LAMCO to Retake Mount Nimba Concession?

first_imgReports filtering into Nimba County suggest that the Liberia – America Mining Company formerly LAMCO is said to be coming back to take possession of Mount Nimba Concession from the world steel giant Arcelor Mittal which is currently in charge of the concession.According to some residents in Yekapa and some employees presently working with Mittal, the steel company is scaling down operations gradually owing to the news of LAMCO resurfacing to retake their old concession.Unconfirmed reports said that LAMCO and the Government of Liberia signed a concession agreement for 75 years beginning in the early 60s after the exploration of the mountain followed by mining and subsequent shipment of ore in 1965.The reports added that based on the concession agreement, there have been a series of meetings among former LAMCO investors in Europe who intend to return to Liberia and retake the concession.“We are hearing of LAMCO coming back so things are not so good now in Yekapa because Mittal is slowing down some activities,” said one Bigboy, a government security officer. It is not clear whether the news is true or false, but the movement of trains is said to be slowing down gradually according to citizens living along the railroad.But, a prominent son of Nimba who is also a former employee of LAMCO and now serves as County Inspector, Thomas Q. Suah, disputed the rumor saying, “I don’t think LAMCO will ever come back because LAMCO sold its share of the company to the Liberian Government for US$ 1 in 1989 and gave the government US$ 8million for any claims.”He said that upon turning over the concession to the government of Liberia, the company was called LIMCO or Liberia Mining Company.Suah added that LIMCO operated the company until the 16 year war erupted and everybody fled from the concession area in the early 1990sRegarding the slowing down of trains, one of the Mittal rail workers who asked not to be named, said the slowdown was due to lack of iron to be transported.He said production at the mine was slow owing to the breakdown of most of the machines that were operating in the mine.However, when contacted the Communications Manager of Mittal, Hesta Pearson Baker, described the report as false and misleading.Some observers believe that the reports emerged because of the company’s failure to rehabilitate the town of Yekapa almost 10 years after they took over.Mittal and the Government of Liberia reached a Mineral Development Agreement in the year 2005 and the company began shipment of ore in September 2011. But where the news started regarding the old concession company LAMCO coming back is yet to be established.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

McCready votes for responsible budget to keep Michigan moving forward

first_img Categories: McCready News 24Apr McCready votes for responsible budget to keep Michigan moving forward The Michigan House today approved its Fiscal Year 2014 budget recommendation, state Rep. Mike McCready announced.“Responsible budgeting has put our state on solid financial ground and the House budget reflects our commitment to fiscal responsibility while at the same time prioritizing spending where it’s needed most,” said McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills. “Long-term planning is keeping us on course to continue Michigan’s comeback.”McCready, chair of the appropriations subcommittee on Michigan State Police, worked with colleagues to cut government waste and prioritize funding for public safety, schools and roads.“By continuing to make efficiency and effectiveness priorities as we completed the state budget, we were able to cut spending while still making sure MSP has the resources it needs to protect Michigan’s hard-working taxpayers,” McCready said. “I’m proud of our responsible budgeting and the focus on improving public safety in our state.”The House recommendation reflects several key Republican priorities, including the following-$20 million for public safety initiatives.-An extra $32 million for higher education and community colleges.-$229 million more for K-12 education than last year, including special funding for early childhood development programs.-$39 million more in revenue sharing to help fund critical services provided by local governments.-$9 million more for veterans’ programs, including job training and access to benefits.-$50 million deposited into the state’s “rainy day fund,” which stabilizes the budget and leads to improved credit ratings.-Keeping the overall spending increase below the rate of inflation to respect the hard-working taxpayers of Michigan, even with the increases in key areas listed above.House Bills 4228 and 4328 now move to the Senate for consideration.####last_img read more

From the novices who headed into the countryside j

first_imgFrom the novices who headed into the countryside just two years ago, John and Nicola will now take the lead as walkers navigate their way out of Plumbridge and into the Glenelly Valley for the festival’s ‘Up the Moat’ Charity Walk on Saturday September 17th, one of six walks that will be held over the weekend.Walk beneficiaries MacMillan Cancer Support are obviously a cause close to their hearts and the £5 fee for walkers, as well as any donations visitors want to make, will all go towards the charity.“One of the points MacMillan are keen to make is the emotional benefits of walking,” Nicola continued.“We are probably not your average walkers, we both work full time in busy jobs so we don’t have a lot of opportunities to be hiking around the countryside but it’s something we think is worth making time for because of the wellbeing we have gained from it.“We started with our local walking group in January and it very quickly opened our eyes to the natural beauty that exists in our local area.”The festival’s six walks offer a variety of terrain and distance to suit all levels and ages.The ‘Origins of the Ulster Appalachian Way’ 15k hillside and trail walk on Saturday will suit more experienced walkers but the ‘Up the Moat’ charity challenge walk, an 8km hillside hike leaving from Plumbridge may be more suitable for beginners.Wildlife enthusiasts and inquisitive kids alike will also have the opportunity to join the Bat and Moth Twilight Walk, a 3km exploration of the local habitats of these special night time creatures led by a local expert.On Sunday Killeter is the starting point for three walks, including the popular the Killeter Camino, a 15km multi-terrain experience.Moderate walkers can experience spectacular views along the south Tyrone section of the Ulster Appalachian Way crossing 8km of trails and heather, while more leisurely walkers can join the Killeter Community Ramble which is 5km in distance, led by the newly formed Killeter Rambling Group.“Visitors who don’t know the area sometimes aren’t sure where they are allowed to walk through and where is safe,” John noted.“But all our routes have been well researched and permission has been granted by local farmers to pass through their land.“With the aid of the guides, there is someone with the local knowledge to navigate them through the best route.“We’ve been trained for the role in Health and Safety, First Aid and Map Reading so the visitors are in safe hands.”Anyone who wants to donate to MacMillan Cancer can do so online at https://www.macmillan.org.uk or at the Pinkerton’s Day To Day store in Plumbridge.The Sperrins and Killeter Walking Festival will take place on Saturday September 17th and Sunday September 18th.For more information and to register for a place on any of the walks go to www.sperrinskilleterwalking.com.CANCER SURVIVOR JOHN LEADING THE WAY AT SPERRINS AND KILLETER WALKING FESTIVAL was last modified: September 8th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: “John was in his late 40s and you don’t expect it to happen to someone who is still relatively young.“He was told that he needed to lose some weight and get as fit and healthy as possible togive him the best possible chance in surgery.“We started to go out for walks and found that, as well as raising our fitness levels, it was something we enjoyed and it had a positive impact on our emotional wellbeing during a stressful time in our lives.“Thankfully John’s surgery was successful and he has been free from cancer since but we continued to go out walking regularly because we were enjoying it.” WHEN the organisers of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Sperrins and Killeter Walking Festival sought walking guides from within the local community to lead the hundreds of hiking enthusiasts who will converge on the North West next week, Nicola and John Pinkerton came custom made for the role.The Plumbridge couple’s ‘Pinkerton Day To Day’ store is much more than just a local shop, it is a central hub for the Co Tyrone village’s population of a couple of hundred residents and walking around its stunning hinterland has taken on a critical role in their lives in recent years.Not so long ago, the notion of spending a free afternoon in their busy schedules hiking up nearby Moat Mountain would have been the furthest thing from their minds but all that changed in 2014.“John was diagnosed with cancer two years ago and it understandably stopped us in our tracks,” Nicola, who works as a Regional Manager with Lloyds Pharmacy, recalled. CANCER SURVIVOR JOHN LEADING THE WAY AT SPERRINS AND KILLETER WALKING FESTIVALJOHN PINKERTONMACMILLAN CANCER ShareTweetlast_img read more