LAND COMMISSION: A PEEP INSIDE THE COMMUNITY LAND RIGHTS UNIT AT THE LAND COMMISSION

first_imgProviding legal recognition for communities’ customary land ownership rights is a new phenomenon in the history of land tenure in Liberia. In the past, especially with the enactment of the 1956 Aborigines Law, a large swath of land in the interior of Liberia was given use or secondary rights under public land.However, as part of its reform agenda, the Land commission formulated and consulted the Land Rights Policy, which was subsequently c validated and adopted by the Government and people of Liberia in May, 2013. The Policy establishes for the first time in the history of Liberia, four tenure rights categories: Private, Public, Government and Customary Land, which give a more defined land ownership status to communities. This also means that communities as a collective will have the authority to manage lands in their respective territories. The Land Rights Policy (LRP) of 2013, and the proposed Land Rights Law (currently pending before the legislature), represent a critical break from the past by providing for legal recognition of customary land rights with equal status to private land rights. Liberians living in rural communities and utilizing customary tenure were regarded by the State as users of their land, rather than as owners. The State held all land not privately deeded as public land, which could be converted to private land through a process culminating in the signing of a deed by the President. The recognition of community land rights is also considered critical to safeguarding local livelihoods and fostering sustainable development. The LRP, which was adopted following extensive national consultations, commits the government working collaboratively with communities to ensure that they a) self-define, b) determine their boundaries, c) establish themselves as legal entities, and d) establish strong community governance institutions that are consistent with the principles of the policy. The government, in addition to providing resources and technical assistance, will be responsible providing legal recognition through deeds to communities and ensuring that competing rights and claims are respected. In the Land Rights Policy, the rights to Customary Land, including ownership rights, must be secured by ensuring that these rights are equally protected as private land rights. Rights to Customary Land include rights of the community as a collective land owner and rights of groups, families, and individuals within the community. In the same vain, strong customary land rights produce many benefits which include among other things, increasing investment in land and the benefits to communities from natural resource use, reducing the growth of the urban poor, improving local governance, fostering a sense of nationhood among rural Liberians by demonstrating respect for their rights and local values, and promoting legal certainty for businesses. To begin planning for the implementation of the customary land rights of communities after the enactment into law of the Land Rights Act and field-testing the processes for the legal recognition of customary land rights as contained in the Land Rights Policy, the Land Commission in February 2014, established the Customary Land Rights Unit (CLRU) as a structure within the Technical Secretariat of the Commission.This Unit is charged with the responsibilities to prepare action plans and develop mechanisms to ensure the smooth transition of the program to communities. Other key inputs leading for achieving the mandate of the Unit include but not limited to: conducting orientation and field training of staff on the processes for recognition and documentation of customary land rights; developing steps and procedures for implementation of customary land recognition; assisting in building the capacities of local civil society organizations; assisting with establishing local land governance structures; and conducting inventory and developing data base on concessions in the natural resources sector on customary land. Under the proposed institutional framework for land, the Unit will be charged with the mandate to provide effective supervision for the implementation of the customary land rights of communities. In a related development, in 2014 the staff of the Community Land Rights Unit underwent four months of theoretical and practical trainings from which they acquired basic understanding of customary land tenure system, norms, and practices in a customary community, collaborative decision making and conflict mediation to assist customary communities secure their land rights, and basic skills and knowledge in GPS undertaking. These trainings resulted to the “transfer of knowledge” that guided the preparation of a proposed guide for developing a national framework for implementing customary land rights recognition and documentation by staff of the unit. The CLRU will be training and effectively facilitating local CSOs, CBOs, and NGOs who will be working with customary communities as they go through the processes of customary land rights recognition and documentation. Presently, The CLRU is collaborating with the National Civil Society Council to ensure that rural communities’ dwellers have an understanding of the Land Rights Policy, the proposed Land Rights Act and the steps and procedures listed in the proposed guide framework for implementing customary land rights of communities.The policy is expected to be strengthened by the Land Rights Act currently before the National Legislature for enactment into law. And, when it is enacted into law, the training of other staffs and stakeholders to understand and be familiar with the merit and demerit of the customary land tenure system, as well as education and sensitization, including workshops will be crucial on the agenda of the Land Commission.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wheelchair star Sithole gears up for SA Open

first_img19 March 2014South African wheelchair tennis superstar Lucas Sithole is hard at work preparing for next month’s Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) Autumn tournament series to be hosted in Gauteng. The quad ace made history last year when he won the US Open.For the first time since his memorable memorable title win in New York, he will be playing at the highest level on home soil and is excited and optimistic about his chances.Sithole will be a major draw-card at the tournaments, and he is hoping South Africans will turn out in their numbers to support him and the other South Africans taking part.‘Good to play at home’“I am looking forward to the two tournaments,” he said in a statement on Tuesday. “It is always good to play at home in our conditions and in front of our fans.“I believe my game has improved since last year’s tournament, and I hope to do better this year, and lift the title.”TournamentsThe first of the two tournaments is the Acsa Gauteng Open, to be played at the Gauteng East Tennis Centre at Benoni Lake from 23 to 27 April. It is a grade one event, and one of only 13 such tournaments in the world.Top international players are expected to participate in it, in preparation for the even more prestigious Acsa SA Open, which takes place at Ellis Park in Johannesburg from 20 to 23 April. The tournament has Super Series status and is one of only six such tournaments. The others are played in Australia, France, Japan, Britain and the United States.Loss of limbsWhen he was only 12 years of age, Sithole lost both legs and his right arm when he fell under a train. That setback would have overwhelmed most people, but he said going to school with other disabled children helped him to come to terms with what had happened to him.In 2005, he was invited to a wheelchair tennis camp, when the sport was launched in South Africa. Sithole took to the sport like a duck to water, and the following year he represented South Africa for the first time.World number twoAlthough he was badly beaten in his first outing, he has gone from strength to strength since then. He is currently ranked second in the world and has two Super Series titles and a Grand Slam title to his name.Earlier this year, he reached the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne, losing to arch rival and world number one, David Wagner.History makerSithole, who is known to his rivals as “Twister”, has made history in many ways, including becoming the first disabled sportsperson to be nominated as Sports Star of the Year at the SA Sports Awards last year.He wants to carry on making history, and he has his eyes set on a medal at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. However, his immediate aim is to claim the South African Open title.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Northwest U.S. drivers won’t hand the wheel to self-driving cars

first_imgDonal Power A large number of drivers in the Pacific Northwest aren’t buying the hype that driverless cars offer a better future.GovTech.com discussed the findings of a survey by Pemco Insurance of drivers in Oregon and Washington states.58% of those surveyed believed that the will see autonomous vehicles on roads in the state with thin the next 10 years.However, more than 40% said they were not interested in buying a robot car, even when price considerations are removed.Self-driving naysayers represented the bulk of responses, while 23% saying they might consider an autonomous vehicle, and 34% responding that they were very interested in purchasing one.Perhaps not surprisingly the survey found that younger people were more excited about self-driving cars than their older counterparts. It found that almost half of drivers younger than 35 years old expressed a strong interest in buying an autonomous vehicle in the future.The Pemco survey polled 600 people in each Oregon and Washington states.Contrary to this localized antipathy to self-driving cars in the Pacific Northwest, another recent poll found that America as a whole was becoming more amendable to these vehicles.But most Americans are ready for self-driving carsA survey by Consumer Technology Association found that 70% of Americans are ready for an autonomous future.This marks one of the first large surveys to show an overall positive reception for self-driving cars.Previous results have shown mixed or negative views on full automation, and a worry that self-driving cars will not be able to make the correct decisions at key times.The CTA survey found that 82% were happy about potential reductions to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The survey showed a positive reaction to potentially lower insurance rates, which is one of the expected advantages of self-driving.These survey comes as increasing numbers of players around the world are developing self-driving car technology.Currently in the U.S. robot cars are being tested in Kirkland, Wash. by Google and in Pittsburgh by Uber.At this stage in the development of the technology, human drivers are still present in the front seat, as a precaution in case they need to take control if necessary. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#driverless cars#featured#Google#IoT#self-driving vehicles#top#Uber 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

FEU forces KO tiff vs Adamson in PVL

first_imgRead Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Few tickets left as La Salle, Ateneo cross paths Sophomore middle blocker Czarina Carandang turned in a breakthrough performance, smashing in 21 points for the Lady Tamaraws, who just became the first team to beat the Lady Falcons this conference.FEU and Adamson will face each other in Game 3 of their best-of-three series on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We are overwhelmed. We planned for this match and I told the players to just follow the instructions and they responded well,” said come backing FEU coach George Pascua.Carandang was a pillar for FEU, scoring her last point on a kill-block against Adamson main girl Christine Joy Soyud for a 13-9 lead in the fifth. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Far Eastern University stood its ground against a rampaging Adamson to prevail, 21-25, 27-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-11, Saturday night and extend their semifinals series in the Premier Volleyball League at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Tyler Tio makes up for lost time, debuts with a splash for Ateneo

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Tio, despite his hot shooting, said he still needs to adjust to playing in the UAAP and it just so happened he had the stroke against the Fighting Maroons.“I won’t say I already grasp the UAAP but at that moment I was feeling good so I had the confidence to shoot,” said Tio.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo SEA Games medal-winning PH sepak takraw team treated to hearty lunch Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo guard Tyler Tio had to sit out Season 79 due to his citizenship, and when Season 80 started he had to wait once again as his bum ankle wouldn’t allow him to play.So when he finally got the chance to hit the floor on Wednesday, the Canadian-born guard released his pent-up frustrations.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tio was perfect from the field going 6-for-6 en route to 14 points in just 11 minutes as he helped Ateneo flatten University of the Philippines, 92-71, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I was excited to play but I wasn’t thinking that I had to score this amount of points, I just wanted to make sure that I played correctly,” said Tio, who had 10 points in the fourth quarter alone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 5-foot-11 guard wasn’t able to play in Season 79 as he couldn’t secure a Philippine passport in time and was considered as a foreigner.Ateneo had Nigerian Chibueze Ikeh in the roster and the UAAP allows just one foreigner per roster. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

Czech fans gives tough fight to home crowd at David Cup

first_imgChandraboli Mitra New Delhi, Sep 19 (PTI) Even as India and Czech Republic players fought it out at the DLTA courts for top honours, off it a small section of Czech fans gave a tough challenge to the home crowd as far as cheering for their teams was concerned at the Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie. A travelling contingent of approximately 80-odd people plus more than 20 Czechs residing in the Capital came out to rally behind their team with roof-lifting cheers accompanying every point scored by the visiting players. The entire bunch shouted slogans in their language like Lets go Czechs and Go Czechs go with their flags fluttering in the strong breeze here. It was so energetic that sometimes it drowned the Indian fans voices as well as the beats of the drums. Compared to the opening day of the tie, today being Saturday, the spectators turned up in large numbers. And the fact that Indian veteran Leander Paes was in action and along with his partner Rohan Bopanna were the favourites to win over the Czech team, certainly added to the zeal. Milan Hovorka, the Ambassador of Czech Republic to India, said that the Czech fans were extremely keen to visit India and support their team at the Davis Cup. “We have distributed about 140 tickets to the Czech supporters. About 80 people have travelled all the way from Czech Republic, while many others, who are staying here have also come here. So more than 100 Czech fans have come out to support the team,” said the ambassador. “It is one of the biggest sporting events between India and Czech Republic, and it is great to witness some of the most competitive matches being played by both the sides,” he added. MORE PTI CM ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Sobhandeb spends night in Rashbehari slum as part of Janasanyog Yatra

first_imgKolkata: State Power minister and MLA from Rashbehari Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay spent the night at a slum on Kabir Road on Friday. This is a part of the Janasanyog Yatra, a venture of the state government to build and develop contact with the masses.Following Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee’s instructions, all the legislators have taken part in the mass contact drive. Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, who is an MLA from the Kolkata Port area, had spent the night in the house of a party supporter last week. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBanerjee has asked the leaders of the party to build intimate contact with the people and listen to their grievances. “Go to the tea stalls and talk to the local people and try to find out from them what they want from us. People feel happy if we listen to their grievances,” she had directed. Chattopadhyay, who is a very popular figure in the areas under Rashbehari constituency, went to the venue at 8, Kabir Road and talked to the local people and party supporters. He is associated with Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaythe local clubs and takes part in all the movements that take place in the area like Safe Drive Save Life or Save Green Stay Clean. It may be mentioned that the mass contact drive has already become very effective. Didi Ke Bolo is the most popular programme now and the Chief Minister has personally looked after the complaints lodged by the people and addressed them. In North Bengal, party leaders like Gautam Deb, Rabindranath Ghosh and Arpita Ghosh have also taken part in the programme to develop contact with the masses. Trinamool has fared poorly in the last general election in Jangalmahal and North Bengal, where the party does not have a single MP. The mass contact drive has helped the party regain its strength in the grassroot level to a great extent.last_img read more

Huskies Fill The Bus Food Drive huge success

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 21st Annual Huskies Fill The Bus Food Drive was a huge success on Sunday as volunteers collected food items for the Salvation Army.Members of the Fort St. John Huskies, along with other volunteers, went around town collecting non-perishable food items for the Food Bank. Once the items were collected, they were brought back to the North Peace Arena to be sorted and packed into boxes.After being packed, the boxes were loaded into the Huskies coach bus and delivered to the Salvation Army. Packed boxes as they awaited to be loaded onto the bus. Photo by Scott BrooksCampaign Organizer, Allen Karasiuk, says the Food Drive was a big success.“The Food Drive was very successful this year as we did significantly better this year than last. As usual, the community was extremely generous in their donations to the Salvation Army Food Bank. In particular, ConocoPhillips was a lead corporate sponsor with a $1500 donation and the Burgher family (Paul, Mollie and Teri) donated approximately two pickup truckloads of food. The kids at Alwin Holland Elementary School also collected a significant amount of food.”Karasiuk also says they had approximately 60 volunteers to help out with the campaign.Cameron Eggie, Executive Director for the Fort St. John Salvation Army says the timing for Food Drive is perfect as they prepare for food hampers.“It’s really going to have an impact on our community over the Christmas season. We already have 140 people registered for food hampers in the community that we will be giving out in mid-December. So, the timing of this Food Drive is perfect because it comes right into when we have to prepare these food hampers.”last_img read more

Nawazuddin Siddiqui to star in Glen Barretto’s ‘Dusty to meet Rusty’

first_imgMumbai: Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui will star in filmmaker Glen Barretto’s road trip film, “Dusty to meet Rusty”. The film choices the journey of a girl who takes a road trip from Mumbai to Dharamshala in search of her childhood sweetheart but finds love on her way. “Dusty to meet Rusty” will mark his third collaboration with producer Rajesh Bhatia and Kiran Bhatia’s Woodpecker Movies after his upcoming films “Motichoor Chaknachoor” and “Bole Chudiyan”. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “When Nawaz heard the narration, he loved the script instantly. Its an honour to work with talent like him who brings great value to the script with his nuances and outstanding performances,” Kiran said in a statement. The preparation for the film has begun and another hero as a parallel male lead and a female actor are on the verge of being finalised. The shooting is scheduled to start in August this year with a start to finish schedule.last_img read more

N Korea test-fires new tactical guided weapon

first_imgSeoul: North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon,” its first such test in nearly half a year, and demanded that Washington remove Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear negotiations. The test, which didn’t appear to be of a banned mid- or long-range ballistic missile that could scuttle negotiations, allows North Korea to show its people it is pushing ahead with weapons development while also reassuring domestic military officials worried that diplomacy with Washington signals weakness. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSeparately, the North Korean Foreign Ministry accused Pompeo of playing down the significance of comments by leader Kim Jong Un, who said last week that Washington has until the end of the year to offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement to salvage the high-stakes nuclear diplomacy. Both the demand for Pompeo’s removal from the talks and the weapon test point to North Korea’s displeasure with the deadlocked negotiations. In a statement issued under the name of Kwon Jong Gun, director general of the American Affairs Department at the Foreign Ministry, North Korea accused Pompeo of “talking nonsense” and misrepresenting Kim’s comments. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsDuring a speech at Texas A&M on Monday, Pompeo said Kim promised to denuclearize during his first summit with President Donald Trump and that U.S. officials were working with the North Koreans to “chart a path forward so we can get there.” “He (Kim) said he wanted it done by the end of the year,” Pompeo said. “I’d love to see that done sooner.” The North Korean statement said Pompeo was “misrepresenting the meaning of our requirement” for the negotiations to be finalized by the year’s end, and referred to his “talented skill of fabricating stories.” It said Pompeo’s continued participation in the negotiations would ensure that the talks become “entangled” and called for a different counterpart who is “more careful and mature in communicating with us.” In a speech at his rubber-stamp parliament last week, Kim said he is open to a third summit with Trump, but only if the United States changes its stance on sanctions enforcement and pressure by the end of the year. Kim observed the unspecified weapon being fired Wednesday by the Academy of Defense Science, the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said. Kim was reported to have said “the development of the weapon system serves as an event of very weighty significance in increasing the combat power of the People’s Army.” The Associated Press could not independently verify North Korea’s claim, and it wasn’t immediately clear what had been tested. A major ballistic missile test would jeopardize the diplomatic talks meant to provide the North with concessions in return for disarmament. A South Korean analyst said that details in the North’s media report indicate it could have been a new type of cruise missile. Another possible clue: one of the lower level officials mentioned in the North’s report on the test Pak Jong Chon is known as an artillery official. Some in Seoul worry that the North will turn back to actions seen as provocative by outsiders as a way to force Washington to drop its hard-line negotiating stance and grant the North’s demand for a removal of crushing international sanctions. A string of increasingly powerful weapons tests in 2017 and Trump’s response of “fire and fury” had many fearing war before the North shifted to diplomacy.last_img read more