Still no PSL joy for Gayle

first_imgSHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Chris Gayle’s run of low scores in the Pakistan Super League continued on Thursday as his Karachi Kings suffered a seven-run defeat to Sunil Narine’s Lahore Qalanders. Chasing a challenging 180 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Kings came up short at 172 for eight, with the veteran left-hander mustering just five, while his West Indies teammate Kieron Pollard also failed, scoring just eight as King suffered a major batting meltdown. Gayle now has 17 runs from three innings in the tournament. Only Sri Lankan star Kumar Sangakkara, with 65 off 45 balls, and Pakistani Shoaib Malik, with a 30-ball 39, showed any resistance in a 101-run, third-wicket stand, which pulled Kings around from 21 for two in the fourth over. Once the partnership was broken, however, Kings slumped again, with six wickets tumbling for just 46 runs down the stretch. Off-spinner Narine, who opened the bowling, finished with two for 32 from his four overs. He also accounted for Pollard, deceived and bowled between bat and pad in the 17th over. Earlier, Qalanders rattled up 179 for eight off their 20 overs after being sent in, with Fakhar Zaman top-scoring with 56. Narine smashed a four and a six in scoring 13 from six deliveries as he opened his shoulders late on.last_img read more

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Konneh is ‘Africa’s Finance Minister of the Year’

first_imgLiberia’s Minister of Finance Mr Amara Konneh has been unanimously selected Africa’s 2914th Finance Minister of the Year, by the editorial board of Banker Magazine, a subsidiary of Financial Times Magazine.The prestigious recognition is expected to be delivered next week in London, ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on January 24, 2014.In a letter addressed to Mr. Konneh, the publisher of the Banker Magazine wrote “I am delighted to tell you that for our January 2014 edition, you have been chosen Africa’s “Finance Minister of the Year.”The publisher noted that the “decision was made after discussions among the magazine’s editors and a survey of views among bankers and economists, and therefore represents a vote of confidence by the markets in the role played by the Liberian Ministry of Finance over the past year. “Many congratulations to you and your colleagues,” the Magazine’s editor added.In particular, The Banker noted the wide-ranging economic reforms that are being carried out to develop Liberia’s institutions, infrastructure and financial system.The Banker also pointed out that Konneh has embarked on a series of reforms both at the Ministry of Finance and within the broader financial and fiscal environment, introducing several economic and fiscal programs and instruments that have helped to stabilize the economy.Amara Konneh was appointed Liberia’s 25th Minister of Finance in January 2012, charged with the daunting task of transforming the economy that is recovering from one of the worst economic collapses and creating jobs, shortly after the 2011 elections of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for a second term.He has since coordinated the formulation and launching of the administration’s five-year development strategy, the Agenda for Transformation (AfT), its second poverty-reduction strategy, and the first step towards its Vision 2030 that lays the foundation for turning Liberia into an inclusive middle-income country by 2030. The AfT will attempt to remove structural development obstacles through an estimated US$3.2 billion program, more than half of which is planned for roads and energy. Minister Konneh has presided over macroeconomic stability over the past two years in the midst of sluggish global economic growth that had negative implications for the Liberian economy. He has presided over a massive public investment in key economic infrastructure projects while attracting millions in grants and concessional loans to fund the AfT. To support the growth envisioned in the government’s medium-term growth strategy, (AfT) he quickly introduced a Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), a multi-year rolling budget framework that began in fiscal year 2012/2013 and saw an increase in public investments from a mere 7% of the budget to about 25% to finance critical economic infrastructure projects.Through an aggressive mobilization of domestic and external financing, Konneh has led the government’s efforts that have raised US$2 billion to support the AfT, energy, roads, ports and agriculture. The most significant project is the restoration of electricity to the country, construction of major highways to connect Liberia’s key economic corridors and rehabilitation of the Greenville Port and the main international airport. Most of the funding secured so far constitutes grants with about 20% in concessional loans to various lenders including the World Bank, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other bilateral financing.According to the Banker’s Magazine, Liberia’s fiscal policy has broadly supported macroeconomic stability through Minister Konneh’s leadership. Government budgets have more than doubled since 2008, as government service provision has expanded with the economy. Until 2012, budgets were broadly balanced, with primary deficits below 2% of GDP. Since Minister Konneh introduced the MTEF, overspending on key economic infrastructure resulted in an estimated 5.8% deficit, which has been paid off by the Ministry of Finance. He has also ensured full compliance with the Public Financial Management Act, by implementing its core regulations. He also has overseen robust PFM reforms including enhancement of cash management procedures, wage bill reforms, fiscal decentralization, down-sizing the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) to twenty ministries, and the General Auditing Commission (GAC).  Through his leadership, PFM reforms are generally on track with a revision for the PFM Strategy and Action Plan in the works.Liberia, under Mr. Konneh’s stewardship, produced for the first time, a budget performance report (fiscal outturn) and a Consolidated Financial Statement for the Legislature and the President that is being audited by the General Auditing Commission—a crucial compliance requirements of the Public Financial Management Act.The recognition comes, when Liberia is celebrating 10 years of sustained peace and resurgent economic growth and development, propelled largely by sound economic and fiscal management policies spearheaded by one of the continent’s youngest cabinet member.Under his supersision, the Liberian economy grew an estimated 8.9% in 2012, led by the first full year of post-conflict iron ore exports, buoyant construction, and strong performance in services. Liberia’s real GDP is projected to expand by 8.1% in 2013 and growth is projected to be impressive in 2014.  It is estimated that between 25 to 30 thousand jobs have been created thus far by mining and agriculture concessions, and through labor-intensive employment programs financed by the government and donors.Liberia has also made impressive gains in other areas. Between 2011 and 2013 it climbed eight steps to 174 (out of 187) in the UN’s Human Development Index and has risen 10 positions in the World Bank’s last two Ease of Doing Business reports, taking it above Tanzania and Nigeria.The Treasury Chief was also very instrumental in getting Liberia’s qualifications for the United States Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) Country Threshold Program (TCP) and the Compact Program in 2009 and 2012. The TCP has supported critical reforms to increase girls’ primary education completion; land rights and access; and develop a trade policy to facilitate Liberia’s accession to the World Trade Organization. These initiatives were supported with a US$15 million grant for the TCP of the MCC.As a reflection of the high performance of Liberia’s TCP, Liberia became eligible to develop a Compact Program, which will attract additional funding for key socioeconomic develop initiatives, in line with the AfT and the Millennium Development Goals.Speaking to the Observer via telephone, Konneh said the award was a tribute to the President’s leadership, the work and dedication of the staff of the Ministries of Finance and Planning and Economic Affairs, and his colleagues across the government. “We are flattered by this recognition and thank the President for her preferment. We hope this will reenergize the workforce and create the impetus necessary to drive our development agenda forward. There is no time for celebration, for we have a lot of work to do,” he said.The Banker is the premier monthly magazine on global finance since 1926, and is owned by the Financial Times group. It is the most-read monthly financial magazine in Europe, with an influential worldwide audience of senior bank executives and financial policy-makers. This is the 13th year in which we have given awards to finance ministers, it pointed out. 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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George Theophilus Ansumana, Jr.

first_imgThe Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission, His Excellency Edward Singhatey, has charged journalists from across the West African region to be conscious of the link between stability, economic development and integration as they carry out their role of adequately reporting ECOWAS news and events in the region.The Liberian Embassy in Abuja, quoting a release from the ECOWAS Commission, says Vice President Singhatey stated this in Abuja on May 31, 2016 at an interactive session with selected young media practitioners who were at the ECOWAS Commission for ‘The Get to Know ECOWAS’ program. Liberian journalist Ladymai Hunter-Summon of the Montserrado-based Liberian Women Democracy Radio is among several other journalists from other ECOWAS countries attending the ongoing program, which ends this weekend. The “Get To Know ECOWAS” program, a training for selected ECOWAS journalists, is a study tour and training program organized by the Communication Directorate of the ECOWAS Commission in collaboration with the Friedrick Ebert Stiftung (FES).The idea, according to the organizers, is to create a pool of well-informed media practitioners who would act as catalysts to bridge the information and awareness gaps between ECOWAS and the citizens of West Africa, while leveraging on the strategic importance of the media to ensure that milestones of ECOWAS are brought closer to the people.Mr. Singhatey urged the journalists on the need to be alive to transnational issues and the coexistence of states, also charged them to be more forceful in the reportage of the integration agenda of the regional organization.Intimating the journalists with some of the strides made by ECOWAS, even as the organization is on the verge of rolling out more programs geared towards effective integration, he cited the ECOWAS biometric card system, transnational road and rail infrastructure, trade liberalization and greater cooperation and understanding among contiguous states as some examples in this regard. Vice President Singhatey then fielded questions from journalists on a cross section of issues including the procedure of bringing up cases at the ECOWAS court of justice, institutional reforms, the conditions that warrants ECOWAS’ intervention in member states at periods of political turmoil, the various programs aimed at poverty reduction in the region, as well as the collaboration with the development partners.The journalists were also put through a variety of trainings with a study tour of the Nigerian National Communications Commission (NCC) for an exposition on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a means of integrating people across West Africa, digitization, Internet access and penetration, development of ICT Policy, as well as postal and telecommunications issues. Specifically, the NCC’s Departmental Directors supported the Head of Human Capital, Mr. Mathew Maganda, to give presentations on the dynamics and challenges in regulating the telecoms industry, the role of corporate law and strategy, licensing procedure, as well as the role of the NCC in the enhancement of the ICT landscape in Nigeria, among others.Earlier, welcoming journalists during the opening session on Monday, May 30, the ECOWAS Director of Communication, Mrs. Sandra Oulate Fattoh Elleingand, on behalf of His Excellency Marcel Alain de Souza, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, stressed the imperativeness of having a crop of better informed journalists about ECOWAS and its institutions towards the envisaged greater integration of the area, with an ‘ECOWAS of the People’ in sight by 2020.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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Armed bandits rob Kuru Kururu woman

first_imgAs there continues to be mounting concerns over the increase of persons being trailed and robbed from commercial banks, a Kuru Kururu, Linden/Soesdyke Highway woman is the latest victim of this modus operandi.Gail Doman, 44, a housewife of Lot 145 Kuru Kururu, was robbed of her shoulder bag which contained $100,000, a GBTI bank book, National Identification card, a S6 Active cellular phone worth $100,000, a gold chain value $30,000 and her car keys. She along with businessman, Mangal Vishnudatt, was attacked by two men, who were armed with a handgun at about 11:30h on Saturday.The incident occurred in front of Vishnudatt’s Lot 1 Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara (EBD) residence, where he operates a machine shop. The businessman was also relieved of $10,000 cash and a cellphone valued $4000.According to reports, Doman went to the bank in Diamond, EBD, at about 11:00h to make a withdrawal and then proceeded to Vishnudatt’s machine shop to make a purchase.Upon Doman’s arrival, Vishnudatt was standing in front his residence and the two began conversing. A short while after, a silver-grey fielder wagon motor car bearing registration number HC 8265 pulled up and the two suspects exited from the front seats. They confronted the victims, holding them at gunpoint and relieved them of their belongings.The bandits then made good their escape in a southern direction.The matter was reported, and an investigation has been launched. The Police have since obtained CCTV footage and are on the hunt for the two suspects.last_img read more

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Vendor remanded on ganja trafficking charge

first_imgClothes vendor Gavin Limerick of Lot 108 Durban Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown appeared last week before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman on a charge of trafficking in narcotics.The 36-year-old denied that on September 15, 2018, while he was in the vicinity of First Avenue Bartica, Essequibo River, Region Seven, he had in his possession 38.6 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Facts presented to the court reveal that on September 15, three Policemen, acting on information received, carried out a search on the man’s person and belongings, and the ganja was found.Limerick’s attorney informed the court that the narcotics were not found on her client, but under a car parked on the ferry, five feet away from where her client was standing; and Limerick was not the only person standing in the vicinity where the suspected cannabis was found.The magistrate nonetheless refused to place Limerick on bail, and he was remanded.last_img read more

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Region 10 top NGSA students awarded

first_imgThe top 10 performers at the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) were on Thursday awarded for their hard work at a ceremony hosted at the Lichas Hall in Linden.The awardees along with Minister Nicolette Henry and other officialsEducation Minister Nicolette Henry, in congratulating the students, noted that they have demonstrated great courage, determination, and the ability to work hard in achieving their goals.The Minister further stated the while the task was to recognise the top students from across the Region, the efforts of all the students across the country that wrote the examinations this year were also recognised.She explained that the ceremony was taking place at a time when there is a national discourse on the best method of exit at the Grade Six level and whether or not the NGSA is actually the best method.Nevertheless, the Minister stated that she would like to see a lot more students performing at higher levels, not only at NGSA.Henry pointed to progress in the delivery of quality public education as she urged parents to continue to play a meaningful role in their children’s education.“I want to encourage parents to pay a larger role in the lives of your children, particularly when it comes to providing the supervision and the guidance that is needed…I want to assure you that every school in Guyana we’re placing emphasis on because what we want is to have a system whereby irrespective of the school assigned to a child, that child should be able to meet his or her full potential based on what is being offered and delivered at the schools”, she noted.Further encouraging the students to continue along the path of success, Minister Henry noted that this step was only the beginning.As such, she called on them not to become too complacent, but reflect on their paths and focus on creating new pathways for more successes. The Minister also expressed gratitude to ANSA McAL for financial contributions for the awardees.Those awarded were Jasmine Simpson of the One Mile Primary school and Ravi Raymond of Regma Primary who both secured 523 marks, Taniya Spencer (3rd) of the Watooka Day Primary school with 520 marks, Tashaunsia Alder (3rd) of the Royal Halls of Learning private school also with 520 marks and Jarem Fraser (5th) of the One Mile Primary school with 519 marks.They all have gained positions at Queen’s College.Other awardees included Erykah Roberts (6th) of the Watooka Day Primary with 518 marks, Janae Bristol (7th) of Regma Primary with 515 marks, Ashanti Balgobin (8th) of the Amelia’s Ward Primary with 514 marks, Shaquon Ross (9th) of the Christianburg Primary with 513 marks and Yanell Easton (9th) of the Royal Halls of Learning who also secured 513 marks. They all were placed at the Bishops’ High School.last_img read more

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Ramjattan admits to directing Top Cop in probe against Charrandas Persaud

first_imgAlliance For Change (AFC) Chairman and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan admitted on Wednesday that he initiated the ongoing probe against the party’s expelled Member of Parliament (MP) Charrandas Persaud, whose vote in support of the Opposition’s no-confidence motion toppled the coalition Administration.Speaking at a press briefing at the AFC’s head office in Kitty, Georgetown, Ramjattan said that he caused an investigation to be launched after he received “certain” information concerning Persaud.“The personal involvement; yes, I got a call from Vice President Sydney Allicock indicating that there is someone that wants to give some information about Charrandas and his conduct, and indeed I then put the Commissioner of Police after speaking to Sydney Allicock. As a minister of security, if some information does come and it’s information you feel can go somewhere … he indicated to me certain things and I said Mr Commissioner, you better make a check on what’s happening and that’s it,” he said.Ramjattan further revealed that the preliminary assessment done by the AFC had shown that the former MP did not vote his conscience as was claimed.“The assessment is also, apart from Police investigations, is indicating that it could not have been a conscience vote … even the day when we [debated] the no-confidence [motion]; after we adjourned to have meals, he [Persaud] came to me and said ‘Khemraj, you did a wonderful speech, you proper knock them down heavy’, but it’s definitely blinded us,” the Minister pointed out.According to the Public Security Minister, Police Commissioner Leslie James is expected to pronounce on the probe sometime next week. It was only last week that James told reporters that a probe against the former MP, who is in Canada, is ongoing and he would only add that it was a matter of national security. Charrandas’s vote which gave the Opposition a 33 majority against Government is at the centre of multiple cases at the High Court which will be ruled upon by month-end by acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC.Guyana Times reported on Tuesday the Judge rejected Government’s attempts to extend its time in office on the grounds of the ongoing no-confidence vote case as the court informed that the matters would all be expedited owing to their national significance. Both sides were given until January 18 to exchange legal submissions; January 21 for rebuttal submissions and in the case of Christopher Ram vs the Attorney General and the Speaker of the National Assembly, submissions will be heard on January 23.Oral submissions for Compton Reid vs the Attorney General, former MP Charrandas Persaud and the Speaker of the National Assembly will be heard on January 24 and for the case of the Attorney General vs the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Opposition Leader, oral submissions will be done on January 25. Following the passage of the no-confidence vote, elections are to be held in 90 days in keeping with the Constitution.last_img read more

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Study clears child vaccines

first_imgThe study involved 1,047 children who were exposed to varying levels of thimerosal while in the womb or after birth in the 1990s. The children belonged to four health-maintenance organizations that are part of a federal project to study the side effects of vaccines. Their mercury exposure was determined through medical and immunization records and interviews with parents. Each child was tested for speech and language skills, motor coordination and intelligence. Parents, teachers and trained specialists also rated stuttering, attention span and tic disorders such as head shaking, eye blinking and neck jerking. A total of 42 neurological problems were analyzed. On balance, researchers did not find a consistent pattern between increasing thimerosal exposure and the risk of these problems. However, they said one finding merited further study: Boys exposed to higher mercury levels seemed to have more tic problems – a link seen in previous research. “The doses of mercury that children were exposed to because of immunization doesn’t cause neuropsychological damage,” said Dr. Bruce H. Cohen, a Cleveland Clinic pediatric neurology specialist who had no role in the study. The CDC study was reviewed by an independent panel of scientists and statisticians who oversaw its design, reviewed results and contributed to writing the report. The panel included one vaccine opponent – Sallie Bernard, executive director of the consumer group SafeMinds. Although she had a role in planning the study, she asked to be listed as a “dissenting member” because she disagreed with the study’s conclusions.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! However, the study did not examine autism – the developmental disorder that some critics blame on vaccines. A separate study due out in a year will look at that issue, said scientists at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who led the latest analysis and published results in today’s New England Journal of Medicine. They found no clear link between early exposure to the preservative thimerosal and problems with brain function and behavior in children ages 7 to 10. The results are in line with past research that found no connection between vaccines and neurological problems or autism. Thimerosal has not been used in childhood vaccines since 2001, although it is still in some flu shots. The new findings apply to children immunized before then, or exposed to the preservative through shots their mothers received while pregnant. Thimerosal was in vaccines to prevent bacteria contamination. Some doctors say the CDC study should reassure parents worried about the safety of vaccines. “It’s good news for families,” said Dr. Michael Goldstein, vice president of the American Academy of Neurology, who works in private practice in Salt Lake City. “There’s no evidence that these vaccines have caused injury.” HEALTH: Mercury used in shots before 2001 didn’t raise risk of neurological problems. By Alicia Chang THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A mercury-based preservative once used in many vaccines does not raise the risk of neurological problems in children, concludes a large federal study that researchers say should reassure parents about the safety of shots their kids received a decade or more ago. last_img read more

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Detective quits Pakistan probe into parade bomb

first_imgBy Zarar Khan THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KARACHI, Pakistan – The detective leading Pakistan’s inquiry into the suicide attack on Benazir Bhutto withdrew from the case Wednesday after the former prime minister accused him of involvement in the torture of her husband in 1999, a senior official said. Ghulam Muhammad Mohtarem, home secretary of Sindh province, said the government would form a new team to investigate the deadly attack on Bhutto’s homecoming parade in Karachi last week. The bombing killed 136 people and raised fears about the country’s stability. “We know what we’re doing. We don’t need assistance,” he told reporters. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.center_img Bhutto has blamed Islamic militants for the attack, but has also accused elements in the government and the security services of complicity. She wants international experts to help with the investigation. The two-term prime minister specifically objected to Manzur Mughal, a senior investigator in Sindh province, claiming he had been present while her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, was tortured in custody on corruption charges in 1999. Mohtarem said that the provincial government had no doubt about Mughal’s competency and professionalism, but that Mughal decided to withdraw to protect the inquiry from accusations of bias. “The investigation team will be formed anew after Manzur Mughal disassociated himself from the investigation in view of the objections raised by Benazir Bhutto on the chief investigator’s credentials,” the home secretary said. Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz later rejected the idea of bringing in outside experts. last_img read more

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Foy checks in with Irish League side ‘Stute for rest of season

first_imgRAYMOND FOY has signed for NIFL Championship side Institute for the remainder of the season.The Castlefin man, who surprisingly left Finn Harps midway through the 2016 season, had most recently been playing for Castlefin Celtic in the Donegal League.The midfielder has now put pen to paper at Drumahoe. Kevin Deery snapped up Foy, who was Harps’ player of the year in 2015 when they won promotion back to the Premier Division.However, he started only four League games in 2016 prior to his departure in August.“At my age I have to be playing regularly,” he said at the time.“I’ve been fit now for a few months and haven’t featured so it was a decision I had to make for my own future.” Having turned out for his hometown club, Castlefin, Foy is now back in senior football again.‘Stute are third in the Championship, just six points off the leaders, Warrenpoint, with the club level on points with second-placed Ballyclare Comrades.Andy Devlin and Sammy Morroe have also signed for Institute.  Foy checks in with Irish League side ‘Stute for rest of season was last modified: January 3rd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Raymond Foylast_img read more

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