CFMB, CFDC Union Want Lawmakers Pass Land Rights Bill

first_imgSome CFMB and CFDC Union members who are calling on the lawmaker to pass the Land Right BillThe continued delay by lawmakers to pass into law the 2014 Land Rights Bill, which calls for the protection of community land, among other things, has claimed the attention of two civil society groups, the Community Forest Management Body (CFMB) and the Community Forestry Development Committee (CFDC), who believe that if the law is passed, it will drastically decrease land-related conflicts the nation is currently experiencing.However, since the bill was submitted to the legislature, the CSOs say it has been silent despite support from President Ellen John Sirleaf, foreign partners, and civil society organizations (CSOs).Due to this prolonged delay, the two organizations in a joint statement issued yesterday said although the legislators have passed into law the Land Authority Act, which they termed as an important step in the land reform process, the delay in passing the Land Rights Bill, however, remains a major concern that needs to be quickly addressed.The statement also said although the draft Land Rights Act represents the Liberian people’s desire to own and manage land, it “has not happened due to the culture of silence on the bill, despite the almost three years of consultation among stakeholders.“Once communities are given ownership of their customary land, the CFMB and CFDC would have gained more strength and authority to advocate for social benefits owed to communities by concession holders. These benefits will go a long way in helping to develop our educational and health care systems and contribute towards developing our local economies,” they said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GAC Reacts to Kings FM Talk Show Tirade

first_imgAuditor General, Yusador S. GayeThe General Auditing Commission (GAC) says it regrets the allegations made against its Auditor General, Ms. Yusador S. Gaye, on the Kings FM flagship Talk Show recently.The GAC described the allegations made by the host, Robert Haynes, as a “well planned conspiratorial attempt to willfully castigate and defame the character of the Auditor General for the political gains of his sponsors.”A Daily Observer investigation has revealed that the Roberts International Airport (RIA) paid US$50,000 for three years to the General Auditing Commission instead of the US$600,000 Haynes claimed on the show.A document in the possession of the Daily Observer confirmed that the RIA paid the US$50,000 into the GAC account, and not into any individual’s account as alleged on the show.The GAC audited the John F. Kennedy Health Center for three years (2012/2013, 2013/2014, and 2014/2015) and did not receive any money from the institution.The document also shows the John F. Kennedy authorities requested another audit for the period of 2015/2016 and 2016/2017, for which they agreed to pay US$40,000, and paid 50 percent of the amount (U$S10,000 and L$1,300,000 at the rate of L$130 per US$1) into the GAC account.According to the agreement, the JFK agreed to pay the 50 percent upon signing the engagement letter, 25 percent upon issuance of the management letter, and the remaining 25 percent upon issuance of the final audit report. The audit is currently ongoing.The document also indicated that the GAC and the National Port Authority (NPA) entered into a five-year agreement valued at US$100,000 which ran from 2012 to 2016. It said 50 percent of the money has been paid into the GAC account and not into any individual’s account, as speculated on the Talk Show.According to Section 37 (3) of the Public Finance Management Act of 2009, rates and amounts of audit fees are to be charged and determined by the Minister in consultation with the Auditor General during the preparation of the budget.The Act states that such an amount shall be placed in the budget of the General Auditing Commission (GAC).Section 5.3 of the GAC Act states that the Auditor General may charge fees for the conduct of audits undertaken on behalf of international aid agencies, unanticipated audit requests, state owned enterprise funds and autonomous commissions that are not funded directly from the state budget, and such amounts shall be remitted to the consolidated fund net of audit costs.The GAC, in its reaction, termed as “erroneous and wicked the claims that the Auditor General siphoned fees charged by the GAC to conduct audits of state-owned enterprises, donors, and ministries.”The commission clarified that all funds paid to the GAC by state owned enterprises, donors, and ministries are strictly paid out to the GAC, and that such funds are duly accounted for.The GAC also rubbished claims by Robert Haynes that Auditor-General Gaye connived with the printer of the GAC Act of 2014 at the Foreign Ministry and tampered with the legislature approved tenure of four years for service of the Auditor General to seven years.The GAC Act of 2014, particularly Chapter 2.1.5, states that the Auditor General is appointed for one term of seven years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SA to assist Guyana in mapping mineral wealth – Trotman

first_img– as overseas interest grows in setting up gold refinery hereGuyana and South Africa will be moving towards building greater partnerships, especially in the mining sector, following the visit of a high- level delegation of Government representatives from South Africa.This was confirmed during a press conference held on Wednesday with Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources of South Africa, Godfrey Oliphant.Trotman revealed that a declaration of intent will be signed between the two countries on Friday which will pave the way for the inking of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).He said his South African counterparts have requested a five-point partnership plan from Guyana, and his Ministry has since undertaken to look into these issues.Of paramount importance is mapping and surveying Guyana’s mineral wealth, which according to the Minister, South Africa has also shown an interest in assisting in this area.Guyana has always been advised to carry out a high-tech integrated mapping to locate and value existing and new mineral resources for effective planning and future investment.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo (front row centre), Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, Vice President and Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock, Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources of South Africa Godfrey Oliphant, and his delegation pose for a picture following a meeting on Wednesday at the Marriott HotelIn 2010, Iran had offered to assist Guyana in mapping its mineral wealth but it was non-specific, and did not focus on any particular mineral resource. That never took effect.At present, Guyana lacks the capability to conduct geological surveys and mapping activities in support of gold, diamond and other mining activities.Another area of cooperation is training and capacity building in the mining sector. The South African team will be meeting with Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith.Similar visits will also be made at the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, among other institutions. And another important area is being able to preserve and protect our environment, while mining.Further, the two countries will partner to look at ways to strengthen Guyana’s regulatory framework of the sector. The aim is also to examine and import certain best practices from South Africa.Guyana is also seeking assistance to increase its value-added capabilities. Minister Trotman pointed out that Guyana has for many years been a producer of gold and diamonds but export large shares annually.Currently, the vast majority of gold, more than 600,000 ounces, annually are being exported.RefineryOn that note, Trotman announced that various companies in countries like South Africa, the United States, India and Dubai have all offered to help set up a gold refinery here.This stems from earlier discussions held with a South African company and Government last year to set up an oil refinery here with the aim of modernising the sector.Oliphant on the other hand said that the establishment of a refinery is one of the ways Guyana can stamp out the smuggling of gold out of the country.The idea of exploring for diamond and gold offshore Guyana was also pitched. Trotman said it is something worth considering, especially if South African can lend assistance in that regard.The South African Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources also revealed plans to assist Guyana with finding cheaper alternatives to the use of mercury in the gold mining sector.The Government has made a commitment to reducing mercury emissions by 55 per cent within the next five years, and a long-term goal of completely eliminating the chemical’s use by 2027.One of the alternatives is using ingredients used in bleach for clothing, which is friendlier to the environment and more cost effective, simpler and more reliable.While one of Guyana’s challenges is illegal mining, the African country is being faced with a significantly high depth of its resources, sometimes kilometres deep.Guyana and South Africa established diplomatic relations on November 4, 1994.last_img read more

ESIA report to be sent to EPA for approval

first_imgOgle-Diamond Bypass RoadIndia-based consultant RITES Limited, which is working on the much-anticipated East Coast/East Bank Demerara Bypass Road, will soon be submitting the Environmental Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) report to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval.Public Infrastructure Ministry’s Technical Services Manager Nigel ErskineThis is according to Technical Services Manager attached to the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Nigel Erskine. He told Guyana Times that the ESIA proposal has been completed and the consultants would be submitting same in the coming days.Erskine explained that once the report was submitted, the EPA would then kick start the approval process which would allow the public a 60-day window to examine the document.“After that, based on the feedback they get from the public within those 60 days, the EPA would incorporate it and give approval…,” the engineer stated.Back in 2016, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had signed a US$50 million loan with the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of India for the construction of the bypass road, which will provide an alternative route connecting the East Coast of Demerara at Ogle to the East Bank at Diamond.The preliminary cost of the project was pegged at US$104 million. However, when he presented the 2019 budget last year, the Finance Minister revealed that the projected cost has spiked to some US$120 million and as such, Guyana will either have to approach its bilateral partner for more funds or just await revenues from the nascent oil and gas sector.However, former Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venekatachalam Mahalingam, had told this publication back in June that his Government could come up with the additional funds, but there would have to be a formal proposal from the Guyana Government.“There had been informal discussions between the Government of Guyana and the Indian High Commission a couple of times. I have also flagged this issue to my government and I don’t think there will a problem to get additional finances from the Government of India, because we wouldn’t want to leave the road halfway,” he stated.Mahalingam, who wrapped up a five-year tour in Guyana in June, explained that with the oil revenues that are expected to be streaming in after oil production commences early next year offshore Guyana, getting additionally money is more likely.In the 2019 Mid-Year Report released by the Finance Minister earlier this month, it was noted that the bypass road project has been “lagging but progress has been made in discussions with the bilateral financing partner”.Since the Indian Government is funding the project, it is required that contracts be awarded to companies from that country and as such, a 10-month design consultancy project was awarded to RITES Limited. The consultants have already submitted a Detailed Project Report (DPR) outlining the draft final design of the bypass road.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson told the National Assembly in May that the project was turning out to be of a much bigger scale than previously envisioned.“What was previously envisaged when the loan was taken was a single road linking house lot developments, (but) what has been designed and is being reviewed at the moment is a dual carriageway, which is not just for linking house lots; it is actually an additional new entry way into the city. So it’s new bypass road (design), so, therefore, it is vastly improved than what was initially perceived,” Patterson had told the Committee of Supply as he successfully sought additional funds.The Minister requested an additional $67.41 million to cover payments for consultancy services provided by the Indian firm as well as to carry out preparatory works on the route earmarked for the new bypass road.He explained that along the area identified for the new road link, there was a ‘swampy’ section and part of the monies sought would be injected into clearing that area.When the final design is approved by Government, the project will go to tender for a contractor, which will also be an Indian firm.The Diamond-Ogle bypass project will see some 26 kilometres of road constructed, linking two of the country’s main thoroughfares. This new road link will also be connected to key communities in Georgetown and along the East Bank of Demerara. These include Diamond, Mocha and Eccles – all on the East Bank – and Aubrey Barker Road in Georgetown.Erskine had previously explained to this newspaper that the road would be a four-lane main alignment with a 40-metre reserve in the middle. According to Erskine, Government is looking to use the reserve in the middle, sometime in the future, for a rapid rail that would run from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport at Timehri to Ogle.This was confirmed by Finance Minister Winston Jordan back in March.“[The bypass road] is being designed to cater for a rail system in the middle, so we don’t have to break up the road if want to go down a railway [system in the future] and with the kind of resources we expect from oil and so on, a high-speed railway will become a reality of getting from Georgetown or East Coast straight to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport [CJIA],” Jordan had stated.Furthermore, plans are also afoot for major developmental projects along the new road including housing schemes and commercial outlets. Additionally, plans are in the works to extend the road link from Diamond all the way to the CJIA. This extension will come under a second phase of the project and the design consultancy process is supposed to be undertaken sometime this year.In an effort to reduce traffic congestion for commuters on the East Bank of Demerara, which leads to the country’s main point of entry – the CJIA, the previous People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) regime initiated the bypass road project to link the East Coast to East Bank and subsequently sought funding from the Indian Government before leaving office in 2015.last_img read more

Only 22% well-prepared for quake

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Seven in 10 Californians believe a big earthquake will strike the state and affect them, but only 22 percent consider themselves well-prepared, a poll conducted for The Associated Press found. About half of those surveyed said they view local, state and federal government as well-prepared or somewhat prepared to provide disaster assistance after a significant earthquake. “I think people’s faith in government is somewhat wishful thinking,” said Phil Trounstine, director of the Survey and Policy Research Institute at San Jose State University, which conducted the poll. “In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it’s surprising to find that nearly half of Californians believe that state, local and federal government are prepared for a major disaster,” he said. “Let’s hope they’re right.” The poll found broad confidence in the government’s efforts to shore up buildings, bridges, levees and other structures against earthquakes. Eight in 10 respondents characterized those efforts as excellent, good or fair. Respondents in Los Angeles were almost twice as likely to describe themselves as “well- prepared” than those in the San Francisco Bay area. Almost a third of respondents on California’s Central Coast said they were well-prepared, the highest proportion in the survey. The lowest rates of preparation were in the Bay Area and the Central Valley. Overall, about six in 10 Californians surveyed said they were well-prepared or somewhat prepared for a big earthquake. The figure was about the same for respondents who said they believe a large quake is likely. Four in 10 described themselves as “not very well-prepared” or “not prepared at all.” “Even though the American public, and especially Californians, are very well aware of the potential for a major earthquake, most people have not taken seriously enough the need to get prepared,” said Bruce Burtch, spokesman for the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter. The new poll figures come seven months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, and at a time of heightened earthquake awareness. The Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 centennial is April 18.last_img read more

Man United fans to fly ‘Woodward out’ banner at Burnley game

first_img 3 smart causal RANKED 3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Man United fans funded this anti-Moyes banner in 2014 REVEALED IN DEMAND Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland gameday cracker Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade But the move was unpopular amongst the majority of fans and backfired anyway as the team went on to beat Villa 4-1 that afternoon.Moyes, though, only lasted a further four games after that. silverware United supporters had hoped to have the banner flown over Old Trafford on Monday during the clash with Tottenham.However, light restrictions – the match is kicking off at 8pm – forced them to put the protest back.It is the first time United fans have carried out this stunt since a section of the support turned on former manager David Moyes in March 2014.Then they flew a banner over Old Trafford during United’s game with Aston Villa, with the message ‘Wrong One – Moyes out’. possible standings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won It’s unlikely the same will happen to Woodward, who has sanctioned a net spend of £302million for Jose Mourinho since he took over as manager from Louis van Gaal in 2016.During the summer he bore the brunt of fans and Mourinho’s frustration when the club failed to sign players the manager wanted during the summer.United lost to Brighton on Sunday and Woodward was accused of undermining Mourinho by former player Gary Neville in the wake of the shock defeat at the Amex Stadium.“If Ed Woodward was going to doubt Jose Mourinho, the time to doubt him was at the point whereby he should have said I’m not giving you a new contract last January,” Neville said on Sky Sports Monday Night Football show,“The minute he gave him a contract extension – which some may say was unnecessary halfway through a season – believing in the manager and showing the faith, he had to then buy him the centre-backs. He had to get (Harry) Maguire and (Toby) Alderweireld because they wouldn’t have made those mistakes at Brighton.” Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade boost Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Man United news deals REVEALED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 3 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Manchester United fans have paid for a plane to fly a banner calling for executive vice chairman Ed Woodward to leave the club.The banner will be flown over Turf Moor ahead of the clash with Burnley on Sunday, September 2 bearing the message ‘ED OUT – LUHG’, with the initials an abbreviation for ‘Love United Hate Glazers’ which relates to the club’s American owners. Ed Woodward has backed Jose Mourinho in the transfer market previously Getty Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielderlast_img read more

Alleged drug seller lived near school

first_imgPALMDALE – An ex-convict suspected of selling drugs was arrested at a house within a block of a middle school, sheriff’s deputies said. Methamphetamine, cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana, four rifles, a handgun and more than $1,000 in cash were found at the house where the man lived with his mother in the 38000 block of Deer Run Road, deputies said. “It looked like he was selling a little bit of everything,” Sgt. Ron Maples said. There is no evidence drugs were being sold to youngsters from nearby Juniper Intermediate School, Maples said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Brian Wright, 45, was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine for sale, and other drug and weapons charges. Wright had served eight months in prison in the mid-1990s for an Antelope Valley conviction for possession of drugs for sale, prison records show. Palmdale’s Partners Against Crime deputies received an anonymous tip that lots of people came and went from the house and that drugs were being sold there, Maples said. Deputies went to the house Thursday and arrested Wright. Deputies said three of the firearms were loaded. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

COUNCIL SEEKS INFORMATION ON DAMAGE CAUSED TO DONEGAL’S ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES

first_imgArchaeological monuments at coastal locations such as those at Kilbarron Castle near Ballyshannon are particularly vulnerable during strong winds and high tides.Recent storms and coastal erosion may have caused damage to County Donegal’s archaeological heritage. The National Monuments Service of the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht is interested in hearing of any damage to archaeological monuments in County Donegal as a result of recent storms and high tides.“Some of our archaeological monuments in coastal locations are particularly vulnerable during storm conditions,” explained Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer. “The recent combination of strong winds and high tides may have accelerated coastal erosion in the vicinity of archaeological monuments, undermined them, caused collapse or even uncovered archaeological structures or objects.“The National Monument Service of the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht is the statutory organisation charged with ensuring the protection of our archaeological heritage and is keen to hear of any recent damage caused to our archaeological monuments.”As of September 2013, there were 3,396 known archaeological monuments in County Donegal and most of them are in private ownership.Most of these archaeological monuments date from prior to 1700 and all are protected under the National Monuments Acts (1930-2004). Archaeological monuments in coastal locations in County Donegal include promontory forts, castles, tower houses, historic graveyards and holy wells. If you would like to find out what archaeological monuments are on your property, are in your guardianship or are in your area, you can search by townland, town or type of monument on the National Monuments Service website at: www.archaeology.ie Some of these are also identified on the Ordnance Survey Discovery Series maps.If you have any information on damage to archaeological monuments in County Donegal, please contact the County Donegal Heritage Office on (074) 917 2576 / heritage@donegalcoco.ie or the Donegal County Museum on (074) 912 4613 / museum@donegalcoco.ie with details as soon as possible.This information will be passed on to the National Monuments Service of the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht. If you would like to find out more about our archaeological heritage, a free brochure entitled ‘Earthen Banks and Broken Walls: our legacy of ancient monuments’ produced by the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht outlining some of the main types of archaeological monuments is available free-of-charge from the County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council on (074) 917 2576 or by e-mail at: heritage@donegalcoco.ie COUNCIL SEEKS INFORMATION ON DAMAGE CAUSED TO DONEGAL’S ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES was last modified: February 4th, 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)last_img read more

The Copa Football championship already underway

first_img Tags: copa coca-cola 2019Kennedy Mutenyo Buddo SS  are the defending champions of the competition. (file Photo)Copa Football Tournament 20196th-18th May, 2019Jinja College SchoolJinja PlaygroundsJINJA – The 2019 Copa football championship officially kicked off at Jinja College School on Monday, 6th May 2019.The screening of the players as well as the draws for the tournament exercise was conducted a day before, on Sunday.Defending champions Buddo Secondary School was drawn in group H alongside giants Kibuli S.S, Busoga College Mwiri, Mulusa Academy Wobulenzi, Akii Bua, Alliance High School and Rock High School, TororoStar studded St Mary’s Kitende is in group H where they are with the same schools as; Nakaseke International, Hill View S.S, Mbarara High, Fort Portal S.S, Iganga Parents and Ngora High School.Host school Jinja College is in group C. The other group C schools are; Kigezi College Butobero, Royal Giant – Mityana, Mbale Progressive, Sentah College Mbarara, St Andrew Kaahwa, Loro S.S and St Johns Mukono.North East runners up Amus College will battle with St Henry’s Kitovu, Kawempe Muslim, Kamwenge S.S, Nyangiliya S.S. Layibi and St Julian Gayaza in group F.“The screening exercise of players was completed with success. The games will kick off on Monday, 6th May 2019 in Jinja. Everything is set for the championship to move on well.” Kennedy Mutenyo, organizerThe tournament will be played over two weeks across the different fields in Jinja.A wide range of players have graduated through this famous tournament to the clubs and the Uganda Cranes.Players as Ibrahim Ssekagya, Richard Malinga, Joseph Ochaya, Kezironi Kizito, Faruku Miya, Muhammed Shaban, Allan Okello, Silver Ochaya, Zakariya Lubega, Mike Mutyaba, Erisa Ssekisambu, Moses Waiswa, Benjamin Ochan, Denis Iguma and many others played this tournament.Group A:-Restore High School-St Andrews Lugazi-St Mary’s Rushoroza-Seke S.S, Kinoni-Kapchorwa Standard-St Kaggwa Bushenyi-High Standard Kateera-Jinja Progressive AcademyGroup B:-Lugazi Homeland-Abim S.S-Bulo Parents-Nabongo S.S-Kakungulu Memorial School-St Paul S.S-Jinja S.SGroup C:-Kigezi College Butobero-Royal Giant – Mityana-Mbale Progressive-Sentah College Mbarara-St Andrew Kaahwa-Jinja College-Loro S.S-St Johns MukonoGroup D:-Kisozi Seed-Busende Memorial-Uganda Martyrs High School, Lubaga-Mandela S.S-St Augustine Paidha-Lira Town College-Standard High School, ZanaGroup E:-Hill View S.S-Mbarara High-Fort Portal S.S-Iganga Parents-Nakaseke International-St Mary’s Kitende-Ngora High SchoolGroup F:-Kawempe Muslim-Kamwenge S.S-Nyangiliya S.S-Layibi-St Julian Gayaza-Amus College-St Henry’s KitovuGroup G:-Kitara Model-Nile High-Arshbishop-Kawempe Royal-Kashenyi S.S-Masaka S.S-Tororo Town College-Ryakasinga CheGroup H:-Busoga College Mwiri-Akii Bua-Buddo S.S-Alliance High School-Mulusa Academy Wobulenzi-Rock High School, Tororo-Kibuli S.SComments last_img read more

Answers.com: 31 Million Copied and Pasted Web Pages Can’t Go Wrong

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Analysis#New Media#NYT#Product Reviews#web Answers.com’s modus operandi boils down to this: use content from other sources, judiciously replace all of the links to point to their own domain, and reap the page views that result from Google. It can use Wikipedia content so liberally because it is licensed under Creative Commons.The Secret to Success: Millions of Pages Indexed by GoogleAnswers.com has a staggering number of pages indexed in Google: 31.8 million! This is only 11 million less than Wikipedia (currently 43.1 million). By comparison, Demand Media’s eHow has ‘just’ 4,320,000 pieces of content indexed in Google. About.com has 6,150,000. ReadWriteWeb.com has 30,100.Note that Answers.com isn’t necessarily highly ranked in Google. Answers.com has a Page Rank of 7/10, whereas Wikipedia is a 9. ReadWriteWeb has a Page Rank of 8. A search on the phrase “what is an rfid chip?” in Google revealed that Wikipedia holds the top slot and Answers.com doesn’t even make the first page. So we can fairly say that Google isn’t rewarding Answers.com for the quality of its content – or more correctly, it isn’t necessarily being linked to by high-quality sources like Wikipedia is.Conclusion: Quantity, Quantity, QuantityWe noted yesterday that Demand Media largely competes on quantity instead of quality. Answers.com takes quantity to another level altogether – and it can do this because it produces little if any original content.Just look at Answers.com’s growth over the past couple of years. The results speak for themselves. Answers.com is run by Answers Corporation, which also has Q&A site WikiAnswers.com in its stable.How Answers.com WorksIn some ways Answers.com is the same as Demand Media – both output huge amounts of practical, useful reference content. This content attracts Google’s spiders, which is a big part of the success of both companies. That’s probably where the similarities end, because Demand Media largely produces original content. Answers.com, on the other hand, is basically a giant aggregator of third-party content. The difference was noticeable in an example query I did for both sites: what is an rfid chip? The eHow page on RFID chips was short, basic, uninspiring content. The result on Answers.com was a long, thorough article about RFID chips. Impressive… except the content is actually from Wikipedia. If you scroll right to the end of the page, you will see a single sentence acknowledging this. But most people would probably be unaware that it’s not original content. Why? Because this Answers.com article is peppered with links to other Answers.com pages. This of course is great for SEO (search engine optimization). UPDATE: Answers.com CEO Bob Rosenschein commented that “we put a no-index on pages which contain only Wikipedia content, so that they do not even show up in Google’s index.”center_img richard macmanus Earlier this week we looked at the top 50 web properties in the U.S., according to comScore, and analyzed the changes over the past year. The top 5 were almost the same, except for the entrance of Facebook at number 5. What really caught our eye though was the progress of several less glamorous brands up the comScore charts. We profiled one of them, Demand Media, yesterday. Today we look at a site that wasn’t in the top 50 one year ago but is now ranked #26. The Answers.com site gets over 28 million unique visitors per month, according to comScore. How has Answers.com achieved this stellar growth? The same way Demand Media has: sheer quantity of content.UPDATE: Bob Rosenschein, CEO, Answers.com, left a comment on this post with some illuminating data points. He first notes that the majority of page views comes from WikiAnswers.com, which had 22M uniques in July ’09 while Answers.com had 10M “with some overlap.” What’s more, he notes that “the growth in our traffic is almost entirely from our WikiAnswers site.”Answers.com is a reference site, similar to The NY Times’ About.com. It claims to have content on 5 million topics from “over 180 licensed sources” such as Barron’s, Encyclopedia Britannica and Wikipedia. Much of the content we saw in our tests came from Wikipedia, however. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more