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first_imgNimba County District #6 Representative Dorwohn Gleekia: “I’m disappointed because our colleagues did not carefully scrutinize the process.” – Nimba Lawmaker expresses disappointmentThe House of Representatives, at 1:03 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, concurred with the Senate to ratify the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) between the Government of Liberia (GoL) and the Hummingbird Resources (Liberia) Incorporated.This latest development, according to Nimba County District #6 Representative Dorwohn Gleekia, “the process of the concurrence was a disappointment.”Gleekia chairs the House Committee on Peace, Religion and National Reconciliation. He informed the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview that the “The Act to Ratify the MDA between the GoL and the Hummingbird Resources (Liberia) Inc. needed due diligence by scrutinizing the details.According to the Senate’s letter to the House of Representatives, dated March 1, 2019, individual Senators approved the Hummingbird Resource Deal on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 12:23 p.m., thus seeking the House’s timely concurrence. The Hummingbird Deal is the Senate’s Engrossed Bill #3.“I am disappointed over the process of the concurrence with the Senate on the agreement. I observed that there was not much time; no due diligence, and some of us do not know the cause of President Weah’s veto against the Hummingbird Agreement,” Rep. Gleekia said.“Last year, both Houses approved the agreement and sent it to the President for passage, but was vetoed and then, few months later, he sent the it back for passage. And then we did approve it without due diligence of dissecting the document,” he said.Rep. Gleekia’s disappointment is in agreement with Margibi Senator Oscar Cooper, Nimba Senator Prince Y. Johnson, and Senators Sando D. Johnson and J. Gbleh-bo Brown of Bomi and Maryland, respectively. They all walked out of session, and refused to vote on the bill on February 28, arguing that the bill was not also given due diligence.The Hummingbird Mineral Development agreement was previously ratified by the House of Representatives and Senate in June 2018, while President Weah vetoed it from the Senate to ratify the agreement in July 2018 on grounds that it equired an adjustment in two parts to bring a protracted benefit with mutual balance for each of the comparing parties.According to the agreement, it will yield US$250 million in direct investment to the country. It will also see development of the largest gold mine in the southeast of the country as the first major direct investment secured by the Weah’s administration.History of Hummingbird Gold PitchIn July 2015, a US$100 million gold mining agreement with Hummingbird Resources (HUM) for mining operations in Sinoe County was signed between GoL and the Company, but with the modification of the Bill and the addition of Maryland, Grand Kru and River Gee counties, there is yet to be known whether the worth of the signature of the Agreement, signed and granted as well as the mining license will remain the same.In the previous agreement, as of July 2015 and 2016, respectively, when it was submitted to the Senate, the company was to pay the government US$1.5 million signature fee once the agreement was ratified by the Legislature, and another US$1.5 million on the granting of the mining license.Hummingbird on annual basis commencing on the first anniversary of the effective date of the agreement will contribute an amount to the Social Development Fund (SDF) for the affected communities, which means those areas in which the company will do its mining, should enjoy some financial benefits. The SDF during years one and two, will amount to US$100,000; years three and four, US$150,000; years five to 10, US$200,000; and years 11 onward, US$250,000 throughout the 25-year period.The company will also pay all other taxes and duties. In keeping with GoL’s economic recovery plan, Hummingbird will give first priority to qualified Liberians for employment, help improve workers and community education and health and give preference to Liberian suppliers in terms of procurement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

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first_imgDONEGAL Gardaí have warned motorists of icy conditions again this morning.They are particularly concerned about those driving at speed, believing the roads are safe.Gardai say there are also reports of black ice in many places across Donegal. “A frosted road can be ok to drive when done with caution but there will inevitably be black ice spots and that’s our concern,” said a Garda spokesman today.“People need to slow down; far too many motorists are driving today as if it was just another day.”GARDAI WARNING OVER BLACK ICE was last modified: December 12th, 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)last_img read more

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first_imgChelsea are considering making a final improved offer for Bayer Leverkusen’s Germany international André Schürrle, according to The Guardian.The Bundesliga outfit are reported to have turned down a £16m offer for the 21-year-old forward.The Sun say Chelsea’s Michael Essien is being lined up for a £10m move to Fenerbahce.The Daily Mail say the Turkish club are preparing an £8m bid for Essien and have also enquired about Blues midfielder Raul Meireles.Meanwhile, Fulham have again been linked with a move for Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe.The Daily Mirror say the Whites, Aston Villa and Sunderland are all keen on the England international.QPR and West Brom are on the trail of Argentina star Cristian Ansaldi, according to The Sun.The Rubin Kazan full-back, 25, is said to have been attracting attention from a host of top clubs, including Chelsea.And a number of today’s papers pick up on comments made by Joey Barton’s agent Willie McKay, who believes the QPR midfielder may join Marseille with Stephane Mbia moving in the opposite direction. This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND — For nearly the past two weeks, Warriors coach Steve Kerr and the team’s training staff mulled over a pressing question. When should the Warriors find a rest day for Stephen Curry?The Warriors (49-22) determined that moment will happen when they host the Dallas Mavericks (28-44) on Saturday at Oracle Arena, marking the first game of a home back-to-back …last_img

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first_imgRegion subtropicale, temperee par un ocean sur les trois cotes du pays et par l’altitude du plateau interieur, elle presente des conditions chaudes et temperees si typiques de l’Afrique du Sud et tellement appreciees des visiteurs etrangers.L’Afrique du Sud est reputee pour son soleil. C’est un pays relativement sec, avec une moyenne de precipitations d’environ 464mm (par rapport a une moyenne mondiale d’environ 860mm). Alors que la province de Western Cape reçoit des precipitations principalement en hiver, le reste du pays est plutot une region a precipitations estivales.Parallelement, les temperatures en Afrique du Sud ont tendance a etre moins elevee que dans d’autres pays se trouvant a la meme latitude, comme l’Australie, du fait d’une plus haute elevation par rapport au niveau de la mer.Sur le plateau interieur, l’altitude (Johannesburg se situe a 1694 metres) permet de maintenir des temperatures moyennes en dessous de 30°C. En hiver, pour cette meme raison, les temperatures nocturnes peuvent descendre en dessous de zero, et parfois encore plus bas dans certains endroits.Les regions cotieres d’Afrique du Sud sont donc les plus chaudes en hiver. Il existe cependant un net contraste entre les temperatures des cotes est et ouest du pays, a cause respectivement du courant chaud Agulhas et du courant froid Benguela qui longent les cotes.Nous trouvant dans l’hemisphere sud, nos saisons s’opposent a celles de l’Europe, de l’Amerique du Nord, alors oui, nous passons Noel a la plage.L’etePour une grande partie de l’Afrique du Sud, l’ete (de la mi-octobre a la mi-fevrier) se caracterise par un temps chaud et ensoleille, souvent accompagne d’orages dans l’apres midi qui disparaissent rapidement, laissant une odeur chaude de terre dans l’air typique de l’Afrique.La province de Western Cape, avec son climat mediterraneen, est une exception qui reçoit des precipitations en hiver.L’automneL’automne en Afrique du Sud (de mi-fevrier a avril) offre d’une certaine maniere le meilleur temps. Tres peu de precipitations tombent sur l’ensemble du pays, il fait chaud mais pas trop et on va vers le froid au fur et a mesure que la saison avance.Au Cap, l’automne est fantastique avec des journees d’ete ensoleillees et chaudes, des nuits douces dont profitent de nombreuses personnes pour frequenter les terrasses des cafes.L’hiverL’hiver en Afrique du Sud (de mai a juillet) se caracterise, dans les regions les plus hautes du plateau interieur par des journees seches, ensoleillees et vives et des nuits froides. C’est une bonne idee d’emmener des vetements chauds.La cote chaude et humide du KwaZulu-Natal, ainsi que le Lowveld (regions les plus basses) des provinces de Mpumalanga et Limpopo presente un magnifique temps hivernal avec des journees ensoleillees et chaudes et quasiment ni vent ni precipitation.La province de Western Cape reçoit des precipitations principalement en hiver, avec un certain nombre de journees au climat nuageux et pluvieux. Cependant, elles sont souvent entrecoupees de merveilleuses journees rivalisant avec l’ete anglais.Les hautes montagnes du Cap et le Drakensberg du KwaZulu-Natal reçoivent habituellement de la neige en hiver.Le printempsNulle part ailleurs en Afrique du Sud, vous ne trouverez un printemps (d’aout a mi-octobre) plus spectaculaire que dans les provinces du Cap. Ici l’hiver gris est vite oublie car des centaines de plantes de petite taille, voire insignifiante, recouvrent les plaines d’un tapis de fleurs multicolore.Le voyage pour aller voir les fleurs du Namaqualand dans les provinces de Western et Northern Cape est un pelerinage annuel pour de nombreux sud-africains.Quelle est la meilleure epoque de l’annee pour voyager ?Cela depend de ce que vous voulez faire. Les fleurs sont au meilleur de leur forme en aout et en septembre. La meilleure epoque pour les visites de reserves naturelles est la fin du printemps (septembre et octobre). Les baleines australes passent pres de nos cotes de mi juin a fin octobre.La plongee est possible dans tout le pays en dehors de l’ete (c.-a.-d. d’avril a septembre), tout comme le surf mais cela ne limite pas ces activites a ces saisons.La fin de l’hiver au Cap et le plein ete au KwaZulu-Nata (fin novembre a mi fevrier) sont les meilleures epoques pour le rafting en riviere. Les provinces de Mpumalanga et du Limpopo sont moins dependantes du temps.Les regions intermediaires (le printemps et l’automne) sont les meilleures pour la randonnee car l’ete peut etre tres chaud dans tout le pays. Dans le Drakensberg, les orages d’ete sont dangereux et la neige n’est pas une exception en hiver. Au Cap, les hivers sont humides et la randonnee peut etre penible.Si vous etes un passionne d’oiseaux, les migrateurs palearctiques arrivent vers novembre et les migrateurs internes a l’Afrique le font en general vers la mi octobre.Bien sur, si vous voulez vous prelasser sur les plages, le milieu de l’ete est la meilleure epoque, bien que tout le monde y sera aussi. Et, gros bonus, les plages du nord du KwaZulu-Natal sont chaudes et ensoleillees meme au milieu de l’hiver.SAinfo reporter, incluant des documents de l’Office du Tourisme d’Afrique du Sudlast_img read more

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first_img20 March 2008The South African Reserve Bank’s latest quarterly bulletin, released on Wednesday, points to a challenging global economic environment in the aftermath of the turmoil caused by the US sub-prime crisis, as well as South Africa’s ability to withstand the resulting fallout.In a statement accompanying the release of the bulletin, Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni said that while some growth momentum might be sacrificed as a result, robust activity seemed likely to continue in large parts of the world, for instance in China and India, while oil and commodity producers also stood to benefit.He went on to explain that the crisis in the US centred around bad investments in sub-prime mortgages and a broad range of financial assets structured around such mortgages, and that South African financial institutions had little exposure toward such “exotic” structured products.Mboweni pointed out that while local banks had very little direct exposure to write-offs arising from the turmoil, indirect exposure to the sub-prime crisis was unavoidable. This included falling domestic share prices, decreased industrial exports and a rising gold price.“Nevertheless, South Africa’s banks are well-capitalised and supervised, its financial system is robust, and liquidity in the domestic financial system is adequate,” he said. “Although bad debt in the banking system is rising, it is predominantly on account of the preceding rapid increases in credit extension and tighter monetary policies, and remains well-contained and closely monitored.”Capital expenditureMboweni said that South Africa was further protected from such external shocks due to a slowdown in household consumption coupled with a strong rise in real fixed capital formation, especially in the electricity sector.“The current ratio of capital formation to gross domestic product (GDP) of 21% compares favourably with the ratio of 15% recorded only six years ago.”He explained that the capital expenditure had a significant import component and this was contributing to the country’s current account deficit of 7.5% of GDP in the fourth quarter of 2007, and 7.3% for the year as a whole.“As before, the deficit on the current account was more than fully financed through inflows of financial capital, and the Bank continued to build up international reserves during the fourth quarter,” Mboweni said.Foreign savingsThe form in which South Africa attracted capital also changed from portfolio investments to other types of investment, with South African banks repatriating part of their substantial foreign currency holdings overseas, possible to benefit from the prevailing interest rate differential that is in favour of South Africa.“Further scope for attracting foreign saving is considerable: South Africa’s foreign debt is low, its private banking sector owned more than R225-billion in foreign exchange at the end of 2007, and interest rate differentials, both nominal and real, continue to favour South Africa,” Mboweni said.In addition, sound economic growth prospects, an extensive infrastructure programme, and responsible fiscal policies were likely to sustain confidence and investor interest.“These factors contributed to ample liquidity in the domestic market for foreign currency, making it possible for the South African Reserve Bank to accumulate more foreign reserves,” he explained.The bank’s gross international reserves rose from US$33-billion at the end of December 2007 to $34.2-billion at the end of February 2008.Floating exchange rateAn important element of South Africa’s resilience in the face of current-account imbalances was its adherence to a floating exchange rate, Mboweni said, with market forces jointly determining levels of the current account deficit and of the exchange rate.He said a substantial depreciation of the exchange value of the rand had already taken place in the first quarter of 2008, though the depreciation would help to narrow the current account deficit.In the short run, however, such depreciation raised the prices of imported items and might prolong the period during which inflation – also being driven by high food and fuel prices – exceeded the Reserve Bank’s target range.He added that the bank had already tightened its monetary policy stance, and that while instant solutions were impossible, the resolve of the bank to bring inflation back within the target range over time should not be underestimated.“An environment of low inflation is supportive of robust economic growth, enhanced infrastructure development and sound fiscal policies,” Mboweni said.“The South African Reserve Bank is closely monitoring international and domestic developments as they unfold, and consults with relevant stakeholders and will be ready to take appropriate steps to ensure stability and a smooth functioning of our financial markets, should that become necessary at any point in time in the future.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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first_imgThe National Treasury announced the official establishment of the New Development Bank (NDB) headquarters in Shanghai, China on 27 February. This marks the completion of legal procedures that will now allow the bank to begin its operations.The South African operation has started a national recruitment process, and the Treasury has encouraged South Africans with the necessary skills and qualifications to apply via its website. (Image: BRICS Business Council, via Facebook)The National Treasury announced the official establishment of the New Development Bank (NDB) headquarters in Shanghai, China on 27 February, which marks the completion of legal procedures that will now allow the bank to begin its operations, in a statement released on 7 March 2016.#China, #BRICS bank sign #documents. Read more: https://t.co/iAtjjnwSuv pic.twitter.com/afZd2Z4vdk— Fakhrul Alam (@fakhrulalam88) February 28, 2016The headquarters was first opened in July 2015, following the formal agreement on the bank’s establishment between BRICS leaders at its fifth annual summit, held in South Africa in 2013.The NDB is busy establishing its Africa Regional Centre in Johannesburg, as outlined by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his 2016 Budget Speech.The South African operation has started a national recruitment process, and the Treasury has encouraged South Africans with the necessary skills and qualifications to apply via its website for a variety of mid- and high-level positions at the institution.South Africa’s first instalment of R2-billion was paid to the bank in December last year, according to the minister’s 2016 Budget Review, and the budget makes provision for further commitments over the medium term.The NDB will begin operations with $50-billion (about R770-billion), which will expand to the full $100-billion in the next five to 10 years.While China may have the largest share of voting rights in the bank with its $41-billion pledged contribution, the South African contribution and its work in the organisation will go a long way to developing the rest of the continent as an emerging economic power.“This initiative,” Gordhan said his address to Parliament, “gives impetus to our role as a financial centre for Africa and will facilitate access to global finance by African investors and institutions.”The bank will focus on lending money to developing countries to help finance infrastructure projects. Economists consider the NDB a viable and necessary alternative to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, one that will bring the focus back to developing the BRICS member nations as well as emerging nations on their respective continents.To achieve this, the bank will support public and private projects through loans, guarantees, equity participation and other financial instruments.This primary focus will complement BRICS’ existing efforts of multilateral and regional financial institutions for global growth and development. The NDB will also co-operate with international organisations and other financial entities, and provide technical assistance for projects to be supported by the bank.The BRICS economies comprise more than 3 billion people – over 40% of the world’s population – and cover more than a quarter of the world’s land area and global gross domestic product.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

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first_imgAdvocate Barry Roux is representing Oscar Pistorius in his murder trial. (Image: Graphic by Mary Alexander. Background image courtesy of Jonny Ross, Flickr) • South Africa’s justice system • Oscar and the photo of the witness • Pistorius trial: open justice or trial by media? • A media guide to the Oscar Pistorius trial • The media and open justiceLucille DavieParalympian Oscar Pistorius, in court for allegedly murdering his girlfriend of four months, Reeva Steenkamp, on 14 February 2013, is represented by senior council Barry Roux.Roux, an advocate for more than 30 years, is a formidable legal eagle, known for wearing witnesses down. In Pistorius’s bail application in the weeks after the Steenkamp’s death, Roux grilled police detective, Hilton Botha, who cracked under relentless questioning, admitting that his facts were doubtful, and that Pistorius would not be a flight risk. Pistorius’s bail was secured at R1-million and Roux convinced the court to relax some of its strict bail conditions a month later.The first witness to be called in the Pistorius trial, Michelle Burger, took the stand for a day and a half, and withstood repeated grilling by Roux, bravely sticking to her story under pressure. Subsequent witnesses have endured his persistent questioning, with Pistorius’s former girlfriend, Samantha Taylor, breaking down in tears twice during her testimony, with the court having to have a recess to allow her to recover.Roux was admitted to the Bar in 1982. His practice comprises criminal, insurance, delictual, aviation, matrimonial, medical negligence, general contractual and liquidation work.He has had some high profile clients, defending South Africa-based businessman, Dave King, who had had the highest unpaid tax bill ever, at R2.3-billion. The bill was reduced to R700-million. Roux also represented Johannesburg Consolidated Investments chairman, Brett Kebble, now deceased, on charges of tax evasion. The charges were withdrawn in 2007.Mannie Witz, an advocate with the Bridge Group at the Johannesburg Bar, says of Roux: “He is a very experienced criminal lawyer, and quite a likeable fellow.” Witz says he has worked with Roux over the past 35 years. Roux has been a South African Police Services advocate for many years, and still takes on the bigger criminal cases for them. “He is very, very professional, and very competent,” adds Witz.Roux is a hardworking but private person, says Witz, and a gentleman and a family man. “He is always very well prepared, and a very decent guy.”Roux is a member of the Advocates Group 21, a professional body of 101 advocates who practise in the High Courts and other courts of South Africa and neighbouring countries.“Our members are committed to the highest standards of a professional and ethical legal practice, and are equally committed to transformation initiatives internally, and at the Johannesburg Bar, to ensure that the practice remains highly esteemed and legitimate,” indicates the organisation’s website.Members of the group practise in all the fields of law traditionally dealt with by advocates, including constitutional law and human rights, labour law, criminal law, matrimonial matters, banking law, company law, liquidations, aviation law and intellectual property. Services rendered include litigation, mediation and arbitration, attending enquiries and commissions, and appearing in all forums generally permitted by the rules of conduct set by the Bar, including as the presiding officials at hearings.“The Group has actively sought to transform the bar and to help redress the imbalances of the past. It has a dedicated fund aimed at ensuring that new and previously disadvantaged members get access to quality work and clients.”last_img read more

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