The bones of Liberia are rattling because of the many rigorous problems she faces. But as God told His Prophet Ezekiel, these bones, through faith in the love and power of God, WILL RISE AGAIN AND LIVE!This was the message of St. Stephen Episcopal Church’s Father Augustine Kpehe, when he delivered the fifth Lenten Sunday sermon yesterday. He took his theme from Ezekiel, chapter 37, in which God promised to breathe into these dry bones, put sinews, flesh and skin upon them, enabling them to rise again. Fr. Kpehe told parishioners that Liberia today is saddled with plentiful problems, but with faith in God, we shall rise again.The preacher did not elaborate on these problems. But many Liberians know them. First and foremost among is the continuing problem of corruption, which President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in her first Inaugural Address nine years ago, declared “public enemy number one,” but has herself admitted failure to solve.The public, for three reasons, blames the President herself for this failure: first, her failure to successfully prosecute corrupt officials but rather, retain many in positions of power. Second, she has brought back into powerful positions people who in the not too distant past have been caught red-handed in glaring corruption.Third, she has in three ways played too dangerously and too persistently with corruption’s closest and most powerful ally or twin sister—nepotism: by retaining in powerful positions two of her sons—Charles as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, and Fumba as Director General of the National Security Agency; then, despite public and international outcry against it, by appointing a third, indeed her most powerful son, Robert, as Chairman of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL). For three years, she stoically weathered the storm of persistent criticism, then reluctantly removed him as NOCAL Chair, only to quickly re-appoint him Ambassador to oil-rich Kuwait! That placed him in the strategic position to still call the shots at NOCAL. Next thing we learned, he emerged with a US$14 million Kuwaiti loan, negotiations for which the public was unaware of any involvement by the Foreign or Finance Ministry.The third way in which the President has, wittingly or unwillingly, fostered nepotism, corruption’s twin sister, is by permitting senior members of her family members to wield powerful behind-the-scene influence in many vital sectors of government, grievously undermining public accountability and giving undue advantage to foreign business interests.This has led to yet another continuing national crisis: the poverty of Liberians and their consequent SUBSERVIENCE (submissiveness, obedience, acquiescence, passivity) to foreigners in the Liberians’ own country. So whatever happened to Liberia’s sovereignty—or that of its people? No, we are no longer sovereign but subservient in our own country, where almost everything is owned and dominated by foreigners.The government is free to dismiss these foreboding reflections as the musings of disgruntled elements. But we at the Daily Observer newspaper are NOT disgruntled people. Far from it, we are patriotic people who have striven over the decades to place our country FIRST before ourselves, declining, shying away from and rejecting money, privileges and other perks, choosing instead to stand for truth, justice and fair play and to be the voice of the voiceless in our country.We cannot be anything less in this rich country, where poverty, deprivation and listlessness are still rampant. We ignore these dangerous, distressing signals at our own peril, and the peril of our nation itself. We cannot, MUST NOT, lest we become part of the problem. That is why we have never relented in voicing our persistent opposition to the sidelining of a Liberian hotelier in favor of a Lebanese businessman to rebuild the Robertsfield Hotel. Here was a clear case of nepotistic influence by family insiders against Liberian entrepreneurs in favor of foreign businesspeople.We have long complained about how President Tubman’s Open Door Policy gave the country to foreigners. We cannot and WILL not sit supinely and see the same thing happening all over again, raining tears and crying in the beloved country.Only last weekend, the wealthy former mayor of a Liberian city called for the “taking back of our country from these people before their time is up.”We know exactly what that means—another interim government to pillage, plunder and lead us back to war.The way forward is sit NOW and reason together with the powers that be toward inspiring, hopefully, a change in the national direction and pray that God will grant the rattling and reliving of Liberia’s bones. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
At the conclusion of the discussion, the Managing Director, as Chairman of the Board, summarizes the views of Executive Directors, and this summary is transmitted to the country’s authorities.The IMF team met with President George Weah, Speaker of the House of Representatives Bhofal Chambers, Minister of Finance and Development Planning Samuel Tweah, Minister of Commerce and Industry Wilson Tarpeh, Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia Nathaniel Patray, other senior government officials, private sector representatives and development partners.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The bustling scene of Red Light market, Paynesville, LiberiaLiberia’s GDP Growth Down to 0.4 Percent from 4.7 percent, says IMF Article IV Mission to LiberiaThe International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) assessment of Liberia’s economy under the 2019 Article IV Mission has presented gross decline in growth with the expectation that the country may encounter further decline that would pose much hardship on the people.In its finding, the IMF says Liberia’s macroeconomic stability has proved elusive despite improved revenue collection in the first half of Fiscal Year 2019, and the fiscal stance has loosened significantly.The assessment report indicates that growth for 2018 is estimated at 1.2 percent, while the forecast for 2019 on current policies has been revised down to 0.4 percent from 4.7 percent. In this regard, the IMF noted with emphasis that revenue reforms have considerable potential to directly expand the resource envelope and facilitate a needed increase in social spending.The IMF team lead by Mika Saito, conducted the assessment from February 25 to March 8, 2019 in Monrovia.In a statement following the assessment, Ms. Saito said “Liberia’s economic situation is challenging, and strong policy actions will be required to maintain as favorable an outlook as anticipated at this time last year.”Noting further, Ms. Saito said with accommodative monetary policy meeting fiscal needs, the exchange rate depreciated by 26 percent over the year, and inflation accelerated to 28 percent at the end of December, 2018.“This is detrimental to the living standards of the most vulnerable Liberians, who earn and spend primarily in Liberian dollars and threatens the success of the pro-poor agenda,” Ms Saito said.According to her, discussion with the Liberian authorities centered on the policies required to address the current situation and promote strong noninflationary growth over the medium term.Ms Saito and her team also noted that the commencement of sales of central banks bills, supplemented by the introduction of the standing deposit, and credit facilities in the inter-bank market represent major milestones in modernizing the monetary policy framework.To set up appropriate preconditions, according to the IMF team, will bring about a timely reduction of the rate of inflation to single digits. One of those appropriate preconditions suggested by the IMF team is that the government refrains from borrowing from the Central Bank.The mission recommended that the budget for fiscal year 2020 be based on realistic estimates of the resource envelope. Giving ministries and agencies a reliable estimate of the actual resources that will be available to them is critical to improving the quality of public services, even if this represents less than the amount budgeted in the past.“Without central bank borrowing, financing a sufficient level of public service provision will require policies to prioritize and improve the composition of expenditure, enhance its efficiency, and expand the resource envelope,” the IMF team noted.In furtherance, the mission notes that productive spending is being crowded out by a wage bill, including discretionary allowances that total about two-thirds of government-funded expenditure.Accordingly, this is not a new issue—it has been a characteristic of the Liberian economy for a number of years; however, as grants and other external assistance decline, this is no longer a reasonable situation.The cautioned that freeing up resources in an equitable manner for pro-poor development will likely require effective actions to reduce the share of government resources devoted to this budget item.The IMF visiting team went on to say that “Improving the efficiency of government spending will be key, emphasizing policies aimed at improving the monitoring, accountability, and transparency of spending, intensifying actions to improve governance and fight corruption, including adherence to existing procurement rules as effective ways to arrest the situation facing the macroeconomic climate of Liberia.It (team) said revenue reforms have considerable potential to directly expand the resource envelope and facilitate a needed increase in social spending, noting the recent finalization of the Domestic Revenue Mobilization Strategy and recommending that the authorities pursue the envisaged reforms, including excise tax, tax exemptions, and compliance.According to IMF mission, increased uncertainty and volatility in the external environment argues for further measures to safeguarding the foreign exchange reserves of the central bank.The mission noted that creation of a well-functioning monetary policy framework would reduce the need for foreign exchange intervention. Acceptance of greater exchange rate flexibility would help preserve reserve stocks and help absorb external shocks. In addition, reducing the central bank’s operational deficit would be vital.“The investigative reports by the Presidential Investigative Team and by Kroll Associates point to a need for substantial improvements in operational policies, guidelines, and compliance. We encourage the Liberian authorities to take advantage of available support from the international community to make much-needed remedial actions in these areas,” the IMF visiting team noted.The mission notes the need for significant action to improve the business climate and provide the enabling environment required for private sector-led growth. Removing administrative constraints on imports and prices to boost the level of competition, while ensuring quality and safety standards, should be prioritized. Liberia should step up efforts to strengthen governance and anti-corruption efforts as envisaged in the government’s pro-poor agenda, as it would create an environment conducive to private sector-led inclusive growth.”Under Article IV of the IMF’s Articles of Agreement, the IMF holds bilateral discussions with members, usually every year. A staff team visits the country, collects economic and financial information, and discusses with officials the country’s economic developments and policies. On return to headquarters, the staff prepares a report, which forms the basis for discussion by the Executive Board.
BEIJING – A Chinese company accused of selling chemically contaminated wheat gluten linked to pet food deaths of cats and dogs in the U.S. said Wednesday it is investigating the claims. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week blocked wheat gluten imports from the Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. in the eastern Chinese city of Xuzhou, saying they contained melamine, a chemical found in plastics and pesticides. ChemNutra Inc., the Las Vegas-based company that imported the wheat gluten and shipped it to companies that make pet food, said Tuesday that Xuzhou Anying never reported the presence of melamine in the content analysis it provided. “We are still investigating,” Mao Lijun, the company’s general manger, said Wednesday. He refused to give any other details or say why the presence of the chemical was not mentioned in the wheat gluten, a protein source used as an ingredient in pet food. Earlier this week, another official at the Chinese maker said the gluten was not manufactured by Xuzhou Anying, but bought instead from companies in neighboring provinces. The FDA has confirmed about 15 pet deaths, and anecdotal reports suggest hundreds of cats and dogs may have died from kidney failure from the tainted food. Nearly 100 brands of cat and dog food made with wheat gluten have been recalled. The FDA still doesn’t know where all the contaminated imported wheat gluten ended up, though it appears unlikely any made it into human food. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have had their appeals against 90-day provisional bans rejected by FIFA’s appeals committee.Platini and outgoing FIFA president Blatter were both provisionally suspended by FIFA’s ethics committee over a £1.3million payment made to the UEFA president in 2011 for work said to be carried out more than nine years previously.Platini and Blatter lodged appeals against the provisional suspension and, after these were rejected, they are now expected to take their cases to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. 1
LETTERKENNY AC’s Darren McBrearty clocked a stunning time at the Vienna Indoor Classic in Austria tonight.The running sensation crossed the line in 1.47.87 – making him the fastest Irishman over 800 metres this year.The time was also qualifies him for the European Senior Indoor Championships in Paris next month, an incredible achievement for the athlete. McBrearty was running his second half in two days, having finished a close second to his clubmate Mark English in Cardiff on Sunday. His time then was 1:48.88. His previous best indoor time was 1:51.29.Tonight’s result:1 McBrearty Darren 1991 IRL Ireland 1:47,872 Kozlov Vitalij 1987 Team BOSS Baltic 1:48,593 Burian Miroslav 1992 Dukla Praha 1:48,94McBREARTY’S STUNNING 800M RUN IN VIENNA AS HE BREAKS 1.48 BARRIER! was last modified: February 2nd, 2011 by gregShare 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)
A 24-year-old man has been released from Garda custody after a teenager was stabbed in Carndonagh on Friday night.The 18-year-old victim was stabbed with a 10-inch kitchen knife at a house party in the town.He was rushed to Altnagelvin Hospital where his initial condition was described as ‘critical’. He has since stablised. The arrested man was released pending a file being sent to the DPP.MAN RELEASED FROM CUSTODY AFTER CARNDONAGH STABBING was last modified: October 3rd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:Carndonagh stabbing
Tags: International Youth Rugby Tournament Some of the teams prepare for a scrum at last year’s tournament (photo by Agencies)International Youth Rugby Tournament(U15/U18 Boys and Girls)25th & 26th August 2018 Red Cross FieldKigali, RwandaUganda is expected to be part of this year’s International Youth Rugby Tournament to be held in Kigali Rwanda.The Underage tournament that runs in a 7s format will feature only U15 & 18 Boys and girls from five countries.Uganda is expected to have four teams including two Boys and Girls (both in U15 and 18).This will be the third edition of the tournament designed to foster international competition as is organized by the NGOs “Connect to Africa” and “Friends of Rwandan Rugby.”Secretary General of the Federation of Rwandan Rugby, Kamanda Tharcisse has stated, “This is a very exciting time for Rwandan rugby. We have been growing the rate of participation in our schools for more than a decade. It will be wonderful to again gauge our progress against other teams from the region. It will be great to see our players make friendship with rugby players from other countries and recognize that there is major participation happening on other parts of the continent”.The expected teams at the tournament:UgandaUnder 15 BoysUnder 15 GirlsUnder 18 BoysUnder 18 GirlsTanzaniaUnder 15 BoysUnder 18 GirlsUnder 18 BoysMalawiUnder 18 BoysKenyaUnder 15 BoysUnder 18 GirlsRwandaUnder 15 BoysUnder 15 GirlsUnder 18 BoysUnder 18 GirlComments
Cllr Patrick McGowan has called for funding to upgrade street lights in Ballybofey and Stranorlar to an exceptional standard.He says this follows recent changes which he claims has left the footpaths in both towns dangerous for pedestrians.Cllr McGowan raised local concerns about pedestrians safety at last weeks council meeting when the Council agreed to borrow €13 million over five years to upgrade street lights across the County to LED lights. He said “The existing street lighting in Ballybofey and Stranorlar is totally inadequate.“The light poles themselves are staggered along the length of both towns and I believe they were installed too high originally.“Each street light is expected to light the footpaths on both sides of the road but this was not very successful using the old yellow SOX lights and the situation has got worse as the new white LED lights shine straight down on a very small area of the footpath.”In addition to inadequate lighting, Cllr McGowan has demanded additional infill street lights be installed between the Garda station and the Balor as well as Stranorlar Main Street. He added “I welcome the response from Roads & Transportation Director John McLaughlin at Last week Council meeting and this week update from Local engineer Adrian McCool that the Council will get the lighting in both towns surveyed.”Upgrade of Twin Towns’ street lighting demanded was last modified: February 6th, 2018 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:cllr patrick McGowandonegalstreet lightingTwins Towns
James DeGale intends to send out a message to the rest of the super-middleweight division when he faces Dyah Davis next month.Harlesden’s Olympic gold medallist will defend his WBC Silver title against the 32-year-old at Glow, Bluewater, on 16 November.The fight will take place a week before his arch-rival and fellow West Londoner George Groves challenges world champion Carl Froch.DeGale is eager to fight the winner of that all-British clash, while WBO champion Robert Stieglitz and Sakio Bika, who holds the WBC title, have also been mooted as possible future opponents.Davis was beaten by Bika last year so DeGale feels a more impressive victory against the American would underline his case for a world title chance.He said: “I’m in a very good position at the moment.“I’m ranked highly by all the world governing bodies and I’m hoping Mick Hennessy can get me a world title fight.Hennessy signed DeGale last year“It’s a strong division but I’m ready to step up and face anyone – and there are a couple of world champions who I don’t think are great.“Robert Stieglitz is one of them and Bika especially is very beatable. He’s physically strong but not world-class in terms of ability – I think he’s the weakest of the champions.“He’s got the WBC world title and with me being the WBC Silver champion and currently ranked highly by them, it’s maybe a fight that could happen.“Then you’ve got Froch and Groves. I don’t care which of those wins, I just want to keep doing my thing and hopefully fight the winner.“I don’t want anyone to think I’m looking beyond Davis though, because I’m definitely not. He’s fought some decent guys and been in with Bika for an eliminator for the world title.“In that fight he got stopped in the last round – the 10th round of a 10-rounder – and before that did pretty well.“He also beat Marcus Johnson, who was unbeaten. He’s got a good pedigree and is someone I’ll need to be sharp to beat.“I think he’ll give me a real test but what I want to do is go in there and look good against him.“If I can do better against him than Bika did it would make a statement and show I’m ready for a world title fight.”The bout will be DeGale’s third of 2013 and will mean a return to the same Kent venue where he easily beat Stjepan Bozic in June – three weeks after he had knocked out Sebastien Demers in Canada.Prior to that he endured a frustrating period of inactivity, largely because of a dispute with his former promoter Frank Warren.Now promoted by Hennessy, and having recovered from a troublesome knee problem, DeGale is hoping to take his career to the next level.He said: “It’s an important time for me and to be honest I’ve said that before. I wanted 2012 to be my year and said the same in 2013.“I had problems outside the ring and that has affected how things have gone in the ring.“But Mick has promised he’ll deliver for me and it’s up to me to do my part and show people what I’m capable of.”Tickets for DeGale v Davis are priced from £40 and are available from the Hennessy Sports Box Office on 01925 755 222, at http://hennessy.ticketline.co.uk or alternatively by contacting Tickeline.co.uk or on 0844 888 4402 or via Ticketmaster.co.uk or on 0844 847 2500. See also:DeGale wants Groves clash at Loftus RoadDeGale to take on American DavisInjury-free DeGale determined to impressDeGale given warning by opponent Davis American Davis arrives for DeGale clashConfident DeGale predicts ‘explosive’ winDeGale must prove he is ready for world title shot, says promoterTrainer says DeGale is ‘a million per cent ready’ for world title challengeDeGale weighs in ahead of Davis clashUnderdog Davis is determined to cause an upset against DeGaleJames DeGale v Dyah Davis as it 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Arcata >> Cyle Watkins’ first few outings in a Humboldt Crabs uniform weren’t much to write home about.He’d probably be the first one to tell you that, too.But in his first start of the summer, he made sure to resemble the exact opposite of the pitcher people at the Arcata Ball Park saw in early June.Watkins, a Eureka High graduate a year ago, spun six shutout innings of three-hit ball while getting plenty of backing from his offense — which is basically the norm these days — as the Crabs …