‘Economy Fundamentally Strong’

first_imgThough Liberians the world over continue to express concerns as to where their country’s economy is headed with a three-year successive budget short-fall and an uncontrollable and ever-increasing exchange rate, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has told the nation that the Liberian economy remains fundamentally strong.Addressing the nation Wednesday, May 28, on the state of the country’s economy, a confident President Sirleaf expressed optimism in the recovery of the struggling Liberian economy.The Liberian leader also promised robust pending actions to ensure that the economy be restored to its core standard in a robust growing structure as it has been in the last six years.The Liberian economy has been experiencing robust growth of seven percent annually for the past six years. This has been the highest on the African continent during this period. The Liberian leader said through all of the difficulties, her government continues to address deficiencies as they are uncovered “and are confident that the Liberian economy remains fundamentally strong and poised to achieve the potentials we have identified.”“The 2009 global financial meltdown has had its toll on Liberia. While others with stronger and more enduring infrastructures are slowly recovering, it will require some time for our country to fully recover,” President Sirleaf said.The three-year successive budget-shortfalls the country is experiencing is as a result of a number of factors, she said, noting that government is still learning the details of managing a Medium Term Expenditure Framework Budget, which is important to securing and protecting important public sector investments such as roads and energy over a three-year period.President Sirleaf also stated that Liberians must pay the though price for our growth and progress as is being experience under the current economic conditions.“For example, where we have been previously supported by partners to carry out programs such as free medical services including the hiring of additional healthcare workers and provision of drugs and free education, we must now take full responsibility for these important services, which we intend to continue because they make a difference in the lives of our people.”“Through it all, we have continued to address deficiencies as we uncover them, and are confident that the Liberian economy remains fundamentally strong and poised to achieve the potentials we have identified,” she said.Madam Sirleaf indicated that to continue to achieve goals, her administration is undertaking bolder and tougher measures to continue to streamline our priorities, reduce wasteful spending, create additional savings and increase revenues so as to continue to invest in roads, ports, electricity, education, health, security, water and sewer – all these things that will multiply opportunities and benefits for all of our people.With all of the controversies surrounding the 2014-2015-budget year, the Liberian President confidently said that the budget would be passed.“Let there be no doubt, we will pass a budget. We will do this not because we will agree on everything the budget will contain but because the overall leadership of our country remains in total agreement on a shared responsibility to lift all Liberians. I know that we will continue to meet this duty.”“Today my fellow Liberians, I renew to you this solemn pledge: our economy will be restored to its full potential.”You will recall that one of our primary focuses, upon taking office in 2006, was to improve the image of our country – to Lift Liberia – so that we become a destination not just for international assistance and support but also for private capital investment and external trade. We are grateful for all the help and support we continue to receive from the international community, and for the over US$16 billion in Foreign Direct Investments, which we have attracted to our country.Despite all of the many constraints and challenges, the Liberian leader said, the economy has performed well over the past six years, averaging annual growth rates of 7 percent.“Our annual growth rate exceeds the average growth rates of the West African region. Estimates from the IMF indicate the growth rate in 2013 to be 8.7 percent. This performance was based on an activation of operations in the traditional sectors of iron ore and rubber. At the same time, efforts are underway to reactivate other traditional sectors such as cocoa, coffee and oil palm,” she said.She indicated that with these serious efforts, the rate of growth projected for 2014 is at 5.8 percent which falls short of the growth rate projected in the Agenda for Transformation that calls for at least 8 percent annual growth rate. “If we are to stay on track in becoming a middle-income country by 2030, there are several reasons for this projected decline.”The Liberia leader said Liberians should realize that the economy is not a machine that is subject to pulling of plugs or the pushing of buttons, rather group of people – people in private business, people in official entities, people in civil society, people in the media all of whom must play their roles without prejudice to the right to pursue their goals, but with the full realization that what each does will have consequences.“We have seen that what each of us does can actually slow our bus or speed us along the way,” she 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

On the warpath against ‘urban terrorism’

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Alarmed by escalating violence, California lawmakers have introduced more than a dozen anti-gang bills to help law enforcement crack down on what some call a form of urban terrorism. Republican legislators, who will publicly detail their proposals at a press conference in Sacramento today, have proposed measures that include increasing prison terms for gang-related crimes. Democrats, meanwhile, have introduced bills that include creating a statewide anti-gang coordinator. “The No. 1 role and responsibility of government is to keep its people safe,” said Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, one of the lead authors of the Republican package. “If people aren’t safe, then none of the other things we do for them is important.” Gang violence has surged recently in Los Angeles and other urban areas in the state. Gang-related crimes increased by at least 14 percent in Los Angeles last year and by 44 percent in the San Fernando Valley. Los Angeles has an estimated 40,000 gang members, including about 11,000 in the Valley. Currently, some gang members are required to register once with police when they are released, but there is little follow-up or monitoring, Harman said. Harman compared gang violence to a form of urban terrorism. “We need to have a declaration of war on this,” Harman said. “Everybody has to work together – prosecutors, law enforcement, legislators.” On the Democratic side, Assemblywoman Nell Soto, D-Ontario, has proposed creating a California Gang Prevention Director within the state Department of Justice to help coordinate statewide efforts. Assemblywoman Mary Salas, D-Chula Vista, has proposed establishing a statewide commission to create a strategy on gang violence prevention and intervention. Assemblyman Kevin DeLeon, D-Los Angeles, has proposed a bill to put new requirements on the tracking of ammunition. DeLeon said he is skeptical of the Republican focus on increasing sentences, saying there is little evidence that shows longer sentences deter gang violence. Instead, he said, the state should look at preventing the root causes of crime. That includes prevention programs and improving the state educational system. “The bottom line is this: There is no better public-safety program or social program than a good job,” DeLeon said. “And a good job requires a good education.” harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723 California gang legislation SB 657 by Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster: Would stiffen sentences for gang crimes and provide new resources for law enforcement. SB 846 and AB 1630 by, respectively, Sen. Tom Harman, R-Huntington Beach, and Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster: Would require convicted gang members to register annually with local police instead of only when they’re released from prison. AB 301 by Assemblywoman Nell Soto, D-Ontario: Would create position within Department of Justice to coordinate anti-gang efforts statewide. AB 802 by Assemblywoman Mary Salas, D-Chula Vista: Would establish a state Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention. AB 894 by Assemblyman Alan Nakanishi, D-Lodi: Would lengthen prison time for serious gang-related felonies. AB 1394 by Assemblyman Paul Krekorian, D-Glendale: Would require Department of Justice to study intellectual property crimes and investigate link with organized crime, including street gangs. SB 550 by Sen. Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield: Would expand existing law imposing additional penalties for gang crimes committed within 1,000 feet of a school to include those committed near public or private parks. SOURCE: Daily News Research160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has called for a new statewide program to fight gangs, which would provide at least $30 million to Los Angeles. Earlier this month, Villaraigosa pitched the idea to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was supportive. Among Republican measures, Runner would like to expand the use of global positioning system monitors for gang members who have been released from prison. Runner is co-author of Jessica’s Law, the ballot measure approved by voters last year that mandated lifetime GPS monitoring of convicted sex offenders. Some counties, such as San Bernardino, already have limited-monitoring programs, but Runner said he would like to provide the resources and legislation to encourage more communities to consider them. Sen. Tom Harman, R-Huntington Beach, has proposed legislation that would expand the requirements for gang members to register with local police after being released from prison. last_img read more

Manchester City face ‘five finals’ in Europe- Guardiola

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the Premier League giants face ‘five finals’ in their Champions League group © AFP / Daniel ROLANDHEIDELBERG, Germany, Oct 1 – Pep Guardiola says his Manchester City side effectively face the first of “five finals” in the Champions League group stages at Hoffenheim on Tuesday following defeat in their opening game.City’s 2-1 loss to Lyon in Manchester a fortnight ago meant they arrived in Germany desperate for a win over Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, who are hosting their first ever Champions League home match. “We have five finals now. We lost the first game, so now we must win each one — tomorrow is the first final,” Guardiola said when asked about the Lyon defeat.“Maybe we need to suffer a bit.“It (the Champions League) is a top quality level competition, each team is so good and it makes things complicated.“We weren’t so good against Lyon in the first half.“Since I have been here, we have always qualified comfortably (for the knock-out stages) and maybe this shows what a tough competition it is.”Kevin de Bruyne trained with the City team before they left Manchester on Monday, for the first time since suffering a knee injury in August, but the Hoffenheim game comes too soon for the Belgium playmaker.Guardiola will be back on the touchline again after serving a ban for the Lyon game following his sending off in last season’s quarter-final defeat to Liverpool.“I prefer to be on closer to my players, rather than in the stands,” he said at a press conference in Heidelberg, neat Hoffenheim.The Spaniard poured praise on opposite number Julian Nagelsmann, 31, the youngest coach in Champions League history, who counts Guardiola as one his inspirations.Nagelsmann took charge aged just 29 in February 2016 and has steered Hoffenheim from the brink of relegation to the Champions League inside two years.“We are in contact through other people, I am really impressed, he took over Hoffenheim in a bad situation and every year he is getting better,” said Guardiola.“Tomorrow is the first time his team will face mine and I am looking forward to it.“He is only 31 and already managing a team in a good competition, I am happy to see a manager of his quality to produce some nice football and he will have a good career.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgWinners: McElhinneys are Wedding Supplier Website of the YearSTAFF at McElhinneys in Ballybofey are over the moon today with the news from last night’s Weddings Online Awards in Clontarf Castle that they have WON BEST WEDDING SUPPLIER WEBSITE of the year.Carina & Annette were on hand to collect the award at the glittering event.Harvey’s Point was named Hotel of the Year for Ulster – and overall Hotel of the Year for Ireland.  McELHINNEY’S CELEBRATE AS THEY ARE NAMED WEDDING WEBSITE OF THE YEAR was last modified: February 19th, 2013 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:McELHINNEY’S CELEBRATE AS THEY ARE NAMED WEDDING WEBSITE OF THE YEARMcElhinneys Ballybofeylast_img read more

Joe McHugh delighted as new scheme will assist Donegal fishing communities

first_imgFine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Agriculture, Food, and Marine, Michael Creed TD, of the establishment of seven new Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs), which will work to support and develop fishing communities in County Donegal.The FLAG North Ballyshannon to Muff will work to support and develop fishing communities in Donegal.€12m is available to the FLAGS under Ireland’s Operational Programme for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). Minister Joe McHughMinister McHugh said; “FLAG North Ballyshannon to Muff will now receive funding to prepare a Local Development Strategy, in consultation with local communities in Donegal setting out the FLAG priorities for development and support in their area.”“I would encourage everyone in fishing communities in Donegal to get involved in this process. The aim is to support job creation and promote innovation in local communities, as well as enhancing environmental assets and promoting each area’s maritime cultural heritage.”“I’m delighted to welcome the beginning of this new FLAG process. Job creation and rural development are key priorities and I’m hopeful that the new FLAGs can create many opportunities for coastal communities in Donegal.”Joe McHugh delighted as new scheme will assist Donegal fishing communities was last modified: August 30th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:BallyshannonFishingFLAGSjoe mc hughmufflast_img read more

DeLay case judge is out

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas – In a courtroom victory for Rep. Tom DeLay, the judge in the campaign-finance case against the former House Republican leader was removed Tuesday because of his donations to Democratic candidates and causes. A semiretired judge who was called in to hear the dispute, C.W. Bud Duncan, ruled in DeLay’s favor without comment. Duncan ordered the appointment of a new judge to preside over the case. The ruling came after a hearing in which DeLay’s attorneys argued that state District Judge Bob Perkins’ political donations created the appearance of bias. Perkins, a Democrat, has contributed to candidates such as John Kerry and the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org. “The public perception of Judge Perkins’ activities shows him to be on opposite sides of the political fence than Tom DeLay,” defense attorney Dick DeGuerin argued. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Perkins had declined to withdraw from the case, and prosecutor Rick Reed argued at the hearing that DeLay had to prove that a member of the public would have a “reasonable doubt that the judge is impartial” before Perkins could be removed. “Judges are presumed to be impartial,” Reed said. Perkins did not attend the hearing and did not immediately return a call for comment. DeLay had no comment as he left the courthouse. Throughout the proceedings, he sat in the front row behind his attorneys with his wife and aides. He often smiled, and occasionally chuckled when Democrats said negative things about him in their testimony. DeLay’s lawyers are also seeking to have the trial moved out of Austin, citing the media attention and noting that Austin, widely perceived as a liberal college town, is “one of the last enclaves of the Democratic Party in Texas.” Judges are elected in Texas and are free to contribute to candidates and political parties. DeLay’s lawyers repeatedly said during the hearing that they were not accusing Perkins of doing anything wrong, but that there should not be a public perception of partiality in the case. The issue came up for Perkins before. He voluntarily stepped aside in a 1994 case against Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Perkins had made a $300 contribution to Hutchison’s opponent. Hutchison, who was also represented by DeGuerin, was ultimately acquitted of misconduct charges. DeLay was forced to step down as House majority leader after being charged with funneling corporate campaign contributions to GOP candidates for the Texas Legislature. Texas law forbids the direct use of corporate money for campaigning. DeLay’s lawyers cited 34 contributions Perkins has made to Democrats since 2000, including donations to Kerry and to MoveOn.org, a group that has waged a campaign against DeLay. Perkins said that his contributions to MoveOn.org were made before it launched its anti-DeLay campaign. Prosecutors also argued that six of the contributions were wrongly counted twice by DeLay’s attorneys. DeLay’s attorneys subpoenaed Perkins to testify, but Duncan did not make him take the stand. Perkins argued that his participation would threaten the public’s confidence in the judiciary. Associated Press writers Kelley Shannon and Liz Austin contributed to this report. 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


first_imgThe Glenties duo of Anthony Thompson and Leo McLoone may not be part of the Donegal squad this year.McLoone revelled under Jim McGuinness.New manager Rory Gallagher has admitted that Thompson is now working in London and may not return in the immediate future.It is also understood that McLoone plans to travel and may not be available for the season ahead. Gallagher told the Irish Times “Anthony’s fairly clearcut, he’s working in the UK at the minute, himself and his girlfriend are both over there. We’ll just have to monitor the work situation.”Rory Kavanagh is also understood to be pondering his future.Having been given a more lengthy break than his team-mates, the 32 year old is said to be considering calling time on his inter-county career.The loss of the three stalwarts will be a major blow to Gallagher in his first season in charge.  EARLY CHALLENGE FOR GALLAGHER AS DOUBT CAST OVER THREE SENIOR PLAYERS was last modified: January 4th, 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:Anthony ThompsondonegalLeo McLooneRory Kavanaghlast_img read more

Week 4 football: Red Bluff hosts Lassen at Shasta High; Corning at CV

first_imgRedding >> Fresh off its first win of the season, the Red Bluff High football team continues its season-long road trip in Redding Friday night against Division III power Lassen. It’s also the Spartans’ homecoming, meaning the 2017 queen will be announced between the junior varsity and varsity games. Kickoff for the varsity is scheduled for around 7:30 p.m. A delayed start is reasonable given the fact that it will be the third game of the night at Thompson Field, with the freshman team kicking …last_img

Darwin’s Prognosticators

first_imgScientists at Rockefeller University think they can one-up Darwin.  According to Science Daily, they think they can predict evolution’s next best move.  Evolution is supposed to be aimless, so it is not clear how they think they can predict chance or decide what is best.  The dubious nature of their quest, however, is only exceeded by the chutzpah in their hype:Biologists today are doing what Darwin thought impossible.  They are studying the process of evolution not through fossils but directly, as it is happening.  Now, by modeling the steps evolution takes to build, from scratch, an adaptive biochemical network, biophysicists Eric D. Siggia and Paul Francois at Rockefeller University have gone one step further.  Instead of watching evolution in action, they show that they can predict its next best move.    In Darwinian evolution, even the slightest, infinitesimal beginnings can lead to tools as complex as the human eye.  But how do innovations like these get started and propagated by natural selection when their raw material is merely individual random genetic mutations?  By looking at the series of mutations in evolutionary space, Siggia, head of the Laboratory of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics and Paul Francois, a postdoc in his lab, now provide a computational answer to one of Darwin’s biggest questions.They generated an algorithm that, “like Darwinian evolution, showed no mercy.”  Only the fittest networks were allowed to survive and reproduce.  Apparently it did not occur to them that the algorithm they wrote was doing the selecting by intelligent design:Francois and Siggia found that certain mutations automatically increased a network’s fitness and thus were immediately selected.  “When you look at systems like the eye or structures like the human spinal cord, you think how could these have evolved from a simple network,” says Francois.  In their current study, Siggia and Francois looked at how a complex biochemical network could evolve, and an answer came together: It is built through a specific series of mutations that is repeated over and over again, from scratch, every time they restart their simulations.    “So this is really the idea,” says Francois.  “From one step to the next, you know, more or less, evolution’s next best move.  In our simulations, that’s what we see.”But can you really get something for nothing?  William Dembski proved in No Free Lunch that no evolutionary algorithm works better than blind search when intelligently-inserted auxiliary information from the side door is disqualified from the algorithm (09/04/2008 and 11/18/2002 commentaries).  When you see an evolutionary simulation making progress toward a goal, you can be sure of one thing: someone’s cheating.Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week would not do justice to the insanity of this article, so this new original cartoon of the Bearded Buddha, drawn for CEH by Brett Miller, is awarded for a more appropriate level of disgrace (click cartoon for larger version, complete with sacrifices).  If Obama and Biden get their way, public school students will line up at the shrine and make their offerings.  Now, quickly, for your mental health, read the next entry (11/03/2008).(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Socialtext’s New Microblogging Appliance

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Disclosure: Socialtext is sponsor of the ReadWriteEnterprise channel. Hot new trends are hard to resist, especially when they open up lucrative new markets. For proof positive, look no further than Socialtext, which today released a Microblogging Appliance independent of the rest of their enterprise collaboration offering. Long an advocate of the integrated approach to social software, this is the first time Socialtext has unbundled any part of their software. In addition to competing with startups like Yammer and Socialcast, the company aims to use the appliance as a teaser for their complete platform. Why Now?In a phone conversation with us, Socialtext co-founder Ross Mayfield outlined two compelling reasons for the shift in strategy when it comes to enterprise microblogging:Competition with standalone apps: Startups like Yammer and Socialcast has garnered a lot of attention from customers and analysts alike. In the process of due diligence when considering such apps, Mayfield says that companies often have come to Socialtext to make some comparative assessments. But until today, no amount of money could buy you access to Socialtext Signals by itself. Pilot project: While analysts have decried self-contained microblogging as an unproven sector not easily integrated in to daily workflows, Socialtext sees the appliance as a first step in introducing its software to businesses exploring enterprise 2.0 for the first time. Unlike the Socialtext freemium option unveiled last month, there is an upfront charge for either a hosted version or an on-site appliance. (Note that when they say Microblogging Appliance, they do not mean on-premise only.) But for $5 per user more a month, businesses have the option to upgrade to Socialtext’s wiki/blog Workspaces and Dashboard. More to Come?Technically, the Socialtext platform is a series of different apps connected by REST APIs. So in theory at least, there’s no reason why they could not break down the entire platform in to its parts, either to be sold separately or in whole according to the customers needs. Even if it wouldn’t be particularly difficult, Socialtext co-founder Ross Mayfield says he doesn’t see further fragmentation happening anytime soon. “While further unbundling is an option, what really drives this is which integrated user experiences make sense together.”, he told ReadWriteWeb. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img Related Posts steven walling IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more