Upon instructions from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and consistent with Section 11(1) of the Public Financial Management (PFM) Act of 2009, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Boima S. Kamara, has submitted the Draft National Budget for 2016/2017 of US$555.9 million, comprising of US$495.5 million for Core Domestic Revenue; US$30.2 million as Grant; and US$30.1 million as Contingent Domestic Revenue. The contingency, according to Minister Kamara, is due to the fact that the National Legislature must approve of some measures before these sources can be realized. “This is why I have come today to present you this Proposed Budget which we believe outlines and captures our country’s priorities in the best possible way given the constraints which I have briefly outlined earlier.“We have endeavored to keep social spending and health at US$77 million; education at US$83 million; and social development spending at 10.5 million,” said Minister Kamara.Additionally, the government has allocated US$20 million toward elections; US$10 million for UNMIL’s drawdown; US$5 million for agriculture; US$15 million on road construction; US$3 million for the Road Maintenance Fund; and US$1.5 million toward the airport runway rehabilitation.“By no measures are these amounts enough to handle the issues mentioned but at this point this is what we can afford. What we have done in this budget is to prepare an Unfunded Contingent Envelop of US$140 million which considers a number of key investments that will help to diversify and grow the economy. We intend, with your approval, to seek donor funding either in grants or loans to help underwrite these expenditures,” Minister Kamara noted.With these summaries, “I wish to thank you and on behalf of the President, submit to you the Proposed Budget for the Fiscal Year 2016/2017 and also assure you that my team and I will be available to provide additional information and clarification needed to finalize the budget,” Minister said.The newly confirmed MFDP boss said that the slowness of economic recovery from the shocks of Ebola coupled with the global decline in commodity prices which have affected two primary export commodities, iron ore and rubber, have placed severe strains on Liberia’s resource envelop. Compounding this further, he said the country’s expenditure demand has come under pressure from the need to prepare for the 2017 elections as well as support for the security forces to take over from UNMIL, which has already begun to draw down.“These are imperatives which we cannot compromise as governance and security will provide the space we need in order to conduct other businesses,” he noted.Under these conditions, the Minister said it was extremely difficult to balance the budget and that was why an extension was necessary. “I am sure that during the budget hearings, your team will get a better appreciation of what I am alluding to.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Persons who are blocking off streets and parapets and only allowing persons who are willing to pay for a parking space are committing an offence.This is according to A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander Marlon Chapman.A few of the parking monitors on Wellington Street, Georgetown on MondayOf recent, parking touts have taken up positions at several streets in the city and are blocking off the parapets, forcing drivers to pay for parking.Drivers, especially those traversing along Wellington Street, Georgetown, have complained bitterly about this new phenomenon. According to drivers, the touts dressed in orange vests direct persons where to park and those who refuse to pay are blocked from parking in the area.While some persons who are urgently seeking parking are appreciative of the touts, others who are not comfortable with persons demanding payment have taken to social media to express their disgust.One person in a post on social media complained that he was about to park his vehicle when someone in “an orange jacket ran out to him”, telling him not to leave his vehicle there but somewhere else if he was not paying to park.According to that social media user, these persons leave drivers with almost no options as sometimes they are even threatened “that’s why y’all car does break and enter”.Commander Chapman in an invited comment on Monday told Guyana Times that this practice was illegal.“That can’t be legal. I haven’t had complaints of what you are speaking about, but that cannot be legal. I don’t know if they are employed by the persons who own those business places; I can’t speak about that,” the Commander said.Chapman explained that if those persons were employed by business owners, then the Police would have a different approach in those cases; however, if those persons are operating of their own accord, then enforcement will have to be done to ensure persons’ safety.In this regard, Chapman promised to look into the issue, while adding that consultations with legal advisors may have to be done to decide on the way forward.
“Our club has reached an agreement with the Chinese club Dalian Yifang for the transfer of Yannick Carrasco,” Atletico wrote in a statement on Monday.A separate statement read: “Nico Gaitan has been sold to Dalian Yifang, from the Chinese Super League.”Atletico have not specified the fees involved but, according to the Spanish press, Carrasco’s departure will earn them around 30 million euros ($36.9 million) and Gaitan 18 million euros.Carrasco’s former team Monaco are also reportedly set to receive 25 percent of the transfer fee, due to an agreement made when the winger moved in July 2015.He went on to make 124 appearances for Atletico, registering 23 goals and 17 assists. Argentinian winger Gaitan joined from Benfica in 2016 and played 49 times for the club.Dalian Yifang, newly-promoted to the Chinese top flight, also signed West Ham defender Jose Fonte for an undisclosed fee on Friday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Yannick Carrasco scored for Atletico in the 2016 Champions League final against Real Madrid © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Feb 26 – Atletico Madrid have sold Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco and Argentine midfielder Nicolas Gaitan to Chinese club Dalian Yifang, the Spanish club confirmed on Monday.Carrasco had started just three times in La Liga since the turn of the year and Gaitan only once this entire season under coach Diego Simeone.
He was honored with just about every flying medal possible after 58 successful missions in World War II, before his Mark V Spitfire was shot down off the coast of Southern France. Later, he was named among the top three aviators in history in the centennial edition of Air & Space Smithsonian. During a career that spanned more than 50 years, he flew more than 300 types of aircraft at more than 2,000 air shows all over the world. This Saturday, Hoover, 84, is climbing into the cockpit for one more mission, flying a restored B-17 bomber in to Van Nuys Airport for Syncro Aircraft’s inaugural Aviation Career Day. “I’m 84 going on 23,” he said Wednesday, laughing as he sat down to lunch at the airport’s 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant. “So, how did you steal that German fighter plane after escaping from that POW camp?” I asked him. Hoover smiled and shook his head. The story – one more time. Word spread around the camp about a new arrival, a test pilot who had been in England evaluating German aircraft before being captured. “We became friends, and I had him tell me all he could about flying the Fochwolf 190,” Hoover said. “I tried to remember everything he told me, but, of course, I didn’t.” No one had ever made a successful escape from Stalag Luft 1, but the war was winding down, and security at the POW camp was getting lax. “One night, another pilot and I made it out in the middle of the night. His name was Jerry Ennis, and after being shot down in combat, he vowed never to get in another airplane if he made it out of the camp alive.” After two days of walking through woods and dense brush to avoid German soldiers, they came to an airfield. Ennis had been given a gun by a woman from a farmhouse they had passed along the way. “She said it would do us a lot more good than it did her, and she was right,” Hoover said. “When we got on the airfield, I saw some old 190 fighter planes that had a lot of battle damage … Only one had any gas in it. “A mechanic walked by and Jerry pulled the gun on him. We told him unless he could get us airborne fast, we were going to kill him.” While Hoover climbed in the cockpit, Ennis stayed on the ground holding the gun on the mechanic as he started the engine. When it came time for Ennis to climb in, he shook his head no. Ennis gave his friend the thumbs-up sign and wished him luck, then ran into the dense forest to escape the approaching German guards. “I was afraid one of them would take a pot shot and hit the plane, so I didn’t risk taxiing the plane out on the runway. I just took off from the grass, trying to remember everything I knew about the plane. I never knew if Jerry made it or not.” Airborne, Hoover didn’t know where he was going or if he had enough gas in the plane to make it to freedom. “When I saw windmills, I knew I had made it,” he said. For years afterward, people would come up to Hoover at air shows and tell him they had been in the Stalag Luft 1 prisoner of war camp with him. “There must have been 200,000 guys in that camp,” he laughs today. “But about 20 years ago I was at an air show in Redding, Pa., when a young man in the local Civil Air Patrol said there was a man in the crowd who said he was in the POW camp with me. “I laughed and told him to bring the man over, asking as an afterthought if he had mentioned his name.” The young cadet said he had. He thought it was something like Ennis. A half-hour later, Jerry Ennis was telling an audience of 30,000 at the air show how he and his old war buddy, Bob Hoover, had escaped from Stalag Luft 1, and stolen a German fighter plane. The story had begun. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He was called the best stick-and-rudder pilot alive by legendary World War II Gen. Jimmy Doolittle. And legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager said Bob Hoover’s the best pure pilot he ever met. But that’s not what people want to talk to Hoover about when they meet him. They want to hear the story of how he stole that Fochwolf 190 fighter plane from the German airfield at the end of World War II after escaping from the Stalag Luft 1 POW camp, flying to freedom in Holland after 16 months in captivity. It’s the stuff legends are made of, and Bob Hoover – a member of the Aerospace Hall of Fame – is a 24-karat legend.
You never know who you’ll bump into in Rathmullan!It seems like last week he was on Tory Island.This young man is Alex Ellis Roswell who is walking around Ireland and England fundraising for the RNLI and he is in Rathmullan today. He is pictured here with Patricia form the White Horse Bar and you could not meet a more genuine guy.His next stop is Letterkenny, followed by Buncrana and the Malin Head.Alex said he has met some of the most down to earth people in Donegal and the reception he has received has been phenomenal.To date Alex has raised more than €20,000 for the charity and he still has many more miles to go.So if you see Alex on his travels please donate and show him some Donegal hospitality. ALEX IS STILL OUT AND ABOUT IN DONEGAL IN AID OF THE RNLI was last modified: July 11th, 2016 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)
Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Aaron Wan-Bissaka was struck by a bottle of Carlsberg during Crystal Palace’s goalless draw with Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon.Eyewitnesses at Selhurst Park claim the England Under-21 international was hit on the shoulder, but left unhurt by the incident. 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT getty gameday cracker Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow Palace are yet to win at home this season and wasted by far the better of the chances on the day in an admittedly low-quality affair.Driving rain drummed home the harsh realities that winter is coming, and on this evidence lean times could await both clubs. Latest Premier League News Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Newcastle fans protested Mike Ashley’s ownership for much of the afternoon REVEALED silverware tense Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won no dice The travelling supporters met owner Mike Ashley’s first appearance at a Newcastle game since May 2017 by launching sustained chanting against his stewardship of the Tyneside club.After repeated chants of “You fat cockney b******, get out of our club” and “We want Ashley out” though, one supporter among the Newcastle enclosure saw fit to throw a bottle at Palace right-back Bissaka.The 20-year-old appeared unhurt by the incident and played on without issue or, it seemed, complaint.Newcastle had already equalled their worst start to a Premier League campaign from 1999-2000 with their return of one point from five matches, and continue to seek their first victory after another toothless showing shining 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED Wan-Bissaka was reportedly struck on the shoulder by a bottle
Members of Convoy ABC at their recent awards evening.Convoy Boxing Club has been a focal point for the local community for many years now.The club held its annual awards in St Mary’s Hall last week and the event was a huge sucess.Guest speaker on the night was renowned boxing stalwart Peter O’Donnell. Peter paid tribute to the dedication of the coaches, Dominic McCafferty, Joe Morris, Eddie McCafferty, Paul Crawford and Roger McElhinney and said the club is in good hands for the future.He also acknowledged the contribution to the club by members from the youngest novice to the more senior and in particular the clubs triple Irish Champion Bryan McNamee.Recipients of awards wereMost Improved – Ryan Ward Trainee of the Year – John ReidClub person of the year – Keenan GibsonBoxer of the year – Bryan McNameeConvoy ABC coaches Dominic and Eddie McCafferty with awards winners John Reid, Ryan Ward, Bryan McNamee and Keenan Gibson. CONVOY BOXING CLUB PUNCHING ABOVE ITS WEIGHT was last modified: October 21st, 2013 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:Convoy Boxing Club
Photo courtesy of Gary Foy: Finn Harps Golf Classic and evening with Cup Winning 74 players to take place at B&S Golf club on May 3rd. Event Sponsor John Griffin of Ballybofey Florist @Variety Basket looking forward to the day along with Harps players Carel Tiofack, Graham Fisher, Conor Winn & Pat McCann. Also present are James Rodgers and Aidan Campbell of Finn Harps.Finn Harps will be hosting a Golf Classic and an evening with the men from the 1974 Cup winning side at Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club on Saturday May 3rd.The events have been announced as part of the club’s 60th Anniversary Celebrations and Harps are inviting the north-west public and sporting community to come along to what promises to be a hugely enjoyable day and evening.GOLF CLASSIC Teams of four are being invited to participate in the golf classic which will have a shotgun start for all teams at 1pm.Entry fee is €120 per team and there will be great prizes and refreshments on offer. To book or for more information, phone Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club on 074-9131093.AN EVENING WITH THE CUP LEGENDSA great night of memories, football and craic will follow in the Golf Clubhouse as we remember the day the FAI Cup was brought back to the Hills. Host for the evening Bartley Ramsay will ask the men who became club legends on that famous day to share their memories and there will be footage from the day itself shown also.Refreshments and finger food will be available and it promises to be an informal and very enjoyable evening. HARPS TO HOST TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE WITH TEAM OF 1974 was last modified: April 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpsGolf classicteam of 1974
1 August 2012 South Africa’s unemployment rate dropped to 24.9% in the second quarter of 2012, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported in its latest quarterly labour force survey, released in Pretoria on Tuesday. The unemployment rate fell by 0.3% from 25.2% in the first quarter of the year, and by 0.8% year-on-year from 25.7% in June 2011. Stats SA deputy director-general Kefiloe Masiteng attributed the change to an increase in employment in the formal sector. “Between the first and second quarters, formal sector employment increased by 62 000 jobs while informal sector employment decreased by 21 000 jobs,” Masiteng said in a statement. “Employment in agriculture decreased by 18 000, while employment in private households remained virtually unchanged – it rose by 2 000 – in the same period.” Compared to the same quarter last year, the number of employed South Africans in the formal sector increased by 4.1% or 373 000. “The growth in formal sector jobs was mainly driven by the community and social services industry,” Masiteng said. It boasted the creation of 183 000 jobs. Construction and mining also fared well, with 26 000 and 21 000 more people employed in each industry respectively. Four of the country’s nine provinces also marked a drop in unemployment levels. “The biggest decrease in the unemployment rate was observed in Limpopo with 1.7 percentage points, Mpumalanga with 1.4 percentage points and KwaZulu-Natal with 0.7 of a percentage point,” Masiteng said. Despite these improvements, there were still areas where improvement was needed. “Approximately 4.5-million persons were looking for work in the second quarter of 2012, of which 3-million (or 67,8%) have been looking for work for a period of 1 year or longer,” she said. Also of concern was the number of South African graduates without jobs. “Despite overall levels of unemployment declining year-on-year, the number of unemployed persons increased by 24 000 among those with tertiary education.” SAinfo reporter