Liberia Seeks More IMF, World Bank Aid

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first_imgFinance Minister Amara Konneh is leading Liberia’s delegation to this year’s Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) in Washington DC, USA.The Meetings are expected to kickoff over the weekend and government of Liberia’s delegation is scheduled to participate in high-level meetings to discuss the country’s development agenda and conclude on commitments made by international organizations and other donor partners.Top on the agenda at these meetings include discussions with the World Bank vice president Maktar Diop, the IMF Director for Africa and former Minister of Finance of Liberia, Dr. Antoinette M. Sayeh, as well as the Liberia reviewer under the IMF Program. The Minister is expected to meet with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) on Liberia progress toward the compact development. He will also serve as one of the panelists on a high level ministerial level panel discussion on the future of concessional finance and the World Bank Group’s International Development Association (IDA) allocation for developing Countries led by World Bank president Dr. Jim Yong Kim. The IDA is the World Bank Group’s fund for the world’s poorest countries.As Vice Chair of the IMF Constituency I, Finance Minister Konneh will also be participating in high level constituency meetings. These meetings, according to the Ministry of Finance, are expected to yield encouraging dividends for Liberia’s transformation.While in Washington D.C, Minister Konneh and party will make follow ups and conclude on commitments made by the two monetary institutions as well as other bilateral partners.Minister Konneh, who is also national coordinator of the Liberia Development Alliance (LDA), is expected to push for the Bank’s intervention in supporting Liberia’s medium-term development strategy, the Agenda for Transformation (AfT). He is also expected to show case progress made in the implementation of the five-year development agenda and to seek the Bank and its Fund’s supports towards the energy, roads and other ongoing projects.Officials traveling with Minister Konneh include Liberia’s Minister of Agriculture Dr. Florence Chenoweth, Minister of Public Works Dr. Antoinette Weeks and Liberia’s Central Bank Executive Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones. Others are Liberia’s Minister of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) Mr. Lewis Brown, Youth and Sports Minister Len Eugene Nagbe as well as Deputy Central Bank Governor for Economic Policy Mr. Boima Kamara and Mr. Tolbert G. Nyenswah, Assistant Minister for Prevention, Ministry of Health.During the high-level meeting with the World Bank vice president Diop, Minister Konneh is expected to highlight the progress made on Liberia’s effort towards achieving a vision for sustainable growth and development particularly investing in infrastructure, with specific emphasis on the rehabilitation of the energy sector, roads and ports. He will also use these meetings to advocate for more IDA allocation for Liberia for infrastructure development.In order to realize its vision of sustainable growth and development, the government of Liberia says it is working closely with donor partners to mobilize resources for investment in infrastructure. In fiscal year 2013/14, the government and its partners have disbursed funds for national priority projects, including the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydro Plant, the construction of new Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) power plants, the erection of electricity transmission and distribution grids, including new roads and bridges connecting major urban centers and trade routes.Investing in human capital, leveraging agriculture potential for economic transformation, developing the private sector especially Liberian owned businesses and investing in reconciliation are key areas the Minister will be soliciting donors support.In order to address the significant infrastructure deficit, the government has assured the public of its continuing efforts to unlock additional resources, both domestically and international through donor partners, to meet the development needs of the country.The Minister will also meet key staff of the Fiscal Affairs Department of the IMF to discuss recent developments in public financial management (PFM). The Fund’s PFM engagement with Liberia is designed to respond to contemporary demands in the Liberian public financial management landscape. The IMF and World Bank meet each autumn in what is officially known as the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group and each spring in the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group. The autumn meetings are customarily held in Washington, D.C, United States, for two consecutive years, and in another member country in the third year. On the weekend of the autumn meetings, the G7 also meets.During these meetings, thousands of government officials, journalists, civil society organizations, and invited participants from the academia and private sectors, gather in Washington, D.C for the Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group.At the heart of the gathering are meetings of the IMF’s International Monetary and Financial Committee and the joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee, which discuss progress on the work of the IMF and the World Bank Group. Also featured are seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial markets.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Attempted murder accused found hanging in Suddie lock-ups

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first_imgA prisoner who is on remand pending a High Court trial for attempted murder and wounding with intent was on Thursday found dead in the lock-ups of the Suddie Police Station in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).Dead is 25-year-old Steffon Smith, called “Blacka” or “Blackboy”, of Lot 23 Vryman’s Erven, New Amsterdam, Berbice.The prisoner was found hanging by the neck from a multi-coloured sheet that was tied to the grill window in the lockups. The discovery was made sometime around 10:40h after Police ranks went to get another prisoner whom Smith was sharing the cell with.The lock-up has two holding cells with one main door in and out. Smith had moved into the other section away from the other, where he reportedly took his life.Smith was being held at the Suddie lock-ups ever since his case was called up in the Essequibo High Court late November. He was on remand for the attempted murder and wounding with intent committed on 28-year-old Michael Marco, which occurred at Kanawak Backdam, Potaro, Region Eight, on January 26, 2016.According to Police reports, Smith was seen by a psychiatrist on Monday to ascertain whether he was mentally fit to stand trial in the High Court.He then made a court appearance on Wednesday and was further remanded until January 8, 2020. He was being kept at the Suddie lock-ups while waiting to be taken back to the Georgetown Prison.Guyana Times understands that the young man was expected to undergo an evaluation to determine whether he was mentally fit to stand trial in the High Court.This newspaper was told that Smith had previously undergone a mental evaluation but the trial Judge ordered a new examination, which was scheduled for today (Friday).Smith’s body is currently at Suddie Hospital Mortuary awaiting a Post-Mortem Examination.last_img read more

Mens’s Rec Hockey Wraps Up With Year-End Tournament

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first_imgChampions- Fraction2nd- PuckHunters B SideAdvertisement C SideChampions- Spare Parts2nd- DRSAdvertisement FORT ST JOHN, BC- Over the past weekend, the Fort St John Men’s Recreation Hockey League kicked off their year-end tournament.The tournament featured fourteen teams in the Peace Region, all with the desire to taste gold.An action-packed weekend resulted in excitement and a little bit of heartbreak. Prior to the tournament, the league finals wrapped up with MRC Global being crowned the proud Champions.- Advertisement -The Recreation League is an open Men’s league for adults 18+. Teams play all winter long with a wrap tournament in the spring. Results of the year-end tournament below. A sideAdvertisement Champions- Big Horn2nd- Rig Rats3rd- Jiffy Lubelast_img



first_imgGaeil Fhánada GAA News:Lotto ResultsNumbers drawn were Bonus no 18. €100 winner Mickey Shiels, Ballylar.€50 winner Aoife Sweeney, Tullyconnell.Next week’s jackpot €5,150John & JP on duty. Bord na nÓgU8 and U10 training in Rabs Park, Kerrykeel on friday evening @ 6pm sharp, anyone need anymore information please contact Martin McAteer@ 9163472.U12 training every Wednesday evening @ 6.30pm.Division 3 Minor League FinalCloughaneely v Gaeil Fhánada Minors played on Wednesday evening in the Northern Division 3 Final in Downings @ 7p.m. Our minors ended their league campaign with a good victory over Cloughaneely . Played in ideal conditions in Downings, Fanad were slow to settle until an Eoghan Carr goal helped them to a four point lead at half time.The second half was a real competitive affair with both teams upping their game but the Gaels maintained their four point lead going into the final quarter.But then Cloughaneely struck for a goal which they followed with a point and it was game on.The Gaels showed great character and after clever play by Liam Walsh, Eoghan Carr hit the net for the second time to put the Gaels into a three point lead which they held on to with composure to the final whistle. The Division 3 cup was presented to a very happy Fanad captain Conor Carr.On the night Fanad got big performances from keeper Oran Blaney defenders Odhran Shiels and Tiernan Cushnan, James Gallagher had control at midfield supported by Paul O’Connor and Patrick Carr while up front Eoghan and Niall Carr kicked some vital scores. This team has real potential to build on this performance in the championship if we can get all our panel on board after the Leaving Cert and the return of Aiden Heraghty from injury. Gaeil Fhánada Seniors & Reserves play at home in Tria Locha v McCumhaillsthis Sunday afternoon. Games to be 1.30p.m. and 3.00p.m. Referees tbc.Gaeil Fhánada 2:07 v N. Columba 2:12Paul O’Connor, Conor McGonigle, Patrick Heraghty, Frank Sweeney, Fergal Friel, Ronan McAteer, Jimmy Coyle, Ryan McGonigle, Shaun McElwaine 0:01, Johnny Friel 0:01, Seimi Friel, Mark Friel, Michael Sweeney 2:01, Brian McVeigh 0:03, Martin McAteer 0:01. Cathal Martin, Niall Carr, Brendan Friel, Oisin Blaney, Shaun McGovern, Paul Coyle. Gaeil Fhánada 0:14 v N. Columba 2:10Oisin Blaney, Martin McGrory, Shaun Coyle, Odhran Shiels 0:01, Kevin McGonigle, Colm McGonigle 0:01, Joe Blaney 0:01 , Eamon Sweeney 0:01, Paul Coyle 0:01, Conor McFadden 0:02, Mark McConigley 0:02 , Eamon Carr, Brendan Friel 0:02, Shaun McGovern 0:02, Brian McBride. Conor McConigley, Ciaran Carr 0:01 , Tiernan Cushnan, Declan Coyle, Rudi Feenstra, Oisin McFadden, Conor Carr, Patrick Friel.Calling Parents of Under-Age Players / Members of Gaeil Fhánada.Gaeil Fhánada are developing a new pitch to serve all teams within the club with a view to helping each and every player find their talent within the GAA community. With this in mind, we would call on you to help us raise the much needed funds to ensure the success of the development draw. We need help selling the tickets and if everyone could give a little time it would lessen the burden on all. If you don’t like selling, we also need people who will drive on particular evenings. If you can give us one or two days/evenings of your time in the next couple of months please give Fiona a call or text on 085-1555645.Match Day Passes & Club Donegal Polo ShirtsWe have a number of match day passes on sale which may be of interest to those who attend a lot of club fixtures during the year. The card will give holders admittance to all senior fixtures, league and championship run by Donegal County Board. It does not include intercounty or underage games. The card offers excellent value for money. As we have a limited number, cards will be sold on a first come basis. Contact Fiona Shiels to purchase.Also available are Club Donegal Polo Shirts, if interested please contact Fiona or any committee member with your size etc. a.s.a.p. as there is only a limited amount made.VHI Cúl CampGaeil Fhánada C.L.G. will once again host a Cúl Camp from July 14th to 19th. Bookings can be made online at or you can contact Fiona Shiels if you would like to pay by instalment.GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA MINORS WIN DIVISION THREE LEAGUE TITLE was last modified: April 21st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAGaeil FhanadaNoticesSportlast_img read more

11-year-old boy fatally shot inside home

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake RIVERSIDE – An 11-year-old boy was fatally shot in the head Christmas night by someone who fired a gun into his Riverside home, police said. Police responding to reports of gunfire arrived at the home shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday, where they found the boy, said Lt. Larry Gonzalez. He died later at Riverside Community Hospital, Gonzalez said. The boy, whose name has not been released, was one of two children and several adults inside the house when the shooting occurred, Gonzalez said. The family moved to Riverside two weeks ago from Orange County and has no apparent gang connections, said Sgt. Leon Phillips. “It appears the house was targeted, but these people have no connection to anything, so it’s bizarre,” Phillips said. 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

SA’s Pace in Ladies European Tour win

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first_img14 May 2013 ‘Very frustrating’“It’s been very frustrating because I felt I was just getting back to the form I had when I won five times in 2010,” she said. “After the surgery, I had to undergo physiotherapy and my patience was sorely tested. I could feel my game starting to come back slowly, but it has been quite a road back. It’s just fantastic to have all that work pay off.” The South African boxed a three-footer for birdie at the second hole and picked up her second birdie with an up-and-down chip at the fourth. She made a brilliant up-and-down at the sixth to save par and another good save from the bunker at the eight. LEADERBOARD 289 Lee-Anne Pace (RSA) (-3) 70, 77, 70, 72290 Charley Hull (Eng) (-2) 75, 71, 69, 75 290 Carlota Ciganda (Esp) (-2) 69, 74, 72, 75 290 Minea Bloqvist (Fin) (-2) 75, 75, 70, 70291 Christel Boeljon (Ned) (-1) 71, 78, 67, 75 292 Holly Clyburn (Eng) (E) 74, 71, 75, 72292 Eleanor Givens (Eng) (E) 72, 73, 74, 73292 Florentyna Parker (Eng) (E) 74, 71, 72, 75292 Trish Johnson (Eng) (E) 71, 71, 75, 75303 Stacy-Lee Bregman (RSA) (+11) 77, 73, 78, 75307 Morgana Robertze (RSA) (+15) 75, 76, 81, 75 Potential play-offHull, Ciganda or the two-time defending champion Christel Boeljon from the Netherlands could force a play-off with a birdie the final hole. However, the Dutch player got caught in the fairway bunker and was forced to lay up, effectively leaving the race. Patience at one of the toughest layouts on the Ladies European Tour certainly paid off for Pace. Playing in the penultimate group, the 32-year-old South African set the clubhouse target at three-under-par 289 with a final round of one-under-par 72 and promptly moved to the putting green where she kept her focus going while she waited for the group to finish the round. The Mossel Bay professional was two off the pace at the start of the final round but overhauled overnight leaders Charley Hull from England and Spain’s Carlota Ciganda to lift her sixth Ladies European Tour title since she won five times in 2010 on her way to claiming the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit. South Africa’s Stacy-Lee Bregman and Morgana Robbertze both made the cut and tied for 47th and 55th respectively. The injury forced her early retirement and she returned to South Africa where she got a second opinion when the wound wouldn’t heal. The resulting examination revealed glass in the wound and Pace was forced to undergo surgery.center_img “You know, I just thought that if it happens, it happens,” Pace said. “There was a chance of a play-off, so I was just hitting some putts and trying not to look. It’s been a while and to do it again is fantastic. It is just so nice to win again.” South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace came from behind to end a three-year title drought when she triumphed at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open, a Ladies European Tour event, at the National Golf Club in Belek, Antalya on Sunday. ‘One of the toughest’“It’s definitely one of the toughest golf courses we play,” she said. “The greens get quite a lot firmer and quicker at the end of the week and it’s a very tight golf course. You have to keep the ball in play.” Ciganda, who will be defending the Deloitte Ladies Open in Holland from 24 to 26 May, tied for second with Hull and Finland’s Minea Blomqvist. In November last year, Pace was ranked inside the top five on the ISPS Handa Order of Merit, but disaster struck during the Sanya Ladies Open. The Southern Cape golfer slipped and fell in her hotel room and badly cut her right elbow when she struck a mirror in the room. Hull and Ciganda still both had a chance, but the British rookie rushed her putt past the hole while the Spanish player watched helplessly as her birdie effort lipped-out. After turning with a one-stroke lead, Pace dropped a shot at the 11th when a gust of wind knocked her ball down short of the green, but she retaliated with a birdie at the 12th. Another drop followed at the 14th but she settled down and came home with four successive pars. SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

House members call to end Thailand pork ban

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Virachai Plasai, ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States, calling for the removal of restrictions on imports of U.S. farm products, including pork.The bipartisan letter — signed by 44 members and sponsored by Reps. David Young, R-Iowa, and Ron Kind, D-Wis. — points out that if Thailand does not make “significant progress” on removing its import restrictions, the United States may suspend some of its trade benefits. The letter came after the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) last week agreed with a request from NPPC to review Thailand’s eligibility for the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program because of that country’s failure to provide access to its market for U.S. products, including pork.The National Pork Producers Council is urging the Trump administration to withdraw or limit the benefits Thailand receives under the preferential trade program, which gives duty-free treatment to certain goods entering the United States. The program allows for removal of a country’s benefits if it fails to provide the United States “equitable and reasonable access” to its market. To read the House letter, click here.last_img read more

Web 2.0 + SaaS: Software Development and Deployment as a Service (SDDS)

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first_imgBungee Labs unveiled the Bungee Connect on-demand development environment at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco in mid-April.  The new platform targets small and medium sized businesses, allowing them to quickly create highly-scalable Web 2.0 applications based on APIs from Google, Salesforce, Amazon, eBay, Microsoft, PayPal, RealNetworks and others.  Dana Gardner is calling the combination of SaaS, Services and focus on Developer requirement SDDS.One thing sure to attract attention is their cost model.  Bungee provides the platform and infrastructure.  It is serving as a ‘computing utility’ — and you only pay for it when you yourself can make money from the application you create.  Developers aren’t charged to use or test their application, only after the application is turned on for commercial business.This is yet another example of a SaaS ecosystem, but compared to Salesforce Apex and NetSuite, it is much more vendor-neutral in focus.  It is unique in the on-demand developer environment that it provides.  It doesn’t require developer setups on client machines.  There are no web servers to set up, no libraries to install, patch and manage.  The developer works through the browser and can deploy the application from the browser.Bungee combines Web 2.0 technologies so that applications can be written that bind Ajax controls to the developer’s pages and forms.  The controls are designed to use non-browser-specific controls so that the application will run with Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.  Here is an overview diagram of Bungee from the Bungee Connect Website:last_img read more

A diplomat is taking Indian poetry to the world through translations of a hundred great poems

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first_imgAbhay K is the author of five poetry collections and two memoirs but apart from being a prolific poet, he is also a diplomat, currently serving at the Indian embassy in Brasilia. Last year, he published an anthology of poems Capitals, an attempt to collect poems from or about every capital city in the world. With his latest anthology 100 Great Indian Poems, the poet-diplomat performs the daunting task of putting together the best and most representative of Indian poetry, from Eunice de Souza to Mir Taqi Mir. Excerpts from an interview in which Abhay K talks about selecting the hundred poems that make up the anthology, the critical task of translating them and his Brazilian connection.Read it at Scroll Related Itemslast_img