Sirleaf Endorses US$18M for District Development

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has endorsed US$18.25 million for Direct District Development projects in the national Fiscal Budget 2014/2015 respectively.In a communication addressed to the House of Representatives Tuesday, June 3rd, in Monrovia, Madam Sirleaf stressed the need for central government to embark on specific district projects in the 73 electoral of the 15 counties.According to the President, said initiatives “accelerate economic activities in the districts and alleviate the difficulties in attracting skilled professionals for assignments away from Monrovia.”In response to the Legislature’s request for more support to rural development, President Sirleaf said; “Government will invest US$18.25 million primarily for the construction of security and social infrastructure.”This means that Madam Sirleaf endorses the controversial US$73 million district development fund being demanded by the Lower House, essentially ignoring an opposing view from the Senate, whose members don’t see the wisdom of the money.House Speaker J. Alex Tyler and colleagues are resolved to identifying said amount in this year’s budget, insisting that “nothing can stall the process.”In the wisdom of President Sirleaf, appropriating US$73 million for district purpose is a brilliant idea, but she believes the timing is not right and there must be a beginning point.However, the Chief Executive encouraged lawmakers to embrace the initial US$18.25 million in order to ensure that proper spending is carried out while they play their role of robust oversight responsibility.The President’s comments were contained in a Budget Message addressed to the House of Representatives in keeping with the Public Financial Management Laws and Article 34 of the 1986 Constitution.Relative to the security and UNMIL drawdown process, the President announced that government is proposing an increase in its own allocations to security projects in order to maintain peace and stability in the country.“While projects totaling US$59.3 million were proposed, the fiscal space only provides for US$23.5 million.We propose that funding focuses on establishment of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) training academy in Foya; extension of Police Training Academy in Monrovia; continuation of the Camp Todee Military Academy’s rehabilitation; and training, logistics and deployment of 1,832 recruits into the various security institutions. We need to protect these core programs if we are to position the sector to effectively cater to our national security needs when UNMIL closes its mission,” President Sirleaf, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia, declared.The President reminded public servants of the need to sacrifice in the execution of the budget, adding; “We are being guided by expenditure principles.”She named the principles as: “Prioritizing debt repayments and other non-discretionary payments prevent the build-up of arrears; waging a war on waste and reducing recurrent expenditures in order to free up resources for the Agenda for Transformation by eliminating some budgetary lines and reducing other lines that are very highly discretionary. Paying government’s portion of high impact projects across a number of sectors, known as counterpart funding, in order to leverage over US$300 million of additional donor funds and develop much needed infrastructure. “In short, Madam Sirleaf indicated: “We are also going to reduce excessive expenditure on goods and services by eliminating scratch cards and reducing spending on fuel and foreign travel.”The Executive Mansion announced that fuel will be restricted to operational use only; and for all air travel less than eight hours in the duration, officials and ministers will be required to fly economy class. The number of foreign trips will also be limited to three per year, with the exception of the President, Vice President, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Finance; and there will be a limit of more than five members on any travel party.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New World Bank Country Director Targets Economic Growth, Poverty Reduction

first_imgThe new Country Director of the World Bank for Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone, Henry G.R. Kerali has paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her temporary office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.He was accompanied by Liberia’s Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara Konneh and two senior officials of the World Bank-Liberia office.According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader welcomed Mr. Kerali and informed him that the World Bank has been a strong partner to Liberia; particularly during the most difficult period of the Ebola crisis.She noted that the Bank has also supported the country’s rebuilding process with great progress, but noted that some of the processes and interventions are a bit slow. “The Bank must find a way of mitigating some of the emergencies and urgencies to meet outstanding targets,” she urged, adding, “There is continuity in governance and as a way of ensuring this, after the elections to come, critical steps are required for ongoing and outstanding processes and programs to avoid a period of dormancy after the transition.”President Sirleaf appealed to the Bank to, in addition to its many interventions in infrastructure, security, among others; take a progressive approach in supporting agricultural programs.She expressed the hope that Mr. Kerali has come with renewed dynamism and flexibility to the job and look forward to working with him and the Bank.For his part, the new World Bank Country Director thanked the Liberian President for the meeting and expressed admiration for her able leadership and achievements.He told President Sirleaf that he takes the assignment with the commitment that the World Bank Group can help Liberia and the other two countries most affected by the Ebola virus disease to achieve their development goals.He recognized the challenges of the country and promised to help to resolve them; acknowledging Liberia and President Sirleaf’s strong relationship with the World Bank. “I am a hands-on person and want to assure you that the World Bank Program will start almost immediately; but will be preceded by stock taking. I also agree that agriculture should be prioritized because it is an intervention that helps to cater to the poorest of the poor and after stock taking, we will come back to the government for realignment for the next few years,” Mr. Karali noted.He described President Sirleaf as an excellent leader and a global resource in handling not just the Ebola virus disease, but other outbreaks that may occur around the world based on how her leadership ensured the prompt defeat of the deadly virus in Liberia.Earlier, Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh presented Mr. Kerali to President Sirleaf as the new Country Director of the World Bank Group to Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone and that this was his first visit to Liberia.He stressed the excellent relationship that has existed between the Bank and Liberia since the ascendency of President Sirleaf and provided updates on outstanding projects and programs of the Bank.Mr. Kerali was appointed the new Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone on July 1, 2015.In this position, his top priorities will be to: (i) work closely with the three partner countries to provide innovative products and services that respond to their diverse development challenges and contribute to achieving sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction, with specific emphasis on post-Ebola recovery; (ii) manage the Accra office and lead and support staff and country management team, working closely with internal and external partners, to enhance results; and (iii) contribute to regional and corporate initiatives.Prior to taking up this new appointment, Mr. Kerali was the World Bank’s Regional Director for the South Caucasus, based in Georgia. He has previously also worked in different regions of the world including Latin America, Africa, East Asia, South Asia, and ECA, and has also served as Sector Manager of the Bank’s transport program in the ECA Region.Both Liberia and Sierra Leone have country managers and Ms. Inguna Dobraja is the Country Manager for Liberia. Mr. Kerali also serves as Country Manager for Ghana where he is based.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Fans are in danger of driving Barkley away from Everton’, claims Beecroft

first_imgtalkSPORT’s Merseyside correspondent Graham Beecroft claims Everton fans are in danger of driving Ross Barkley away from the club.The 21-year-old, who has been at Goodison Park for his entire career, was booed during the Toffees’ 0-0 Premier League draw with West Brom on Monday night.The England starlet has been linked with a mega-money move to Manchester City next summer, and Beecroft claims Everton’s faithful should be careful what they wish for.“Everton fans are in big danger of driving Ross Barkley away from the football club,” he told Alan Brazil and Brian Moore.Listen again to the full interview above and leave your thoughts on Ross Barkley below…last_img

Timing mix-up leaves man free of drink-driving charge

first_imgAn Inishowen man was cleared of drink driving in court recently after Gardaí failed to prove a time of driving prior to the arrest.Kevin Doherty, 20, from Glenkeen, Gleneely, was charged with drink driving, driving without a licence and insurance, at Carrickmaquigley, Redcastle, on January 1, 2017. He contested the charges against him, when he appeared before Carndonagh District Court .After hearing evidence, Judge Paul Kelly convicted Mr. Doherty of having no insurance, but cleared him of drink driving.Garda Stephen Canning told the court that on Sunday, January 1, 2017, he was on mobile patrol in Redcastle with Sgt. Sean McDaid when they saw a red van parked up at Carrickmaquigley.He said 50 yards from the van he saw three young men standing at the bottom of a driveway.“Given the location and the time of night, I believed it was unusual for the three men to be there – I believed it was worth addressing so I spoke with them,” Gda. Canning said.“I also noted that their clothing was dry even though it had been raining heavily so I believed they had come from the red van, parked nearby.”Gda. Canning said the young men were ‘evasive’ and failed to account for their presence in Redcastle.“I considered they may be up to illegal activity but this was not the case,” Gda. Canning said.The Moville based garda said at 2.01am Kevin Doherty identified himself as the driver of the van.“He said it was his father’s van, which they had taken without his father’s consent, and they took it to that location as they were attending a nearby disco,” Gda. Canning said.“He said he had no licence or insurance and admitted having two or three pints earlier.”Gda. Canning said Doherty failed the roadside breath test and was arrested and taken to Buncrana Garda Station at 2.40am, where he was processed for drink driving.Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian raised concerns that Gda. Canning didn’t caution Mr. Doherty before questioning him about who was driving or who was drinking.He also argued there was no time of driving given in court. He said the prosecution for drink driving must fail without this piece of evidence.“As well as this, he did not caution Mr. Doherty before he had questioned him,” said Mr. Dorrian.“If Garda Canning had not asked the questions there would never have been a prosecution – without the question he doesn’t have the evidence,” he added.Gda. Canning said he was just carrying out enquires with the three young men.Garda Inspector Seamus McGonigle accepted there was no precise time of driving given. However he said he was satisfied that it was within three hours of being questioned as it was a very wet night and they were dry.Judge Paul Kelly said Gda. Canning was entitled to carry out enquiries to find out who was driving. However, he said having done that he should have cautioned Mr. Doherty regarding the drink driving charge.“Also, there is no time of driving given,” said Judge Kelly.“They could have been sitting in the van for some time before the guards arrived. We don’t know.”Judge Kelly said he would dismiss the drink driving charge but asserted that Doherty has a case to meet on the licence and no insurance charge.Mr. Dorrian said his client has no previous convictions and works fulltime as a plasterer in Dublin, earning €100 per day. He said the Gleneely man hopes to get a licence.He asked Judge Kelly not to ban him for having no insurance as it was his first offence.Judge Kelly fined Doherty €300 for having no insurance and took the no licence charge into consideration. He agreed not to disqualify him on this occasion, however he warned Doherty that he was ‘very fortunate’.Timing mix-up leaves man free of drink-driving charge was last modified: July 2nd, 2019 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:clearedcourtdrink drivingGardaiGleneelyInishowenlast_img read more

Warriors’ Kevon Looney thankful for how Milwaukee shaped him

first_imgLISTEN: Kevon Looney on the Warriors HQ podcast* * *MILWAUKEE – This is Kevon Looney’s hometown, where he sharpened his work ethic, formed his resiliency and inspired countless kids. Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book. When Alexander Hamilton High School retired his No. 5 jersey on Thursday, though, Looney’s mind didn’t focus on himself, his accolades or all of his coaches and teammates …last_img

‘2002 World Cup will always have special resonance for us in India’

first_imgThere has never been a football World Cup like the one reaching its conclusion in Japan and South Korea now. Senegal’s victory over champions France on day one sent aftershocks which were felt all the way to the final stages of the tournament.While everyone delights in watching underdogs triumph, it would appear that the 2002 Cup has room only for underdogs. Favourites met with swift ends and European powers were on the run – protesting all the while that they were badly done in by referees, the weather, unfair odds. The truth is they have been outpaced and outplayed.The 2002 World Cup will always have special resonance for us in India. We can take vicarious joy in watching Asian teams hold their own against established giants of the game. The stories of South Korean and Japanese success come not only in expected areas, like the organisation of an efficient, hooliganism-free World Cup, but on the field as well.What is most remarkable is that both countries, eastern economic powers, have turned into soccer nations not to be trifled with. This after South Korea’s efforts in five previous World Cups did not produce a single win, and after Japan started its professional soccer league only a decade ago.Our cover story this week is written by arguably the world’s finest football writer, Rob Hughes, who has covered the sport for more than three decades. Hughes believes that by bringing the tournament to Asia, football has liberated itself from the old order and that the playing field is well and truly level.The underdogs have performed this miracle through nothing more miraculous than meticulous planning and single-minded perseverance. Money has been judiciously spent and no excuses – backwardness, poverty or the lack of a footballing heritage – have been made.Indian sport does the opposite. A billion people and no global dominance in any sport. We should draw inspiration from the events at the World Cup 2002.last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 set to launch this month: Sliding camera, Snapdragon 845, bezel-less screen expected

first_imgYou can say that in a way Xiaomi started the trend of bezel-less phones with its Mix phones. This month the company will launch the Mi Mix 3. Xiaomi president Lin Bin confirmed the Mi Mix 3 and its design earlier. In August this year, Bin took to Chinese microblogging site Weibo and posted a picture of the Mi Mix 3. he also announced that the smartphone will be launched in October. The picture that he shared showed the complete front design of the device. The image also proved rumours right and hinted that the Mi Mix 3 would with a front camera that would pop-out using a sliding mechanism similar to the camera in the Oppo Find X.Other details of the phone, however, were not all that clear at that time. But now that the launch is near, more leaks and rumours have surfaced. So, what all we know about the Mi Mix 3 ahead of its launch, apart from the fact that it is coming this month.It is expected that the Mi Mix 3 is going to sport a significantly different design compared to the Mi Mix 2 and the Mi Mix 2S. It is expected to come with a bigger display, a bigger battery, and surely more powerful core hardware.It is also possible that the Mi Mix 3 will come to India, although there is no official word about this from Xiaomi right now. The Mi Mix 2 was launched in the country at a price of Rs 35,999, though nowadays the selling price is Rs 29,999. If the Mi Mix 3 comes to India expect it to cost around Rs 40,000. Rumours suggest that the starting price of the Mi Mix 3 in China could be around 3799 Yuan, which roughly translates to Rs 40,300. This price is said to be for the 6GB RAM and 256GB storage variant of the phone.advertisementTall display, bezel-less designXiaomi is bringing a fresh design to the Mi Mix 3. The Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2 and Mi Mix 2S come with almost the same design, but with Mi Mix 3 that’s going to change. The smartphone will come with minimal bezels on the sides and a likely a taller display.The Mi Mix 2 comes with a 5.99-inch full-HD+ LCD display with 1080×2160 pixel resolution, we expect the screen of the Mi Mix 3 to be bigger than 6 inches and come with 19:9 aspect ratio. The screen-to-body-ratio of the Mi Mix 3 will also increase to offer a better multimedia experience to the users. Unlike the Mi Mix 2, the front camera of the Mi Mix 3 is going to be hidden in the slider, which is expected to pop out when the camera app is opened. Xiaomi is yet to reveal details on how the slider of the Mi Mix 3 will work, but you can expect it to be similar to the front camera of the Oppo Find X.Mi Mix 3 with In-display fingerprint sensor or not?Some rumours suggest that the Mi Mix 3 will follow the latest trend and come with an in-display fingerprint sensor. But there is also the talk that Xiaomi will stick with the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor in its new Mix phone, similar to the sensor in the Mi Mix 2. The Mi Mix 3 is expected to come with a dual-camera setup on the back, unlike the Mi Mix 2 which has one camera on both the front and the back. The Mi Mix 2S, though, comes with two rear cameras.Two rear camerasAs noted, there are expected to be two rear cameras in the Mi Mix 3. As for the camera department, the Mi Mix 3 is expected to be (almost) similar to the Mi Mix 2S which comes with dual-camera system on the rear panel and single camera for clicking selfies on the front. The Mi Mix 2S comes with a dual camera setup on the rear — 12-megapixel plus 12-megapixel — where one lens clicks wide-angle photos while the other one is a telephoto lens. The Mi Mix 2S offers 2X optical zoom through its telephoto lens.Earlier rumours revealed that the Mi Mix 3 would come with a camera combination of 12-megapixel plus 12-megapixel. Although, of late there is also a talk of 16-megapixel primary camera in the Mi Mix 3 paired with a 12-megapixel secondary camera that will be using the telephoto lens. On the front, the Mi Mix 2S comes with a 5MP camera and the same is expected in the Mi Mix 3 as well.While the core camera hardware in the Mi Mix 3 may look similar to the hardware in the Mi Mix 2S, the design of camera modules is likely to be different. The dual rear cameras of the Mi Mix 3 could be aligned in a vertical fashion similar to the module in the Mix 2S, but on the front, the handset is expected to come with the module that will use a sliding mechanism to go into the body of the phone when the front camera is not needed.advertisementDedicated Xiao AI buttonRumours also reveal that the Mi Mix 3 will come with a dedicated Xiao AI button placed on any one side of the phone, possibly on the right. The Xiao AI is expected to work quite similar to Samsung’s Bixby smart assistant, which means it will help users with their day-to-day life. Xiao AI will help users wake up the device in just a click. It will also let users ask questions by long pressing and holding the button. Based on its search, Xiaomi AI will answer to the asked question.Mi Mix 3 specificationsThe Mi Mix 3 has been subjected to several leaks and rumours and they have revealed some of the key specs about the phone.The Mi Mix 3 will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor and rumours suggest that it will come in two RAM variants and one storage variant. The base variant of the Mi Mix 3 is tipped to come with 6GB RAM and 256GB of storage, while the top-end model of the phone is said to include 8GB RAM paired with 256GB of internal storage. The Mi Mix 3 is also tipped to come with IP68 rating and hence is expected to be water and dust resistant. It is likely to run the latest Android Oreo-based MIUI 10.last_img read more

a month agoNewcastle boss Bruce eager to be careful with Carroll comeback

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce eager to be careful with Carroll comebackby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce is eager to be careful with Andy Carroll’s comeback.Carroll rejoined Newcastle in the summer but had to wait to play while he worked his way back to fitness.The striker entered the fray in the 82nd minute as Newcastle drew 0-0 with Brighton at St James’ Park. Bruce told Sky Sports: “We’re just delighted to see him back on the pitch. He’s worked extremely hard. He lifts the crowd. He’s a handful, if he stays fit he’ll be ok.”We’re going to have to manage him in the right way. The big thing is his ankles. Let’s hope now that he’s injury free.”We noticed in training he’s got that bit of presence, the respect because of what he’s achieved. If you’ve got a big Andy Carroll in there, you’ve got to play to his strengths.” last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp drops Milner contract hint

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp drops Milner contract hintby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hinted veteran James Milner is in line for a new deal.Milner played a key role in midweek, helping to guide a youthful Liverpool team to a 2-0 win away to MK Dons in the Carabao Cup.Klopp enthused, “Millie is unbelievably important. I have said it a couple of times. He is Mr Professional, that is how he is.“In a game like this against MK Dons, you go there and play with five kids, that is nice and you have six regular first-team players on the pitch. The others didn’t even travel.“There could be a feeling like ‘Oh yes, we play MK Dons – thank you very much boys’, but there is no chance in the team as long as guys like James and Adam [Lallana] are in the team.“From the first moment they give everything. He is a role model for the young boys. What an exceptional career. He looks like he has a few more years in the locker.“Contract situations, we don’t talk about here in this room, but we are really happy with him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more