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‘CBL Loans Focus on Poverty Reduction’

first_imgCentral Bank of Liberia (CBL) Executive Governor, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, has assured the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA) that CBL and its board of governors remain committed to sustaining economic growth in the country despite the negative propaganda against the Bank. Speaking at a program marking the inauguration of officers of the ULAA leadership in the US recently, Dr. Jones emphasized that the CBL loan initiative does not only focus on micro economic stability, but is also waging war on poverty in the country.He said the initiative should be the collective responsibility of all Liberians and not the CBL alone. The CBL boss clarified that claims in some quarters in Liberia and the US that the Bank was misusing the country’s money are misleading and called on Liberians in the Diaspora not to give credence to such assertions.Governor Jones explained that the CBL has, over the years, cooperated with central government in smoothening it’s spending to keep certain national development programs on track by providing short term borrowing facility to the government.He, however, challenged Liberians in the Diaspora to foster economic growth and development back home.The CBL boss is under fire by some politicians on Capitol who have accused him of politicizing the CBL; an allegation the Governor has vehemently denied terming it “empty talk.”Jones has challenged his accusers to adduce evidence that he is using CBL money to run a political campaign, but his accusers are yet to come forward.They recently enacted a legislation amending the CBL Act to ban him, his deputies and the board of governors from contesting any political seat for three consecutive years after the expiration of their respective tenures.Several society groups including the business community who benefits from CBL loan schemes have challenged the bill in court terming it as exclusion and a blatant violation of the Liberian constitution.The actual whereabouts of the bill is still not clear amidst conflicting reports that it is on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s desk, while others are suggesting the President has already signed it into law. Dr. Jones’ second tenure as Governor of the CBL will end in 2016.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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Telia Urey Contributes L$2M Adolph Lawrence’s Scholarship Foundation

first_imgMontserrado County district #15 candidate Telia Urey says she is proud to announce her contribution of L$2 million to the late Hon. Adolph Lawrence’s Scholarship Foundation.Montserrado County District #15 candidate Ms. Telia Urey on Monday, August 19, 2019, announced a contribution of L$2 million as a contribution to the late Adolph A. Lawrence scholarship fund drive in the district.The amount is intended to help deserving students in District #15, whose parents cannot afford to enroll them in this academic school year 2019/2020.She said, “I am proud to announce a contribution of $2 million Liberian Dollars by me to Hon. Adolph Lawrence’s Scholarship Foundation. We will continue the good work of this great man, my idol.”Ms. Urey is contesting on the ticket of the All Liberia People (ALP), with the support of the collaborating political parties, comprising the ALP, Alternative National Congress (ANC), the Liberty Party (LP) and the former ruling Unity Party (UP).On her Facebook page on Monday, Urey said students and families that the late Adolph Lawrence helped so generously can rest assured that “we will not leave them.”It can be recalled that the late Lawrence offered over a hundred scholarships to deserving students.Also, during her campaign, Ms. Urey said that, when elected to the Lower House, 100 percent of her salary, allowances or benefits will be given back to the people of the district.She said there is a need to engage the Ministry of Education on teachers’ salary and improve the health sector.“In our district, there is no government hospital and we will engage the government to boost private clinics.”According to Ms. Urey, the district is yearning and there is a huge void for development. She said the Legislature needs people with experience who cannot be compromised.She said, “I don’t need a crowd but few committed people who believe in me and share my view. We are not looking to receive a salary; when the economy goes down it affects the poor people.”Ms. Urey named the empowerment of women and people living with disabilities, health and education as her major priorities when elected.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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Ramjattan wanted to be Attorney General

first_img…but “got what we deserve”Founding Member and recently elected leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan has disclosed that after his party in coalition with the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) won the 2015 elections, he wanted the position of Attorney General (AG).AG Basil WilliamsPublic Security MinisterKhemraj RamjattanHowever, during a live radio programme last week, Ramjattan said he had to step aside since Basil Williams, a member of People’s National Congress/Reform (PNC/R), also wanted the position. The PNC/R is the largest party in the five-party APNU, which holds the majority in the coalition Government.“My first choice was Attorney General… [But] Basil Williams was also interested in that and we had to opt for the next and that was security,” Ramjattan stated.Over the years, AG Williams, who is also the Legal Affairs Minister, has been heavily criticised for the State losing a lot of cases under his watch. However, both he and President David Granger has defended his performance.Ramjattan, nevertheless, noted that his expertise in the criminal law area was better put to use as Public Security Minister. He further posited that his party, the AFC, got what it deserved after coalescing with the APNU in February 2015 to successfully contest the 2015 General and Regional Elections.“We deserved what we got and it was because of the APNU side also appreciating what we deserved. They deserved what they got too. If we gonna fight over the little that some people feel that we got more and so on, it’s not gonna take us any place. And so, it is important that when you form a coalition and worked out a partnership agreement, you do not go crying all about the place that we should’ve gotten instead of 12 seats, 14 or we should’ve gotten more than eight Ministers and things like that. And similarly, the other side shouldn’t be saying things like ‘oh, they should’ve only gotten five and so on’. It worked out successfully because we managed to win the elections by a very slim majority. Had we not done the agreement, certainly Donald Ramotar would’ve been there up to now,” Ramjattan posited.At the AFC’s National Executive Conference (NEC) earlier this month, Ramjattan was not only elected the party’s leader but also secured backings to be its Prime Ministerial Candidate at the upcoming elections – ousting current Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.In accordance with the 2015 Cummingsburg Accord, signed between the two parties, AFC will have the Prime Ministerial position while the Presidential post goes to APNU.The Accord has a lifespan of a minimum of three years and maximum of five years and was focused primarily on the General and Regional Elections. However, the AFC back in 2017 was pushing to have the ‘deal’ reviewed and revised, and had even set up a committee to lead those talks which never panned out.But the APNU’s point man for the negotiation of the Accord, Carl Greenidge, had stated last November that there were no immediate plans to modify the agreement since it has been working well.In fact, after a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting back in January, the minority party in the coalition Administration also reiterated its commitment to the coalescing pact. But this is despite the AFC in recent years coming under fire for the submissive role it has been playing since joining forces with the APNU.This led to the minority party contesting the November 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE) on its own. The AFC then contended that it is still a force to be reckoned with after garnering between four and 10 per cent of the popular votes.last_img read more

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Chris Baby says good bye to Peace Valey OSB

first_imgFort St. John’s Peace Valley OSB Plant bids farewell today, to its General Manager. Chris Baby is making a career change and has accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer, for Jet Equipment and Tools, based in Burnaby… In a recent year end interview, he left little doubt the current economic challenges, of the forest industry, played a key roll in his decision… [asset|aid=811|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8ccd8d92e592a0c3d37f7a0816a8e62e-Baby_1_Pub.mp3] While Mr. Baby sees this as another tough year for the forest industry, he still thinks the local OSB plant is well positioned for long term success.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Ozil joins Germany injury list, but vows to be at World Cup

first_img“It’ll need some time, but I’m sure I’ll fully recover in time for the World Cup.”With just over five weeks until the World Cup starts on June 14, the Arsenal playmaker joins Manuel Neuer and Jerome Boateng, who also face a race against time, on the casualty list.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had revealed before kick-off that Ozil was expected to miss the rest of the season with a back ailment.Germany’s first World Cup group match is against Mexico in Moscow on June 17. They also face Sweden and South Korea in Group F.Neuer, Germany’s captain and goalkeeper, has not played since fracturing his foot last September.Burly centre-back Boateng injured his groin in Bayern Munich’s Champions League semi-final defeat at home to Real Madrid a fortnight ago.Germany coach Joachim Loew will announce his World Cup squad on May 15.Ozil, Boateng and Neuer are all expected to be named, but will have to prove their fitness during a two-week training camp in northern Italy.“Right now, we all keep our fingers crossed that Jerome’s injury somehow will still heal well and also that everything continues as planned with ‘Manu’,” said Germany’s team director Oliver Bierhoff last week referring to Neuer.Fringe players Lars Stindl, who scored the winning goal for Germany in the 2017 Confederations Cup final, and ex-Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry have both already been ruled out of the World Cup by injury.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Down but not out: Ozil has vowed to be fit in time for Germany’s World Cup defence © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUBERLIN, Germany, May 7 – Mesut Ozil has joined the list of Germany stars currently injured, but the Arsenal midfielder insisted Monday he will be fit for their World Cup title defence in Russia.“It’s a pity I missed yesterday’s match with my back injury,” Ozil wrote on his Instagram account after sitting out Arsenal’s 5-0 rout of Burnley on Sunday.last_img read more

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Debate was out of this world

first_imgMaybe in 2010 they envision a frowning president in the Oval Office picking up his phone and instructing the attorney general: “You’ve got to get a strike force to Denver right away. Colorado is dropping the parallel-parking requirement from its driver’s test.” There’s a certain tedious repetitiveness to these debates – Iraq; taxes; immigration; Social Security; health care, schmealth care. All right, already. Sure, those are important, but there are other issues that are as important and infinitely more fun, like UFOs. In answer to a Russert question as to whether, as actress Shirley MacLaine has written, he saw a UFO at her house, Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio replied, in what might have been the only straightforward answer of the evening, “Yes, I did see a UFO.” He added that former President Jimmy Carter had also seen a UFO, although many people might not find that totally reassuring. (In another instance where Russert dropped the ball, he didn’t pursue the issue of what role MacLaine might play in a Kucinich administration. MacLaine believes in reincarnation, so if President Kucinich, facing a tough issue of statecraft, asked, “What would George Washington do?,” he could send MacLaine back in time to ask.) By Dale McFeatters Regardless of where you stand on Hillary Rodham Clinton, I think we can all agree that after the just-concluded debate among the Democratic presidential candidates that her chances of heading the New York state department of motor vehicles are pretty well dashed. The senator and former first lady ducked a question about issuing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens, but then she ducks most substantive questions on the very good grounds that the answers would come back to haunt her. Neither the other candidates nor questioners Tim Russert and Brian Williams thought to ask why the standards for issuing a driver’s license in the state of New York was any concern of the president of the United States. Russert did assure Kucinich, who has enough problems with people thinking he’s nuts, that 14 percent of Americans have seen UFOs. That same poll showed that one-third of Americans believe in ghosts and that one-fourth claim to actually have seen one. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson cut himself a piece of the UFO action, without actually endorsing their existence, by saying that a reported UFO landing at Roswell, N.M., had never been completely explained, and he called on the government to declassify all the documents. That’s a safe course because the Bush administration doesn’t declassify anything. The UFO question is important, maybe more so to conservative Republicans. Ronald Reagan regularly said that if Earth were threatened by aliens from outside this world, our national differences would vanish. It made people uneasy when he would start talking like that, but he was right. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois was asked if he believed there was life on other planets. His reply: “I believe there is life on Earth.” Way to take the tough, uncompromising stands regardless of what the voters think. A real profile in courage there, Barack. Somehow his answer wandered off into providing heating prices for small children and we were back to politics as usual. The UFO-alien theme lingered even after the debate. A number of observers noted that Clinton’s face was unnaturally smooth and immobile. Some suggested Botox, but the Web site Wonkette gallantly suggested alien possession. So there we have it, our knowledge of the candidates and the issues greatly sharpened. Or, as one blog had it, we have a party that doesn’t believe in evolution and another that does believe in UFOs. Dale McFeatters is a Washington-based editorial writer and columnist for Scripps Howard News Service (e-mail: mcfeattersd@shns.com). 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

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CARTOONIST JARLA IS ‘APPY’ THIS CHRISTMAS!

first_imgCARTOONIST JARLA IS ‘APPY’ THIS CHRISTMAS! was last modified: December 12th, 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)last_img read more

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The incredible stats behind Kylian Mbappe’s World Cup masterclass

first_imgWhen a 17-year-old Pele scored his second goal in the 1958 World Cup final, his Swedish opponent Sigvard Parling admitted: “I have to be honest and say I felt like applauding.”60 years later, there was nothing Argentina could do but admire the brilliance of 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe. 3 3 The teenage sensation was at the double to help France edge past Argentina in one of the games of the 2018 World Cup.On a day when Lionel Messi saw the greatest prize of all elude him yet again, a new star was born in Mbappe.And if these stats are anything to go by, we could be watching the successor to Messi’s throne.Mbappe is the first teenager to score two in a World Cup match since Pele v Sweden in the 1958 final  Not bad company to be in. Mbappe follows in the footsteps of one of the greatest and most iconic players in World Cup history by bagging a World Cup brace before he turns 20.Pele was two years younger and did it in the final, though.Mbappe is the first teenager to score more than once in a World Cup tournament since Michael Owen in 1998center_img 3 Mbappe was unstoppable as France beat Argentina 4-3 Owen bagged a goal in two separate matches in France. Argentina have fallen victim to their fare share of teenage masterclasses at the World Cup and Owen’s goal in 1998 is the stuff of legend. The Englishman went on to win the Ballon D’Or in 2001. On today’s display, it’s pretty safe to say that prize will belong to Mbappe soon enough.talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

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Gay Donegal mum denied Irish passport for son because law claims she is not his mum

first_imgA Donegal mum whose wife had their son by IVF has been denied an Irish ­passport for him as outdated laws claim she’s not his mother.Katie Gallagher had one of her eggs fertilised with sperm from a US donor and implanted in her British wife Holly Groombridge’s womb.The Irish Sun reports that little Griffin was then born in August after the newlywed couple’s third IVF attempt was successful. But only Holly, 31, was marked as his mum on the birth cert — with Katie, 34, from Gaoth Dobhair, put as a generic “parent”.However, Irish laws from 1956 define a parent as only a child’s “mother” or “father” and the Passport Office refused Katie’s application for 11-week-old Griffin.Bosses told her: “A ­parent is understood to mean either the ‘mother’ or ‘father’ of the child.“For the purposes of Irish law, the mother of a child is the person who gives birth to the child or a female adopter of the child. “In this case, as Ms Groombridge gave birth to your son, she is, therefore, regarded as the mother for the purposes of Irish law.“As Ms Groombridge is not an Irish citizen, your son, Griffin, cannot be regarded as an Irish citizen.”But Katie, who lives with Holly in Suffolk, England, told the Irish Sun “We are so frustrated and heartbroken that we can’t get an Irish passport for our son because of an antiquated law passed in 1956.“I applied for an Irish passport and on the form it states that if a child is born abroad, there must be an Irish parent, which I am.“It doesn’t state mother and father, just parent. By law, Holly is down on ­Griffin’s birth cert as his mother because she gave birth to him and I am down as a parent. “However, Irish law still only ­recognises a male and female parent and this hasn’t been addressed despite the historical same-sex ­marriage referendum.”The couple — who married last week after six years together — must now get Griffin a British passport.It’s yet another blow for Katie after the joy of starting a family following a number of setbacks.“Under Irish law, the mother of a child is the woman who gives birth to the child . . .  it applies even if the child has been conceived using a donated egg.” Katie said: “After two failed IVF attempts, my embryo was successfully implanted in Holly and when we got the positive pregnancy test, we were over the moon.“Griffin is biologically my child but Holly carried and nurtured him for nine months and formed a strong maternal bond with him.“From day one, we wanted to create a family together and this way, we had an equal connection with our child. But in law, there can only be one mother and that title automatically goes to the woman who gives birth.”The couple have been in contact with Dublin Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell as they try to alter the laws.Katie said: “A lot has happened culturally in Ireland since 1956 and the law needs to reflect that.“I just don’t want Griffin not to have the right to have an Irish passport because of a law that is essentially gender discrimination.”The Department of Justice said: “Under Irish law, the mother of a child is the woman who gives birth to the child . . .  it applies even if the child has been conceived using a donated egg.”Gay Donegal mum denied Irish passport for son because law claims she is not his mum was last modified: November 8th, 2017 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:donegalKatie Gallaghermumparentlast_img read more

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Video: HBase Dos and Don’ts

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Big Data#hack#tips How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzes Cloudera VP Customer Solutions, Omer Trajman, presented a talk on HBase Dos and Don’ts to the Los Angeles Hadoop Users Group earlier this month.The full video is available after the jump. LA-HUG HBASE DO’s and DON’Ts from Shopzilla on Vimeo.At glance, the dos and don’ts are:Do:Use a key prefix that distributes wellKeep the number of regions reasonable – about 100 per node.Disable auto-compactionUse compressionExplicitly put hbase-site.xml in your CLASSPATHMonitor the health of your clusterStore multiple copies for different access patternsDon’t:Wholesale replacement of every RDBMSRun huge MR Jobs directly off of HBaseUse timestamps as teh first part of your keyAllocate all CPUs to your TaskTrackersMixed workloads with SLAsUse a single client bulk load or bulk load with putLet the Region Server Swap 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… klint finleylast_img read more

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