Pres. Weah Proposes Several Bills to Support PAPD

first_imgPres. Weah: “We want to develop the country.”President George Weah has pushed his Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) to higher frontiers in the New Year by proposing several other bills to the Legislature, an Executive Mansion release has said.“To achieve this strategically and legally,” according to the release, the President has rolled out a number of legislations to underpin and guard the implementation of the flagship development mantra, the PAPD.In his Annual Message on Monday, January 28, 2019, the President disclosed that bills to be forwarded to the Legislature for ratification include an Act to Ratify and Authorize the Payment by the government of tuition fees for all undergraduate students in all public universities and colleges; the National Youth Act; The Liberia Technical Vocational Education and Training Commission Act, and the Revised Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) Act.Others are the Act to Ratify the Investment Incentive Agreement between Liberia and Fouta Corporation, Act Ratifying the Agreement for the Establishment of the Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK) and an Act to Amend the Revenue Code of Liberia to reform Excise Tax Law (2018).Weah also announced a proposed amendment to extend the time required to renew residence permits.“In Liberia, we have business and other people who have lived here for 30 to 50 years but have to renew residence permit every year,” he said, adding: “This will have to change.”The President said those who resided in the country for five years or more, without a criminal record, will be eligible under the proposed amendment. “The amendment proposed will also allow permit holders to no longer be required to obtain permits to re-enter the country,” he announced.“We will also look into revising the requirement for annual renewal of work permits for a longer period,” he declared.President Weah furthered that the administration would implement a visa-upon-arrival program, as well as the issuance of tourist visas. These bills will serve as addendum to bills President Weah forwarded and which were passed into law by the Legislature in the first year of his presidency.They include an Act to Ratify the Financing Agreement to provide additional financing for the West African Power Pool, the Local Government Act of 2018, and an Act to Establish the Land Rights Law of 2018.President Weah said the legislation would help to smooth and enhance efforts toward accomplishing the PAPD, which was launched on October 29, 2018, with the aim to give power to the people, better the economy, create jobs, sustain the peace and improve governance and transparency.“The overall objective of the PAPD and its ultimate goal is to lift our people from poverty to prosperity,” the President announced.He however extolled the Legislature for the critical support and cooperation rendered in passing into law several pieces of legislation totaling 26, which he said are relevant to the PAPD.President Weah has said his administration would place emphasis on the agriculture sector as major impetus for economic revitalization.“As we kick-start the infrastructure portion of the PAPD through road construction, we also want to place a new emphasis on agriculture,” he said.The President bemoaned the minute returns realized from the enormous investments put into agriculture, stressing “this will have to change.”“Our international partners will agree with me that endless national and foreign resources have been and continued to be poured into agriculture, yet returns on these investments are almost negligible,” he said.According to the release, the President vowed to allot the same effort, time and energy to road projects and programs toward agriculture development.He added, “I will directly get involved in the programs and practical implementation of agriculture development.”President Weah said the PAPD can only be sustainably achieved through agriculture, adding: “We will craft new practical and realistic agriculture policies, incentivize the sector by providing access to credit, reducing tariffs on agriculture implements, and provide small machines, modern seeds and fertilizers.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Province funds repairs to Alaska Highway

first_imgThe Alaska Highway will be getting some repairs this summer, after the Provincial Government announced it will be investing $6.7 million for major repairs and rehabilitation projects. Prince George-Peace River M.P. Jay Hill made the investment announcement on Thursday. Two B.C. companies and one Alberta-based company were awarded the tenders for the projects. – Advertisement -A Kamloops company will take on improvements to an intersection around 125 kilometres north of Fort St. John, and stablization of a section of the highway, at a cost of 1.4 million dollars. A construction company out of Penticton was awarded a $3.2 million contract to undertake 15 kilometres of asphalt paving work south of Fort Nelson. And a Crossfield, Alberta company was awarded a contract of $2 million dollars to repair the deck surfaces of eight bridges on the Alaska Highway. Advertisement Hill says these improvements will generate local jobs and create long-term economic benefits. The projects are scheduled to be completed by October of this year.last_img read more


first_imgA DONEGAL man facing jail for failing to do community service has vowed to fly home from his job in England to avoid going to prison.Patrick M Doherty, who is 24 with an address at Cherry Orchard Road, East Croydon, London, had 120 hours of community service outstanding relating to driving charges in 2011.But he had left Ireland and now worked as a crane mechanic in England. Judge Paul Kelly however said this wasn’t an excuse.“Community Service is not an added extra here, it was substituted instead of a prison sentence – you do it or you do the time,” said the judge.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said Doherty had left Donegal to find work.He had not intended to ignore the courts, but merely find gainful employment.He said Doherty was keen to complete the community service order and had arranged to fly home on Thursdays for the next two months to complete it.“He has spoken to his employer and he has booked the flights at considerable expense,” said the solicitor.The case was adjourned until November to allow Doherty to complete the service.DONEGAL MAN PROMISES TO FLY HOME FROM ENGLAND TO DO COMMUNITY SERVICE was last modified: September 8th, 2015 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:community service orderCroydondonegalEnglandPatrick Dohertylast_img read more


first_imgIT’S not every day you get to see your home town from above.So it was definitely a case of ‘Chuck’s Away’ when Chuck McDaid from Ramelton celebrated his birthday recently.His family gave him a voucher so he could take to the skies. And here are just some of his great pix. Main Pic: Ramelton CHUCK’S AWAY! BIRTHDAY BOY’S SKY HIGH PIX OF DONEGAL was last modified: May 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:CHUCK’S AWAY! BIRTHDAY BOY’S SKY HIGH PIX OF DONEGALdonegal aerial pixlast_img read more


first_imgThe names of the individuals, teams and schools for the 2013 Donegal Sports Star Awards have been announced by the organising committee ahead of the presentation function, which takes place on Friday January 31st in the Mount Errigal Hotel where the special guest will be FAI boss John Delaney.The judging panel will sit down next week to select close on 40 winners and based on the huge array of successes last year there will be some very difficult decisions to be made in a large number of the categories.GAA star Karl Lacey was the 2012 overall winner and picking the best sports person from last year won’t be an easy task with up to six names in the hat for the top honour in Donegal sport. It’s a huge list with just over a 100 nominees for the individual awards while in addition there is the team section and eight schools categories. The schools awards will be presented by the Mayor of Donegal Cllr Ian McGarvey Tickets for the Donegal Sports Star Awards on Friday, January 31st are available from the Mount Errigal Hotel. For further details ring the hotel on 9106700. Follow us also on or on Facebook at at Donegalsports StarawardsAthletics Anne Marie McGlynn, Lifford A.C.Brendan Boyce, Letterkenny A.C.Mark English, Letterkenny A.C.Mary McLoone, Tirchonaill A.C.AppreciationBrid McGinty, Lagan HarpsHughie Rua Gallagher, Gweedore BadmintonChloe Magee, RaphoeSam Magee, RaphoeBasketball Cian Hickey, Letterkenny BlazeDillon Muldoon, Donegal Town Basketball ClubKelly Harron, Donegal Town Basketball ClubRyan Malley, Donegal Town Basketball ClubShaun Wogan, L.Y.I.T.Tadhg Hickey, Letterkenny BlazeTara Khan, Donegal Town Basketball ClubBoxingAllanagh McBhaird, BallyshannonAusteja Auciute, Finn Valley A.B.C.Jason Quigley, Finn Valley A.B.C.Maeve Mc Carron. Carrigart A.B.C.Labhaoise Clarke, Carndonagh A.B.C.Brendan McDaid Memorial Special AchievementJason Black, Letterkenny (Mount Everest Ascent)Clay Pigeon ShootDavid Porter, LiffordGordon Roulston, KilmacrennanPeter Monaghan, BuncranaCyclingCiara Doogan, Errigal Cycling ClubConor Mc Ilwaine, Errigal Cycling ClubPhilip Deignan, LetterkennyP.J. Doogan, Errigal Cycling ClubWillie John McLaughlin, North Pole Cycling ClubDartsAnne-Marie Wilson, BuncranaCharlie Grant, Quigley’s PointJohn Flood, MilfordEquestrianKenneth Graham, MuffLisa Moore, Glenleary, RameltonPatricia Warren, Donegal Gaeltacht Riding ClubShannon Ramsey, LetterkennyGAAEmer Gallagher, TermonMichael Murphy, GlenswillyNeil Gallagher, GlenswillyNeil McGee, Gaoth DobhairPaddy McBrearty, KilcarGolfBrendan McCarroll, Ballyliffen Golf ClubBrian McElhinney, Foyle Golf CentreJack Duffy, Buncrana Golf ClubGymnasticsAlannah Gallagher, Letterkenny Community Gymnastics ClubEilíse McLaughlin, LetterkennyMegan Lynch, DesertegneyHall of FameHughie ‘Dickie’ Doherty, BuncranaHockeyGavin Lecky,Raphoe Hockey ClubMatthew Lecky, Raphoe Hockey ClubWilliam Kilpatrick, Raphoe Hockey ClubHurlingChristopher McDermott, BurtDanny Cullen, Setanta Hurling ClubLee Henderson, Seán MacCumhaill’sSean McVeigh, St Eunan’sMartial ArtsDamien Duddy, PT’s Kickboxing Gym, CarrigansElaine Dullaghan, CastlefinJosie Murray, LetterkennyNatalie McCarron, PT’s Kickboxing Gym, CarrigansÓisin Mac Lochlainn, Samurai Uladh Judo ClubSarah Jane Porter, Samurai Uladh Judo ClubTony Mac Lochlainn, Samurai Uladh Judo ClubMotor CyclingAaron Mac Bride, ConvoyRichard Kerr, KilmacrennanMotor SportDeclan & Brian Boyle, LettermacawardDeclan Gallagher, Ardara & Ryan Moore, LetterkennyDonagh Kelly, Frosses & Kevin Flanaghan, NewtowncunninghamRory Kennedy, LetterkennyTransplant AthleteVienna White, LetterkennyProfessional Sport AchievementMartin Harley, TrentaghRowingAnita Gallagher, Donegal Bay Rowing ClubKieran Keeney, Loughros Point Rowing ClubPaul McGonagle, Kincasslagh Rowing ClubRugbyJustin Allen, LetterkennyLarissa Muldoon, Cappry, BallybofeyLuke Dalton, FahanNora Stapleton, FahanSoccerAmber Barrett, Lagan HarpsBarry McNamee, Derry CityCiara Grant, Raheny UnitedDale Gorman, Stevenage F.C.Roma McLaughlin, Greencastle F.C.Shane Canning, Moville CelticSpecial AthleteEileen Ferry, Errigal Sports and Social ClubPrimary SchoolKilmacrennan National SchoolScoil an Choimín, An Coimín, An ClochánScoil Cholmcille, LetterkennyScoil Mhuire Gan Smál, LetterkennySt. Mura’s National School, Tooban, BurnfootPrimary School Sports BoyConor O’Donnell, St. Patrick’s Boys N.S., CarndonaghDylan Dorrian, Scoil Cholmcille, Drumman, RameltonShane McMonagle, St. Mura’s N.S., Tooban, BurnfootStephen Black, Kilmacrennan N.S.Primary School Sports GirlEilíse McLaughlin, Lurgybrack N.S.Gemma McFadden, Kilmacrennan N.S.Jemma Ní Bhrollcháin, Scoil an ChoimínKaren Gallagher, Scoil Mhuire, Cashel, FanadLee Walsh, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, LetterkennyRidhcheall Ní Dhochartaigh, Scoil an ChoimínSarah Jane Porter, St. Mura’s N.S., Tooban, BurnfootPrimary School Sports TeacherAnita McMonagle, St Eunan’s N.S. RaphoeLisa Doherty, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, LetterkennyPauric McKinney, Scoil Íosagáin, BuncranaSecondary SchoolColáiste Ailigh, Leitir CeanainnLoreto Convent, LetterkennyScoil Mhuire, BuncranaSeconday School Sports BoyAaron Mac Fhloinn, Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, An ClochánChristopher O’Donnell, Magh Ene College,BundoranDarragh Mulgrew, Coláiste AilighJamie Brennan, Magh Ene College, BundoranOisin Gallen, St Columbas College, StranorlarÓisin Mac Lochlainn, Carndonagh Community SchoolSecondary School Sports GirlAllanagh McBhaird, Magh Ene College, BundoranAmber Barrett, Loreto Community School, MilfordArlene Crossan, Loreto Secondary School, LetterkennyChristine Russell, Royal and Prior Comprehensive School, RaphoeCiara Ní Fhíonnagáin, Coláiste AilighJade Leeper, Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, An ClochánShannon McGroddy, Loreto Community School, MilfordSecondary School Sports TeacherAidan McAleer, Scoil Mhuire, BuncranaCatriona McLaughlin, Magh Ene College,BundoranSeosamh Mac Ceallabhuí, Coláiste Ailigh, LetterkennySurf LifesavingAyesha Garvey RossnowlaghGarbhan Mc Closkey BallyshannonTriona McMenamin LetterkennySwimmingAnne Marie Ward, PortnablaghEllen Doherty, Swilly SealsEmma Harvey, Swilly SealsEmma Vaughan, Swilly SealsLeon Vaughan, Swilly SealsTeamClonmany B Tug of War TeamCockhill Celtic FC Senior TeamDonegal GAA Senior Hurling TeamDonegal Ladies Lifesaving TeamFinesse Gymnastics Display TeamGlenree U12 Girls Soccer TeamGlenswilly GAA Senior Football TeamInishowen Junior Soccer League TeamLifford Athletic ClubMilford GAA ClubRaphoe Hockey Club Men’s 1stRosapenna Golf ClubUlster Senior League Interprovincial Soccer TeamTeam Manager/CoachDonal O’Brien, Cockhill Celtic F.C.Mandy McNulty, North West Shotokan Karate ClubRay Durack, Donegal Hurling TeamTriathlonAidan Callaghan, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon ClubFin Begley, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon ClubGavin Crawford, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon ClubJohn Cannon, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon ClubMargaret Kelly, Letterkenny 24-7 Triathlon ClubSiobhan Gallagher, GartanNOMINATIONS REVEALED FOR 2013 DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS was last modified: January 9th, 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:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDSNOMINATIONSlast_img read more

South Africa ranks 2/115 in the 2017 OBS

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 27 March 2018 –  Brand South Africa welcomes South Africa’s Performance in the 2017 Open Budget Survey (OBS) Index. South Africa ranks 2 out of 115 nations, making the country the second most transparent system after New Zealand, and leading Sweden and Norway that rank at 3rd and 4th respectively. The Open Budget Survey (OBS) is the world’s only comparative and independent assessment of fiscal transparency, oversight, and participation at the national level. The survey is carried out by independent researchers who respond to a set of factual questions in each of the 115 countries assessed. Each country’s results are then reviewed by an anonymous expert, and governments are also given an opportunity to provide their comments.  The survey examines formal participation in the budget process at the national level. The 2017 OBS also assessed the core institutions of representative democracies by evaluating novel approaches to formal public participation in budgeting. Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said: “Transparency is an important aspect of good governance, and transparent decision making is critical for the public sector to make sound decisions and investments, while also attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the country. “Transparency creates an environment  for effective decision-making. The most frequently cited argument for transparency is  information should be accessible to enable citizens to actively participate in policymaking and hold leaders accountable for their decisions, and ultimately influence which decisions are taken and why. At a more basic level, transparency is critical for  decision-makers, as it assists them to formulate policy, improve service provision, and manage resources responsibly.” The OBS 2017 report states that ‘Sub-Saharan Africa showed the largest decline in transparency in this round, yet the region drove much of the improvement in transparency in the 2015 survey.’ It  also notes that ‘this recent decline in transparency overall is significantly less than the gains found in previous rounds of the survey; which means that  government budgets are still considerably more transparent today than they were a decade ago.’  Follow the conversation on  #CompetitiveSA  Notes to the Editor About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship. About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone. Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.last_img read more

Andray Blatche finally back with Gilas

first_imgRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort 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 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Blatche immediately participated in the team’s morning and evening sessions on Sunday.National team coach Chot Reyes posted a photo of Blatche working out at Meralco Gym.“Sunday morning vibe #GilasGrind” MOST READ Blatche came from China, where he posted 26 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and two steals in the Xinjiang Flying Tigers’ 91-86 victory over Zhejiang Guangsha Lions on Friday.With his obligations in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) currently on hold, Blatche can now shift his focus on the Philippines’ campaign in the first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Gilas opens its campaign against Japan on November 24 at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Gymnasium in Tokyo, before taking on Chinese Taipei on November 27 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Blatche last donned the PH colors in the 2017 Seaba Championship last May, where he netted averages of 14.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.4 blocks. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter a long wait, Andray Blatche is finally back with Gilas Pilipinas.The 6-foot-11 naturalized center arrived early Sunday morning to rejoin his Gilas teammates ahead of their Fiba World Cup qualifying game against Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Smart Gilas Pilipinas team manager Butch Antonio fetched him from the airport.“Welcome home Andray! #labanpilipinas #puso,” wrote Antonio on his Twitter account.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 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Curry leads Warriors fightback after Sixers blitz Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Lady Blazers near Final Four berth

first_imgView comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Lady Cardinals, meanwhile, wrapped up their campaign with a 0-9 record.St. Benilde head coach Arnold Laniog used the game to give exposure to some of their bench players heading into the Final Four.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Our target today was to perform what we did in practice and also to improve in the areas we need to master if we want to go further,” said Laniog in Filipino. “And we gave a chance to some of our players to feel what it’s like playing in front of a crowd.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Optimism surrounds six-team PFL with new season kicking off next month St. Benilde Lady Blazers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSt. Benilde strengthened its bid for a Final Four spot after stomping Mapua, 25-18, 25-15, 25-17, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Blazers, who still have a game left in their schedule, improved to 5-3 and tied Jose Rizal University at fourth place with the end of the tournament’s elimination round approaching.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READlast_img read more

Greek Basketball Legend Nikos Galis Inducted in Hall of Fame (Video)

first_imgATHENS (ANA) – Congratulations poured in on Saturday for Greek basketball legend Nikos Galis, who was one of 10 inductees in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, as part of the 2017 class.Born to Greek immigrants in New Jersey, he was drafted by the Celtics but never made the team due to an injury.Galis moved to Greece where he dominated for over a decade in the local and European basketball scene, winning seven straight league titles with Aris and then top place with the national basketball team in the 1987 European Championships.The Panhellenic Association of Paid Basketball Players expressed its gratitude to Galis in a press release on Saturday.“This legend was inducted in the Hall of Fame, the museum of top [players], and reminded all Americans of Greece- this small country that some people didn’t know until 2006 in the other side of the Atlantic […] We thank him and will be grateful for the rest of our lives,” it said.The Hellenic Basketball Federation said the event is “a distinction that constitutes an honour for Greek basketball and of course for him.”“The HBF congratulates the Greek athlete for the highest distinction with which his name entered the pantheon of the sport’s history,” it added.Greek NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo tweeted his respect for Galis, adding he hoped he’ll join the ranks of top basketball players in the future. “RESPECT…Hopefully one day I can be on the same stage and have my name next to yours.”TweetPinShare33 Shareslast_img read more

Artifacts found at pipeline site not in original location regulator

first_imgA view of the Morice River Bridge outside the Unist’ot’en Camp (APTN file)The Canadian PressIndigenous artifacts found at the construction site of a contentious pipeline project were likely not in their original location, says British Columbia’s energy regulator.The Unist’ot’en clan, a hereditary house group of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, complained last month that supporters recovered two ancient stone tools and observed other artifacts at the site where Coastal GasLink is building a natural gas pipeline.The company suspended work on the line, which is a key part of a $40-billion LNG Canada project in northern B.C., while the BC Oil and Gas Commission investigated.The commission said in an information bulletin that investigators found stone artifacts on top of frozen clay soils and the archaeology branch of the provincial Forestry Ministry is working to return the items to the appropriate Indigenous communities.“The soils upon which the artifacts were found would not typically contain any such cultural artifacts and this was likely not their original location,” the commission said.“However, a definitive determination on their exact location of origin cannot be made.”The two stone tools that were originally reported discovered were not present at the site, the information bulletin said.The Unist’ot’en have previously said the two tools were removed to protect them. The clan has also said an archeologist from the Smithsonian Institution estimated one of the tools dates back up to 3,500 years.In an emailed response to questions on Monday, the commission said the team examining the site was not aware the two tools had been removed.Archaeologists found four artifacts in total – one complete biface tool and three biface fragments – but could not make a cultural association, it said.The commission acted on an order under the Heritage Conservation Act to secure the four artifacts for protection and further examination, it added.It said the area had been logged twice, prepped and replanted, and all soil layers where cultural artifacts would typically be found had been removed and were at some distance from where the items were found.The Unist’ot’en clan said Monday the artifacts were recovered from a site that “had been heavily disturbed” by Coastal GasLink bulldozers.One of the many signs outside the Unist’ot’en Camp. (APTN file)It said in a statement that the “cryptic bulletin” from the commission “ignores the role that CGL’s industrial activity has played in disturbing this cultural site and displacing these artifacts.”Asked about this allegation, Coastal GasLink referred questions to the oil and gas commission.The commission said “removing artifacts from their original context greatly diminishes the information that can be extracted from them.”The Unist’ot’en said they have not been included in the archeological work done on their territory.“Wet’suwet’en cultural artifacts cannot be properly identified and analysed without the input of Wet’suwet’en people,” it said.Coastal GasLink said in a statement it has been cleared to resume construction and it has filed a mitigation plan that has been accepted by the commission and the archaeology branch. The plan requires an archeologist to determine if there is additional cultural material, sample topsoil stockpiled on the edge of the site, supervise construction operations and further assess the topsoil when it is spread back on the site.The company said the province has added the site to its archeological database based on the presence of artifacts at the spot.The company quoted the Forests Ministry as saying there was “strong evidence” the artifacts had been moved from their original location, as they were found sitting on top of a frozen slab of clay. Remaining sediments are considered to be “culturally sterile,” it added.The Forests Ministry said in a statement it was impossible to determine the age of the artifacts or attribute them to a specific Indigenous community.“There is no way to determine when or how they came to be in the location,” it added.Analysis of the artifacts is complete and the branch is now working toward returning them to the appropriate communities, it said.The Coastal GasLink pipeline would transport natural gas from northeastern B.C. to LNG Canada’s export terminal in Kitimat on the coast.In January, police arrested 14 people at a blockade in the area.The company says it has approval to build the pipeline from First Nations along the pipeline, but some Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say they haven’t given their consent.Editors Note:In a headline on March 11, The Canadian Press erroneously reported that the BC Oil and Gas Commission found that a LNG pipeline construction site was not the original location of Indigenous artifacts discovered there. In fact, the commission found that the artifacts were likely not in their original location and it could not determine their exact location of origin. It did not say the original location was outside of the construction site.last_img read more