Calm Returns to Baraake, Maryland

first_imgCross section of beneficiaries patiently await payment Female beneficiary receiving her check SIFCA and MOPP Executives being received Meditation and prayer Array of guests seated at program Traditional welcome with kola and pepper presented to MOPP CRC executives Alassane Doumbia (2nd from right) with MOPP Executivecenter_img Traditional welcome with kola and pepper presented to MOPP CRC executivesCalm has now returned to Barrake, Maryland County, with the settlement of financial claims from aggrieved farmers in the Baraake (LIBSUCO) area. Protest action by aggrieved locals over compensation for resettlement had brought operations at the Cavalla Rubber Company(CRC) and the Maryland Oil Palm Plantation(MOPP) to a near halt.But the chairman of the SIFCA Group of Companies and owner of the Cavalla Rubber Corporation (CRC) and the Maryland Oil Palm Plantation (MOPP) Allassane Doumbia last weekend  brought smiles to the faces of aggrieved locals of the Baraake area, when he visited in person to observe  the payment of monies to farmers whose structures were demolished in order to make way for the plantation.The payment exercise on Friday had earlier been preceded by the payment of compensation for crops amounting to a little over US$3 million, according to CRC-MOPP General Manager John Barkemeni. The Ministry of Internal Affairs, represented by its  Deputy Minister for Research and Development Planning Mr. Olayee Collins which had been closely involved in negotiations aimed at resolving the situation was also in attendance at the program.In remarks Minister Collins thanked the citizens for remaining law-abiding even though they were aggrieved. He said the last few weeks had indeed been difficult, but thanks to the hard work of General Manager John Barkemeni and thanks also to the resolve of the SIFCA Group of Companies and CRC, MOPP under the leadership of Alasssane Doumbia, the impasse was finally broken and the matter is now resolved.Thanking the people for their patience and understanding, Minister Collins pledged the commitment of the Government of Liberia to work with locals and the CRC-MOPP, to create a conducive environment for everyone’s benefit. He also thanked the people of Baraake for their patience and for agreeing to work with the company.Also making remarks at ceremonies marking the beginning of the payment process, the Executive Chairman of the Board of the SIFCA Group of companies and owner of the Cavalla Rubber Corporation and the Maryland Oil Palm Plantation Mr. Alassane Doumbia said, he decided to take the challenge to invest in Maryland County. He said his company believes in investing in people they work with, noting that success can only be assured if concern for the well-being of the people is taken into account.“We arrived here just 5 to 6 years ago to take over farmlands that had been abandoned and were lying dormant and took a bet that what other people left behind, we can revive. My father, myself and many members of our team were warmly received by the people of Pleebo-Sodoken District and the Government of Liberia.  And because of that hospitality, warm friendship and your willingness to work with us, we decided to take the challenge and invest in Maryland. This was back in 2008-2009. We knew from the beginning that things will not be easy; but we also knew that if we hold hands and work hard together, you and us, not just the company, but all of us, can make this to work”.He urged people to look at the bigger picture wherein prosperity can be assured for all. Mr. Doumbia said his company’s desire to create prosperity for all cannot be achieved if people are in confusion. This, according to him, was the primary reason behind his company’s decision to pay compensation to farmers rather than having to wait for the government to do so.“For us, the big picture is to make prosperity available to everyone. We are a private company, we work to make profit; but we know that the only way we can get profit is when people work with us and that they gain something and feel part of the company. I invite all of you to feel part of MOPP CRC.”He said the protest action has now come to an end with the decision to pay compensation for demolished structures belonging to people in the former LIBSUCO plantation area. It can be recalled that locals had been protesting against what they said was the destruction of their crops and structures without compensation, owing to their relocation from land proposed for the oil palm plantation.The tense standoff that ensued was diffused by the management of the Maryland Oil Plantation (MOPP) when it decided to provide just compensation for the land to help enable resettlement of the affected farmers. “There have been some issues in the past few months, issues that could have escalated into a major crisis. I want to thank everyone in Pleebo and Maryland, the youth and their leaders, the elders and traditional chiefs, the women and everyone for making sure that whatever problems that are out there, we can resolve them in peace through dialogue,” Mr. Doumbia stressed.Explaining further he said, “I was hoping to be present last time when the Minister of Internal Affairs Honorable Varney Sirleaf came here. But I was away on a mission. We heard all the issues that you raised with him and we have listened and will continue to listen. We want to thank you for being patient but now we must move on. IF CRC- MOPP are successful, you will benefit. Your children will go to good schools, the sick people will get medication, you will have enough money to take care of yourself and your family. That is what we all want and that is what we are making possible.“We want to create prosperity, but this will not and cannot happen if we cannot operate in an atmosphere of peace, security and partnership with the community. When people threaten other people and create tension, no one benefits. So, I am here today to ask you to embrace these two companies as your own. I am sure someone you know works for CRC and MOPP and you want that person to continue to make money and support their family,” Doumbia said. Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Olayee Collins making remarks MOPP Executive presenting check to beneficiary Final Settlement by SIFCA and MOPP to Farmers of Baraake, Maryland County1 of 9 The Liberia Sugar Corporation (LIBSUCO) concession area was once the site of a prosperous sugarcane plantation and a sugar plant which produced sugar for the local market. However during the civil war, the  the sugar plant was vandalized and the sugarcane plantation went into disuse as locals harvested the cane and began planting crops. Under the terms of the concession agreement with SIFCA, the Government of Liberia assumed responsibility to compensate local farmers for the use of the land and the loss of their structures.But the Government of Liberia, owing to difficult economic constraints, found itself unable to compensate locals. This led to a spate of protest actions which affected the day-to-day operations of the company. The CRC-MOPP, which prides itself on the creation of shared prosperity for the company and local people, decided to underwrite the cost until at which time later the Government of Liberia would reimburse the company.And this approach proved effective as the MOPP has to date paid a little over US$3 million to local farmers for their crops, according to CRC-MOPP General manager Mr. John Barkemeni. But as if this was not enough, locals embarked on a series of protest actions in demand of compensation for their structures, which were earmarked for destruction to make way for the plantation.In an interview with the vice chairman of the Maryland County Civil Society Organization Norris Boketa, he outlined that locals had engaged in protest actions because they were not sure that they would have been compensated at all; secondly, because they did not know how much they would receive for their structures. According to him, the Liberia Revenue Authority(LRA) was invited to conduct an assessment of all structures in order to provide a basis for payment.According to Boketa, there were noticeable errors which were detected in the assessment report by the LRA. He said locals in some cases were submitting more than one photo for the same structure but were making additional claims based on the photos submitted. Based on this, the MOPP requested a resurvey in 2016 as well as a reassessment by the LRA real estate tax division. The result of the resurvey and reassessment met the approval of all affected persons. Based on the results, the management of MOPP undertook to pay compensation to all affected individuals, Boketa observed.He said this was the first time ever that civil society organizations had been invited to observe the negotiations and payment process as a way of ensuring transparency.Meanwhile Mr. Doumbia has said a total of 154 beneficiaries were identified following the resurvey. 74 beneficiaries from the LIBSUCO area were identified while 46 individuals were identified as owners of new structures. 34 beneficiaries from the Cavalla Rubber Company whose properties were allegedly undervalued but later reassessed and revalued were identified for payment. Altogether, according to Mr. Doumbia, a total of US$133,287.21 is to be paid to 174 beneficiaries.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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School’s getting cool…er

first_imgStudents aren’t the only ones preparing themselves for the upcoming school year. Construction on the Pomeroy Sports Center’s new school facilities is on schedule and barring any unforeseen difficulties, should be open on the projected date. Superintendant Larry Espe, as well as the rest of the school district 60, have been spending the summer preparing for the approximately 160 students who will be completing courses in the new facilities. Teachers recently took part in the Hi-Tech High, a seminar which focuses on technology within the classroom, to help bring the latest ideas for students to use. The students themselves will be part of a new program for Peace River North. Much of their learning will come in the form of six personalized projects, to be completed at their own pace. Espe says that while the classrooms will appear traditional, the process of learning will be anything but. Schooling for the entire district starts on September 6th. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Pakistan trolled after their shortest innings in World Cup history

first_imgPakistan were blown away in Nottingham. It seemed their batsmen didn’t turn up for their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 opener against the West Indies at Trent Bridge as they were bowled out for 105.Pakistan batted only 21.4 overs, their shortest innings in terms of the number of balls faced in a World Cup match. 105 was also their second-lowest total in a World Cup after the 74 that Imran Khan’s men managed during the 1992 World Cup match against England.On Friday, Pakistan seemingly lacked the intent and the flamboyance that has been touted to dominate the ongoing World Cup on flat pitches in England and Wales.PAK vs WI, CWC 19: Live Cricket ScoreThe former champions lost both their openers and Haris Sohail inside the first 10 overs. West Indies all-rouncer Andre Russell, who was introduced into the attack as early as the sixth over, showed his teammates the way forward against Pakistan bowlers by bowling fast and short.Bouncers troubled Pakistan throughout the innings and none of them, including senior batsmen Sarfaraz Ahmed and Mohammad Hafeez found answers to the barrage of short balls that came their way.Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman scored 22 each but none of the others managed to impress. Pakistan managed to past the 100-run mark, thanks to tail-ender Wahab Riaz’s late blitz (11-ball 18 that included 2 sixes).Young and raw pace bowler Oshane Thomas was the star of West Indies bowling as he picked up 4 wickets in just 5.4 overs. Andre Russell shone with two wickets while captain Jason Holder picked up 3, including 2 wickets in a span of 6 balls.advertisementPakistan fans have certainly not impressed with the national team’s batting display at the biggest stage in world cricket.My journey to the ground today – 125 minutesPakistan’s innings today – 111 minutes#CWC19 #PAKvWI Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) May 31, 2019Worth remembering that Pakistan arrived in England 38 days before today’s match and not 38 minutes before today’s match #CWC19 #PAKvWI Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) May 31, 2019I think Imran Khan meant to say ‘100 runs instead of 100 percent’ #WIvPAK #CWC19 https://t.co/RDSQvesbhWUzair Hasan Rizvi (@RizviUzair) May 31, 2019Our National Game is Hockey ! ??#CWC19 #PAKvWITahir Khattak (@TahirKhattakk) May 31, 2019At least WI won’t score 500 in this game. Win.Osman Samiuddin (@OsmanSamiuddin) May 31, 2019105 all in 21.4 oversThis is Pakistan’s shortest innings in the World Cup history and second lowest total after 74 vs England in Adelaide in 1992. #PakvWI #CWC19Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) May 31, 2019This is typical Pakistan … They will no doubt go on an Win the World Cup … !!!Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 31, 2019Lack of @cricketworldcup experience hurt @TheRealPCB.Also felt @windiescricket fast bowlers bowled a very good line and length and didn’t allow Pakistan to score.#PAKvWI #WIvPAK #CWC19VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) May 31, 2019Everyone! Please pray for Rain ??#CWC19 #PAKvWITahir Khattak (@TahirKhattakk) May 31, 2019Pakistan’s last two CWC scores in England:132 ’99 final105 today v WI#CWC19Quentin Hull (@QuentinHull) May 31, 2019Dear Pakistan. This is just a gentle reminder that this is not a T20 World Cup but ODI world cup. Just FYI. Nothing more. #105AllOut #Hahaha #PAKvWIComedian Praveen (@Funny_Leone) May 31, 2019Pakistan’s two previous lowest scores in World Cup history have been in 92 and 99. Both times they reached the final. In 92 they were champions! Look out! #ICCWC2019 #PAKvWI #CricbuzzLive @gauravkapur @bhogleharsha @ImZaheerGautam Bhimani (@gbhimani) May 31, 2019105 all out ???????? #PAKvWI #WIvsPAK https://t.co/6W3J5CvLBcSir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) May 31, 2019Our Batting Coach Right now?????#PAKvWI pic.twitter.com/qSyujT5U2YSyeda Maryam Jafry (@JafrySyeda) May 31, 2019Also Read | Which country has the heaviest representation in World Cup 2019? Not IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes joins Aravinda de Silva in sharing unique recordAlso See:last_img read more

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