Batesville, In. — Local leaders, officials from INDOT and Milestone Contractors conducted a ceremonial beginning to the $61 million I-74 reconstruction project. Already signs are being placed and workers are gearing up for a project that will last until 2019.In 2017 work operations and lane restrictions will center around the I-74 exits at New Point and State Road 101. In 2018 motorists can expect one eastbound and one westbound lane on the eastbound side while I-74 West from New Point to Penntown is completely rebuilt. In 2019 traffic will move to the new westbound lanes while I-74 East is reconstructed. The project also includes new bridge superstructures at Western and Little Laughery Creeks.The full-depth reconstruction project is the first NEXT LEVEL project in southeastern Indiana. The NEXT LEVEL program is a 20 year plan to invest $30 billion in Indiana infrastructure.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has maintained that the exploitation of resources in Liberia be done in an appropriate governance framework that protects the national interest. According to the Liberian leader, the management of Liberia’s natural resources calls for an open and transparent environment which guarantees investors a fair return on their investment, while maximizing benefits for Liberian citizens and Liberian businesses.In her Annual Message on Monday, January 27, 2014, President Sirleaf noted that creating conducive environment for investment for both foreign and domestic is critical for attaining economic growth and development of Liberia.Liberia’s forest sector is one of the key sectors the President mentioned in her speech as very important the economy. The President did not bite her tongue on the controversy that has marred the issuance of the Private Use Permits (PUPs) to private citizens in accordance with the National Forest Reform Law of 2006.The National Forestry Reform Law of 2006 makes provision for the issuance of five categories of forest resource licenses to access forest contracts: Forest Management Contract (FMC), Timber Sales Contract (TSC); Private Use Permit (PUP); Forest Use Permit (FUP); and Community Forestry.But the Liberian leader noted that the poor management of the implementation of those laws resulted in a setback in attracting quality investors to the sector and a major loss in revenue.She disclosed that the government has revoked 29 Private Use Permit (PUP) licenses issued, while 34 PUP licenses are being reviewed. PUP license holders have, however, criticized the government for denying them the opportunity to play their role in the forest sector and the economy of Liberia.A number of Liberians who are now unemployed as a result of the suspension or revocation of their employers’ say they are disappointed in the government. Speaking on the Theme: “Consolidating the Processes of Transformation” the President explained that the issuance of 63 PUPs prior to the formulation of relevant regulations to guide the process raised national and international concerns.The government of Liberia (GOL), it may be recalled, constituted a special independent investigating body (SIIB) to probe the PUP saga and made recommendations that led to a moratorium on the issuance and operations of all PUPs pending the validation of the draft regulation.“Meanwhile,” she emphasized “29 of the 63 PUPs issued have been revoked, while the remaining 34 are being reviewed for further action and possible cancellation.”President Sirleaf clarified, however, that the actions taken against the 63 PUPs have no effect on the operations of entities with valid FMC.“It should be noted, however, that this has no effect on forest operations which continue for entities with valid Forest Management Contracts,” she stated.She further explained that the new forest laws stress the integration of community, conservation, and commercial forest management, while a Community Rights Law empowers communities to fully engage in the management of forest resources.She called for the passage of a new legislation relating to bid premiums to fully revive the forestry sector so that the sector can adequately contribute to government to revenue.“The Board of Directors of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) has been reconstituted and new management has taken bold steps toward compliance with all laws and regulations,” the President declared.President Sirleaf has meanwhile, observed that the voluntary partnership agreement with the European Union should attract quality investors committed to value addition to the sector.She disclosed that the National Bureau of Concessions (NBC) began work, with stakeholders, to develop a uniform national template to monitor and evaluate the compliance of concessionaires in the country, in order to reduce the many and often confusing reportorial lines.According to the President, a National Concessions Cadastre is to be established for the administration and operation of a unified National Concessions Database System that will integrate and consolidate a repository of concession information.“The Bureau is to make certain that concessionaires remain in full compliance with the terms and conditions of their respective concession agreements, and ensures that Liberian citizens and firms get the anticipated employment and business opportunities from these concession contracts,” she stressed.The Liberian, however, admitted that the NBC faces challenges, including the lack of human capacity, logistics and insufficient budget allocation.Amidst these challenges, the new management is expected to address these challenges to meet the purpose for which the Bureau was created.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A local politician has called for Defence Forces support for over-stretched Donegal Gardaí.The county is so understaffed that whole areas are left with just two guards on duty at night.Donegal Daily revealed yesterday how Letterkenny – population 18,000 – had just two officers available for patrols on several nights recently. We have also learned since then that policing in Ballybofey is ‘at breaking point’ with so few gardaí available deal with the number of incidents reported to the main station there.County Councillor Patrick McGowan says the army should be trained up to provide back-up with there aren’t enough guards available.“I believe the role of the Army could be widened to include backing up the Gardaí in certain circumstances,” he told Donegal Daily.“This should follow proper training for dealing in a civilian situation. Most of our Gardaí are not armed either and that’s another reason the Army to be used. “I think they should be trained and placed on standby so they can be brought in when needed,” he added.‘TIME TO BRING IN THE ARMY TO BACK UP OVER-STRETCHED DONEGAL GARDAÍ’ was last modified: August 20th, 2013 by John2Share 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:’TIME TO BRING IN THE ARMY TO BACK UP OVER-STRETCHED DONEGAL GARDAÍ’Armycllr Patrick Mdonegal gardai