Liberia Hosts 18th Regional Universities Forum

first_imgThe Executive Board of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity-building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), will host its meetings in Monrovia bringing together 25 ranked African university presidents, Liberian business people and farmers, University of Liberia (UL) President, Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, has said.RUFORUM Executive Board meetings will bring together about 17 Presidents/Vice-Chancellors, Principals and Deans, from highly ranked African universities that are offering academic programs in agriculture, engineering, science and technology.The delegates will come from Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda and Zambia.“This year’s meetings in Liberia will allow presidents of various universities in Liberia to discuss on mutual benefits, as many of the universities are much more resourceful in facilities and progress. This will give our people the opportunities to network with other universities in various areas of focus during the meetings,” Dr. Weeks said.She made the disclosure on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at a news conference in Monrovia.Dr. Weeks said that the meetings will host highly ranked African universities that are offering programs in agriculture, science, engineering and technology.The meeting, which is hosted by the UL Administration in collaboration with authorities at the ministries of Education and Agriculture, is the 18th Executive Board gathering. The RUFORUM forum will be combined with national symposium on higher education.Dr. Weeks said Liberia was fortunate in 2018 when it received eight slots for UL’s faculty members to do their PhD in agriculture in East Africa, adding, “there are more opportunities for being a member of the organization.”She said the organization has decided to transition from just agriculture to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.According to Dr. Weeks, the program will give Liberia and the UL Administration more PhDs who will, in return, help to offer master degrees in agriculture, engineering, while saving the money used to send people out for foreign studies.She said that government cannot do all, therefore, it was necessary to partner with the private sector and individuals with potential to bring change to the country’s education system.Dr. Weeks currently serves the deputy board chair for the meeting. She said Liberia is delighted to host this year’s meeting, which allows business people and presidents of Liberia’s universities to seek outside opportunities.“We have also invited private businesses to bring samples of their products to serve as networking opportunities. This will also expose our universities presidents to the works of their colleagues from universities in different countries,” she said.Dr. Moses Zinnah, Dean of the UL Agriculture College, said this year’s engagement provides special opportunities for presidents of Liberia’s universities to host a one-day forum, which will take place on April 26 to discuss the way forward in improving higher education.“If we miss this component, it will be difficult for Liberia to complete regionally and globally, because this will provide opportunities for universities presidents, farmers and business people to network and begin thinking critically to improve higher education,” Dr. Zinnah 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

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Public debt overtakes budget projections

first_imgEnd-of-year report shows…hike attributed to disbursements from multilateral banksGuyana’s public debt is on the rise, with the 2017 end-of-year outcome report detailing that for the year 2017 the stock of public debt and the public debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio have increased.Bank of Guyana, GeorgetownAccording to the report, total public debt was recorded at US$1.6 billion, exceeding the projected amount by US$8.4 million. The public debt-t- GDP ratio actually increased by 0.9 per cent to be recorded at 46.1 per cent.According to the report, higher disbursements of money from the Export-Import Bank of China (China Exim Bank); the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caricom Development Fund (CDF), as well as delayed debt service payments, are to be blamed.The report notes that debt service payments to Venezuela were delayed “due to sanctions imposed by the United States on debt and securities transactions related to that country. As a result, Guyana’s international correspondent banks have been unwilling to transfer payments to Venezuela”. It adds, however, that “in early 2018, Government opened an account with Bank of Guyana into which payments are being posted”.Meanwhile, external public debt was US$1.2 billion, accounting for 74.3 per cent of the total debt stock, as of 2017 year-end. In terms of the domestic side, the domestic public debt stock was US$430.1 million, exceeding the budget projections by US$2.3 million.“This was primarily due to the issuance of a new 91-day treasury bill. The share of domestic public debt accounted for 25.7 per cent of the total public debt stock as at December 31, 2017,” the report explained.Servicing debtsWhen it comes to servicing these debts, the report states that total public debt service amounted to US$71.7 million for 2017. This was, in fact, lower by 2.5 per cent than the projected 2017 sum of US$73.5 million.“External public debt service for 2017 amounted to US$60.8 million, US$1.9 million less than projected at the time of Budget 2018,” the report notes, adding that for 2017, 6.8 per cent of total revenue earned went towards servicing the external debt.According to the report, this is a marginal increase from the 6.7 per cent projected at the time of the 2018 Budget. Domestic debt service payments of US$10.9 million, however, remained in line with projections.At least one of the reasons behind the increase in the debt profile can be laid at the feet of the East Coast Road expansion project. In January of last year, the Guyana Government had received a US$45.3 million concessional loan from the China Exim Bank to complete the expansion project.This concessional loan was inked less than two months after the formation of the Framework Agreement between the Governments of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the People’s Republic of China that took place on November 23, 2016. Works have since commenced.The ECD Road expansion project entails a four-lane extension from Better Hope to Annandale, and a two-lane upgrade from Annandale to Belfield, with a total length of 16,998 kilometres of roads and 33,996 kilometres of drains to be built.Apart from the road expansion, residents were also going to benefit from the project, which included improved drainage since the East Coast is usually susceptible to floods. Initially, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government had tried to finance the road expansion project, but the funding was not readily available; hence, the Administration decided to use local funds for preliminary works and use the funds from the Chinese to complete the works.The preliminary works for the four-lane upgrade were completed at the end of 2014. This included the widening of the roads and installation of drainage facilities. The project was divided into seven lots which were awarded to different contractors.With the China Exim Bank putting up most of the finances for the road expansion, Guyana had awarded the contract to China Railway First Group for some US$42.7 million. The Chinese construction company reportedly put in the lowest bid of US$46.994 million.last_img read more

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Coral Daily Download – Henderson backed to replace Gerrard as Liverpool captain

first_imgNicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting oddsThe Coral spokesperson told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show Jordan Henderson is strong favourite to replace Steven Gerrard as Liverpool captain.The Reds skipper is swapping Anfield for MLS side LA Galaxy in the summer, and has backed the former Sunderland midfielder to take the armband.There’s also a look ahead to all the Premier League football this weekend, along with a Cheltenham Festival preview.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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Chelsea hammer struggling Stoke City 5-0

first_img0Shares0000Antonio Rudiger opened the scoring with just three minutes on the clock before Danny Drinkwater thundered in a second for his first goal for the club. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 30 – Chelsea demonstrated the yawning chasm in squad depth that exists in the Premier League with a 5-0 canter past Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.While both sides rotated their squads after a hectic series of fixtures, Chelsea maintained their quality on the pitch in a scintillating opening half-hour, racing into a 3-0 lead and effectively winning the match through goals from Antonio Rudiger, Danny Drinkwater and Pedro. A late Willian penalty and a fine individual effort from Davide Zappacosta completed the scoring in a game that had long since ceased to be a contest.By contrast, Stoke’s team selection suggested manager Mark Hughes was prioritising Monday’s New Year’s Day game at home to fellow strugglers Newcastle United.Teenage full-backs Tom Edwards and Josh Tymon both started while influential midfielders Joe Allen and Xherdan Shaqiri were named as substitutes.It took just two minutes and 35 seconds for Stoke’s makeshift side to be exposed. Willian sent over a long, looping free-kick to the far post where Rudiger rose to head powerfully home.It was 2-0 after eight minutes.This time Stoke did manage to clear a set piece, a corner on this occasion, only to see the ball drop to Drinkwater just outside the area.A touch to control and a swish of his right boot later and the ball was flying into the top corner, leaving Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland helpless.A third goal seemed inevitable and it arrived after 23 minutes.Willian slipped the ball to Pedro who allowed it to drift across his body, wrongfooting Tymon in the process, before striking it low into the corner of Butland’s net.At this point, it appeared that the record Premier League victory -– Manchester United’s 9-0 win over Ipswich in 1995 -– could possibly be eclipsed.Instead Chelsea’s intensity dropped.This gave Charlie Adam more time in midfield. The Scot used it wisely, floating a delightful ball into the path of Mame Biram Diouf, who used his upper arm to control it before he slotted his shot under the body of Thibaut Courtois. The goal was rightly disallowed.Stoke then fashioned another opportunity in the opening minutes of the second half.However, Saido Berahino’s understandable lack of confidence having not scored since February 2016 saw him shoot tamely at Courtois.Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s thoughts were already turning towards Wednesday’s London derby trip to Arsenal. The Italian removed Victor Moses, N’Golo Kante and Alvaro Morata by the 71st minute.Two minutes later, Chelsea had their fourth goal. Willian, who was clearly bundled over by Geoff Cameron in the area, sent Butland the wrong way with his penalty.With the game nearing its conclusion, Zappacosta chose the moment to score his first Premier League goal, collecting the ball on the right, cutting inside and driving a low shot past Butland.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Hollywood film, TV writers’ union authorized to strike

first_imgMembers of Hollywood’s film and television writers union have overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike anytime after their contract expires at the end of the month. More than 5,000 members of the Writers Guild of America cast ballots, with 90 percent voting in favor of authorizing the strike, the union said Friday evening. Members voted on Thursday. “Writers do not want to strike, but they are resolute and prepared to take strong, united action to defend our interests,” Writers Guild President Patric Verrone said in a statement. “What we must have is a contract that gives us the ability to keep up with the financial success of this ever-expanding global industry.” Since July, the WGA has been in talks with film studios and production companies represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Both sides acknowledge they have not made progress. A key issue dividing producers and writers, as well as actors, whose contract expires next June, is compensation for DVD sales and productions that get distributed on the Internet or in other new media formats. The writers’ current three-year labor contract expires Oct. 31, and their vote gives the union’s leaders authorization to call a strike anytime after that day. Nick Counter, the AMPTP’s president, said he was not surprised by the vote. “Our focus is on negotiating a reasonable agreement with the WGA,” he said in a statement. Studios and TV networks have accelerated filming of shows and movies and begun stockpiling scripts in case of a strike. The last strike in 1988 lasted 22 weeks. Losses to the industry were put at $500 million. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.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

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DONEGAL HOUSE PRICES UP 9% ACCORDING TO LATEST SURVEY

first_imgHouse prices across Donegal are up 9% according to the latest daft.ie survey..Trends across the country show a major growth in houses prices outside of the capital.In Donegal, prices between March and June 2015 were 9% higher than a year previously, compared to a fall of 9% seen a year ago. The average house price from Ballybofey to Buncrana is now €124,000, 9% above its lowest point.DONEGAL HOUSE PRICES UP 9% ACCORDING TO LATEST SURVEY was last modified: July 7th, 2015 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:DONEGAL 9%HOUSE PIRCSlast_img read more

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Key Tottenham duo set to be rested for Europa League clash with Dortmund

first_img Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen celebrate a Tottenham goal with Dele Alli Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has hinted he will rest midfield duo Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele for tomorrow’s Europa League tie against Borussia Dortmund.Spurs need to overturn a three-goal deficit to qualify for the last-eight of the competition and are set to field a stronger side than they did in Germany last week.However, with the Premier League title race in mind, Pochettino is set to leave out Eriksen and Dembele, who didn’t train with the rest of the squad on Wednesday.“There are no big issues but maybe they’re not going to be available for tomorrow,” said Pochettino.“Eriksen needs a rest and maybe Dembele does too.” 1last_img

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Man United’s world class XI for next season featuring Pogba and more signings

first_img 5. Luke Shaw (left back) – Shaw missed the majority of last season with a broken leg, but is poised to return at the start of next season. Mourinho could throw the 20-year-old straight into action. 10. Anthony Martial (left attack) – It’s hard to believe Martial is just 20. The young striker radiates confidence and could firmly establish himself as one of Europe’s finest players under Mourinho. 11 11 8. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (right attack) – Mkhitaryan’s agent claims his client has his heart set on a move to Old Trafford. With 18 goals and 20 assists in all competitions for Borussia Dortmund last season, what an addition to the side he would be. 9. Wayne Rooney (attacking midfield) – The England captain’s recent performances for his country suggest his days of playing as a leading striker are behind him. A midfield role looks likely at Old Trafford next season. 11 11 4. Chris Smalling (centre back) – Smalling will be full of confidence after an excellent last season and could be a key player as United bid to return to the top four. 2. Matteo Darmian (right back) – It was a challenging first campaign for the Italian, but he’ll be out to cement a role at right back under Mourinho. 7. Paul Pogba (centre midfield) – Pogba is reportedly the statement signing Mourinho wants to make this summer. The France international would certainly liven up an ageing midfield and could feel he has unfinished business in Manchester. 11 6. Morgan Schneiderlin (centre midfield) – Van Gaal didn’t seem satisfied with Schneiderlin’s performances, much to the annoyance of the Old Trafford faithful. With Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger in the latter stages of their career, Mourinho might be keen to focus his attention on the Frenchman. 11 11 11 Jose Mourinho will be a new face in the Old Trafford dugout when the Premier League kicks off on August 13.The Portuguese replaces Louis van Gaal and is hard at work addressing the Dutchman’s struggling squad.Reports suggest Mourinho will spend big this summer and wants a statement signing to shock his club’s rivals.So, talkSPORT has taken a look at who the former Chelsea manager is said to be eyeing and assembled a possible starting line up for next season.Check out the predicted Manchester United XI, featuring Eric Bailly and more possible summer signings, by viewing the slideshow above. 11 11. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (striker) – This deal isn’t wrapped up just yet, but now Sweden have exited Euro 2016, it could soon be announced. United are reportedly closing in on Ibrahimovic’s transfer and he’ll be guaranteed a starting role up top. 11 11 3. Eric Bailly (centre back) – Chris Smalling was outstanding for United last season, but Van Gaal struggled to secure a consistent partner for the England international. New signing Bailly could be the man to step up. 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – see the Red Devils’ full possible XI for next season by clicking the arrow above, right – The Spaniard looks to be staying put and is expected to be the no.1 next season, with Real Madrid reportedly no longer interested in luring the stopper to the Santiago Bernabeu. last_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventRent assistance forms available PICO RIVERA – The city’s Housing Assistance Agency will accept applications for Section 8 rental assistance from May 1 through Aug. 31. Eligible applicants may receive federal subsidies on a portion of their rent. To qualify, at least one person in the household must have legal status in the United States and the household must not exceed the low-income guidelines set by the federal government. Applications are available in the Department of Housing Services at City Hall, 6615S. Passons Blvd., or on the city’s Web site, www.pico-rivera.org. For more information, call (562) 801-4347. Forest service to host tour ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – The U.S. Forest Service will have its monthly naturalist-led tour on Saturday, exploring wildfires, wildflowers and wildlife. Participants will car pool to various forest locations, take short hikes, and discuss how the environment effects the flora and fauna of the local mountains. This is an excellent outing for families, Scout groups, or anyone interested in their local mountains. The tour is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. Meet at the San Gabriel Canyon Environmental Education Center, 0.7 miles past the East Fork Bridge on Highway 39 above Azusa. Visitors should bring water, lunch, sturdy walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellant, cameras, binoculars and dress in layers for the weather. Hiking will not be strenuous but will be over uneven and rocky terrain. Vehicles must be in good working order and have a full tank of gas. For more information on the hike, call Steve Segreto at (909)982-2879. Center to host dance group WHITTIER – The Los Nietos Community and Senior Center will host the La Habra Huff ‘n’ Puffs Senior Dance Group from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the center’s senior wing, 11640 E. Slauson Ave. All are welcome to this music and dance program. For more information, call (562) 699-9898. Library Friends to hold book sale LA MIRADA – The Friends of the La Mirada Library will be selling used books from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. May 6 in the Activity Center building, behind the fire station and next door to the library, 13800 La Mirada Blvd. In addition to the selection of good-quality hardback books and paperback books, a large group of audio and video items will be available. At 2 p.m., the Friends will sell bargain books for $3 each. All proceeds will be used to purchase new books and for other library needs. For more information, call (562) 943-4255. Wills, trusts topics of union meeting WHITTIER – The National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 333, will hold a meeting at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Palm Park Activity Center, 5703 Palm Ave. Guest speaker Bill Miller will talk about trusts and wills, and Cindy Greer of the Whittier Chamber of Commerce will give a presentation. The meeting is open to former and current federal employees. Sack lunches are suggested. Dessert and beverages will be provided. For more information, call Chuck Carlson at (562)695- 2126. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – The sheriff’s Norwalk Station is collecting items for the U.S. Marines. From now through May 3, items can be dropped off at the station, 12335 Civic Center Drive. Suggested donations include packets of hot chocolate, wheat crackers, tuna in pouches, baby wipes, razors, pens, soap, sunblock, writing paper and toothpaste. For more information, call (562) 863-8711. last_img read more

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SETTING UP BANKS ‘COULD HELP SAVE RURAL POST OFFICES’ – TD

first_imgIndependent TD Thomas Pringle is supporting movies for post offices to provide basic bank accounts at all its branches – helping many of the outlets to survive.A member of the Joint Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture, Deputy Pringle an IPU presentation to the committee on the need for the Financial Inclusion Strategy to include the Post Office network in the roll out of the Basic Payment Account.The Basic Payment Account is a means to ensure that everyone has access to a basic bank account. Said the Donegal politician: “With the Department of Social Protection intending to move to a direct payment method into bank accounts the Basic Payment Account operated through the Post Office network will give many financially excluded people access to an account that will continue to allow them to access their social welfare payment through their local post office.“Studies in the UK have shown that the lack of a bank account can cost people up to £1,000 per year in extra costs. The Department of Finance are piloting the implementation of the basic bank account at the minute and the Post Office is the perfect way to roll out this account.”He said that more than 17% of people in Ireland do not have a bank account and the government have decided to look at providing a basic account for citizens.Many people do not trust the banks and may not want an account or have easy access to banks. The Post Office is a trusted part of most communities and can provide the basic account in a way that will provide the easiest access for everyone and continue to allow people to get their payments in their local post office, said Pringle. He added: “This proposal would also help to ensure the continued operation of many rural post offices by growing the services that they can provide. The IPU have also proposed that the post office could provide car tax, draft the register of electors and take other local authority payments. The committee decided to call in the relevant departmental officials to ensure that the proposal is given serious consideration.” SETTING UP BANKS ‘COULD HELP SAVE RURAL POST OFFICES’ – TD was last modified: February 15th, 2012 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:An PostDeputy Thomas Pringlelast_img read more

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