Residents, Sime Darby Management Seek Peace Path

first_imgResidents with Sime Darby Liberia manager David Parker, shortly after they smoked the ‘peace pipe.’One of the masterminds of the recent demonstration by residents of the Project Affected Community (PAC) in the Sime Darby Liberia operational area in Grand Cape Mount County has apologized and, together with other residents, is now seeking a peace solution to their issue.It can be recalled that some PAC youth recently staged a protest against Sime Darby’s management in demand of school buses to transport students.The protest, which lasted for several hours, brought normal working activities at the company’ head office to a standstill. It was eventually brought under control by officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP).During a ground-breaking ceremony for the first modern PAC office in the county and the gowning of general manager David Parker, the residents, through their various speakers, openly expressed remorse for their children’s action that disrupted normal activities at the company.On behalf of the residents, Bendu Zarzar said that it was not the elders’ intention for their children to stage a protest against the company, adding that certain persons among them led the children to do what they did.“Mr. Parker, we want to say here on behalf of our children that we are very sorry for the incident, but it was some people who took the children into what they did against Sime Darby. So we say again, we are very sorry,” she said on behalf of the residents.For his part, the youth leader of the PAC, H. Mohammed Kaiwu, said he was happy that the company decided to build the office in the community, adding that the PAC had been “operating from their bags.”Kaiwu termed the project as a new beginning for the 17 affected communities, stating that the office construction project also presents new opportunities for the residents.“I am very happy today because I see this day as a new beginning in the lives of the people of the affected communities. For the past years, we have been working with Sime Darby from our field offices, but our offices are just in our bags passing around,” Kaiwu admitted.Proffering a solution to the reason for the youth led protest action, Kaiwu appealed to the management to make available a school bus to enable students to get to campus on time, stressing that school going age kids walk long distances to acquire education.Meanwhile, Parker put the cost of erecting the structure at US$25,000, adding that the work is expected to get underway anytime this week.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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GAA: BURT CLUB NOTES

first_imgBurt GAA Club NotesIt’s shaping up to be a great summer! Well done to the Donegal senior footballers who are now into the All-Ireland semi-finals. It’s sure to be another cracker on the 28th August.Many thanks to any club member who helped the Burt Residents’ group with their community fun day and model aircraft show on Sunday past in the grounds of Burt GAA.The senior hurlers continued their unbeaten start in the championship with a 4-17 to 2-5 win over St Eunans in Hibernian Park last Wednesday.  The team has an Ulster semi-final match against Antrim’s Clooney Gaels this Sunday in Maghera with throw-in at 5pm. Good luck to the team. The U16 hurlers had a convincing 3-12 to 0-2 win over Setanta in the league last Thursday evening in Killygordon. This Thursday they are away to Buncrana. Joe will notify everybody on bus times and arrangements. Theay are also away to Carndonagh for  a re-arranged match on Tuesday 2 August.The U12 hurlers had a bye last week but they are back in action against Buncrana this Thursday in Hibernian Park. Johnny will be in contact with parents.The U14 footballers lost their first round championship match against a very good St Eunans side, 3-12 to 0-4. They still have the Shield final to play for though and Seán will be in contact.The U13 Inishowen football league starts this Tuesday 9 August. Burt are away to Moville for their first game.U13/14 football training is on Saturday mornings at Hibernian Park from 10.30 -12 noon. Please remember to bring your water bottle for hygiene reasons. Anyone that has lotto cards or who sells lottos for the club, please remember to hand them into your coach at training. Many thanks to everybody who helped out at last Friday’s U8 football blitz against Buncrana at the pitch. It’s great to see so many youngsters participating and enjoying sport. Thanks to Buncrana for travelling up.The U8 Hurling and Football Academy is on Monday nights in Hibernian Park, Burt. Training starts from 6pm to 7.30pm. Any new players/members are welcome. Can parents please send lunch/drink with their child for the mid-session break. If anybody has any questions, please feel free to contact any of the coaches at anytime. The coaches and their numbers: Martin McGrath –  087 7431332; Rory Grant –  087 7763668; Benny Harrigan – 086 8670070; Johnny Downey – 086 3066874. Finally,  the club and team managers extend a warm invitation for any parents that would like to help out the coaches at these sessions in any way. All help no matter how big or small is greatly appreciated!U10 hurling training is on Monday nights from 6-7.30. U10 football training is on Saturday afternoons from 12-1.15pm. Training is subject to changes depending on matches.There was no winner of the lotto jackpot last week. Two weekly winners were: Pauline Dowds, Burt, €30 and Denise Barr, Muff, €30. The numbers drawn were 3,6,8,10,19. Next week’s jackpot is €1600. Anyone with lotto’s should have them in the clubhouse by Tuesday night at 8pm or hand it to any club member. If anyone is interested in signing up to the direct debit, please contact Liam McKinney. Many thanks for your continued support.CLG Beart is having a fundraising dance in aid of the club and Evans school of dancing. ‘Jigs n Rigs’ will be held in the Halfway House on Friday 26 August. Club members and a few well known names form the parish will be paired with professionals for the event You can follow updates and news on the fundraiser on face book: www.facebook.com/jigsnrigs. Tickets are now available to purchase. Please contact Enda McDermott or Rory Grant if you wish to buy tickets for the fundraiser. Updates on club games, activities and fundraisers can be accessed on www.facebook.com/clgbeartGAA: BURT CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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:burt gaa noteslast_img read more

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