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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_imgRe “Why?” (Your opinions, Nov. 25): Martha Evans asked why anyone would steal an American flag from her front porch. There are two possibilities: First, there are a few people who can’t tolerate such a display of patriotism. Second, if the flag was left outside after dark, someone who hates such discourtesy to the flag may have been the culprit. – Sid Conkwright Van Nuys – Trudy Sibley Northridge Yagman caught Re “Attorney Yagman gets three-year sentence” (Nov. 28): I’ve been wondering when the law would catch up with Stephen Yagman. I’ve been following his shenanigans for more than 20 years. His sentence is too light. – Evelyn Kaufman Studio City City thuggery Re “$52-a-parcel tax proposed for transportation” (Nov. 29): Every time the Los Angeles City Council wants money, it attacks homeowners. Why should the property owners alone pay for every improvement in the city? There are far more renters in town. Why not share the cost fairly? Could it be that Councilman Tom “LaSponge” LaBonge knows he will never get support for a new tax that reaches into everyone’s pocket? He and the council would rather persecute a minority, knowing they don’t have the numbers to override the tax, while the majority has nothing to lose. This is mob rule and thuggery at its worst. – Michael Guetzow Woodland Hills A Buckeye fan Re “Daily News rankings” (Nov. 28): For Scott Wolf to rank Ohio State seventh in the nation and add the comment “Nation dreads Buckeyes in the title game” are actions of a person out of touch with reality. Yes, Ohio State was beaten by Florida last year – badly – but this was due to coaching errors. This year it has the best defense in the country against good competition, with the exception of two weak teams. Yes, Ohio State lost to Illinois but Illinois is a good team. Scott Wolf wouldn’t know a good football team if the whole team fell on his head. – Harvey M. Piccus Tarzana Getting better Re “School tragedy” (You opinions, Nov. 30): It’s pretty standard to try to get your child enrolled wherever you consider the best school. But letter writer Terese Manzano got it wrong because there is no Agua Dulce High. The only high school in the Acton-Agua Dulce school system is Vasquez High School. It is certainly not as nice as the Hart district’s high schools and doesn’t have the same high test scores. That is primarily because most of the brighter parents place their kids in private school. The new school board has terminated some of the trash teachers and a thoroughly incompetent superintendent and principal. Test scores are going up, and more parents are keeping their kids in the high school. – Charles Brink North Hills Grade deflation Re “Prized recruits can’t make grade at UCLA” (Nov. 30): It would appear that the campaign to save Bruins coach Karl Dorrell’s job is now in full swing? Dorrell can’t recruit players because UCLA admission standards are too high? Am I to believe that this is bad? Isn’t that what a university is for? I wonder what the admission standards are at Utah, Notre Dame, Washington State, etc.? They must be lower than UCLA’s since they’ve got the better players. – William Conroy Northridge160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Pending disaster To even hint that SC abandon the Coliseum for the Rose Bowl reeks of treason and stupidity. The Rose Bowl is great – for the Rose Bowl January game. I can put up with the horrible no-back seats, the nightmare parking and the lack of access for the January game. But for SC home games? Ugh! The Coliseum is adjacent to campus. It has great seats, good access, OK parking, the Olympic torch, museums, diversity and the real urban downtown Los Angeles. Councilman Bernard Parks et al. must have visions of sugar-NFLs dancing in their heads to allow this pending disaster to come so far. last_img read more

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