‘McIntosh Village’ Accuses Hard Rock of Ignoring Social Responsibilities

first_imgResidents of “McIntosh Village” in Duazon, Lower Margibi County have accused the management of Hard Rock Crusher Company of not implementing its social responsibilities as specified in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed on March 19, 2012 between them and the company.However, Hard Rock Crusher’s management rejects the community’s allegations and said they are misleading.According to the MOU, Hard Rock shall at its own cost and without any reimbursement from the community, erect an eight-bedroom clinic for the benefit of community-dwellers on an ideally situated parcel of land to be identified and given by the community.The (MOU) also indicated that Hard Rock shall, at its own cost and without any reimbursement from the residents and people of the community, open the alleys within the community to allow free and easy mobility, which the company, over the past years, has failed to do, according to residents.Hard Rock, as stated in the MOU, shall regularly maintain the main roads leading from the Monrovia Robertsfield Highway to the company’s site of operations; but Hard Rock failed to address the situation after staying 11 years, the residents of the community explained, again.In the MOU the community residents also told the Observer that Hard Rock has an extended operation in “McIntosh Village,” the construction of a bridge to link the community to said village and to facilitate Hard Rock’s easy ingress (entrance) and egress (exit) to and from the village.According to the (MOU), “To this end, Hard Rock shall construct, at its own cost and without any interference from the community, a steel bridge consistent with the Ministry of Public Work’s standards.”Speaking with one of the community’s heads recently in the Community, Mr. Othello B. Massaboi, a zonal head of Rock Crusher West, said the company has failed to meet the social responsibilities as signed by its Managing Director and was allegedly pulling out of the community to another site, somewhere in Grand Cape Mount County.Massaboi explained that the community leadership on February 14 invited the company’s owners to a meeting but they failed to meet with the leadership in “total disregard” of the community and later began allegedly taking away all of the company’s equipment and materials from the site.He then stated that the community on February 19 of this month took a decision to block the road to prevent Hard Rock Crusher from carrying away the equipment until the company delivers on its social responsibilities.Mr. Massaboi alleged that Mr. Marwan Eid, son of Mr. Ezza Eid, called the police during the blockage. According to him while in the process of putting it under control, one of the police officers pointed his gun at one Stephen Brown, who, trying to escape, fell in a pit and broke his foot.However, Hard Rock Crusher, which is owned by Lebanese businessman Ezza Eid and managed by his son, Marwan Eid, told the Observer that it has satisfied most of its social responsibilities and even added a very important component, which according to them is not included in the MOU. A copy of the MOU is also in our possession.He said they built on their own accord, a junior high school for the community.Hard Rock, which had at least 85 employees, since it began operations in 2007 and ceased 2012, said they had paid US$16,000 for at least 10 hand pumps to be constructed in the community. The Daily Observer team found out that only five of the 10 was constructed and community members said the five are no longer operating properly “because they were shadow dug.” Some even accused Mr. Wendell McIntosh of asking the Eids to hand the cash over to him and that he would contract the locals to construct the hand pumps.The Observer contacted the Eids, who said they had to lay off the 85 employees because at least three separate factions had been formed in the community and their company’s operations and staff were no longer safe.They said that each of the factions had “thugs” that constantly disturbed their operations and turned the community into the “Wild Wild West,” the name of a 1999 US blockbuster movie, starring Will Smith.“So I got fed up in 2012 and decided to cease operations until they can put their acts together before we can begin operations again,” Marwan Eid told the Observer, via mobile phone.Touching on pulling out of Duazon, he stated: “We have been in this country for over 45 years, how can we just leave all our investments and run away. Ok, assuming that we are pulling out of Duazon, are we leaving Liberia? All of those who are accusing us of pulling out have, on many occasions, been to our main office where we have had numerous meetings. They can sue us if we don’t honor the agreement.”He further disclosed that they have always maintained to the community members that they are “100 percent” willing to build the clinic, but the conditions of the MOU must be satisfied.That is for the community to provide the land free of crisis and other land related issues.“Since we signed the MOU in March, this has never been done by the community members. Even though we ceased operations more than a year ago, we are still waiting on them to provide this land,” Marwan further stated.He stated that they were not pulling out of the area as they have two lines of quarries to be mined in the area and was just on one so how could they pull out.He also disclosed that if they decided to leave the area, they were under obligation, based on an agreement they had signed with Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to refill every hole that they are going to make in the area by a technical mean.Marwan also stated that they had opened at least eight alleys in the community; and the Observer team found out that the lead road leading from the main RIA highway into the community, though not tarmac-paved, but is in good and passable condition for motor vehicles to ply even after a year of the company not operating.Marwan Eid stated that they were not in the position to construct the bridge because they had been duped of a property that they had purchased across the river. The Observer team learned that the community was embroiled in leadership crisis, which has probably made the Eids to hold back.They (Eids) said there had been no control in the community and so had to cease operations until there can be one leadership, through whom every community grievance can be channeled and which also can report back from the Eids to the larger community, instead of three different groups coming every time with their individual agendas.“We are only going to move back into the community to begin operations when the Government guaranteed our safety because each of the factions—the community leadership, Rep. Roland Opee Cooper and Wendell McIntosh—keep obstructing our operations,” he stressed. He, however, pointed out that he doesn’t have so much of problems with the community leadership, which he said has been used on many occasions by Mr. McIntosh.MCINTOSH’S RESPONSEHowever, when we contacted Mr. Wendell McIntosh, he refuted every allegation against him.He added that the Eids’ quarry in the community was being managed by one Suleiman, who he said had always ran to him in order for him to mediate whenever the community had issues with the company.“My brother, I am so surprised that the Eids will tell you things like this. You need to talk to Suleiman, he will tell you what’s happening here,” Mr. McIntosh stated.According to him, Suleiman had come to him and told him that because of the rain and that since the holes in the operational site in Duazon were now filled with water, they were moving out for three months and would be back.“I never saw them again until the community people came to tell me that they were pulling out and so they would block the road for the company to meet its social responsibilities before they could finally remove all of their equipment.”He also stated that Hard Rock’s management through Suleiman, had given the contract for the construction of hand pumps to one guy in the community called Moore and when they (Hard Rock) felt that Moore could not meet up with the contract, Suleiman asked his (McIntosh’s) wife to take up the contract.He stated that his wife was contracted to do four wells. Those wells, he said, were done and are still functional.             He also added that stated that Hard Rock met him in the area when they came in 2006 to begin operating in the community. “I was the first to move here in 2004. When I came, here there was hard forest around here where we used to hunt monkeys and deer before other people started to come here. This is why this place is name ‘McIntosh Village’.”Mr. McIntosh maintained that being a businessman himself, understands the difficulties business people go through and so has always try to mediate between the company and the community.MEDIATION Meanwhile, a mediation role brokered by Mr. Henry Costa, a radio talk show host, brought together Mr. Marwan Eid and the community leadership on Friday, February 28.Mr. Eid again told the community that Hard Rock Crusher has since been prepared to honor all of its portions of the MOU. A seven-person committee was put together find the land and come up with a plan for the clinic. Mr. Eid promised to pay for the land.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GOL Comments On Border Shooting Tale

first_imgThe shooting incident reported along the Liberia Ivorian border in the southeast of Liberia is said to have claimed the lives of two Ivorian soldiers.But in a sharp reaction to the report, the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Information says it is concerned, “because such a report has the propensity to sour relationships between the two countries.”“The Government of Liberia is concerned about news reports of recent attacks in border towns and villages of La Cote D’Ivoire. Consistent with the policies of good neighborliness and a commitment to regional peace and security, the relevant Liberian security agencies are seriously investigating these reports as well as engaging their counterparts in Abidjan.Liberia Ministry of National Defense has not officially reacted to the report, but sources close to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) say the authorities were considering sending a platoon to the area to study the situation at the border.Meanwhile the Liberian government says it is fully committed to work with and support the Ivorian authorities and international partners in strengthening border security, regional peace and stability, as well as rid our countries of the mutually destabilizing activities of non-state actors.”State media in the Ivory Coast over the weekend reported that two soldiers of that country’s armed forces were killed in a raid on military posts in the southwest of the country.The Ivorian Press Agency said the attack began early Saturday morning in the Town of Grabo, near the border with Liberia.The soldiers, according to the report, were killed in the village of Dahioke, 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside the town.The report also confirmed that one of the assailants was also killed in the attack.Western Ivory Coast was hit hard during Ivory Coast’s 2010-11 post election violence, which erupted after former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to concede defeat to his successor, Alassane Ouattara—now President of that Cocoa rich country.Pro-Gbagbo fighters fled along with civilians into neighboring Liberia, and raids targeting the new army have occurred sporadically ever since Ouattara assumed the leadership of the former French colony.One raid in June 2012 killed seven U.N. peacekeepers (all Nigeriens) and at least 10 civilians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Europa League Draw – Follow it live!

first_img1 Europa League Draw – Follow it live! Find out who Celtic, Liverpool and Tottenham will meet in the group stages and, perhaps just as importantly, how far they will have to travel in their pursuit of European glory. That Thursday night fun is almost back with us…center_img (function() {var lb24 = document.createElement(‘script’); lb24.type = ‘text/javascript’; lb24.id = ’24lbScript’; lb24.async = true; lb24.charset=”utf-8″;lb24.src = ‘//v.24liveblog.com/embed/24.js?id=1300722’;(document.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0] || document.getElementsByTagName(‘body’)[0]).appendChild(lb24);})();last_img read more

Four players to be given the boot at Man United and their replacements revealed

first_img 8 Jose Mourinho has already made his first signings as Manchester United boss, bringing in Eric Bailly from Villarreal for around £30m and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for free.Henrikh Mkhitaryan is almost certain to join them, but with all these arrivals on the horizon, who will be leaving?talkSPORT looks at four players who could be on their way out of Old Trafford and who will be brought in in their place.Click the arrow above, right, to see the full list. 8 In: Julian Draxler – United have been linked with the World Cup winner who is currently playing at Wolfsburg and he would bring the sort of excitement fans were hoping Memphis Depay would bring to Old Trafford. Draxler can play out wide or through the middle and is one of the hottest properties in Europe. 8 In: Henrikh Mkhitaryan – click the arrow, right, to see more of the potential ins and outs at Old Trafford – The Borussia Dortmund playmaker looks set to become a Manchester United player by next week and after scoring 21 goals and laying on 20 assists last season. Mourinho is keen to bring the Armenian in to bolster an attack which faltered so much last season. In: Paul Pogba – Mourinho is desperate to bring Pogba back to United and has been given a boost in recent days with news that Real Madrid will look to sign N’Golo Kante instead. Pogba would bring much much-needed dynamism to the Red Devils midfield and would also supply goals. Out: Juan Mata – Mourinho is not a fan of Mata’s slow style which can derail counter attacks and also his unwillingness to track back. Mkhitaryan will take over from Mata as the side’s chief playmaker, meaning the Spaniard could find himself on the way out of Old Trafford. Out: Bastian Schweinsteiger – After Mourinho made the decision to retain Michael Carrick and offer him a new contract, it is unlikely he will want to keep another ageing, injury-prone midfielder. 8 Out: Marouane Fellaini – Fellaini is likely to finally make his Manchester United exit this summer as it is unlikely Mourinho sees the Belgian as a regular in his match-day squads. Mourinho prefers the pacier, more mobile attackers and Fellaini does not fit those prerequisites. 8 8 8 Out: Phil Jones – Jones hasn’t been consistently fit for a number of season and, despite signing a new contract last summer, could be on his way out of the Old Trafford exit door. One of either him or Marcos Rojo will likely leave but the Argentinean’s versatility would put him ahead of Jones in the pecking order. 8 In: Raphael Varane – Sergio Ramos and Pepe have been preferred in the Real Madrid defence, meaning Varane has been looking to leave Real Madrid for regular game time. A lot will depend on whether Zinedine Zidane can give him assurances of first team football next season. United tried to sign the Frenchman, whose idol is former Red Devils stopper Rio Ferdinand, five years ago and would be in for him again, despite already signing Eric Bailly.last_img read more

Saugus’ Kemp commits to play softball at Arizona

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Kemp is the second Saugus player headed to a Division I university, following senior catcher Tiffany Huff, who has signed with Tennessee. Both received Daily News All-Area first-team recognition last season. – Gerry Gittelson SAUGUS – Victoria Kemp, a Saugus High junior who is on pace to break the Foothill League career home run record in softball, has made an early verbal commitment to Arizona. With two years remaining, Kemp has 14 home runs, seven shy of former Canyon star Crystl Bustos’ record of 21 set in 1992-95. As a sophomore, Kemp, an infielder, batted .435 with eight home runs, 32 RBIs and an .812 slugging percentage to help Saugus (22-5) to the Southern Section Div. I semifinals. “I think Victoria is going to be a good college player,” Saugus coach Rich Perez said. “She’s got all the tools, she’s a good athlete, and she loves the game. I’m excited for her, and the whole team is excited for her, too.” last_img read more

DONEGAL STUDENTS SCIENCE IT UP!

first_imgDonegal students science it up!More than 40 students from Donegal engaged in an innovative education programme, which seeks to inspire children about the wonders of science.Hosted by Abbott’s diabetes care business in Donegal, the students, together with their families, took part in Abbott Family Science at Bundoran Library.They were guided through a series of exciting hands on science experiments by Abbott experts who actively volunteer their time to share their passion for science.This is the seventh year of Abbott Family Science in Ireland, which aims to encourage young people to become proficient in science, to pursue careers in science and engineering, and ultimately to inspire the next generation of scientists. Working together, students between the ages of 7 and 10 and their families are introduced to a range of activities that encourage the exploration of scientific principles in a fun and practical way. Using only common objects that can be found in most households, such as cups, balloons and pieces of newspaper, parents and children conduct experiments that illustrate how science is all around them.This year, 10 Abbott sites in Ireland engaged in education outreach, reaching more than 450 students nationwide. The events coincided with National Science Week, which took place from 8-15th November 2015.Speaking about the Abbott Family Science programme, Liam Curley, Site Manager in Donegal, said Abbott’s strategic philanthropy approach is to focus on local social investments that are aligned to our business. “We believe that inspiring the young people of today can produce the scientific leaders of tomorrow, as science and technology will play an increasingly important role in the future of our planet. To date, we’ve engaged more than 10,000 students and families in Ireland through Family Science and our other science education programmes.”“Globally, nearly 120,000 children and their parents have enjoyed science education events in seven countries around the world, and we are proud that Ireland was the first European country to implement these programmes in 2009. In Ireland, the impact of the Family Science programme is clear. In a post programme evaluation, 91% of parents indicated they would discuss careers in science and engineering with their child, an increase of 46% compared with their response before participating. Similarly, almost 80% of respondents felt that it was more likely that they would do hands on science learning activities at home, after participating in the programme.”A critical element of the programme is the partnership and participation of teachers; 100 percent of teachers surveyed report that their students gained an important experience with hands on science discovery, and that it was valuable for their students to interact with scientists and engineers working in their community.DONEGAL STUDENTS SCIENCE IT UP! was last modified: November 28th, 2015 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)last_img read more

BUILDING COMPANY ANNOUNCES NINE JOB LOSSES

first_imgA building supply firm in Letterkenny has announced 9 jobs losses.Charles Kelly and Company blamed the downturn in the building industry for the job losses.The job losses will be implemented within the next few weeks. A spokesman for the company told Highland Radio that they regretted the move but thanked the workers and the public for their continued support in tough trading times. BUILDING COMPANY ANNOUNCES NINE JOB LOSSES was last modified: March 13th, 2012 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:CHARLES KELLYA ND COMPAMYjob losses?letterkennylast_img read more

Palmdale’s Teacher of the Year has talent for instruction

first_imgPALMDALE – Teacher Cecilia Altobelli loves her job and it shows in the long hours she puts in tutoring students after school, meeting with parents to discuss their children’s education, and developing individual lesson plans for each pupil. The third-grade instructor and 21-year veteran also finds time to take on additional work, mentoring new and student teachers and serving as the school’s coordinator for testing and textbooks. Many evenings Altobelli is at the school until 11 o’clock at night and custodians have to make sure she leaves so they can lock up, according to the principal. “With trying to get textbooks into everybody’s hands and materials and planning, she is just like the Lone Ranger,” Principal Kathy Wehunt said. “She takes on many of these things. She loves it. She loves her job. She says she can’t see herself doing anything else.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Altobelli, Palmdale School District’s Teacher of the Year and a teacher at Ocotillo Elementary for more than 19 years, at first aspired to be an actress and a singer but then realized teaching was her calling. “I love children. I come from a very large family, and I loved being ‘Mommy’ when I was young. I took care of my younger brothers and sisters. I always had that instinctive feeling to want to help my younger siblings,” Altobelli said. “That carried over to what I wanted to do as a career.” She uses her dramatic and musical talents to enhance her instruction. “I perform for them and they laugh at me,” she said. “Sometimes I will sing a song or role-play to teach them something. I read a lot to them where I change my voice. Sometimes I put in sounds that coincide with what’s going on with a poem or story.” Wehunt said Altobelli finds innovative ways to reach students “lucky enough to be in her class.” “She finds creative ways to motivate them. She individualizes her lesson planning and delivery to meet the needs of each one of her students,” Wehunt said. Altobelli said she evaluates each of her 32 students to determine what skills they are proficient in and what skills they need reinforcement on and then comes up with an educational plan tailored to each one. “Everyone is different and unique in their own way. You have to get to know the children, their likes and dislikes. You have to bond with them and make them feel secure and develop trust in them so that you can work with them,” she said. Altobelli tries different strategies to help students grasp concepts. She reads silly and fun poetry to teach about synonyms, stimulates curiosity by using riddles about what’s contained in a mystery box, and enlivens lessons by becoming a character in a story. She offers many opportunities for children to earn rewards in her class for work and good behavior. “I do it on a daily basis because kids need to be able to feel they can accomplish something on a regular basis. If it’s too long-term, they lose effectiveness,” Altobelli said. “I think that the real joy is seeing a child learn something that they didn’t really believe that they could learn. Children do come to us with self-doubt and low self-esteem. You have to present information to them in a way that is at their level and relate to them in a language that they can understand and instill in them that they can learn anything as long as they have enough practice and have someone there to guide them,” Altobelli said. “That’s my real job: to make them feel they can really succeed, learn and be in control of their education,” she added. Altobelli also has served as a mentor to instructors and a master teacher to student teachers, guiding them in areas of lesson planning and instructional strategies, Wehunt said. As standardized testing coordinator, Altobelli organizes the testing materials for teachers and updates them on new information they need to have before testing commences, Wehunt said. As textbook coordinator, Altobelli receives training in new textbooks that are adopted and then trains fellow teachers on how to use them, Wehunt said. “She’s a workaholic. Nobody can keep up with her,” one school staffer said. The daughter of a Ford Motor Co. plant foreman and a stay-at-home mom, Altobelli was born in Indianapolis into a family of 13 children, the “fourth from the top.” Altobelli obtained an associate of arts degree from Los Angeles Valley College and a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from California State University, Northridge. She lives with her husband, a semiretired film and television makeup artist, in Palmdale. The couple have no children. “My children are my students,” she said. “I am so lucky to be able to come to school every day,” Altobelli said, near tears. “I feel so lucky to be with these kids and help them grow and become better individuals. It’s such a good feeling.” Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GARDAI INVESTIGATE BREAK-IN TO LETTERKENNY STORE

first_imgGardai are investigating an attempted break-in to Kelly’s Suppliers in Letterkenny overnight.The building supply company, located next to the Aura Leisure Centre, was closed earlier this morning but has since reopened.It is not known if anything was taken in the attempted raid but there was damaged caused.  GARDAI INVESTIGATE BREAK-IN TO LETTERKENNY STORE was last modified: November 20th, 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:break-indonegalGardaiKellysletterkennylast_img read more

PAUL DURCAN – ‘MY DONEGAL CAREER IS NOT OVER’

first_imgDonegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan has insisted that his Donegal career is not over despite his imminent move to Qatar in the next few weeks.Paul DurcanDonegal manager Rory Gallagher had revealed that Durcan will be heading to the Middle East for the ‘foreseeable future’.Gallagher said he would play NO part in next year’s Allianz Football League competition but said he may return for the Ulster SFC. Many speculated that was the end of Durcan’s inter-county career citing that he had already transferred from his native club Four Masters to Ballyboden St Enda’s earlier this year.However, Durcan has completely dismissed that theory and has insisted he hasn’t played his last game for Donegal.When asked by The Irish Daily Star will the All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Mayo spell the end of his Donegal career, Durcan insisted “No it won’t.The news will come as a big boost to Donegal supporters who were gutted to hear that the affable Donegal Town native may not return for Donegal. Speculation is rife on other players within the squad with question marks hanging over the futures of St Michael’s duo Christy Toye and Colm McFadden and Eamon McGee.  PAUL DURCAN – ‘MY DONEGAL CAREER IS NOT OVER’ was last modified: August 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Home-page Sportnewslast_img read more