Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament last Thursday that bottom trawling by Indian fishermen is having an impact on the livelihood of fishermen in the North and East. Bottom trawling by Indian fishermen is a serious concern for Sri Lanka and the matter has been raised in Parliament as well. He said Tamil Nadu fishermen are prepared to sit down with their Sri Lankan counterparts to map out a time based solution top end the crisis.“We have had talks before with Sri Lankan fishermen but most often it is the businessmen who attend the talks and not the fishermen themselves. Some of these businessmen have their own agendas so the talks never go forward,” Emiret said.Emiret said that recently his association met Indian External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and urged her to take efforts to resolve the issue. Tamil Nadu fishermen have expressed the desire to hold urgent talks with Sri Lanka and reach a compromise in order to resolve the long standing fishing issue.Tamil Nadu Fishermen’s Association President S. Emiret told The Sunday Leader they are even willing to consider giving up bottom trawling if an alternative solution is provided to them. However Emiret noted that even some Sri Lankan fishermen engage in bottom trawling so it is unfair to only blame Indians.“Also don’t forget even Sri Lankan fishermen poach in Indian waters. So this is not just something to point fingers at us. We must discuss are resolve this issue,” he said. “We need to have three meals a day. The fishing industry feeds us as this is our job. We will look at alternative means if we really must give up bottom trawling to resolve this issue,” he said.Emiret also asserted that Tamil Nadu fishermen have no qualms with fishermen in the North and East and want to prevent the issue from hurting the relationship between both countries.When asked about the comments being made by politicians in Sri Lanka and India on the issue, Emiret said politicians look to take advantage of the issue and more often than not prevent the issue from reaching an end. However he said Tamil Nadu fishermen feel only direct talks with their counterparts will result in a solution acceptable to both sides. He said both governments need to understand that the issue affects the lives of ordinary people and so no one should play politics with the fishing dispute.
East Africa Metals Inc has received government approval of East Africa’s Mining Licence Agreement for the Terakimti Oxide Gold Project at the company’s 70% owned Harvest Project located in the Tigray National Regional State of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.The Mining Licence Agreement has been formally approved by the Ministry of Mines, Petroleum, and Natural Gas, the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers. The company will now focus on finalising its previously announced project financing and proceed with engineering and development of the Terakimti Project.Andrew Lee Smith, East Africa’s CEO stated, “This is an extremely important achievement for East Africa, and we appreciate the efforts of the Government and Ministry of Mines in the development of the Mining Licence Agreement for Terakimti. We plan to move forward as soon as possible with engineering and development of the project”. The Terakimti Project will provide East Africa the opportunity to benefit from establishing the first commercial heap leach operation in the country, and provide the basis for additional exploration and development to grow the Company’s mineral resources in Ethiopia.Terakimti Oxide Gold Project Profile:Mineral Resource: Indicated Resource of 1,110,000 t grading 3.20 g gold and 23.6 g silver per tonne containing 114,000 ounces of gold and 841,000 oz of silver;Heap Leach Recoveries from Column Testwork: up to 74.8% gold and 39.4% silver;Proposed Mining Method: Conventional open pit;Proposed Processing Technology: Heap leaching to produce gold–silver doreThe Terakimti Project is proposed as an open pit mining operation followed by heap leaching and on site processing to produce gold-silver dore. The combination of near surface oxide gold and silver mineralisation, hosted in soft rock when compared to other deposits, high and rapid extraction of gold at coarse crush sizes in metallurgical testwork, along with satisfactory percolation rates all support this strategy for the development of the Terakimti Project.The Terakimti Project is located approximately 600 km north of the Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. The region has daily, commercial air service from Addis Ababa. The existing transportation and power infrastructure is located close to the project site and enhances the development potential of the proposed operation. The proposed mining operation would utilize grid power for the project, for which the nearest high tension power line is approximately 7 km away. Primary road access to the site is by paved highway from the town of Shire, 40 km south of the project. Shire has a population of approximately 60,000 people and sufficient services to serve as a base for off-site project activities.An independent Environmental Impact and Socio-Economic Assessment (EISA) study has been completed by Beles Engineering Pvt Ltd of Ethiopia, and forms an integral part of the Mining Licence Agreement. This EISA examined the beneficial and adverse aspects of the proposed mining operation and concluded that the local population is in favor of the project, and the anticipated benefits would be positive and very important to the local community and to the local and regional governments. The EISA further concluded that the adverse impacts identified can be mitigated through implementation of the proposed management and monitoring plans, and therefore recommended project implementation.
Updated 7.55pmTHE NATIONAL BROADCASTER has apologised for any confusion that may have been caused by one of its news bulletins on the Israel-Gaza conflict.The report from 23 July, shows woman in Gaza, shouting in the street. The accompanying voiceover says: “This Palestinian said she is ready to strap on an explosive device and fight”.However a petition set up after the broadcast claimed this was a mistranslation of what the woman had said and that she was actually talking about children dying.The online petition called for an immediate apology from RTÉ and has already been signed by more than 1,400 people.In a response to TheJournal.ie on the issue, RTÉ said the report was not a misinterpretation of what the woman said.It said the pictures and information came from a news service and the material contained a lengthy sequence of footage of the woman shouting in the street.The woman begins by referring to children dying, but she then goes on to say that she is ready to wear an explosive jacket and join the fight. The voiceover on the report was not intended to be a direct translation. The reporter was paraphrasing the woman’s view – clearly stated in the information RTÉ received – that she was ready to resist the Israeli offensive.“There was no attempt on RTÉ’s part to misconstrue the woman’s message and we apologise for any confusion caused,” the broadcaster added.The segment in question can be seen at 1.25 in this video.Originally published 9.41amRead: RTE is looking for members of the public to join its board>