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first_imgThe Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has approved US$256.7 million grant to Liberia under the Millennium Challenge Compact program.The grant was approved during the MCC Board’s annual meeting held on September 7, in Washington D.C and chaired by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.The Board’s approval now paves the way for the formal signing of a bi-lateral agreement (to be known as the Liberia Compact) between the Liberian and U.S. governments to be held in the United States by October.It will fund projects in electricity, road maintenance, reforms and capacities building and also replace the damaged water supply line from Mt. Coffee Hydro Plant to the White Plains Water Treatment Plant.Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara M. Konneh will sign on behalf of the Government of Liberia, while Ms. Dana Hyde, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, will sign on behalf of the US Government.Upon signing, the Compact will be submitted to the Liberian National Legislature for ratification.The Liberian government, through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, has welcomed the news and praised the U.S. Government for the Compact Grant, noting that it will significantly impact the lives of ordinary Liberians through poverty reduction, job creation and economic growth.The Finance Ministry noted that Liberia’s road to the Compact began in 2008 with the Threshold Country Program through which the U.S. Government provided US$15 million grant to support the Liberian government’s interventions to increase girls’ primary education completion, land rights and access, and to improve Liberia’s trade policy, all of which have contributed to Liberia’s recovery.The Compact program is competitive, and requires countries to meet key indicators relevant to economic and political governance. These include ‘Governing Justly’, which measures the protection of civil rights including the right to free speech; and ‘Control of Corruption’, measuring government’s transparency and accountability in public financial management. Liberia continues to make progress on those and other key indicators, in spite of the many challenges.Meanwhile MFDP has disclosed that MCC CEO Hyde has telephoned President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to inform her of the MCC Board’s decision and congratulated her for Liberia’s success in securing the MCC Compact Grant.The MCC Board has also approved a Compact Grant with Morocco and a Threshold Program with Sierra Leone. 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_imgPOSTERS TO AN Irish-American website have reacted to a story on increase emigration from Donegal – by suggesting we cure our economic ills with brothels and casinos!The outrageous suggestions are debated on the Irish Central website following a report on how people from this county are being forced to travel to the USA and other countries for work.The reaction is set to cause a storm of protest – especially as the poster also described tourists with carvans at Rossnowlagh as ‘knackers’. The post was still online this morning. One blogger reacted to the Donegal economic crisis like this: “Nobody to be left there but the Clannad crowd and the gay, Irish language poet,Cathal O Searcaigh of Fairytale of Kathmandu fame.“Anyone familiar with the song “The Hills of Donegal”? The lyrics talk about building a wall to keep the people out of Donegal; better yet, building it would keep them in.“The real solution to unemployment in Donegal might be in the words of the chorus: Casinos, chicken ranches, I’d legalize them all We’d have our own Las Vegas in the hills of Donegal Yeah, Las Vegas in the hills of Donegal.“Think about the boost to tourism: jobs, new restaurants and hotels, A veritable Monte Carlo, unfortunately with lousy weather. Wait a second, John Gormley of the Greens could get the EU to concentrate all global warming in Donegal. “Rossnowlagh Beach could be the Malibu of Ireland, once you cleared out the knackers in the caravans. Just think of the possibilities.”Another poster to the site reacts: “That’s good…..Their could be legalized brothels (tho that would give jobs to Africans and Russians–not Irish). Gambling, too, though I don’t think there’s a single race track in the entire county.“Still, they could have slots, blackjack etc. And they could bus in punters from across the border. I’ve been in places like Reno, Vegas, Atlantic City. Donegal can match them. Plus, since that’s an indoor lifestyle, it wouldn’t matter if it was howling rain outside, just like it doesn’t matter if it’s 110 on the street outside the joints in Vegas. And maybe an Irish language casino sa Ghaeltacht. You’re on to something.”EndsOUTRAGE AT ‘BROTHELS & CASINOS’ CURE FOR DONEGAL RECESSION was last modified: December 12th, 2010 by gregShare 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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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Lakers split their two-game series with the Warriors though they trailed 24-8 in the first quarter Tuesday with their starters on the floor and returned home Thursday after 10 days of training camp and trade winds in Oahu. It was a trip that did not end on a good note. Odom struggled in his second game playing in the backcourt. Chris Mihm threw away too many passes and picked up too many fouls. Kwame Brown was two steps slow getting to places he should have been. And with Bryant unable to take control as he did Tuesday scoring 16 of his game-high 28 points in the second quarter the Lakers never were a threat. Even so, Bryant tried to encourage his teammates to run the triangle despite the score. “I could have broken out of the system and just went nuts, but it just doesn’t make sense to do that because it doesn’t improve us as a ballclub,” Bryant said. “Just stay patient. It will come.” The Lakers had hoped their pressure defense could cover for their lack of familiarity in the offense. It didn’t work, though, as Golden State countered the basics of the triangle and the Lakers were unable to turn to the automatic sets they use in certain situations. They won’t be playing Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom for only a half each. They won’t be facing the same team on back-to-back nights. They won’t have had just 12 practices to get to know each other from total strangers on the court. But the Lakers at least had to wonder after Wednesday night’s 112-81 exhibition loss to the Golden State Warriors in Honolulu just how long it will take to get the triangle offense together, especially with the season opener now less than three weeks away. They staggered and struggled with the offense all game, totaling 27 turnovers, falling behind by 25 points out of halftime and managing just one field goal in the fourth quarter. It was “futile exercise’ in coach Phil Jackson’s estimation afterward. One problem is the Lakers have players with varying comfort levels in the offense. There are five players who learned the triangle in Jackson’s first tenure as coach. There are another five who got a taste of it at the end of last season with interim coach Frank Hamblen. Then there are nine players who are totally new to the triangle. And further compounding things, the Lakers have been trying at the same time to learn a defense that is new to everyone. They have spent mornings working on defense and afternoons on offense. Yet the Lakers insist that there is time enough to learn the offense before their season opener, fast approaching on Nov. 2 at Denver. “It’s tricky because when you get it, you get it,” Bryant said. “It seems like it just kind of comes out of nowhere. But in reality, it’s all the little steps that we’ve been doing. When you get it, you get it. Then you just start seeing the rhythm click.” Point taken With Bryant struggling, the Lakers searched for a secondary scorer Wednesday and ended up totaling only 18 points in the second quarter. And where they will find points besides Bryant and Odom this season is a major question. After trading away Caron Butler in the offseason, the Lakers have a roster with only two players (Bryant and Odom) who are career double-figure scorers. “There was a dearth there,” Jackson said. “We’ll have different things for our team when we get into the season that’ll take care of things like that. But right now, I force them into a struggle situation sometimes to make sure that they have a resolve or see who can step in and fill that void. It didn’t work (Wednesday) at all.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “When it’s not moving fluid, when you look out on the floor, nobody looks like they know the system,” guard Aaron McKie said. “That’s just a matter of playing with each other a little bit more and getting to know each other a little bit better.” By the middle of the third quarter, though, Bryant had to direct his teammates to the right spots on the floor and grew frustrated when he couldn’t get fed the ball in the post. He never got in rhythm, finishing with 11 points and taking only eight shots. last_img read more

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