When I committed to occasionally write a few lines as a way of contributing to the national conversation, I thought it would be useful to intersperse the comments with other thematic issues that are linked to my professional background that might impact our palm oil and rice concerns. Consistent with that outlook, my argument will focus on the depleteble resources sector, both past and present to see how we treat this engine of growth. The presentation will be done in two stages: The first will touch on hard minerals while the second one will deal with the soft minerals that produce energy and drive the oil industry in an attempt to bring some clarity for the good of our people, who might still be confused on the impact of these resources as knowledge about these are relatively new to our people. These are enclaves in which I have spent a good deal of my professional life.The question of prosperity in our recent history immediately brings to mind the mining industry. The mining industry, as one of the most important industries of our time, the largest employer and greatest generator of foreign earnings then in Liberia was a fundamental stabilization factor. As such this industry remains a dynamic investment force for the future. The architects of President Tubman’s open door policy no doubt might have realized that investment in plant capacity was quite crucial for the creation of jobs, and that the most important investment needed was that which created the greatest number of long term jobs per dollar invested, thus the birth of the Mining Enclaves. Against the cyclical attractiveness of the iron ore industry, now essentially underpinned by the level of consumption by the Chinese end users (for the time), we as a country, are now presented with an excellent opportunity to explore the ambiance the we will have to create, if we must continue to attract the requisite financial investments to this industry which requires sizeable capital for its sustained operations, even in time of downturns.While Liberians must all be hopeful that recent positive political moves cushioned by the Government’s aggressiveness in addressing her investment posture has yielded some comforting results in inducing the 16 billion dollars of foreign direct investment, the Government’s persistence and resilience can go a long way towards creating a climate in which Liberians can feel that they have a real, equal and meaningful part to play; jobs and the creation of comfort for individuals must surely rank as two of the most powerful factors in creating real socio-economic stability. It is not going to be immediate and sometimes painless, but come, it will. Howbeit, the jobs and stability necessary cannot co-exist in an environment of uncertainty fuelled by persistent labor dislocations or shaken by an environment of cyclical violence. It might sound like the age old chicken-or egg argument. High incidence of violence leading to less investment to yet more violence and it is my cautious view that with positive political expediency, effective legal framework and sound economic plan buttressed with political will, the foreign investment community can display the moral and economic fortitude our times demand.To properly appreciate what a potentially dynamic factor the mineral industry is, come with me back in history; then perhaps we could further cherish the potential contribution of the mining industry to future prosperity of Liberia. We must, however recall that mining, whether iron ore or alluvial diamonds and gold was the cornerstone of our economy during the 60s, 70s and early 80s. It provided substantial percentage of our foreign exchange earnings, then. We know that mining venture such as the major Iron ore Mines then, Bokon Djere, Kokoya Gold fields, Jeebloom, the prolific diamond bearing flats and floodplains of the Lofa, Man, Yah and Via rivers, Kumgbor, Dambala Bombo Crossing, Weasua and Weaju, among others contributed significantly to output and wage employment growth, as well as growth in volume and value of exports. Taxes paid by the mining sector were a significant factor in the phenomenal growth in public sector revenues throughout the sixties and seventies and the economic ripples of these investments extended far beyond the mining enclave, in creating jobs and improving the welfare of adjoining communities. The Ministry of Lands and Mines gave consistent geological guidance and search for these irreplaceable minerals. But no matter how laudable the contributions were, the Mining sector cannot rest on its past laurels. In view of the unexpected calamities Liberia suddenly experienced when she was reversing the downward decline of the derivatives of the mining industry that sent the recent investor scrambling to safety, temporarily abandoning most of their operations, and downturn of the price of iron from a high of $100 plus to a low $40. This huge loss in revenue could not even be compensated by the low price of oil which is on the increase again. The residue of the high grade iron ore deposits left from the older mines are hard and contain lesser iron content requiring intensive crushing and beneficiation which is energy intensive. That is effectively the principal purpose of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy; replacement and /or development of irreplaceable resources. Refreshingly Liberia has recently announced the launching of its first mechanized gold mining operations which might soften our landing to an extent. But that is inadequate to offset the revenue being lost.All minerals are irreplaceable commodities. As these commodities are irreplaceable, Government must now design an urgent strategy and plan for the quantification of the many other numerous indications minerals discovered thru the Geological and Resources Appraisal Program (GERA) then launched jointly by the U.S. Geological and Liberian Geological surveys, for not only the quantification but the discovery of newer resources yet to be discovered. The Government will do well if she utilized the services of past and now retired earth scientists to assist the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy to help build capacity in that Ministry or re-design strategies. These individuals are so patriotic they would gladly help if consulted. They still have professional contacts with their counterparts in the U.S. Geological Survey. To diversify and attract investors of diverse interests, the investor must be able to project his stream of financial returns based on what the country has quantified as mineable reserves. The need and expediency of replacing these irreplaceable minerals forcefully inform Government of the immediacy for Government to strengthen the capacity of that Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, particularly the Geological Survey. This is by no means cheap, especially with the advent of newer technology, such as Landsat Imagery, Spectral and Microwave Remote sensing and other geoscience tools, which make discovery much more certain, less tedious and less costly than before; and these improvements can be accessed under the continuing bilateral arrangements with advanced Governments, especially the United States which initiated the First Appraisal Program. Paired against this is the price of doing nothing. The resources are there begging to be quantified.Maybe some of you might be curious as what minerals actually have been discovered so far as reserves or as indicator minerals which need to be quantified. Our geologic exploration programs have confirmed substantive tonnages of proven, mineable and probable reserves of iron ore as wells as tremendous indicator minerals, which could form the basis of future wealth and prosperity. These include: gold, diamond, bauxite, manganese, tin(cassiterite), chromite, barite, kyanite, phosphate, rutile, platinum, silver, sulfur, titanium, tungsten, zinc, uranium, niobium-tantalium, As I indicated earlier, these indicator minerals demand some serious program of quantification to determine their reserve status.What could we as a nation do to sustain this sector?Without going into details, as the editor cautions on very long articles, I will just run thru these:1. Government might, as a first step launch investment forums among potential investors both in and out country. Government implemented that already as evidenced by the attraction of $16billon dollars, which is not a check paid out to Government but is to be invested over a negotiated period consistent with the duration of the concession.2. As security conditions continue to be challenging with the concessions, and the national monitoring system might have some problems coping with all the mines, Government could consider amalgamation of her interests into one entity. A Minerals commission, like the Ghana Minerals Commission. This would require knowledge of all Government’s mineral assets. It would be a public vehicle dedicated solely to the development and improved commercialization of her mineral wealth, a job too specialized and tedious for any Government bureaucracy.3. To enhance a scrupulous development of the Government’s mineral wealth, she must revisit her mineral policy towards making it more investors friendly. The objective here is to accrue the largest possible benefits to Government consistent with optimal returns to the investor.To end this portion of the presentation let me emphasize that the Government must take serious the factors that inhibit the potential investor. They have to do with risk and reward. It has been said many times that risk pervades business like gravity pervades physics. While investors may tend to be optimistic on the reward side and seem to have confidence in their ability to estimate potential returns, everyone worries about the risk side. See you on the continuation of the second phase- Energy and Oil.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Mario Mandzukic scored the crucial goal to send Croatia into their first World Cup final© AFP Jewel SAMADMOSCOW, Russia, July 12 – Mario Mandzukic struck an extra-time winner as Croatia defeated England 2-1 on Wednesday to advance to the World Cup final for the first time in the country’s history.Kieran Trippier’s maiden international goal fired England ahead early in Moscow, but Ivan Perisic levelled in the second half before Mandzukic sent Croatia through to a showdown against France on Sunday. With a population of just over four million, Croatia are the smallest nation to reach the final since Uruguay, the winners of the 1950 tournament.AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from Croatia’s victory over England:Extra time hands France further advantageWith the bonus of any extra day’s rest and Croatia having been taken to extra-time for the third time in succession, France will be far the fresher of the two sides in Sunday’s final. Following a clinical 1-0 win over Belgium in Tuesday’s semi-final, Didier Deschamps’ men have played a staggering 90 fewer minutes than their opponents in the knockout rounds. Croatia, who were beaten in extra-time by Portugal at Euro 2016, became just the second team to go to extra-time in three consecutive World Cup games. However unlike England at the 1990 tournament, it was again third time lucky thanks to Mario Mandzukic’s 109th-minute goal.Trippier gives weight to Beckham comparisonFormer Manchester City reject Kieran Trippier, who grew up idolising David Beckham, conjured up an act of brilliance reminiscent of the former England captain. Only Neymar and Kevin De Bruyne have rivalled Trippier in terms of chances created at the World Cup, and the Tottenham defender produced his champagne moment of a breakout tournament for the 27-year-old with England’s opening goal. Trippier’s curling fifth-minute free-kick was his first international goal, a prominent example of the quality of his delivery that has given rise to the “Bury Beckham” moniker, because he was born in Bury near Manchester. It was England’s first goal scored directly from a free-kick at the World Cup since Beckham’s winner against Ecuador in 2006, and the team’s 12th goal of the competition — surpassing the 11 they netted en route to lifting the trophy 1966.Croatia’s turn to break down barriersEngland coach Gareth Southgate had spoken of his young side “breaking down barriers” in Russia after their biggest World Cup win and first penalty shootout triumph, but it was Croatia who forced their way into a relatively closed shop as just the 13th different country to progress to the final in 88 years. Spain, the 2010 champions, were the last first-time finalists in what is now the 21st edition of the competition. It is an achievement all the more remarkable for a country with a population of little more than four million. Only Uruguay — who lifted the inaugural title in 1930, and again in 1950 — has a smaller population among all World Cup finalists.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
A Donegal man has won another medal at the European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships in Poland today.Kieran Murray from Ramelton, won his second gold medal at the 8th European Transplant & Dialysis Games in Krakow.Kieran, a kidney transplant recipient, won a Gold medal in the Golf singles event. Earlier in the week he also secured a Gold in the 5km mini marathon.Kieran said after his win today, “It was absolutely brilliant, I am delighted with the result and proud of my two Gold medals at my first ever Transplant Games. I thank my donor for giving me the chance to compete here in Krakow.” DELIGHT AS DONEGAL MAN WINS SECOND GOLD MEDAL AT TRANSPLANT GAMES was last modified: August 20th, 2014 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:donegalKieran MUrrayPOLANDRameltonTransplant Games
Dries Mertens destroyed Empoli DROPPED One player from every Premier League club who deserves an upgraded rating on FIFA 20 One player from every Premier League club who deserves FIFA 19 ratings upgrade One player from every Premier League club who deserves a FIFA 20 downgrade 3 Latest FIFA 19 News RESERVES:CM: Victor Guzman – Pachuca (79 Rating)RM: Salim Khelifi – Zurich (78 Rating)LM: Craig Goodwin – Adelaide United (75 Rating)CM: Mario Leitgeb – Wolfsberger AC (72 Rating)ST: Manuel Schaffler –Wehen Wiesbaden Anderson and Chilwell make up the PL contingent of this week’s TOTW CHANGE Ronaldo removed from cover of FIFA 19 and replaced by De Bruyne, Neymar and Dybala Eden Hazard’s brother, Thorgan, impressed in Germany FIFA 19: Manchester United, Newcastle and Chelsea stars make TOTW WHAT A SIGNING Tottenham wonderkid left laughing after huge error STATS NO GOOD STARTING XI:GK: Yassine Bounou – Girona (81 Rating)LB: Ben Chilwell – Leicester (81 Rating)CB: Daley Blind – Ajax (82 Rating)CB: Alessio Romagnoli – Milan (84 Rating)LM: Felipe Anderson – West Ham (86 Rating)CM: Joao Mario – Inter (84 Rating)CAM: Diego Valeri – Portland Timbers (83 Rating)RM: Ricardo Quaresma – Besiktas (86 Rating)ST: Andrea Belotti – Torino (84 Rating)ST: Timo Werner – RB Leipzig (86 Rating)ST: Dries Mertens – Napoli (88 Rating) BENCH:GK: Zack Steffen – Columbus Crew (81 Rating)CB: James Chester – Aston Villa (81 Rating)CM: Valentin Rongier – FC Nantes (82 Rating)CM: Joan Jordan – Eibar (81 Rating)RW: Thorgan Hazard – Borussia Monchengladbach (84 Rating)ST: Richarlison – Everton (81 Rating)RF: Gaetan Laborde – Montpellier (81 Rating) REFRESH FIFA 19: Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea stars make TOTW In the Premier League, Anderson scored twice for West Ham in their 4-2 win over Burnley, and Ben Chilwell helped Leicester keep a clean sheet in an emotional win at Cardiff.But who else made this week’s squad? Scroll down to find out. FIFA 19: Burnley, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Watford stars make TOTW 24 IN FORM STARS MEN OF THE MOMENT Griezmann signs Pogba on FIFA and jokes the kit looks good on him FIFA 20 career mode: New features and possible highest potential players 3 Felipe Anderson and Ben Chilwell have been rewarded for their league displays over the weekend by being included in the FIFA Team of the Week.Napoli Dries Mertens headlines the team with an 88 upgraded rating, having scored a hat-trick against Empoli on Friday. 3 Reality Check in-form stars SICK AS A PARROTT
JIMMY DOHERTYThe death has taken place of Jimmy Doherty, Chapel Gate, Kincasslagh. Removal today, Sunday at 6.30pm to arrive to St Mary’s Church, Kincasslagh at 7pm. Funeral Mass on Monday at 11am. Burial afterwards in Belcruit Cemetery. House strictly private, please.NORA GALLAGHER The death has taken place of Nora Gallagher (nee Brosnan) of Golard. Formerly of Templeglantine, Co. Limerick. Reposing at her residence. Removal tomorrow, Sunday, to Ballintra Church, arriving at 6.30pm. Requiem Mass on Monday at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. No flowers please. Donations, if desired, to Milford Care Centre.ELIZABETH (LIZZY) MCNELISThe death has occurred of Lizzy McNelis, Straleel, Carrick. Reposing at her residence. Removal on Monday to St. Columbus Church, Carrick for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.HUGHIE MCNULTY The death has taken place in the Falcarragh Nursing Unit of Hughie McNulty, Knocknafaugher, Dunfanaghy. Reposing at family home. Funeral Mass in St Michael’s Church, Creeslough on Monday at 11am. Burial afterwards in Doe Cemetery. Family time from 11pm to 10am, please.RORY REDPATHThe sudden death has occurred of Rory Redpath, Corker, Rossnowlagh. Cremation will take place in Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harold’s Cross, Dublin, on Monday, April 30, 2012, at 3pm. DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012 was last modified: April 29th, 2012 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:2012APRIL 29DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SUNDAY
NEW YORK — Careful, now. It’s all dark and gloomy out there, all foreboding. Not at all like the light at the end of a New York tunnel, not at all the harbinger of celebration and victory champagne. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 A victory that leaves them one game from advancing to the American League Championship Series. One very big game, the hardest game to win. For as well as the Angels are playing right now, they’d best eliminate anything that remotely resembles overconfidence. It’s not they’re in obvious danger of slipping down this currently wet slope, but it is something they very much need to keep in mind. There is still work to be done with the Yankees, still another game to be won. The Angels are, understandably, feeling rather good about themselves at the moment. They survived a marathon that doubled as a baseball game on Friday night, knocking out Randy Johnson, watching the Yankees charge back for a 6-5 lead and then just kept the pressure on in an impressive 11-7 victory. When the heavens continued to open Saturday, forcing the postponement of tonight’s Game 4, many of the unexpected off-day questions turned to the waiting Chicago White Sox. And inner alarms should have rung. Warning systems that shut mouths and forced all responses to inter the evasive variety. Angels manager Mike Scioscia was already being asked Saturday his evaluation of the White Sox’s ease in defeating Boston. Best answer: Haven’t given the White Sox a single thought; only focusing on beating the Yankees. Given response: “Outside of Game 1, those games were nip-and-tuck the whole way. I haven’t analyzed those series very thoroughly because of the work that we have in front of us. “But we’ll look at them and we’ll break it down if we’re fortunate enough to get past these guys (Yankees) and get to Chicago, we’ll look at those games and see what is happening. But right now, there’s not a lot that we’re looking at past (Sunday’s) ballgame.” Right general neighborhood, just not a home run. The Angels’ sole concern must continue to be the Yankees, because they are not going to suddenly cower and wait for elimination. Their offense remains dangerous. They are playing at home. And it’s not like Angels starter Jarrod Washburn has been lights out all season; he’s been battling elbow tendinitis. New York is a prideful bunch with no interest in losing, but particularly in suffering some ignoble defeat at Yankee Stadium as they did last season when their collapse against the Red Sox echoed throughout the next year. If the Angels have serious designs on ending this series tonight and heading for Chicago, they will have to play their finest game against New York yet. Fortunately for the Angels, their style of play works against anything approaching the swollen head. They win by pushing the action, by stretching every opportunity, with good pitching and sometimes brilliant defense. “To the Angels’ credit, they are a relentless team,” Johnson said. “When you don’t make a play — regardless of who you are — they’re going to make you pay.” One edge the Angels may have over the Yankees is simply their past success against them. They eliminated them in ’02 and just generally play them tougher than anybody in baseball. In the unacknowledged recesses of their minds, you wonder if they worry the Angels just don’t have their number. And now once again, the Angels seemingly have the Yankees on the ropes. “You have a club on the ropes when you’re squeezing the last out and you’re clinching the division,” Scioscia said. “That’s when you have a team on the ropes. “This series, the momentum will switch pitch-to-pitch and inning-to-inning and game-to-game. There’s no advantage until you get that last out squeezed in your glove and you’ve clinched the series.” The exact attitude to have, the exact approach the Angels need take into tonight’s game, weather permitting. The Angels spent their Saturday in Manhattan as showers continued to fall, darkness surrounding the skyscrapers, the ubiquitous neon left in an odd glow. If not ominous, it should have at least served as warning that darker times can lurk just around the corner in the postseason. “What you want to do is focus on that first pitch (tonight),” Scioscia said. “You can’t get caught up in the momentum swings. You have to keep playing baseball.” There is one more big victory to be had in this round, and for all their encouraging play, they must approach it like it’s the toughest to earn. — Steve Dilbeck can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Declan Bonner will not be replacing Jim McGuinness as Donegal manager, and instead has reapplied for the minor position.Declan Bonner and Martin McHugh have both ruled themselves out of contention for the vacant Donegal job following the departure of Jim McGuinness last week.Bonner was regarded as strong favourite for the post, after leading the Donegal minors to the Ulster title after victory over Armagh.Bonner also made history in his role as minor manager by guiding the county to their first ever All-Ireland minor final. Like their senior counterparts they were narrowly beating by Kerry.However, Bonner has opted out of throwing his hat in to the ring to take over the Donegal senior job.Instead the Na Rossa clubman has reapplied for the minor job for next season.McHugh also ruled himself out of contention, after it had been suggested in some quarters that he was interested in taking the job. However, McHugh moved swiftly to deny his interest and said he wouldn’t be able to meet the demands required in terms of commitment.McHugh recently got back involved in management, by taking charge of the Sligo IT side for the Sigerson Cup.McHugh told The Irish Daily Star, “I think what happened was that I took the Sligo IT manager’s job and people were putting two and two together and getting five.“The way inter-county football has gone, it’s almost impossible for managers.“The amount of time you have to dedicate is staggering. “I just wouldn’t be able to make that kind of commitment.Rory Gallagher is the firm favourite to replace McGuinness, and he would no doubt be a popular choice with the players, having worked with them from 2011-2013.BONNER AND MCHUGH RULE THEMSELVES OUT OF CONTENTION FOR DONEGAL JOB was last modified: October 9th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Declan BonnerdonegalGAAHome-page SportjobMartin McHughnewsVacancy
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile device OAKLAND — The Warriors currently have three injured All-Stars.Warriors guard Stephen Curry will undergo an MRI on Friday after missing the fourth quarter of a 134-111 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday at Oracle Arena because of a left adductor (groin) strain. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he did not have any other information on Curry. Curry did not speak to reporters following the game so he could …
Bharatiya Janata Party’s former Rajya Sabha member Chandan Mitra is expected to join the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on July 21.“We are in touch with Mr. Mitra and he is expected to join us, if everything goes alright,” a Trinamool Congress (TMC) official told The Hindu.Mr. Mitra, however, told The Hindu on Wednesday that he would not comment till “next Monday” (July 23).Confirms meeting with MamataEarlier the week, Mr. Mitra, a two-term Rajya Sabha member of the BJP, said that he had had a meeting with TMC chief Mamata Banerjee.“I met her [Mamata Banerjee] for advertisement in my paper in Kolkata. But we did not discuss about my joining [the TMC],” he told The Hindu on Monday.Mr. Mitra, owner of a Delhi-based English language daily, was always known for his proximity to Ms. Banerjee. He is also a member of the BJP’s National Executive, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His name is still featuring in the BJP’s list of National Executive members.“I have given the resignation”In an interview to news agency ANI, Mr. Mitra confirmed that he has quit the BJP. “I have given the resignation. I have not decided when or where I will join, I am not going to disclose it,” ANI quoted him as saying.
The Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday partially relaxed the two-day-a-week restrictions on the movement of civilian traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway which was put in place to facilitate movement of security forces’ convoys.Earlier this month, the government had imposed the restrictions on the national highway (NH-44) connecting Jammu to Srinagar, days after the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed. The restriction barred civilian traffic from plying on the road on Wednesdays and Sundays.Now, there would be no restrictions from Srinagar to Baramulla (both in the Kashmir region) on Wednesdays, an official spokesperson said on Saturday.However, the restrictions would continue between Srinagar and Udhampur, in the Jammu region, on NH-44 as earlier, he said.“These would be reviewed periodically and relaxation would be made as the need for restriction reduces,” he said. Srinagar falls between the two cities.