Last week the Daily Observer published a story titled, “MNG Gold Acknowledges Fault.” This story emanated from Kokoyah District, Bong County where the concerned company is mining gold in that resource endowed but impoverished district. Several local media outlets including foreign outlets have reported on the spillage of hazardous chemicals into creeks and other water sources used by residents of Kokoyah District for drinking cooking and washing mainly.The Daily Observer correspondent in Bong County, Marcus Malayea, in his report carried in the July 18, 2018 edition of this newspaper headlined “Citizens Complain MNG Gold of Chemical Spillage”, reported that the cyanide spillage in creeks last year in that operational area was still affecting local residents who remain mired in chronic poverty despite the fact that such valuable resource is taken from their communities.Earlier on July 12, 2018 the FrontPageAfrica newspaper carried a story headlined “Bong Residents Suffering Aftermath of MNG Gold Cyanide Spillage. Also in January the New Dawn newspaper in its January 4th 2018 edition reported a story on the same situation headlined “Kokoyah Residents Demand compensation from MNG Gold. Earlier in 2017, MMDOC, a Nigeria based publication in its October 5th 2017 edition reported a story headlined, “30 people hospitalized after exposure to chemical spill from MNG Gold reservoir in Bong County”.Up till now, local residents complain that they still taste chemicals in their drinking water and suffer unusual rashes on the skin after bathing. Extensive but critical media coverage on the chemical spillage in Kokoyah District was perhaps the driving factor that led the MNG Gold to respond to public concerns on the matter. Its Environmental Expert, Ms. Meryem Tekol Pelenk acknowledged the error leading to contamination of water sources for the residents of Sayewheh Town and extended an apology.She further clarified in the July 20th 2018 edition of this newspaper that MNG –Gold was in the process of repairing the Tailing Storage Facility from where the cyanide leaked, in order to prevent recurrence of this incident. This newspaper is reliably informed that the MNG Gold, a Turkish owned company bought over the shares of the American Liberian Mining Company, otherwise referred to as AMLIB, a company in which Mr. Carney Johnson, brother of former President Sirleaf was reported to be a major shareholder.AMLIB, according to sources, was registered in an off shore tax haven located in the Channel Islands, a group of islands near the coast of France but administered under British law. In such tax havens the names of shareholders are not disclosed obviously because much of the money it attracts come from illicit sources or are acquired though illicit means. AMLIB is reported to have acquired the concession agreement in 2005, the very year President Sirleaf was sworn into her first term of office.Details surrounding the acquisition of the concession however remain murky which gives rise to strong suspicions that the AMLIB Concession agreement may just be one of those 66 agreements signed into law during President Sirleaf’s tenure of office, all of which were illegal save about two. Under the rubric of these illegal concession agreements signed under President Sirleaf’s watch such as the AMLIB, MNG Gold, ExxonMobil, Aureus Gold concession agreements, foreign companies have continued to fleece the Liberian people of their resources while they wallow in abject poverty.The MNG-Gold, for example, in exchange for a US$55 million investment, is set to recover a total of 480,000 ounces of gold over the life of the agreement. At current market price of 1,229.29 multiplied by 480,000 equals US$587,659,200 (five hundred eighty-seven million, six-hundred fifty-nine thousand two hundred United States dollars). Out of this projected income, the MNG Gold is paying a paltry sum of US$1,000 per month to county authorities as contribution to the County Development Fund.To repair the damage caused by the chemical spillage, the MNG-Gold has underwritten hospitalization costs for some affected individuals and erected a few hand-pump wells to address concerns over the pollution and contamination of drinking water sources. Needless to say, the people of Kokoyah District, Bong County are being short-changed, robbed of their resources for a pittance by powerful foreign companies, some of which have the backing of the World Bank through its affiliate, the International Finance Corporation(IFC).The cases of the Kinjor gold mines in Cape Mount, Hummingbird in Southeastern Liberia are examples of World Bank Group involvement in exploitative schemes that make nonsense of claims that they are here to help assist our development efforts. Since the people of Kokoyah District are poor and powerless in the face of a powerful foreign company, the Government of Liberia should do all it can to ensure the protection of the rights of its people.One sure way to start is to commence a review of all such illegal concession agreements signed under President Sirleaf’s watch. Also the Environmental Protection Agency needs to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the damage caused by dangerous chemical spillage in Kokoyah District. Next the MNG Gold should be compelled to pay reparations to the people of Kokoyah District — not the US$1,000 it has paid to affected individuals.Moreover, the company should be compelled to clean up the environment and restore it to its former state. What a turn around it would be for the people of Kokoyah District were the District to accrue at least even 15 percent of the over US$587 million it stands to gain from the mines in Kokoyah!This should constitute a wake-up call to President George Weah who campaigned relentlessly on a mantra of Change for Hope”. What change can be now bring to bear on the fortunes of Kokoyah District and what Hope can he give or restore for the people of Kokoyah? MNG Gold needs to do more-much more for the people of Kokoyah!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Anticipation about the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 is rising almost every passing day. A report leaked last week revealed that Samsung may delay the launch of the Note 8 to September, which was earlier tipped to launch on August 26. Now a newly leaked image of the purported Note 8, which is going to succeed last year’s Note 7 shows that the device with sport dual cameras at the rear. The renders further highlight that the upcoming Note 8 may come with a 6.3-inch display.Rumours and leaks about the Note 8 has been surfacing online for quite some time now. One of which confirms that the upcoming device will be much bigger in size when compared to the Note 7, which was launched last year, but failed to gain much success due to battery issues and explode incidents reported by the users worldwide. Now a newly leaked image posted on Weibo, a Chinese micro-blogging site show the Note 8 from both front and back side. As per the leaked image, Note 8 will come with a 6.3-inch display screen. On the other hand, a previously leaked rumour suggested that the device will come packed with a screen much bigger than 6.2-inch and offer an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. This means that Note 8 is going to be the first ever device by Samsung to come with 4K resolution.Photo Credit: WeiboApart from the display, the leaked render on Weibo further confirm dual rear cameras for the Note 8. Similar to the previous rumours, it reveals that Note 8 will come packed with dual cameras at the rear and will sit at the top centre on the device. That being said, Note 8 can possibly be the first dual camera phone by the South Korean company. Meanwhile, Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities has revealed that Note 8 will sport a 12-megapixel wide-angle CIS (CMOS image sensors) which will be coupled with dual photodiode and enable users to capture better low-light shots. While the secondary camera will sport a 13-megapixel telephoto CIS with dual 6P technology and 3X zoom.advertisementAlso Read: Galaxy Note 8 could be the most expensive phone by Samsung: ReportAnother report leaked a few days ago suggests that upcoming Note 8 will supposedly be the most expensive device by Samsung until date, much more expensive than its predecessor Note 7. Going by the report, Note 8 is expected to be priced around $900, which is roughly around Rs 58,045. While on the specification front, the device is expected to run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS. Furthermore, Note 8 is rumoured to come in two variants, one with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835, while the other variant is expected to come with Exynos 9810 processor. While another report suggests that the Note 8 will be backed by a 3200mAh battery set-up. However, these specs should be taken with a pinch of salt for now.
The Women’s Media Center has announced that The 2012 Women’s Media Awards will honor Multiple Emmy & Peabody Award Winner Pat Mitchell, President & CEO of The Paley Center for Media & Founding Co-Chair of The Women’s Media Center, with The Women’s Media Center’s first annual Lifetime Achievement Award.Two-time Academy Award-winning actress/humanitarian/activist & The Women’s Media Center co-founder Jane Fonda will present the Award to Pat Mitchell at The 2012 Women’s Media Awards on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Guastavino’s in New York City. Going forward, this award will be given annually as the Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award.The Women’s Media Awards recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to advancing women’s and girls’ visibility and power in media.“This recognition is especially meaningful to me, given The Women’s Media Center’s advocacy for more equitable and accurate representation of women in media,” says Pat Mitchell, “and I am especially honored to know that future generations of women will also be recognized for their work to advance women and girls through the power of media.”“We are deeply proud to honor Pat Mitchell with the first annual Women’s Media Center Lifetime Achievement Award—and to establish that Award permanently in her name,” says Robin Morgan, Co-Founder of The Women’s Media Center. “A media virtuoso, Pat harmonizes great skills, talent, wit, wisdom, energy, standards of excellence, and principled insistence that women’s voices be heard. Her achievements awe, but she makes the impossible look easy. The newly minted Women’s Media Center Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award thus also expresses our faith in all she will yet accomplish.”“I am beyond honored to be presenting the first annual Women’s Media Center Lifetime Achievement Award to Pat Mitchell. She has been the connector, the spark plug, and the strategist behind more important women’s events and forums than seems possible for one tiny woman,” observes Jane Fonda, Co-Founder of The Women’s Media Center.“Pat is that most rare of leaders, one who is trusted by the decision makers as they now exist, and also by the future decision makers hoping to expand what exists,” said Gloria Steinem, Co-Founder of The Women’s Media Center. “Because she herself has been inside every kind of media, her expertise and ideas are trusted. Because of her own character and kindness, her judgment is trusted. She creates bridges between excellence and new ideas, between what is and what could be. There is no force on earth more powerful than trust — and Pat personifies it.” says Gloria Steinem.The 2012 Women’s Media Awards are co-chaired by Loreen Arbus, Donna Deitch, Jodie Evans, Jane Fonda, Carol Jenkins, Robin Morgan & Gloria Steinem.To buy tickets or for more information about The 2012 Women’s Media Awards and the ongoing work of The Women’s Media Center, click here.Source:PR Newswire