Former Minister to Release New Book on Liberia’s Mining Sector

first_imgLiberian Geologist and former Minister of Lands Mines and Energy, Dr. Eugene Shannon. Renowned Liberian Geologist Dr. Eugene Shannon has disclosed that his long awaited book about the mining sector in Liberia will be release early next month.Dr. Shannon who is also the former Minister of the Ministry of Mines and Energy explained that the new book gives a description of the role the extractive industry plays in the economic sector of most developing countries.The book, titled: “Safeguarding the Environment in Mining Development Projects”, also describes the activities of transnational corporations (TNCs) in the mining sector.“Safeguarding the Environment in Mining Development Projects” explores topics ranging from the impacts on the economy, employment generation and mitigation measures to address externalities as a result of improper effluent disposal.Dr. Shannon, who is also a professor of geology at the University of Liberia, holds a Bachelor’s Degree (BSc) in geology and chemistry from Western Michigan University, Kalamozoo, Michigan, USA and the University of Liberia.Dr. Shannon also holds a Master’s Degree (MSc) in geochemistry and Clay mineralogy from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in petrology and Geochemistry from Syracuse University, New York, USA.The book written by Dr. Shannon makes significant recommendations to both the Government of Liberia and investors.“It is equally important that any investor wishing to explore and eventually exploit mineral resources in developing countries should provide a management plan to the state authorities for approval before mining operation commences,” the book states.As an advice to the government, the book indicates that; “The activities of Transnational Corporations (TNC) have made major impacts on the economies and employment generation of most third world countries through technology transfer and mining ventures.”“First, mandatory environmental codes should be set by government so as to control the behavior of TNCs. Second, funding agencies such as the World Bank and other leading institutions should link environmental considerations as a condition to the disbursement of funds to the recipient and, thirdly, the developing countries in cooperation with the appropriate UN agency should develop a regional resource data bank on the environment, conduct periodic reviews of environmental legislations and assist government with an analysis of land use planning.Dr. Shannon’s Safeguarding Mining book also pointed to the House of Legislature indicating that: “The impact assessment must comply with legislation, setting standards for mining as they affect the environment. Such legislation must be specific and must address all relevant environmental issues including solid and liquid wastes disposal etc. amongst others.The book details the Environmental Management Plan which consists of a set of measures to be taken during implementation and operations for both pre-mining and mining operations to eliminate, offset or reduce adverse environmental impacts to acceptable levels.Dr. Shannon’s book is believed to have touched the nerves of several environmental issues including, waste, Health, meteorological, climate, costal and marine resources, mitigations and Cradle-to Grave Management Plan amongst others.Meanwhile, the book is expected to be sold for twenty three United States dollars and can also be purchased online at, or this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more


first_imgStudents form Loreto with Donegal County Childcare presents for Percy Appeal. Photo Clive WassonMore than 250 children, parents, grandparents from all corners of the county passed through the doors of the Radisson Hotel in Letterkenny yesterday for Donegal County Childcare’s Party for Percy! The staff team at DCCC are delighted with the success of the celebration which marks the end of the Presents for Percy Appeal.Children experienced a variety of entertainment and the all-important Santa Grotto was expertly manned by a range of Donegal County Councillors. There was to be no evasion of difficult questions in the Santa Grotto as children asked questions such as ‘Why did you bring me a scooter that was broke last year?’ and ‘Santa can you get me a magic wand because then I can magic anything I want?’ or ‘Do you know where Carn is – what colour is my house?’ Answers were expected and given – some causing more duress than others! Elf McDaid tell Santa what he really wants for Christmas. Photo Clive WassonThe Presents for Percy Appeal has raised just under €20,000 this year for needy families across the county which has now been distributed. We have donated to 20 individual SVDP Conferences which cover all 6 SVDP Regional Areas across the county. In addition, we have facilitated requests from Donegal Womens Domestic Violence Centre, Lifeline Inishowen, and 4 different branches of ParentStop Donegal.Overall, since its inception for Christmas 2011, the Presents for Percy Appeal has raised €82,000. The Donegal County Childcare appeal is unique in that it simply aims to preserve the magic of a Christmas memory for young children living in vulnerable home circumstances.Avril McMonagle, Manager of Donegal County Childcare says she is indebted to everyone who either donated or helped out in any way to make the Percy Appeal and the children’s party a success.Elf Kavanagh has a laugh with the Big Man!‘Particular thanks to those that donated their time or services free of charge especially Cooney’s Home and Garden for kitting out our winter wonderland, the students and teachers from Loreto Convent, Clive Wasson Photography, Bizz Prints, Blue Splat Design, Manna Design, Cllrs’ Michael McBride, Liam Doherty, Gary Doherty, James Pat McDaid, Gerry McMonagle, Jimmy Kavanagh, John Campbell and Martin McDermott. Also thanks to everyone who made a donation to the Presents for Percy Appeal 2015 either large or small – everything was put to good use and made a huge difference!A range of images from the day can be found on the Donegal County Childcare Facebook page of the children at the Presents for Percy Appeal Day.PERCY SIGNS OFF AFTER RAISING A STAGGERING €82K FOR DONEGAL CHILDREN was last modified: December 10th, 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) Tags:Presents for Percy Appeallast_img read more