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Quarrel over Mining Sites in Gbparpolu

first_img– Advertisement – The John P. Saah Family writes Mines and Energy Minister Murray (pictured): “We requested the Ministry to investigate the Class B License (MBL 2724/17) issued in March 2017 which overlapped our Class C license that was issued February 2016 and since April 5, 2019, the Ministry has not responded nor carried out any investigation in this matter. Sections 6.4 & 6.7(a) of the Mineral & Mining Act (2000) are too simple and easy for anyone to under that an overlap is a violation.” Liberian entrepreneur begs Ministry of Mines to investigate 3-year dispute with Chinese InvestorAn overlapping mining quarrel involving a Liberian mining entrepreneur, Mr. John P. Saah and a Chinese businessman, Mr. Zhang De Min, popularly known as Mr. Parker, has reached its third year since March 2017 with the latter requesting the Mines and Energy Minister Gessler Murray to intervene and investigate to avoid further conflict.The fight over the mining sites of Mr. John P. Saah Family License C against Mr. Zhang De Min License B nearly resulted to a commotion in Weasua, Gbarma District, Gbapolu County, and since then, six communications have been written to the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the latest letter dated September 17, 2019.In a communication to Min. Gessler, Mr. Samai Sheriff (the Authorized Representative of Mr. John P. Saah’s family) allegedly accused the Director of Mines of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Mr. Samuel Wilson, of violating the Mining Law of 2000 and the rights of ordinary Liberian of the John P. Saah Family. The takeover of the mining site nearly resulted in to a commotion between supporters of Mr. Zhang De Min and John P. Saah and led to a complaint filed to the Ministry of Mines and Energy since April 5, 2019 against the Chinese national, holder of Class B Licenses (MBL 2924/17), of overlapping their operational site.The communication, dated September 17, 2019, said the Ministry’s agent assigned in that area illegally removed all the properties of the Saah Family’s Class C operating equipment area without any regard to the Saah’s Family and allowed the Chinese national to continue to work in that designated area even though an investigation of the formal complaint is ongoing by the Ministry.“For your easy reference, the complaint of overlapping within our operational area and the refusal to renew our license was dated April 5, 2019; a follow up communication was sent to the Ministry of April 24, 2019; our application for prospecting license and application for class B mining license was dated on April 30, 2019; another letter requesting an investigation was dated on May 2, 2019. Additional letters on the same reference matter were dated on July 23, 2019 and August 20, 2019 respectively,” Mr. Sheriff said.“Prior to the illegal takeover of our Class C license area, the Chinese national, with the expressed consent of the Director of Mines, called a general town meeting at which the Gbarma District Commissioner, some officials in Gbarpolu County, the mining agent and the patrolman were present. Mr. Parker informed the Weasua community people that the government through the Ministry of Mines and Energy had already turned over the John P. Saah Class C Mining area to him effective on August 1, 2019; and to our utter dismay, the Chinese national, the patrolman and some gangsters went to our Class C area and forcibly removed and destroyed the belongings of family members of the John P. Saah Family who had occupied the designated area since 1974 as evidenced by the titled deed.”Mr. Sheriff said amid the Director of Mines Samuel Wilson’s warning against ‘shovel mining’ as a risky venture, the Chinese national Class B is using ‘shovel mining’ against which the John P. Saah Family Class C is considering to upgrade since April 30, 2019 to a Class B license and use machines, but the application for upgrade has since been denied.“Our family paid for a Class C License in 2016 and has been paying taxes on time up to date and is willing to pay the sum of US$10,000 to upgrade from its Class C License to Class B Mining License and to contribute more revenue to support the government’s pro poor development agenda.“The silence of the Ministry to probe these serious and grave allegations lead us to one conclusion that the Ministry supports these criminal acts against their own nationals…because the Mining Act of 2000, Section 11.4 states that the legal owner or lawful occupant of property on which minerals are discovered shall be entitled to a right of first refusal in any application for obtaining Class A or Class B Mining License as against any third party or parties,” Mr. Sheriff said.Speaking to the Daily Observer briefly via mobile phone on Monday, October 14, Mr. Sheriff said: “We have requested and are still begging the the Ministry to investigate the Class B License issued in March 2017 which overlapped our Class C license that was issued February 2016 and since April 5, 2019, the Ministry has not responded nor carried out any investigation in this matter. Sections 6.4 & 6.7(a) of the Mineral & Mining Act (2000) are too simple and easy for anyone to under that an overlap is a violation.”Efforts to contact Minister Murray did not materialize, as his phone appeared to be switched off and, up to press time, text messages from this reporter to the minister went unanswered.However, an office staff in the office of Ministry, who begged to be anonymous, said the Minister is indisposed but pointed out that the John P. Saah’s complaint is on the Minister’s desk and is part of a plan to investigate during the Minister’s seasonal inspection tour.The staff said Director of Mines, Samuel Wilson, will be part of the Minister’s delegation including some senior staff, press and a representative of a civil society organization (national or international).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Half-time: Chelsea 0 Fulham 0

first_imgFernando Torres had the only real chance in a turgid first half at Stamford Bridge.The striker saw his shot saved by Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer after being found by Cesar Azpilicueta’s right-wing cross.Chelsea fans again chanted the name of sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo on 16 minutes.Rafael Benitez, his controversial replacement, did little to endear himself to the Stamford Bridge faithful by leaving out Juan Mata.The Spanish playmaker was dropped to the bench along with John Mikel Obi, with Oriol Romeuand Ryan Bertrand starting.Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole, Romeu, Ramires, Hazard, Oscar, Bertrand, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Mata, Mikel, Moses, Ferreira, Marin, Cahill.Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Senderos, Hughes, Riise, Duff, Diarra, Sidwell, Karagounis, Rodallega, Berbatov. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Baird, Kasami, Petric, Frei, Dejagah.Click here for our Chelsea v Fulham quiz  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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors’ Omari Spellman says he has lost 40 pounds since July

first_imgOne of the Warriors’ new centers says he’s a whole new man.Omari Spellman said Monday at the team’s media day that he is down to a slim 275 pounds after weighing in at 315 during NBA summer league.Spellman said he plans to lose 10 more pounds by the time the Warriors open the regular season Oct. 24 against the Clippers.Summer League, I’m pretty sure you guys saw, I was pretty heavy. In Summer League I was about 315,” Spellman said. “This morning before breakfast I was 275, so still want to …last_img

Farming in the heart of Joburg

first_imgSiyakhana manager Mandla Tshabalala in his inner city food garden. The crops behind him show the diversity of permaculture, which attempts to mimic natural ecological systems. (Image: Wilma den Hartigh) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mandla Tshabalala Siyakhana Food Garden Project +27 76 431 0282 mandlatshabalala@yahoo.com • Prof Michael Rudolph Wits University Health Promotion Unit +27 11 717 2594 michael.rudolph@wits.ac.za • Makgodu Tsehloane National Development Agency +27 11 018 5500 • Akpofure Taigbenu School of Civil & Environmental Engineering Wits University +27 11 7177136 Akpofure.Taigbenu@wits.ac.za RELATED ARTICLES • Cape Town: a sustainable city • Eating, earning from city farms • SA store shows new way to farm• Better farming with mobiles• Nestlé unwraps new cocoa planWilma den HartighA dumpsite in the Johannesburg inner city has been transformed into a 1-hectare food garden supplying fresh vegetables to children and HIV-positive people, in a project demonstrating the enormous potential of urban agriculture.The Siyakhana Food Garden Project in Bezuidenhout Valley Park was set up in 2005 on an infertile patch of rocky and clay-filled ground donated by Johannesburg City Parks. Over the years various permaculture and soil conditioning techniques have transformed the land into a productive mini-farm that is home to an orchard of fruit and nut trees, an abundance of vegetables and a large herb garden.Today it supplies a steady supply of fresh vegetables, herbs, grains and legumes to nine child welfare organisations, as well as to those giving home-based care to the HIV-positive.“NGOs give us a list of what the children have to eat for good nutrition and then we plant as much of it as we can,” says garden manager Mandla Tshabalala.Siyakhana – isiZulu for “we are building each other” – is also able to sell its surplus produce to the public, and maintains a small seed bank of locally adapted cultivars.The need for nutritionProfessor Michael Rudolph, head of the Community Dentistry and Health Promotion Unit at Johannesburg’s Wits University, spearheaded the project in collaboration with an alliance of inner-city early childhood development centres and NGOs providing home-based care.Rudolph has a history in health projects for vulnerable people, having pioneered a mobile dental practice that brought primary oral healthcare to thousands of people in South Africa’s rural areas. He has also worked alongside NGOs providing home-based care to HIV-positive people.In 2004, while working on one of the faculty’s community outreach initiatives, Rudolph realised that the nutrition of children and the HIV-positive was being neglected. “Rudolph suggested that a food garden project should be started to address urban poverty,” Tshabalala says.Tshabalala started working at the food garden as a volunteer, later taking on a salaried position. Now a true urban farmer, he has a clear enthusiasm for food gardens as a tool for social development.This was further encouraged when he got the opportunity to visit an Eco Village in Germany. “There I saw the benefits, and I wish that South Africa could replicate the same concept,” he says. “With food gardens you won’t see anyone go hungry, and this would be a blessing for all South Africans.”Tshabalala is helped by nine previously unemployed men and women who tend to the garden daily. He had no background in farming, but learned quickly. “I went on courses to learn about crop production and permaculture, read a lot of books and then just built up my practical experience in farming.”Growing organic produceA key part of Siyakhana’s success comes from using the techniques of permaculture, which uses organic principles and mimics the diversity of natural ecologies. “We don’t have a problem with pests because the garden is so diverse,” Tshabalala says. “It functions like a community, and the more you increase the different species of plants, the fewer pests there are.”The Siyakhana herb garden stocks a wide variety of herbs, such as rosemary, oregano, sage, lavender and echinacea, that can be used for affordable and renewable natural healthcare.A pond designed by Akpofure Taigbenu and associates from the Wits University Department of Civil Engineering ensures that the garden always has irrigation water available. Run-off is collected in the pond to irrigate in the dry seasons. Wetland plants such as reeds and papyrus have been established, and the pond is already attracting waterfowl.Financial self-sufficiencyIn 2007 the National Development Agency provided Siyakhana with a much-needed cash injection of R700 000. The funds were used to help pay for stipends, buy seeds, a vehicle that would be used for deliveries to beneficiaries, as well as for training people working on the project.Tshabalala says financial support is welcome, but Siyakhana doesn’t only rely on funding. While the priority is providing fresh produce to its beneficiaries, the garden also generates an income by selling surplus produce to people in the area.Tshabalala has become something of a resident herbalist, too, frequently helping passersby to identify and treat physical ailments. “I am self-taught, but I also learned much about the food and medicinal applications of herbs from my grandfather,” he says.Their sun-dried herbs are provided to beneficiaries in the form of herbal salts. Tshabalala also manufactures a range of popular herbal products such as cough syrup, immune-booster tea and skin-care ointment. Gardeners can also buy purchase healthy organic vegetable seedlings that are cultivated on-site. Even restaurants have shown interest in buying organic produce from Siyakhana.Growing food for poverty alleviationMakgodu Tsehloane, the marketing and communications manager for the National Development Agency, says Siyakhana is a model project that shows how sustainable food production in South Africa should work. “With South Africa’s unemployment rate estimated at 23.5% and a slowing growth rate due to the economic recession, South Africans need to look for alternative solutions for poverty alleviation,” she says.It also holds promise for ways in which poor women can empower themselves. “Permaculture projects such as Siyakhana offer a long-term empowerment solution to women through education, research and other skills needed for running the project.”Food gardening in South AfricaMore South Africans are changing the way they think about food, causing a renewed interest in food gardening in South Africa. Mokgadi Itsweng, head chef and owner of Black Sage, a catering company that specialises in contemporary African cuisine, says that this trend is not only making healthy food such as fruit and vegetables more readily available, but it is also providing food security.The South African government is beginning to support the idea of food gardens. Earlier this year, as part of Nelson Mandela Day celebrations, members of parliament from all political parties undertook to work with government at provincial and municipal level to start food gardens in schools and communities.last_img read more

Wits University researchers reveal how the tortoise got its shell

first_img11 November 2014Ever wondered how tortoises got their shells and how these shy little creatures manage to breathe when they withdraw inside their protective shield? Well, a University of Witwatersrand researcher and his colleagues seem to have come up with an answer to these intriguing questions.In a paper entitled “Origin of the unique ventilator apparatus of turtles’ published in the scientific journal, Nature Communications, Dr Tyler Lyson from Wits University’s Evolutionary Studies Institute says through careful study of modern and early fossil tortoise, researchers now have better understanding how these creatures developed their breathing apparatus.“Tortoises have a bizarre body plan and one of the more puzzling aspects to this body plan is the fact that tortoises have locked their ribs up into the iconic tortoise shell. No other animal does this and the likely reason is that ribs play such an important role in breathing in most animals including mammals, birds, crocodilians, and lizards,’ says Lyson.Tortoises have developed a unique abdominal muscular sling that wraps around their lungs and organs to help them breathe. But when and how this mechanism developed in unknown.“It seemed pretty clear that the tortoise shell and breathing mechanism evolved in tandem, but which happened first? It’s a bit of the chicken or the egg causality dilemma,’ Lyson says.By studying the anatomy and thin sections (also known as histology), Lyson and his colleagues discovered that the modern tortoise breathing apparatus was already in place in the earliest fossil tortoise, an animal known as Eunotosaurus africanus. Eunotosaurus africanus lived in South Africa 260-million years ago and shares many unique features with modern day tortoises. However, Eunotosaurus africanus lacked a shell.Lyson says a recognisable tortoise shell does not appear for another 50-million years and Eunotosaurus africanus bridges the morphological gap between early body plan and the highly modified body plan of living tortoises, making it the Archaeopteryx of turtles.Sometimes referred to by its German name Urvogel, Archaeopteryx, is a genus of early bird that is transitional between feathered dinosaurs and modern birds.Co-author of the paper and Director of the Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits University, Professor Bruce Rubidge, says named in 1892, Eunotosaurus is one of the earliest tortoise ancestors and is known from early rocks near Beaufort West, in the Western Cape.“There are some 50 specimen of Eunotosaurus. The rocks of the Karoo are remarkable in the diversity of fossils of early tortoises they have produced. The fact that we find Eunotosaurus at the base of the Karoo succession strongly suggest that there are more ancestral forms of tortoises still to be discovered in the Karoo,’ Rubidge says.The study reveals important information about how tortoises have evolved over the years. Lyson and his fellow researchers found that early in the evolution of the tortoise body plan a gradual increase in body wall rigidity produced a division of function between the ribs and abdominal respiratory muscles.“As the ribs broadened and stiffened the torso, they became less effective for breathing which caused the abdominal muscles to become specialised for breathing, which in turn freed up the ribs to eventually – approximately 50-million years later – to become fully integrated into the characteristic tortoise shell,’ says Lyson.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Wippel named American Star Farmer

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Austin Wippel, of the Westfall FFA Chapter in Ohio was named the American Star Farmer at the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.The American Star awards — including the American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience — are awarded to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through completion of a supervised agricultural experience. A required activity in FFA, an SAE allows students to learn by doing by either owning or operating an agricultural business, working or serving in an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results.Here is more from Wippel.last_img read more

Credit Card styled work permits coming for Turks and Caicos December 1

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 17, 2017 – Providenciales – Ready or not, here it comes and by December 1st the Ministry of Border Control and Employment will begin dishing out, to approved applications, new wallet sized, credit card like Work Permits.“We will be releasing more information moving forward over the next two weeks.”Minister Sean Astwood, also the Deputy Premier explained that the hurricane has created a severe delay in the full roll out of the product, but the Ministry is gung-ho on getting the new styled work permit into the marketplace.More secure and difficult or impossible to forge are among the benefits to the card, plus it is easy to tote just in case holders are asked to prove legal status.#MagneticMediaNews#newcreditcardlikeWorkPermits Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #newcreditcardlikeWorkPermitslast_img read more

GeForce Now levels up for Android and RTX servers

first_img Preview • Nvidia Shield microconsole streams PC games via Nvidia’s Grid, runs Android apps The latest information on Google Stadia Post a comment 4:48 Nvidia Shield Android TV The gaming experience isn’t complete without a good chair Now playing: Watch this: Nvidia Computers Gaming Mobilecenter_img 56 Photos Tags 0 GeForce Now has been steadily adding games since its original Nvidia Shield launch four years ago. Screenshot by Lori Grunin/CNET With Google’s Stadia cloud-gaming service launch only months away, it shouldn’t surprise me that Nvidia’s almost ready to release its big competitor, GeForce Now, into the wild. In one of its many announcements at Gamescom on Monday, the company revealed “the sun is starting to set on the free beta period.” It’s possible that the company’s been waiting for one of the heretofore big missing pieces, Android support, to be put in place, and now the beta app for the beta service is rolling out to beta subscribers. The RTX Blade servers Nvidia announced last March are also coming online to (hopefully) bring better scalability, quality, performance and stability to the service, starting with Germany and California.Nvidia highly recommends using a Bluetooth controller for Android, since “some games will be unplayable on an Android phone without a gamepad.” Of course, we still don’t know how much it will be when people have to start ponying up or if Nvidia will stick to its “for x hours of gaming” model, two of the huge unanswered questions.GeForce Now, which lets you play games on a relatively low-power local device by rendering them in the cloud and “streaming” the frames to you while sending your input back, is unusual in that you can’t buy games through it, nor is it an all-you-can-play vault service. The app is essentially a hub for games you already own (that have GFN support), and when you hit “play” it runs the relevant launcher for a particular game, such as Steam. Review • Nvidia Shield review: A gamer-friendly 4K streamer in search of mass appeal Share your voicelast_img read more