Ellen Submits “Liberia Land Authority” Bill

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf yesterday submitted to the Senate for enactment into law an Act to create the Liberia Land Authority.In her letter to that august body dated September 15, President Sirleaf said the bill puts into place the necessary legal framework for the establishment of the Liberia Land Authority that would undertake actions and implement programs in support of land governance; including land administration and management.“Mr. President Pro Tempore, in the midst of significant progress made by the Land Commission in proposing reforms of land policies and of land laws, fragmented government authority over land continue to cause difficulties, thus posing challenges to land reform implementations,” she wrote.President Sirleaf informed the lawmakers that when passed into law, the bill will ensure that the state through the land authority controls and manages effectively, impartially and in the interest of equitable development access to deeds of public and government lands.“Mr. President Pro Tempore, the bill is a significant milestone in the land governance process. At the creation of the Liberia Land Authority, the responsibility for land matters is to be removed from the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Public Works, the Center for National Documents and Records Agency, and other agencies of Government as appropriate and transferred to the Liberia Land Authority,” she noted.President Sirleaf concluded by requesting the Senators to see the importance of the bill and asked for its timely enactment into law.The letter was immediately turned over to the Senate Committees on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment; Judiciary; and Internal Affairs and Governance and Reconciliation, with the mandate to go through the voluminous Act and report to plenary in two weeks.The bill is among many others that have landed in the Chambers of the Senate, since President Sirleaf requested the Legislature to put a hold on their annual Agriculture Break for six more weeks, in order to help pass some important legislation.It may be recalled that in September 2014, President Sirleaf signed into law the Act Against Criminal Conveyance of Land, as part of the Land Commission’s resolved commitment to institute realistic reforms in the land sector of Liberia.As recently as August 10, 2015, the Senate conducted a public hearing on the proposed Land Rights Bill in the Chambers of the Senate, before the Senate Committees on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment; Judiciary, Claims, Human Rights and Petitions.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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Plaisance Market chaotic

first_imgDear Editor,By this letter, I am hoping that Commissioner of Police and the Traffic Chief will be provoked to look into the matter herein.I had an occasion to be driving through Plaisance on the Embankment Road at about 22:00h on January 5, 2017.The area by the Plaisance Market was chaotic. Vehicles were in the middle of the road and on the bridge itself, revellers were sitting on chairs on the thoroughfare, the smell of marijuana was thick in the air. Vehicles passing through had to stop and ask drivers who were virtually “parked” on the roadway to pull a bit to the corner. It took six minutes for me to pass the market area. Other drivers going both ways were similarly affected. Were some off-duty Police Officers among the revellers?That was a Thursday night. What is it like on weekends?I would prefer to entertain doubt that neither the Commissioner, nor the Traffic Chief has been briefed about the state of affairs as described above. They couldn’t and still have the lawlessness prevailing. My recollection is that a similar situation raised its head about five years ago at Buxton, Haslington Public Road and Plaisance, which necessitated regular Police interventions. The ugliness is rearing its head again. I am hopeful that this matter will be addressed by the relevant authorities sooner than later.Sincerely,Taajnauth Jadunauthlast_img read more

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Fort St. John looking at barricades for East Bypass curve

first_imgOne of the city’s walking paths runs along the side of the road, but as the grade of the walking path is lower than the road, it could pose safety problems. The speed limit is decreased at that corner to 60 kilometres an hour from 70. Councillor Byron Stewart brought forward the Notice of Motion to write a letter to the Ministry of Transportation asking that barricades or barriers be installed at that location. He says the issues was brought to his attention by people in the community that use the walking paths. “It’s an increased risk of going around a corner at a greater speed with families, young children and such that are on that path. The City and the Ministry of Transportation would be advisable just to look at what kind of barricades can be put in place to add a little more protection and security for those people.”- Advertisement – An administration report will be prepared for the next city council meeting.last_img read more

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Racism row rocks Roma in Juve loss

first_imgNapoli now sit two points ahead of Juventus, who had Paulo Dybala’s 77th minute strike to thank for a 1-0 win in Turin that handed the champions their 11th league win on the trot, and have a six-point lead on Fiorentina after their 2-0 win over Torino earlier in the day.Inter have dropped to fourth at six points adrift, further enforcing the pundits’ belief that Napoli and Juve are in a two-horse race for the title.Juve’s win in Turin was marked by controversy with Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi accused of racially abusing Juventus’s Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic.The bad-tempered affair got off to the worst possible start when Mandzukic crumbled to the ground in pain after a De Rossi stamp.Internet reports claimed television cameras had caught De Rossi telling the Croatian: “Shut up, shitty gypsy.”Roma coach Luciano Spalletti did not deny De Rossi’s comments, claiming Mandzukic had insulted his players throughout the game.He said De Rossi’s only mistake was not to cover his mouth with his hand, a technique used by many players and coaches to conceal what they are saying.“He (De Rossi) didn’t put his hand up to his mouth, but I will tell him to do that next time,” Spalletti said, after seeing Roma slip to 12 points off the pace.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri tried to play down the incident.“I don’t know what De Rossi said to Mandzukic and I don’t know what Mandzukic said to De Rossi, but players regularly trade comments with each other during games,” said the Juve coach.Meanwhile, Inter coach Roberto Mancini was furious with his misfiring strikers, lashing out after the game with Carpi: “I’m 50 years old and even I would have put some of those chances away.”– Higuain best –It had been a dramatic week for Mancini and Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri but as Inter slipped, Napoli put their title-winning credentials on show again.Sarri was caught in the eye of a homophobic storm after calling fellow Mancini a “poof” during a post-match tirade following defeat to Inter in the quarter-final of the Italian Cup, prompting stinging criticism from Mancini and gay rights groups.Inter only drew a line under the controversy on Friday by publicly accepting Napoli and Sarri’s apology, but by Sunday afternoon Mancini was wishing he had Higuain playing at the club.“If he (Sarri) wants to loan Higuain to me, that’s fine by me,” added Mancini.Higuain pounced in the ninth minute, the Argentinian collecting a poor Edgar Barreto back-pass to power towards the area and fire past onrushing Emiliano Viviano.“Higuain is becoming what I always thought he should be, in other words the best striker in Europe and perhaps the world,” Sarri told Mediaset Premium.“I wouldn’t even exchange him with (Bayern Munich striker) Robert Lewandowski.”Another Barreto blunder helped Napoli double their lead by the 18th minute, the defender hauling down Raul Albiol and after the referee pointing to the spot Lorenzo Insigne stepped up to beat Viviano at his near post.Napoli were pegged back when Joaquin Correa ran in and beat Pepe Reina first-time from 12 yards.A superb piece of individual skill from Napoli captain Marek Hamsik helped Sarri’s men restore their lead, the Slovakian shimmying past three players inside the area to toe-poke the ball past Viviano at his far post on the hour.Sampdoria pulled one back on 73 minutes when Eder rose to meet a corner to fire a glancing header through the legs of Reina, but six minutes later the match was effectively over when late substitute Dries Mertens took on two Samp defenders before beating Viviano with a low shot at his far post.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juventus’ Paulo Dybala, left, is challenged by Roma’s Daniele De Rossi during a Serie A soccer match, at the Juventus stadium, in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. PHOTO/AFPTURIN, January 25- Gonzalo Higuain struck his 21st goal of the season to help Napoli tighten their grip on Serie A with a 4-2 win at Sampdoria as Juventus’s 1-0 win over Roma threatened to be overshadowed by a racism row.As Napoli battled to their 14th win of the campaign, Inter Milan paid the price for a series of first-half misses when Kevin Lasagna levelled at the death for Carpi to secure a 1-1 draw at a stunned San Siro.last_img read more

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High on Ice Winter Festival kicks off tonight

first_img“A lot of our events in Centennial Park, for say, are in our tent. So we have heated tent space, and that’s where we host a lot of stuff so it doesn’t get cancelled and there is still a little bit of that outdoor element.”The High on Ice Winter Festival takes place February 15 to the 18 in Fort St. John.For a full events schedule, you can view it here. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The High on Ice Winter Festival is kicking off tonight, at 4:00 p.m., with Opening Ceremonies at Centennial Park.City crews have been working hard this past week as they prepared for the long-weekend Festival.High on Ice will include various Winter-related activities located across the city for the entire family to enjoy.- Advertisement -When it comes to dealing with the cold temperatures, Marissa Jordan, Recreation Programmer for the City of Fort St. John, says they will be leaving the cancellation decision up to the individuals that run the events.“We have a lot of volunteer groups that assist. So we leave it into the hands of the individuals that run the events. If temperatures become dangerous, to the point where you’re standing outside for six hours, we don’t, obviously, want our volunteers being subject to that.”Jordan also says that if the temperatures were to get extremely cold,  the event will not be cancelled as there will be warming tents set up in Centennial Park.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Kazakhstan responds

first_imgBritish comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s film, which has the full name “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” won several awards but angered some for its portrayal of Kazakhstan. Miss Kazakhstan said her country is preparing its own movie in response to “Borat,” the hit comedy that portrayed the Central Asian nation as bigoted and backward. Gauhkar Rakhmetalieva, a contestant to the Miss Universe beauty pageant, said her government is filming the movie to show the nation’s positive sides. But she said “Borat” brought much-need publicity to Kazakhstan, and there should be no hard feelings. “In the end, we have to understand that it was only a joke,” Rakhmetalieva said ahead of Monday’s Miss Universe pageant in Mexico City. “The advantage is that now our country is world famous. As people are looking toward us, we have the opportunity to show how we really are: a modern country with infrastructure and a very developed culture.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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2 Pasadena firefighters die in small-plane crash

first_img“So you talk about families, we really are one,” he said. “We rely on each other in life-threatening situations.” Funeral services for the pair are pending, Derderian said, and will be announced as soon as the dates are confirmed. Downs said U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, offered to get the U.S. State Department involved if there was any difficult arranging for the quick return of the bodies. emanuel.parker@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kiesow, a 26-year department veteran, was an avid flier who owned several planes and was piloting the plane that crashed, Derderian said. Kiesow and Soltis are believed to be the plane’s only occupants, Downs said. Kiesow worked at Fire Station 33 on Lake Avenue near Villa Street. Soltis was stationed at Fire Station 39 on Avenue 64. Pasadena firefighters were offered grief counseling Friday, Derderian said. Soltis, also known as Barney, served 20 years with the department. He is survived by his wife, Shanna, and three daughters ages 20, 18 and 13. Kiesow leaves behind a wife, Verlene, and two daughters and a son, all grown. Firefighters who worked with him recalled how he much he loved model planes and how he taught them how to build and fly them. Downs said firefighters spend one-third of their lives with each other and away from their families. PASADENA – Two veteran Pasadena firefighters were killed Thursday when their private plane plunged into the Sea of Cortez in an off-duty accident. Kenneth Soltis, 47, of La Verne, and John Kiesow, 49, of Agua Dulce, were killed in the late-morning crash in shallow water off the east coast of Baja, Mexico, said Pasadena fire Chief Dennis J. Downs. The chief said the men were on a fishing vacation and were returning to Pasadena when the crash occurred. They were scheduled to report to work at 7 a.m. Friday, Downs said. Information about the crash was arriving via the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles, said Lisa Derderian, a department spokeswoman, and department officials were piecing together the sketchy details. last_img read more

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NBC hooks up with YouTube for fall lineup

first_imgUnder the deal, YouTube will create a separate channel for NBC video, so that visitors can easily pull up the half-dozen or more items that NBC plans to offer at any given time. It will be similar to channels that other companies, filmmakers and everyday users create. NBC will sponsor a contest in which fans of “The Office” can create their own 20-second promotional clip – as long as they don’t use any copyrighted footage from the show. NBC will provide music, graphics and a “how-to” video. Little money will change hands, although NBC commits to buying an undisclosed amount of ads on YouTube. NBC will also run spots on television publicizing the contest. NBC and YouTube officials acknowledged the possibility that fans will reject the clips if they appear simply as promotions, but YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley said fans would likely embrace the video if it is compelling and not available anywhere else. NBC, a unit of General Electric Co., already makes full episodes of some already-broadcast shows available for sale for $1.99 through Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes online store. Miller said more than 6 million have been purchased since December. Miller said the Sci-Fi Channel’s “Battlestar Galactica,” USA Network’s “Monk” and sketches from “Saturday Night Live” have been among the most popular, while classics such as “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” have not done as well.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“The distinction between television and video is becoming murkier and murkier,” said John Miller, chief marketing officer for the NBC Universal Television Group. “Rather than putting our heads in the sand and saying this doesn’t exist, we’re trying to jump in and embrace it.” Miller added that the deal helps expose upcoming NBC shows to viewers who may tune out television over the summer but continue to surf the Internet. YouTube is, by some measures, the leading video-sharing site on the Internet with its 13 million U.S. visitors viewing 550 million pages in May, according to comScore Media Metrix. YouTube says 60,000 new videos are posted daily. The site lets amateurs and professionals alike post video – many of them simply unedited footage from video-capable camera phones and digital cameras – and easily share them with the entire world for free. To the chagrin of NBC Universal lawyers, some users also have posted copyright footage from television shows. YouTube has responded to requests to take down such footage. YouTube’s deal with NBC commits that practice in writing, though there won’t be any changes in procedures. NEW YORK – NBC will use the YouTube video-sharing site to promote its fall television lineup in a strategic partnership that further underscores the Internet’s growing role in generating buzz around traditional media shows. Even with the deal YouTube visitors are not likely to find legal clips of “Lazy Sunday,” the “Saturday Night Live” parody rap that circulated widely on YouTube and other video-sharing sites before NBC Universal lawyers requested their removal. Rather, the deal will highlight promos made by or for NBC. They could include clips from new shows or old ones such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” behind-the-scenes interviews and other features largely exclusive to the Internet. NBC also is sponsoring a contest for fans of “The Office” to create their own promotional videos. last_img read more

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Raith Rovers condemn racist abuse from fans at Ayr United

first_imgRaith Rovers have condemned fans who racially abused Ayr’s Declan McDaid and said they have launched an investigation to identify the supporters responsible.The club said they have been made aware that away fans at Somerset Park on Saturday directed racist abuse towards McDaid during their side’s 3-0 defeat.In a statement on the club’s official website, Rovers made it clear that the behaviour was completely unacceptable and vowed to take action.It read: “Raith Rovers FC have received notification from Ayr United that the match referees attention was drawn to offensive remarks of a racial nature made during the game from the Railway End of Somerset Park (where the travelling support were housed last Saturday) to Ayr player Declan McDaid. “Raith Rovers FC condemn in the strongest possible terms any form of abuse of a racist nature, are committed to investigating this incident thoroughly, and identifying the person or persons responsible.“As well as being wholly unacceptable, this behaviour is in direct contravention of Raith Rovers Football Club’s own supporters’ code of conduct.“Consequently, we have been conducting a rigorous investigation to identify the person or persons responsible. Any information that can assist in this can be sent in confidence to the Raith Rovers safety officer: safety@raithrovers.net“At this crucial point in the league campaign the squad need all supporters energies focussed on the remaining fixtures, starting tonight at Forfar and continuing through East Fife at Starks Park on Sunday and onwards to the end of the season.”last_img read more

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The Worst Thing You Can Wear on a Date Is . . . a Wrinkled Shirt?

first_imgGood news, bro:  Apparently next time you have a date, you can wear that HI-LARIOUS shirt you got for St. Patrick’s Day that says “Drunk Me I’m Kiss.”  Just make sure you iron it first. 1.  Wrinkled clothes.  66% say it’s a big turnoff.2.  Socks with sandals, 55%.3.  Crocs, 53%.4.  Baggy clothes, 50%.5.  Granny panties or other unattractive underwear, 45%.6.  Board shorts, 45%.7.  Clothes that are “too young” for your age, 44%.8.  Pants that are too short or long, 39%.9.  Low-rise pants, 38%.10.  Super tight shirts, 34%. A new survey asked single people to name the WORST things to wear on a date.  Here’s the top 10 . . .last_img read more

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