Land Commission, FAO Conduct 3-Day Workshop

first_imgThe Land Commission and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are conducting a 3-day awareness workshop on responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests in the context of national food security.Speaking at the official opening of the workshop on Tuesday, June 17, at the S. Trowen Nagbe United Methodist Church, the FAO Country Director to Liberia, Jean-Alexandre Scaglia, said this is the beginning of tangible national and international efforts on the voluntary guidelines on the governance of tenure of land, fishery and forests for the country.Mr. Scaglia said the mission is to promote responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests with emphasis on all tenure of private, public communal, indigenous, customary and informal land.Mr. Scaglia said, the goals of the guidelines are to achieve food security for all and support the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security in Liberia.   “This is the effort towards the eradication of hunger and poverty, and also intended to contribute to achieving sustainable livelihoods, social stability, housing security, rural development, environmental protection and sustainable social and economic development for the people.”According to the FAO Country Representative, the guidelines cover three key areas that are crucial for the attainment of food security, rural development and social and economic development as well as cross cutting issues.Mr. Scaglia said, Liberia stands to attract more investments in agriculture, fishery and forestry if farmers, community people, and ordinary citizens are supported in getting not only access but also right to land, and fishery and forestry they need.The three areas includes land, that allow families and other citizens to produce food for consumption and increase income through the sale of produce from their farms, fisheries, the secure the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on marine and inland fisheries, and forestry, that improved governance such as effective law enforcement, reduced corruption, and greater transparency to promote sustainable forest management.Also speaking at the workshop, Dr. C. Othello Brandy, Chairman, Land Commission, said this was an opportunity for people of national concern to discuss the way forward of food and security to Liberia.“We hope that the results of the workshop will have the practical measures put into place to increase the issue of access to land by women and men including children both in the rural and urban areas in the country,” Chairman Brandy hoped.Dr. Brandy said the issue of funding was one of the problems, stating that there is a need for government to create the necessary condition that will empower farmers in their production.The program brought together over 100 persons, including members of civil society organizations, staffs of Land Commission, FAO representatives other government officials.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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MAN WHO MAINTAINED CANNABIS FACTORY IS REMANDED IN CUSTODY

first_imgA Malaysian man who oversaw the running of a cannabis growhouse in Ballybofey has been remanded in custody.Ching Ann Low appears in court.Ching Ann Low, 31, appeared at Letterkenny District Court this morning. He is the fourth person to appear in court charged in connection with the discovery of the cannabis factory worth an estimated €360,000 above a Chinese restaurant on Navenny Street on Tuesday evening.The court heard that Ching Ann Low held the key to the premises to which the plants were being grown and also looked after the equipment used to grow the plants.Garda Detective Sgt Niall Boyle told the court he was objecting to bail as he considered the accused a serious flight risk.Solicitor Frank Dorrian objected saying Gardai had his passport and that his wife was also now in custody as she was one of the co-accused.But Sgt Boyle said the accused could still slip into Northern Ireland and out of the jurisdiction.The court heard that Ching Ann Low arrived in Ireland in October 2012 with his wife and mother-in-law.Judge Paul Kelly said he agreed that the accused could be a flight risk and remanded him in custody at Castlerea Prison until Monday next by video-link.MAN WHO MAINTAINED CANNABIS FACTORY IS REMANDED IN CUSTODY was last modified: January 24th, 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:Ballybofeycannabis factoryChang Ann LowGardaiSgt Niall Boylelast_img read more

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No substance in what Modi speaks, says Rahul Gandhi

first_imgCongress president Rahul Gandhi Friday said Indians have realised that there is no substance in what Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks, adding the latter is mum on the issues he spoke about before the 2014 elections.Addressing a campaign rally here for the November 28 Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls, Mr. Gandhi said Mr. Modi’s speeches used to be about corruption, farmers and unemployment.“Today, he doesn’t say anything on these issues. People of the country have realised that there is no substance in what Modi speaks. All his assurances are false,” Mr. Gandhi said.“Before 2014, Narendra Modi promised loan waiver, bonus and better price for farmers’ produce; I want to ask him why were the assurances not fulfilled,” he said.When the Congress forms the next government in Madhya Pradesh, the chief minister will work for 18 hours a day to provide employment to youth, Mr. Gandhi said.“Unemployment and farm crisis are rampant in all the poll-bound states,” he said, adding the government has told Parliament that only 450 youth get jobs per day in India, as against 50,000 in China in the same period.Mr. Gandhi promised loan waiver to farmers “within 10 days of coming to power” in Madhya Pradesh and making the state an “agriculture hub” of the country.The Congress leader said the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in the state destroyed the education sector with Vyapam, the entrance examination, admission and recruitment scam unearthed in Madhya Pradesh in 2013.On the Rafale deal, Mr. Gandhi said Mr. Modi gave Rs 30,000 crore benefit to industrialist Anil Ambani by taking away the contract from the state-owned aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).“Even BJP leaders Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie have said due processes were not followed in the Rafale deal. The CBI director was about to start a probe into the Rafale scam but he was removed from his post at 2 am,” Mr. Gandhi said.“If a probe is carried out, only two names, that of Modi and Anil Ambani, would figure in it,” he said.Mr. Gandhi said,”Modi speaks of surgical strikes. The fighter aircraft used in the strikes were manufactured at HAL, while Ambani doesn’t have any experience of making aircraft“.“Ambani has a debt of Rs 45,000 crore and is yet to repay the money given to him by public sector banks, he said.last_img read more

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Teenager’s gang rape case transferred to Crime Branch

first_imgThe Chunabhatti gang rape case was on Saturday transferred to Mumbai Police Crime Branch. According to officials, the decision was one of several taken in a meeting between Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve and Vijaya Rahatkar, chairperson of the Maharashtra State Commissioner for Women (MSCW) at his office on Saturday. The 19-year-old victim was admitted to a hospital in Aurangabad on July 24 after she complained of pain in her private parts, and her family registered a case of gang rape against four unidentified men with the Begumpura police station in Aurangabad. The case was subsequently transferred to the Chunabhatti police station, and the victim died in hospital on Thursday. The MSCW had on Thursday issued a notice to the Chunabhatti police seeking a report on the investigation. “Considering the seriousness of the case, we were mulling transferring the case to Crime Branch. The decision was finalised in Saturday’s meeting and a Special Investigation Team from Crime Branch will now look into the matter,” a senior Mumbai Police officer said. A statement from the MSCW further said that directions have also been issued to the Mumbai Police to provide police protection to the victim’s brother, who stays in Mumbai, and probe allegations made by him about being mistreated by the police when he was following up on the progress of the case. “The hospital in Aurangabad has been asked to conduct a post mortem examination, and to strictly follow the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court in such cases. Instructions have also been issued to probe claims made by the victim’s family about the doctors behaving improperly with them,” an MSCW official said. Ms. Rahatkar also spoke to the father and brother of the victim on Saturday, and assured them all possible help, officials said.last_img read more

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AAP releases list of 22 candidates for Haryana Assembly polls

first_imgThe Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) here on Sunday released a list of 22 candidates for next month’s Assembly polls in Haryana.Three women have figured in the list released by AAP’s Haryana unit president Naveen Jaihind. In the Lok Sabha elections, AAP had an electoral understanding with the Jannayak Janata Party, a split-away faction of the Indian National Lok Dal. After the Lok Sabha debacle, in which the alliance failed to win even a single seat, both parties parted ways. The candidates fielded by AAP are Yogeshwar Sharma (Panchkula), Anshul Kumar Agarwal (Ambala City), Gurdev Singh Sura (Ladwa), Anoop Sandhu (Assandh), Rajkumar Pehal (Julana), Lakshya Garg (Fatehabad), Manjeet Ranga (Uklana), Sandeep Lohra (Narnaund), Manoj Rathi (Hansi), Anoop Singh (Barwala) and Pawan Hindustani (Tosham). The other candidates are Munipal Atri (Garhi Sampla Kiloi), Anita Chhikara (Bahadurgarh), Ashwani Dulhera (Bahadurgarh), Ajay Sharma (Mahendergarh), Ranbir Singh Rathi (Gurugram), Karan Singh Dagar (Hodal), Kuldeep Kaushik (Palwal), Santosh Yadav (Faridabad NIT), Dharamvir Bhadana (Badkhal), Harinder Bhati (Ballabhgarh) and Kumari Sumanlata Vashisth (Faridabad). AAP had not contested the Assembly polls in 2014, in which the BJP came to power for the first time in Haryana. The elections to 90 Assembly seats in the state will be held on October 21 and the results will be declared on October 24.last_img read more

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