“Don’t Cover-up for Companies”

first_img-EPA Exec. Director cautions ESIA evaluatorsThe executive director of Liberia Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Nathaniel T. Blama, has cautioned independent Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Evaluators against covering up for companies operating in the country, a release has said.Blama told a group of independent ESIA evaluators not to turn their eyes away from harmful practices by companies operating in the environment.“Avoid being intimidated by concessionaires, because you are independent evaluators, so you have to be independent in your judgment,” he said.Mr. Blama, who spoke at programs marking the official certification of independent ESIA evaluators on Tuesday, June 12, threatened to revoke evaluators’ licenses if they compromise the people’s interest for money.On Monday, May 28, the EPA commenced the 6th edition of the Environmental Evaluators Training Licensing Certification Program for ESIA evaluators and representatives of line government ministries and agencies.According to the release, the 2018 ten-day training was intended to equip independent consultants, large project developers and representatives of line government institutions with basic technical information and guidance required in the administration of ESIA.For that, Mr. Blama disclosed that beginning November 1, this year, the EPA will not permit any company to directly submit their own study, rather through a third-party as provided by law.According to him, an environment assessment study will be done quarterly by certified evaluators, but warned that the paper work will have to be done properly by licensed evaluators.“Don’t do cut and paste, because the reports have to be done differently from that of logging companies. Any data that you provide will be cross-checked, and if it was altered, your lesson will be revoked,” Blama threatened.In reference to EPA staff, who also benefited from the training, Mr. Blama said, “we are training a new army at the EPA to set-up the check-point.”He said that the agency will not accept evaluators doing desk study, noting that independent evaluators will have to go on site and take accurate data.He indicated that every ESIA reports submitted to the EPA will have to consider a brief and management plan.Mr. Blama, a former independent evaluator himself, promised to strengthen independent evaluators in the discharge of their duty, but asked them to set the bar.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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Pellegrini worried by toothless Man City following shock FA Cup exit

first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has admitted he is worried by his side’s lack of goals after seeing the Premier League champions crash out of the FA Cup at the hands of Middlesbrough.City, who failed to net in a Premier League defeat to Arsenal last weekend, didn’t score for the second home game running in against the Championship outfit, who secured a memorable 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Patrick Bamford and Kike.Pellegrini’s men only returned from a warm weather training camp in Abu Dhabi on Friday night, and his side looked leggy at the end of the clash as their FA Cup dream came to a surprising end at the Etihad Stadium.And Pellegrini admitted it was a disastrous performance from his side.“It is disappointing because we played very well before they scored, we had a lot of chances and we dominated the game, and their goalkeeper saved a lot of clear opportunities,” said the Chilean.“But after the goal, we were a disaster. I think we left too much space and they scored another goal – so at the end of the day the team who played the game for ninety-five minutes deserved to win. “We need to improve. We have had a lot of injuries over the past few weeks so we changed our style of play.“We benefited and scored a lot of goals from that, but now our forwards are coming back.“Maybe they are not at 100 per cent in their normal performance, but we haven’t scored against Arsenal or today so that is a real problem, especially at the Etihad.”last_img read more

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