The Commissioner of Cinta Township in Gibi District, Upper Margibi County, William Julye, has commended the management of the Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC) for living up to its corporate social responsibility. According to him, in the face of the numerous challenges, the SRC is honoring its “Corporate Social Responsibility by undertaking development initiatives, such as the construction of roads, bridges, schools, community latrines, hand pumps, renovation and furnishing of public schools, distribution of rice and cash as gifts to community members within the concession area.He also condemned in the strongest term, the most recent violent activity carried out against the SRC allegedly by some unnamed citizens, which he described as “uncivilized to instill fear in the minds of investors.”He said it was not right, and as such, has the propensity to scare away investors in the country.Commissioner Julye said as Commissioner of Cinta Township, he plays the role of a “mother of twins” and as such will not say or do anything that will exacerbate or sour the relationship between his citizens and the management of the SRC. Meanwhile, Commissioner Juyle has denied recent media reports linking him to a purported statement that accuses SRC Management of “harassing and intimidating residents of the township over land issues in his area.”According to Commissioner Julye, although he granted an interview to a reporter, he vehemently denied telling any reporter that the SRC does not have a genuine concession agreement with the Government of Liberia. His SRC’s denial was contained in a statement he issued over the weekend, and quoted by Liberia News Agency (LINA) Margibi County correspondent, Richard Baysah. “I did not say the SRC Management used any law enforcement officer, or court constables to harass, and intimidate citizens under my administration, or used bulldozers to clear their farm land to expand the plantation,” he said.It may be recalled that on March 5, two local dailies reported that “Citizens Demand Proof for Land, as SRC expands plantation,” quoting Commissioner Julye accusing the SRC of using bulldozers to clear farm lands belonging to locals and plant rubber under its expansion program. Commissioner Juyle categorically denied the accusation during an interview with reporters over the weekend and said there has been an existing concession agreement dating as far back as the mid-1950s between the management and the Liberian Government. He remembered how his parents had worked with the SRC since the agreement came into being and up to present his mother receives a pension from the management.For its part, SRC management maintained that it has operated within the confines of its August 1, 1959, concession agreement with the Liberian Government.According to the management, it has paid due compensation for crops destroyed over the years in the process of developing the undeveloped portion of its concession land granted by the government.It denied ever acquiring additional lands from private individuals, or groups, and that the entire surface area of its concession granted by the GOL is 21,080 acres.SRC management further maintained that in view of the Ministry of Agriculture’s August 20, 2012, price list for economic crop damaged during development projects, and such damage to crops being inherent in its new development operations in undeveloped portions of its concession area encroached on by local residents, it is constrained to halt all of its intended new development activities until such matter is peacefully settled.At the moment, SRC is only felling non-productive rubber trees and replanting on the same land, and emphatically rejected contrary allegations of encroachment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
20Feb Rep. Wozniak, Republican lawmakers unveil new caucus Action Plan State Rep. Doug Wozniak, of Shelby Township, this week joined his colleagues for a press conference outlining key principles and priorities that will guide House Republican legislation for the 2019-2020 legislative term.Wozniak underscored the continued commitment within the plan to reduce car insurance rates for all drivers, invest in our state’s roadways and stand up for the most vulnerable people in Michigan.“We’re at a crossroads where what we accomplish and prioritize now dictates how prosperous our state’s future can be,” Wozniak said. “We’re not only committed to paving roads here in Michigan, we’re also committed to continuing the economic comeback we’ve been experiencing over the past several years. This action plan leads the way for all Michiganders to live, work and raise their families.”The action plan also focuses on the following issues in the next two years:Building Michigan’s future through improved infrastructure, including public water systems;Protecting constitutional rights and religious freedoms;Meaningful criminal justice reform, such as protecting private property rights through changes to civil asset forfeiture, while upholding the rule of law; andPutting more hard-earned money back into the pockets of Michigan taxpayers.Since 2011, House Republicans have publicly outlined their priorities to improve government transparency and accountability. The entire action plan is available to the public at gophouse.org/leading-the-way. Categories: Wozniak News
The BBC is considering asking pensioners to waive their right to not paying the licence fee and make a voluntary contribution.The UK pubcaster agreed last year to foot the bill for the over-75s licence fee from 2020 at an estimated annual cost of £650 million.It is now thought to want celebrities including Helen Mirren and Michael Parkinson to front a campaign designed to persuade older viewers to make a contribution.The BBC is preparing a report on ways to attract voluntary contributions, with the findings to be released later this year. The campaign for said contributions would likely then start in 2017.A debate over the BBC licence fee is continuing. It was thought to have been settled last year, with the Corporation footing the bill for over-75s in return for an inflation-linked fee. Government officials, however, subsequently made clear that the final settlement has yet to be reached.
Spoken Word Stage10:30 a.m. Steve Hobbs11:30 a.m. Improbable Fictions12:30 p.m. A Celebration of Alabama Writers1:30 p.m. Steve Hobbs2:30 p.m. Alabama Student Association for Poetry Sunday, Oct. 21: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Parking: The festival coordinators recommend parking in the Historic Downtown Northport area and taking the Kentuck Festival Arts Shuttle, which will continuously run throughout the day.Kentuck Festival of Arts Restrictions: NO pets. Service dogs must be checked in at the front gate.NO weapons of any kind.NO scooters, skateboards or bicycles. Below is more information about the event, what is and is not allowed, and how to prepare for the weekend.Festival hours are:Saturday, Oct. 20: 9 a.m. (gates open) to 5 p.m.Early Bird shopping (earned through becoming a Benefactor VIP) is 8-9 a.m. The 47th annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts will be held this weekend, Oct. 20-21. Every year, over 10,000 people travel to Tuscaloosa to see over 270 artists, hear live music and spoken word, participate in children’s activities, learn from folk and contemporary craft demonstrations, and dine from local food trucks and craft breweries.The Kentuck Festival of the Arts has gained national traction in its 47 years of operation. This year, in fact, the festival was voted fifth-best craft show in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine. More than 270 artists from 29 states in the U.S. will be in attendance this weekend. Alabama houses 78 of those artists, who represent 29 counties.Purchase regular tickets here.Purchase VIP tickets here.To learn about how you can house an artist for the weekend, click here.Tickets are still available for the event. Single day tickets are $10 and weekend passes are $15. Children 12 and under get in for free. Patrons can purchase tickets online, in the Gallery Shop at 503 Main Ave. in Northport, or at the gate on the day of the event.This year, Kentuck will feature VIP benefits for those who want to experience the festival from a whole new standpoint. VIPs can receive perks like attending the North River Yacht Club VIP Party, receiving free tickets to events around the festival and accessing the VIP tent.Below, check out the lineup for music and spoken word acts throughout the weekend.Download a map and list of artists here.Download the music lineup here.Saturday, Oct. 20Brother Ben Music Stage9:30-10:30 a.m. North Alabama Irish Music Session11 a.m.-12 p.m. Men of Prayze12:30-1:45 p.m. Tristen2:15-3:30 p.m. Michaela Anne4-5 p.m. The Blue Cats Sunday, Oct. 21Brother Ben Music Stage10-11 a.m. Cottonmouth Creek11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Suitcase Junket1-2:15 p.m. Eilen Jewell2:45-4 p.m. Trogone Band Spoken Word Stage10:30 a.m. Steve Hobbs11:30 a.m. Improbable Fictions12:30 p.m. A Celebration of Alabama Writers1:30 p.m. Steve Hobbs2:30 p.m. Alabama Student Association for Poetry Hear Kentuck executive director Amy Echols talk to WVUA 23’s Lynn Brooks about this year’s festival on our Oct. 15 Chamber Chat.Follow Kentuck on:FacebookTwitterInstagram