tyre tread detail. Univesal Hobbies Ferguson TO 35 Tractor (1957)High detail Ferguson TO 35 vintage tractor from Universal Hobbies. Features include original decal detail, opening bonnet, engine detail, rolling wheels and tyre tread detail.For these and many more excellent gift ideas, visit www.tinneystoys.com or call into Tinneys Toys, Leck Road, Drumnahoe, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, Ireland.More socks for Father’s Day… Really? was last modified: June 14th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Father’s DayTinney’s Toys
Olivier Giroud scored his first international hat-trick as France thrashed Paraguay 5-0 at Roazhon Park on Friday night.The Arsenal striker, often accused of his lack of clinical touch, bulged the net with each of his first three shots on target to give Les Bleus a considerable advantage.Tottenham flop Moussa Sissoko added his name to the score-sheet with a simple tap in before Antoine Griezmann capped off the rout with another routine finish.Watch the goals below…. Giroud is now Frances’ fourth all time goalscorer 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – An El Monte man died Sunday in a collision allegedly caused by a drunken driver, the California Highway Patrol reported.CHP officers reported that a 1993 Pontiac Sunbird driven by 42-year-old Santa Fe Springs resident Luis Ramirez was traveling south on Rosemead Boulevard near the Whittier Narrows when it veered into the northbound lane at about 12:30 a.m.It collided head-on with a 2001 Honda Civic carrying six people and heading north on Rosemead, the CHP reported.A man sitting in the back seat of the Civic – who was not wearing a seat belt – was launched from the vehicle and died at the scene, according to the CHP. The man’s name was not being released pending notification of his next of kin.Ramirez and the other survivors were treated for “moderate-to-major” injuries at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, according to the CHP.Ramirez was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. During the investigation, the northbound lanes of Rosemead Boulevard were closed for about three hours, officers reported. From staff reports
A CO Donegal man has died, just a few weeks after the death of his beloved wife of 65 years.John and Bridget McGettigan were from from Meenreagh in Termon, also known as “The Foot of the Hills”.Mrs McGettigan passed away on January 3. Her husband John, who was 98, died exactly a month later – on Monday – not long after a Month’s Mind Mass.After being married for 65 years a month apart was too long for them,” said granddaughter Rachael McGettigan.“Grandad just wasn’t the same since she passed. He missed her so much. We are truly heartbroken but can find peace in knowing that they both passed peacefully and are now together again.“They had 5 sons 5 daughters, 20 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren.” Rachael added: “They were a very much loved couple. Thousands of people have visited his wake.”John will be buried alongside his beloved Bridget after 2pm Requiem Mass at St Columba’s Church, Kilmacrennan tomorrow (Wednesday). ‘THEY COULDN’T BE APART’ – TRIBUTES TO GRANDAD WHO DIES JUST A MONTH AFTER HIS BELOVED WIFE was last modified: February 5th, 2014 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:Bridget McGettigandeathDEATHSJohn McGettiganTermon
It has been a long season but Finn Harps have almost guaranteed themselves a place in the Premier Division for next season.Ollie Horgan’s side drew 0-0 with Wexford Youths in Ferrycarrig Park tonight but it is still mathematically possible for Wexford to catch the Donegal side.The Ballybofey outfit are six points clear of Youths with the Wexford team facing a tough encounter against Cork City on Monday. Nothing less than victory will keep Wexford’s hopes alive.The south-easterners also then face a tricky encounter away to Sligo as Harps entertain Bohemians at Finn Park.Harps had to survive a nervous second half as Wexford went in search of a win which would have strengthened their fight for survival.Packie Mailey and Ryan Curran had chances to snatch all three points for Harps. In the end a couple of saves from Ciaran Gallagher kept Wexford at bay.Premier Division football is not guaranteed for Finn Park next season but Ollie Horgan has one eye on further encounters with the likes of Dundalk and Cork next seasonHarps edge closer to sealing their place in Premier Division next season was last modified: October 22nd, 2016 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)