World Bank Approves US$40M for Governance Reform

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first_imgThe World Bank (WB) Executive Board of Directors have approved a US$40 million International Development Association (IDA) grant for Liberia to help address governance reforms and human capital development in the country.World Bank Country Manager for Liberia, Larisa Leshchenko, who spoke yesterday at a quarterly media dialogue with journalists held in Congo Town, said the Third Poverty Reduction Support Development Policy Operation (PRSDPO-III) grant, which includes US$8 million from the IDA Crisis Response Window (CRW), will support government’s strong policy efforts to adjust to the twin shocks of the Ebola crisis and the slump in commodity prices.“We are pleased to inform you that Finance and Development Planning Minister Boima Kamara and I signed the agreement to enable the operation to become effective. This operation will strengthen governance, with particular emphasis on transparency and accountability, as well as budget execution and oversight. It will address key constraints to growth, including electricity, and improve human capital development, particularly through improved access to education and health,” Ms. Leshchenko said.She said the poverty reduction grant agreement is the third in a series of four operations and that Liberia has developed a good track record of undertaking difficult and challenging reforms.These reforms, according to her, are crucial for helping to create the enabling environment for the transformation of the economy and the improvement of lives.Reforms on governance, she said, will also help to create a more transparent government, limit corruption, and raise the confidence of citizens and investors.Addressing the lack of electricity, she said lowering its price “helps to increase access to both residential and business customers, thereby not only providing more light for children to study by at night, but also facilitating the development of the manufacturing sector, including the agro-industry.” Additionally, Ms. Leshchenko informed journalists that the WBG and the Liberian government signed a US$4.2 million grant of the bank’s Africa Catalytic Growth Fund to support the completion of key construction of the West Africa Regional Fisheries Program in the country, including the completion of the Mesurado Fish Complex and the integration of the Mesurado-Robertsport Cluster.“We like to reiterate that the process of developing a new Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for Liberia has started,” she added.Explaining further, she said the CPF will guide the bank’s engagement with Liberia over the next three to five years and the bank will work towards engaging with various stakeholders, including the media, to get inputs.These inputs, the World Bank Manager said, will be important to the development of the CPF, which will assist the bank to identify constraints to poverty reduction and shared growth, adding that the WB considers the media an important partner in working towards achieving these goals and objectives.Meanwhile, Program Leader Errol Graham said “This operation will help the Government of Liberia to strengthen governance with particular emphasis on transparency and accountability. It will also address key constraints to growth, including electricity, and will help mitigate the commodity price shocks.”He said the grant will also strengthen the weak infrastructure, which is critical for achieving inclusive growth in Liberia.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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first_imgFormer Armagh star Oisin McConville has selected TWO Donegal stars in his best GAA side of the last FIFTEEN years. Michael Murphy and Karl Lacey were selected by the former All-Ireland winner.Lacey was selected in the full-back line, while Murphy was selected as the centre-half forward in his selection. Both players have had wonderful careers and Lacey is the most decorated Donegal ever having won FOUR All-Stars while he also picked up the Player of the Year gong in 2012.McConville’s full selection is outlined below – Do you agree with his side?What Donegal players do you think are unlucky to miss out.Goalkeeper: Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)Full-back line:Karl Lacey (Donegal)Seamus Moynihan (Kerry)Seán Marty Lockhart (Derry) Half-back line:Tomás Ó’Sé (Kerry)Kieran McGeeney (Armagh)Philip Jordan (Tyrone) Midfield:Sean Cavanagh (Tyrone)Darragh Ó’Sé (Kerry)Half-forward line:Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin)Michael Murphy (Donegal)Benny Coulter (Down)Full-forward line:Colm Cooper (Kerry)Peter Canavan (Tyrone)Steven McDonnell (Armagh)ARMAGH STAR NAMES TWO DONEGAL PLAYERS IN HIS BEST FOOTBALL TEAM OF THE LAST FIFTEEN YEARS was last modified: August 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more


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first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device.The Golden State Warriors are the champions!And, no, we’re not just talking in terms of what happens on the court.The Dubs are also apparently the NBA playoff team that is most name dropped squad in music. Yes, the Dubs and their players are mentioned more frequently in lyrics than any other team that made the playoffs that year, according to a report by lyric licensing service LyricFind.Again, this …last_img


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first_imgIzulu Lami (My Secret Sky), the first feature film by Madoda Ncayiyana, won two awards at the 2009 International Pan African Film Festival in Tarifa, Spain in May, including the Best Actress award for 11-year-old Sobahle Mkhabase.Telling the story of two children who travel from the countryside to the city after their mother’s death, Izulu Lami features a cast of mainly young children who had never acted professionally before, discovered through extensive casting from the townships and informal settlements of Durban to the rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal.The film received standing ovations at recent screenings in Japan and Zanzibar, and was a hit at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival in France. Its had its South African premiere at the Durban International Film Festival in July before opening at cinemas countrywide on 17 August.Click arrow to view trailer.last_img read more


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first_imgAssam Civil Service officer Hitesh Dev Sarma has been appointed as the new State Coordinator for the National Register of Citizens (NRC). He has replaced Prateek Hajela, an IAS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre who ensured publication of the final version of register on August 31 under supervision of the Supreme Court.Mr. Hajela was transferred to his home State Madhya Pradesh by the Supreme Court on October 18. He will relinquish charge as the NRC State Coordinator on November 11.Inter-cadre deputation Following the apex court’s order, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has already approved the proposal of the Department of Personnel and Training for inter-cadre deputation of Mr. Hajela from the Assam-Meghalaya cadre to Madhya Pradesh cadre for three years, official sources said. The Assam government had also written to the DoPT stating that it did not have any objection to the transfer.NRC experience Until his new assignment, Mr. Sarma was the Secretary of the Urban Development and Finance departments. He had also handled the NRC exercise during its initial stages five years ago.Mr. Sarma has his task cut out as those who have been excluded from the NRC have 120 days to appeal against it at Foreigners Tribunals. If not satisfied with the verdict of the tribunals, they will have the option to move the High Court and the Supreme Court for redress.The updated final NRC, which validates bona fide Indian citizens of Assam, left out over 1.9 million applicants.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more


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first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cavs officials downplay tension between James, Irving “Due to bad weather and suspension of classes, the NCAA games today, July 27, are cancelled,” he said in a statement. The league was supposed to hold the third leg of NCAA on Tour in San Sebastian-Cavite, where juniors and seniors games between San Sebastian and Jose Rizal University were to be played. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTropical storm Gorio has been ravaging Metro Manila leading to heavy downpour and flooding.The NCAA has yet to reschedule the said games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Due to inclement weather, the NCAA was forced to postpone its Thursday games.NCAA management committee chair Fr. Glynn Ortega, OAR of host school San Sebastian announced the news early Thursday morning.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


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first_imgDefender Gary Cahill has defended manager Roy Hodgson’s team selection in England’s goalless draw in their final Group B match against Slovakia at the European Championship.Hodgson made six changes to his starting side in St Etienne on Monday as England were unable to break down a resolute Slovak defence and had to settle for second place in the group on five points, one behind Wales, who beat Russia 3-0.”It’s a disappointment… to be honest because in the three games we had the majority of possession and we dominated play tonight (on Monday). We couldn’t unlock the door,” Cahill told reporters in France.When asked if Hodgson’s changes affected England’s tempo, the Chelsea defender said: “I don’t think so. The rhythm was that we had the ball constantly and we didn’t just quite have that cutting edge to open them up.”In games like that, you need something a little bit special and someone to shoot from outside the box or create something which we nearly did. It wasn’t to be. But we should have won the game.”England next face the second-place finisher in Group F, which could be either Hungary, Iceland, Portugal or Austria, in the Round of 16 in Nice next Monday.last_img read more


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first_imgSome NCAA Tournament emojis.If you’re one of those people who can only communicate on text using emojis, The Washington Post has you covered for March Madness this year. The publication has designed emojis for all 68 NCAA Tournament teams, along with a number for squads that just missed the cut. And to be honest, they did an incredible job. Here are the emojis for the Kentucky Wildcats and the Duke Blue Devils, two of the favorites to win it all this year. They’re fantastic.Kentucky DukeHere’s the entire grid – you can click through to see more. You can also save them to your phone if you open the link in a regular browser.EmojisCollege basketball fans – will you be using them this March?last_img


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first_imgPearl Jam and a close group of friends and partners have pledged $300,000 and counting to support relief efforts for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.They encourage all fans and supporters to join in their efforts. They have set up a Crowdrise page to encourage donations, which can be accessed here.Donations will be made to The United Way of Genesee County’s Flint Water Fund which serves both the immediate and longterm needs of the community.Monetary donations will first be used for the purchase of water filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts in Flint, Michigan. After the short-term need of Flint residents has been met, any remaining funds will be directed to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund. This fund will provide aid to children and families with interventions that support positive health outcomes.100% of donated funds are used for Flint community projects and no administrative fee is assessed.last_img read more


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first_imgCALGARY – Western Canadian farmers are using proceeds from a good harvest last year to buy more new agricultural equipment after years of settling for used as prices of U.S.-made machinery rose due to the stronger American dollar.Both Cervus Equipment Corp. and Rocky Mountain Dealerships Inc. are reporting increased earnings thanks to higher profit margins and manufacturers’ incentive payments on sales of new equipment in 2017 versus 2016.Cervus CEO Graham Drake says the company expects strong sales of new equipment to continue in 2018 after sales leaped ahead by 20 per cent last year, driven by good harvests and “windows” of favourable currency exchange rates.He cited the improved outlook in announcing an increase in the quarterly dividend from seven to 10 cents per share.CEO Garrett Ganden says Rocky Mountain Dealerships is also banking on Canadian farmer optimism this year, noting continuing good prices on solid crop production and a harvest last fall that wasn’t hampered by late-season wet conditions as it was in 2016.Cervus reported revenue from new equipment sales rose 20 per cent to $447 million in 2017, while Rocky Mountain noted a 5.7 per cent increase to $436 million.Both companies are based in Calgary.Rocky Mountain, which sells Case IH and New Holland equipment, says it is Canada’s largest agriculture equipment dealer with 35 dealerships across the Prairies.Cervus, which sells John Deere machinery, has interests in 35 dealerships, 20 in Western Canada, nine in New Zealand and six in Australia.last_img read more