Albert Zeufack, World Bank Chief Economist for Africa (first from right) and other WB staff at the teleconference in Washington, DC.— Says World Bank Liberia’s Economist, Daniel Boakye; launches the 19th edition of Africa’s PulseThe World Bank Liberia’s Economist, Daniel Boakye said the main drivers of inflation in the country are fiscal pressures, which are caused by the continuous revenue deficits in its third year running.To address the problems, Mr. Boakye called for robust revenue generation mechanisms to be put in place to close the gap and to reduce the government’s rising wage bill.Boakye said, “Government is having fiscal pressures and fiscal deficits in part because revenues have been falling below targets since 2017. In the midst of falling revenues, the government is finding difficult to adjust its expenditure. That is why we say there are fiscal pressures. So, addressing fiscal pressures could be in two ways: find out how best the government could mobilize domestic revenue to close the gap. And on the expenditure side, we see a lot of pressures coming because of the rising wage bill. So, the government could review its policy framework for containing the wage bill.”He made the statement on Monday, April 8, 2019, at the launch of the 19th edition of Africa’s Pulse, the World Bank’s bi-annual analysis of the state of African economies.According to Africa’s Pulse, growth in Sub-Saharan Africa has been downgraded to 2.3 percent for 2018, from 2.5 percent in 2017.The report also notes that economic growth remains below population growth for the fourth consecutive year, and although regional growth is expected to rebound to 2.8 percent in 2019, it will have remained below three percent since 2015.The April 2019 edition of Africa’s Pulse also looks at how fragility is holding back Sub-Saharan Africa, and how the digital economy can help the continent move forward.“The digital transformation can increase growth by nearly two percentage points per year and reduce poverty by nearly one percentage point per year in Sub-Saharan Africa alone. This is a game-changer for Africa,” said Albert Zeufack, World Bank Chief Economist for Africa.The slower-than-expected overall growth, according to the report, reflects ongoing global uncertainty, but “increasingly comes from domestic macroeconomic instability including poorly managed debt, inflation, and deficits; political and regulatory uncertainty; and fragility that is having visible negative impacts on some African economies. It also belies stronger performance in several smaller economies that continue to grow steadily.”In Nigeria, the World Bank noted that growth reached 1.9 percent in 2018, up from 0.8 percent in 2017, reflecting a modest pick-up in the non-oil economy. South Africa came out of recession in the third quarter of 2018, but growth was subdued at 0.8 percent over the year, as policy uncertainty held back investment.Angola, the region’s third-largest economy, remained in recession, with growth falling sharply as oil production stayed weak.Growth picked up in some resource-intensive-countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo and Niger, as stronger mining production and commodity prices boosted activity alongside a rebound in agricultural production and public investment in infrastructure.In others, like Liberia and Zambia, growth was subdued, as high inflation and elevated debt levels continued to weigh on investor sentiment.In the Central African Economic and Monetary Community, a fragile recovery continued as reform efforts to reduce fiscal and external imbalances slowed in some countries. Non-resource-intensive economies such as Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and several in the West African Economic and Monetary Union, including Benin and Côte d’Ivoire recorded solid economic growth in 2018.Africa’s Pulse also found that fragility in a handful of countries is costing Sub-Saharan Africa over half a percentage point of growth per year. This adds up to 2.6 percentage points over five years.“The drivers of fragility have evolved over time, and so too must the solutions,” said Cesar Calderon, Lead Economist and Lead author of the report. “Countries have a real opportunity to move from fragility to opportunity by cooperating across borders to tackle instability, violence, and climate change.”Meanwhile, Boakye has called for the creation of a competitive Information Technology (IT) environment to attract more IT companies in Liberia to boost the sector.He named the uneven distribution of IT infrastructures and the high cost to access the internet as some of the constraints faced by ordinary Liberians.However, he added that the arrival of the fiber optic cable in Liberia and the mobile money platform, when harnessed, will boost Liberia’s digital platform.“What really can be done in the face of these challenges is the creation of a competitive environment to have more players to begin to engage in the digital world. If you have IT companies trying to explore the opportunities that the internet has, you will get people, especially the youth who are coming out of schools getting involved in internet activities,” he stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…practice will cost workers severance benefits – UnionCanada-based mining company Guyana Goldfields has said there was no need for a union to represent its workers. But according to National Mine Workers Union President and founder Sherwyn Downer, internal mechanisms the company set up to deal with complaints were not working.National Mine Workers Union President Sherwyn DownerIn an interview with Guyana Times, Downer related that workers have instead been bringing their grievances to his union. In this case, he said workers’ complaints include concerns that they stand to lose their severance benefits, something they were entitled to by law, and that no one was hearing their concerns.“We have hundreds of workers who would have been working with the company since exploration days. So, they have more than a decade of experience. The allegation against the company is that they are now taking steps to have these workers go on contract.“These workers are going to lose their severance and their benefits. So what they want right now is attention to this issue. I wrote the company on the 10th of this month and they have not acknowledged my letter or said anything.”Downer also pointed out that workers reached out to his union, even though it is not the recognised representative of the workers, rather than the Labour Department. This, he said, would indicate a lack of faith in the Government taking action. According to Downer, workers also lack faith in the mechanisms set up by the company.Aerial view of a pit at Aurora Gold Mines“They’re saying that there’s a grievance committee up there, set up by the company … there are serious accusations against this committee, (that) it’s being stacked by loyalists to the company,” he noted.“The workers are scared of going to Labour, because when you make a report there, Labour calls a confrontation between the employer and employee. We have a situation where it is alleged persons were fired after making reports to the Labour Department. So I think this is why they thought it best to reach out to us rather than the Ministry.”In the letter that was addressed to Guyana Goldfields Human Resources Manager Peter Benny, Downer called for a meeting to address workers’ concerns. Efforts by this publication to make contact with Benny were futile.“Whether or not there are unfair labour practices in place, be mindful that in the absence of a union, this in itself reverses transparency and accountability by the company within its own general operations,” Downer wrote in his missive.Section 21 of the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act (TESPA) states that “On termination of his employment, an employee who has completed one or more years of continuous employment with an employer shall be entitled to be paid by such employer a severance or redundancy allowance equivalent to— (a) one week’s wages for such completed year of service for the first five years including the entitlement year; (b) two weeks’ wages for each completed year of service after the fifth year and up to the tenth year; (c) three weeks wages for each completed year of service in excess of ten years up to a maximum of fifty-two weeks.”
2:30 p.m. La Serna High School heads a group of three local schools listed among this week’s CIF Southern Section softball rankings. La Serna is No. 4 in Division III. Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary is No. 7 in Division VI, with La Mirada No. 9 in Division II. In boys volleyball, La Serna and El Rancho are ranked Nos. 9 and 10 in Division III, with Santa Fe listed among others receiving votes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
But it was Martial who stole the show as the winger raced over half the length of the pitch before finishing emphatically to double United’s lead before half-time.That swaggering solo effort was followed by the influential Pogba’s second-half penalty as United moved into fourth place, one point above Chelsea, who face Manchester City on Sunday.Winners of six consecutive away games in all competitions for the first time since May 2009, United are firmly in the hunt for a top four finish after trailing 11 points behind those places on the day Jose Mourinho was sacked in December.They have won 10 of 11 matches in all competitions since Solskjaer replaced Mourinho as interim boss.United remain unbeaten under their former striker Solskjaer, who has lifted the gloom from the unlamented Mourinho’s divisive reign and put himself in contention to land the job on a permanent basis.United’s stroll by the banks of the River Thames was the perfect preparation for their Champions League last 16 first leg against Paris Saint Germain at Old Trafford on Tuesday.Fulham are second bottom having lost five of their last six league games and face a daunting task to avoid relegation.With United’s clash against PSG on his mind, Solskjaer made six changes, leaving out Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Victor Lindelof.Those switches left United looking uncertain in the opening moments and Luciano Vietto reached Andre Schurrle’s cross, only to scuff his half-volley wide when he should have hit the target.Schurrle fired over from close-range after Alexsandar Mitrovic harried Chris Smalling into another mistake moments later.But on a blustery afternoon, United had riden their luck and were about to blow Fulham away.They took the lead with a superbly constructed goal that exposed the Premier League’s leakiest defence in the 14th minute.Ander Herrera deftly evaded a sliding lunge from Jean-Michael Serri and picked out Martial on the edge of the Fulham area.– Electric United –Martial’s perfectly-weighted pass caught Fulham flat-footed and Pogba took Sergio Rico by surprise with a fierce strike from a tight angle that flashed past the Fulham keeper at his near post.It was Pogba’s seventh goal since Solskjaer took charge, underlining how the France star has come out of his shell following the departure of his nemesis Mourinho.Since Solskjaer’s arrival, Pogba, now deployed in a free-roaming role that better suits his personality, has been directly involved in more goals, either scoring or assisting, than any other Premier League player.Yet Pogba was reduced to the role of admiring spectator for once when his compatriot Martial doubled United’s lead in the 23rd minute.Jones started the electric counter-attack, winning possession and spreading the ball wide to Martial just inside the United half.Fulham had thrown too many players forward and they were ruthlessly punished.Martial accelerated past Maxime Le Marchand and left Denis Odoi trailing in his wake before bending a fine finish into the far corner.Martial, another United star who felt slighted by Mourinho’s acerbic tongue, is back to his best and his 11th goal of the season was the perfect way to celebrate signing a new five contract recently.With Fulham impotent in attack, boss Claudio Ranieri was jeered when he replaced Schurrle with defender Cyrus Christie early in the second half.United piled on the misery for Ranieri in the 65th minute.Romelu Lukaku’s pass found Juan Mata just inside the area and Le Marchand responded with a panicked shove, conceding a penalty that Pogba converted in typically nonchalant style.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Anthony Martial celebrates his goal with Paul PogbaLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 9 – Manchester United swept into fourth place in the Premier League as Anthony Martial’s sublime strike inspired their 3-0 win over struggling Fulham on Saturday.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side took the lead through Paul Pogba’s clinical finish early in the first half at Craven Cottage.
8. Phil Mickelson (Golf) earned $50.8m – click right to see who features next on the list – ‘Lefty’ just trumps his compatriot Woods and has moved up two places from last season’s rankings. The five-time major champion hasn’t triumphed at one of golf’s leading tournaments since 2013, but he remains a prominent player in the game. 10 9. Tiger Woods (Golf) earned $50.6m – continue to see who features next on the list – The American is currently suffering the worst dip in form of his entire career and carded a shocking 85 last week at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio. He’s another protagonist who has fallen from last year’s list, dropping three places from sixth. 10 10 6. LeBron James (Basketball) earned $64.8m – click right to see who features next on the list – Comfortably the highest earning basketball player, James remains the pin up boy of sport. The four-time NBA MVP is currently in a second spell with the Cleveland Cavaliers. 10. Kobe Bryant (Basketball) earned $49.5m – click right to see who features next on the list – The 36-year-old LA Lakers shooting guard remains one of the biggest names in basketball, but he has dropped five places from the 2014 Forbes list. 4. Lionel Messi (Football) earned $73.8m – click right to see who features next on the list – Messi returned to his best this season with a stellar campaign which culminated in Barcelona securing a treble with Champions League glory. Reports of tax evasion and impending court proceedings might prove a bit of a dampner though, but he hasn’t budged from last year’s ranking. Forbes have released their annual statistics showing the highest paid sportsmen in the world, and some of the results are staggering.Eight of the top ten remain the same from the 2014 figures, albeit with a few tweaks to the hierarchy here and there, but the total earnings have risen exponentially.Each sportsman’s total earnings are a combination of their yearly salaries and endorsements, with sponsorship having a compartiviely smaller impact than you might expect.The figures are enough to make anyone (well, perhaps not those on the list) feel insignificant, so prepare yourself as talkSPORT collates the top ten earners from the world of sport from the past year.The 15 highest paid footballers in the world. 10 10 1. Floyd Mayweather (Boxing) earned $300m – Astonishing. ‘Money’ Mayweather justifies his name tag, accumulating a reported $180m from the Pacquiao showdown alone. The American earned more than James, Federer, Messi and Ronaldo combined, and comfortably remains top of the tree for another year. 10 10 3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Football) earned $79.6m – continue to see who features next on the list – Ronaldo is the highest earning footballer to make the list and edges Messi into third. The Portuguese star had a stellar 2014 which saw him claim the Ballon d’Or, and he confirmed a feature length film has been commissioned looking into his life. 2. Manny Pacquiao (Boxing) earned $160m – click right to see who features next on the list 10 10 7. Kevin Durant (Basketball) earned $54.1m – continue to see who features next on the list – A new entry, the Oklahoma City Thunder star enjoyed a whirlwind year in the NBA, seeing him named MVP in the competition.. 5. Roger Federer (Tennis) earned $67m – continue to see who features next on the list – Federer might not have won a Grand Slam for three years, but he remains miles ahead of rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in total earnings. Interestingly, the Swiss maestro boasts the highest earnings through endorsements – a whopping $58m. 10
2 2 Hull strengthened their grip on fourth place in the Sky Bet Championship table with a 2-0 home win over Brentford as fans called for owner Assem Allam to quit the club.Before the game a large section of Hull fans had held up red cards at the KC Stadium and chanted for Allam to leave. It comes after the 76-year-old added to his unpopularity by introducing a membership scheme for next season after unsuccessfully trying to change the team’s name to Hull Tigers.On the pitch a Harlee Dean own goal and Mo Diame’s bundled finish, both in the first half, secured the points for Hull to put them three points clear of Derby in fifth. While the visitors remain tenth in the table following a defeat where they rarely threatened the Hull goal. A Harlee Dean own goal and Mo Diame (above) secured the points
Naomh UltanThe senior team held a strong Fanad Gaels team to a draw in Dunkineely on Sunday Last, The scoreline N.Ultan 1-8 Fanad G 0-13.Senior team and scorers, Donal Murrin, Andrew Blaine, Conor Shovelin, Michael Mcglynn, Joe Alvey, Dermot Goiller, (0-2) Daniel Gallagher, Declan Murrin, Damien Quigley, Peter Alvey, Cian Kennedy, (0-3) James Byrne (0-1) Aaron Byrne, (1-0) Alan Lyons (0-2) Aidan Duddy, Sub Paul Murrin for Michael Mcglynn.The reserve team had a great victory over Fanad reserves the same day, Naomh Ultan 3-12 Fanad 1-12. Reserve team and scorers, Dan Mullarkey, Joe Kennedy, Emmett Kennedy (0-1) Patrick White, Ryan Rose, Martin Shovelin (sen) Kieran Battles (0-1) Michael Breslin (0-3) Martin Shovelin (0-1) Colm Shovelin, Marc Blaine (0-2) Paul Burke (0-2) Sean Furey (1-2) Adrian Nesbitt (2-0) Darren Reynolds, Sub Aidan Fished for Darren Reynolds.Well done to all in involved in organising and running the under age club camp which was held over three days last week. A great time was had by all. There was no winners of the royal flush jackpot the numbers drawn were 5, 14, 18, 22, Consolation prizes went to Margaret Quigley Castleview, Margaret Byrne Meenabrock, Daniel Gallagher, Jackpot next week €1.660 Thank you for all the support.Local bingo in the Dunkineely clubhouse every Friday at 9.Underage training every Saturday at 10:00amO’Donnell School of MusicWe are fortunate to have some excellent musicians living in our community, and we are also fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from these talented individuals. Music Lessons are held in the Dunkineely Community Ltd Office building on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week from 3:30 to 9:00pm. For further information please contact (087) 9644019.Traditional MusicMc Intyre’s Bar, Dunkineely has a traditional music session every Wednesday At 9:30 pm. All musicians and singers welcome. SITT Extended Rural Transport.Bus between Donegal Town and Glencolmcille, serving all towns in between; now running six days a week. For more info contact 074 9741644 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Sunday servicesDunkineely 12.00Ardara 10.00Upcoming eventsTractor run on the 28th August in aid of Ardara Church, Meeting at Methodist church at 12.30am.September 3rd Posh afternoon tea 3-5 €8 tickets can be bought at the door (location to be confirmed). Recovery from Emotional DistressGROW – (Gradually, Regaining, Our, Wellbeing) Support and a program for recovery. Weekly Meetings at Niall Mór Centre, Killybegs on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm. Also in the Day Hospital, adjacent to Donegal Hospital on Tuesday evenings at 8:00pm. For further information contact Marian on (086)7856912. All are welcome.Dunkineely Community Limited (DCL)The DCL office is open from 9:00-1:00 Monday &Wednesday 9:00-12:30 Friday. Feel free to call into the office for a chat, use the Internet (20c per half hour), print or photocopy documents (20c per page) or borrow a book. We have several rooms to hire for meetings by the hour or session at very reasonable rates.We are looking to see what interest there might be in any of the following courses; please contact Dcl on 97 37678 or email@example.com if you would like todo any of the following…1st Aid 1 dayOccupational 1st Aid (3 day)Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)Art CourseCalligraphyCar Mechanics/ ServicingCarpentryChange MakersJewellery makingCard makingComplementary First AidHomeopathyCreative WritingCreel MakingDefibrillatorFamily HistoryGetting the most out of your Smart PhoneInterior DesignIntroduction to ComputersMake-up ArtistryMore computer skills for beginnersNature Talks (geology, botany, birds, seashore)Night-time PhotographyOn-line shopping/banking/EBay/PayPal/Internet SecurityPhotoshopPilatesUpcyclingYoga. Going on a sun holiday?Print your boarding pass with us in the DCL officeDCL Library:One of the greatest gifts you can give a child is to teach him or her to read; it is something that will help them throughout their lives, and will bring them a lot of pleasure.It is sad to see so many libraries closing, through lack of funding, but we are happy to report that Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) has a small library of over 1000 books. We have books ranging from Children’s Literature to Teenage Fiction (‘The Fault in our Stars’), Biographies to Classics (Jane Austen – ‘Pride and Prejudice’), from Horror to Comedy, Booker-Prize to Thrillers, Health to Hobbies, etc. Borrowing costs 20c per book.If you have anything you would like to add the Bruckless / Killaghtee / Dunkineely Community notes, please call the Dunkineely Community Ltd office in the Old Methodist Manse, Dunkineely; or phone 074 9737678; or email us at firstname.lastname@example.orgNaomh Ultan reserves victorious over Fanad Gaels last weekend was last modified: August 15th, 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:dunkineely community notesNaomh Ultan
Although he only arrived from Palmeiras in January, Barca would reportedly be open to the idea of letting the 23-year-old depart, with a move to the Premier League seemingly the most likely option.Jurgen Klopp is keen to add depth to his backline, with Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan still looking suspect at the heart of his defence. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti RANKED His last-minute header ensured the Three Lions would be dragged into the familiar territory of a penalty shootout, but Gareth Southgate’s side prevailed in the end.Such form has led to speculation Mina could be set to depart the Nou Camp this summer, with the Merseyside rivals ready to do battle for his signature.However, according to Marca, Turkish giants Fenerbahce are also interested in the centre-half.Barcelona look set to sign Melo from Gremio – meaning they will have too many non-EU players in their squad. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Yerry Mina has been linked with a move away from Barcelona Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father IN DEMAND REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets LATEST Latest Transfer stories from talkSPORT.com Liverpool and Everton are set to be locked in a transfer battle for Barcelona defender Yerry Mina, with Fenerbahce also reportedly interested.The colossal Colombian scored three goals in Russia for his country, before being dumped out of the World Cup by England. 1 LIVING THE DREAM Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January
Mathieu Garon was the choice for the season opener against Dallas but Murray, who previously said that Garon and LaBarbera each would play on the Kings’ first two games, hedged his bets a bit regarding whether LaBarbera would start tonight’s home opener against Phoenix. “That’s the plan, but we always reserve the right to take a look at each individual game as it comes, and they know that,” Murray said. “In this situation, where you have two new guys, you don’t know exactly what you have, so you have to give both guys an equal opportunity. DALLAS – There’s a narrow line between competition and controversy, but Kings coach Andy Murray seems content to tread on it in regards to his goaltending situation. After two days of secrecy, Murray finally announced Wednesday morning that “the French-Canadian” would start in net that night, which still left open the chance that Luc Robitaille would strap on the pads. As for controversy, LaBarbera said he has a good relationship with Garon, who also is looking to be a No. 1 goalie for the first time in his career, and said he doesn’t anticipate any problems. “Everybody wants to play as many games as possible,” LaBarbera said. “In this situation, we’re both young guys and both want an opportunity. Andy is going to go with whoever is playing well. I guess it’s more motivational than anything. If you want to play, you have to play well.” Injury report: Mattias Norstrom, who had flu and a previously sore hamstring, didn’t make the trip to Dallas but is eligible to come off the injured list at any time and might play tonight. Jeff Cowan (groin) also missed Wednesday’s game. Rich Hammond, (818) 713-3611 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “It will sort itself out, and they both agree that the best guy should play.” Although Murray explains all this by saying he never designated a No. 1 goalie, Kings management made it relatively clear that Garon had been their choice since they acquired him in July 2004. That means the competition/controversy truly can be seen as a positive only for LaBarbera. At age 25 with only five NHL games, LaBarbera was buried in the New York Rangers’ system before the Kings signed him on Aug. 2, but Murray raved about him even before training camp began. LaBarbera was the MVP of the American Hockey League in 2003-04, when he had a 1.59 goals-against average and 13 shutouts in 59 games for Hartford. He had a 1.84 goals-against average last season. “I thought (the job) was up for grabs (entering training camp),” LaBarbera said. “It’s a long season and you never know what’s going to happen. If we’re both playing well, it’s going to be good for the team for sure. We’re both young guys, so we’re both excited about what’s in store for us.”
Missing Michael was found this evening.A missing man who was spotted in Co Donegal has been found safe and well.Michael Kingston was missing for almost a week.The 30 year old was spotted in Letterkenny on Thursday night last. Gardai issued an appeal for his whereabouts and tonight confirmed he has been located safe and well. MISSING MAN FOUND SAFE AND WELL was last modified: March 15th, 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:donegalletterkennyMIchael KIngstonsafe