Dr. Henry Kerali, World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone…As restitution for Ineligible ExpendituresFollowing series of letters from international partners concerning the George Weah Administration’s mishandling of donor funds, a World Bank letter, dated March 11, 2019, has called on Finance Minister Samuel Tweah to repay the amount of US$3,285,750 of “ineligible expenditures” back to the Bank’s account.The Daily Observer could not independently authenticate the letter. However Mr. Michael Sahr, a communications officer at the World Bank Liberia office, told the Daily Observer that the Bank was “working on a statement” concerning the letter, “to be released soon.”The World Bank’s letter, a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer, carbon copies (CC) to top leadership of ministries of Finance, Health, Gender, Children and Social Protection, Civil Service Agency, Forestry Development Authority, and the Liberia Water Sewer Corporation (LWSC).The money, according to the bank, includes US$35,750 worth of “stolen laptops” and unapproved debit of US$2 million, both from the Ebola Emergency Response Project; while the rest came from other unapproved debits from the Liberia Social Safety Nets Project under the Ministry of Health (US$500.000); Public Sector Modernization Project (US$500,000); Liberia Forest Sector Project under the FDA (US$200,000) and the Liberia Urban Water Supply Project (US$50,000).The letter, signed by Dr. Henry Kerali, World Bank Country Director for Liberia, Africa Region, said: “We refer to the letter on the Ineligible Expenditure of the above projects, dated on February 7, 2019, and your reply on February 28, 2019.“Therefore, we are concerned that the reply only came to us on the refund deadline date, February 28, 2019. This, notwithstanding, we take note of the proposal to extend the deadline to March 31, 2019. We will extend the same in our system, and consequently urge that you meet the revised set deadline,” the letter said.It further added, “We also note your request to replenish the project accounts with the amounts that were ineligible on this request; we would like to bring to your attention that once the refunds are declared ineligible and invoices issued; the only option for the government is to refund the money to the banking details provided in the invoices.“Further, we also note that the Government of Liberia (GoL) has started replenishing the project accounts with sums of money amounting to US$100,000, $200,000 and $50,000, respectively for Public Sector Modernization Project (P143064) credit IDA 53590, Liberia Forest Sector Project (P154114) credit or TF A2427 and Liberia Urban Water Project (P155947) credit IDA 57740.“We wish to emphasize that this is non-compliant with the instructions as per the expenditures amount in line with the respective issued invoices to refund the total ineligible expenditures amount in line with the respective issued invoices as attached to our original to our original letter dated February 7, 2019. Upon receipt, refunds made to the World Bank will be credited to the respective Financing Accounts,” the letter added.The letter continues, “This is to request you refund to the World Bank the amounts totaling US$3,285,750 for the reported ineligible expenditure by making a payment back to the bank through details that are provided in the invoices attached to this letter and confirm the refund on or before March 31, 2019. Should your team have any questions relating to the invoices, please contact [email protected]“We look forward to receiving the refunds within the specified time frame avoid the World Bank invoking the remedies stipulated in the applicable financing agreements of each project.”Although the ministry is yet to respond to bank’s request for the money in question, the Minister of Information on Thursday, told a news conference in Monrovia that the Government strategy, under its Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development, is to borrow, money under the scheme: “Dig hole, cover hole,” a Liberian parlance, which means to borrow money from different accounts to fulfill its obligations to an unrelated accounts payable.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation recently awarded $17,000 in grants to six organizations to aid them in their efforts to promote and improve Ohio’s agricultural industry as well as make a difference in their communities.The foundation’s Action & Awareness Grants focused on four core areas: economic development, education, environment and the human-animal bond. The grant amounts ranged from $2,000 to $3,000. Supported by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, public, charitable organization registered in Ohio.Grant recipients and projects:Acres of Adventure for its Ag Career Exploration Area, which will highlight career opportunities in agricultural fields such as ag technology, plant science, natural resources, biotechnology, ag business, food science and ag mechanics.Bowling Green State University for its Kids’ Tech University program, which sparks students’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). This year’s featured speaker will focus on the science of plant nutrient uptake and assimilation.Muskingum Soil & Water Conservation District to help it build upon its farm-to-school project with Zanesville City Schools.Ohio Energy Project to help fund two professional development workshops that give teachers behind-the-scenes access to the energy industry.Ohio State University Foundation to support its efforts to promote and provide resources for Ohio food processors.Seneca Soil & Water Conservation District for mobile video technology that will reinforce agriculture and conservation lessons for those who visit its conservation farms.The next round of funding for Action & Awareness grants is now open. To apply, visit https://ofbf.org/foundation/aagrants/.
Check out this creative short video that makes a big impact with it’s small design!What do you get when you combine pocket projectors, green screen footage and a unique creative vision? Speed of Light, a short video by London based directors The Theory and video studio Nexus Productions. The team recorded action against a green screen using actors, toy cars and a model helicopter. They projection mapped the video on the walls and desktops of their office with small pocket projectors, for a totally unique effect.Astonishingly, the video was completed using all real images and no CGI. Tight editing and effective sound design tied the whole piece together.
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, center, speaks to reporters at his basketball camp in Walnut Creek, Calif., Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)WALNUT CREEK, California — A rich new contract in hand, Stephen Curry is more determined than ever to give back both his time and financial resources wherever he is needed in the Bay Area.The Golden State Warriors superstar has yet to make a major purchase for himself since finalizing the $201 million, five-year contract late last month.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “I don’t know the ins and outs of what conversations are going on. It’s obviously surprising, but at the end of day nothing’s really surprising when it comes to story lines and things like that from year to year,” Curry said. “It’s just kind of the nature of the beast. I’m sure if something does happen I’ll be able to talk about it more but right now he’s still on Cleveland’s team.”While Curry received his hefty new deal, Warriors general manager Bob Myers kept nearly the entire title team intact for another championship chase.“It’s huge because we have great potential and opportunity to do some amazing things and win more championships,” Curry said. “When you have that chemistry, you don’t want it to end. You don’t want to have to kind of start over. I wouldn’t necessarily say rebuild, just take advantage of the camaraderie and the chemistry and the vibe that we’ve created around the Warriors organization.”It’s another whirlwind summer for Curry, who made an impressive appearance in last week’s Web.com Ellie Mae Classic golf tournament before missing the cut in the tournament, which is one step below the PGA Tour.Two championships in three years is pretty special, and he never forgets that.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “I don’t want to get too deep into it but for the last couple years trying to figure out how I can make the most impact off the court on a consistent and impactful basis,” the 29-year-old Curry said Monday, going on two months after winning another NBA title. “Going forward and obviously keying in on the Bay Area specifically to hopefully leave a lasting impact for all the good that has happened in my life and my family here since I’ve been here the last eight years.“Obviously over the next five to really impact the community for the better and use my platform, not only just dollars but my platform and connections and ideas to make that happen. The contract puts more of a responsibility to make that happen and I’m obviously aware of that. And I have a great team around me that’s going to help me do that.”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 starsThis week, the two-time NBA MVP is hosting his fourth annual SC30 Select Camp with about two dozen of the top high school players at The John Muir Ultimate Fieldhouse before a showcase event Tuesday night at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco. He dazzled the prospects with his shooting routine, provided coaching and even took part in some 3-on-3 right along with the campers.Curry said not much surprises him anymore when it comes to NBA drama such as Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving’s request to be traded and no longer play alongside LeBron James. They won a championship together in 2016 before the Warriors won the June rematch. McGregor’s biggest rival: ‘No way’ Conor beats Mayweather LATEST STORIES “I think about it every day and it kind of helps me put things in perspective, how blessed I am to be able to do what I’m able to do on and off the floor, the opportunities I have to even run a camp like this. Because I used to go to the camps of guys who played before me and learn from them and just be kind of awe-struck and eyes wide open trying to learn as much as I could,” he said. “Fast forward to these last few years and now I’m on the other side of that equation giving back to the next generation of players. All of that is very surreal but it’s humbling just to be in that position. 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What do Rudyard Kipling, the legendary English writer, German dictator Adolf Hitler, Greek philosopher Socrates, American poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, English poet John Milton, and the late American president Abraham Lincoln have to do with Indian cricket?Also, were American architect Daniel Hudson Burnham, English novelist and dramatist Henry Fielding, poets Laine Parsons, Sir Henry John Newbolt, an 18th century Anglo-Irish writer, and Oliver Goldsmith ever associated with the sport in India?And are the Hindu scriptures Katha Upanishad and Atharva Veda related to cricket?The answer to these questions is ‘no’. Okay, to give the benefit of doubt, one or two of these personalities – especially the Britons – may have followed cricket, but they were certainly not associated with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which incidentally is holding its annual general meeting today in Mumbai.Still, over the years, all the names and works mentioned above have repeatedly found a mention in the annual report of the BCCI, a very interesting document, to say the least.BCCI mandarins have had this common habit of quoting from the works of foreigners, particularly legendary poets and writers, in their reports that are part of the annual publication.Some of the well-known personalities that have held top posts in the BCCI – including president Jagmohan Dalmiya, secretaries JY Lele, Niranjan Shah and SK Nair, and treasurers Kishore Rungta and Jyoti Bajpai – used to quote couplets/sayings of these great men every year in their reports.advertisementOften, they also quoted Rabindranath Tagore, Katha Upanishad, Atharva Veda, and even MS Oberoi, the founder of the Oberoi group of hotels. Rungta even confessed in one of his reports that Oberoi was his hero.However, the great poets and philosophers have lately disappeared from the BCCI annual documents, as the present set of officials, led by N Srinivasan, have stopped using their quotes. They are now more to-the-point, rather mundane, as they recall the highlights of the year gone by in their write-ups.Niranjan Shah, currently the senior-most Board official who attended his first BCCI meeting way back in 1972-73, was the last office-bearer to quote from the works of a litterateur, Kipling, in the 78th BCCI annual report in 2006-07.Although Shah continued as secretary the next season as well, he did not include anyone’s work in the 2007-08 document – and with it ended a long-standing tradition.Present day officials stick to cricket, thus taking the ‘colour’ away from the pages of the annual publication, which contains the reports of the two secretaries and the treasurer, the balance sheet and a report on domestic tournaments.Same is the case with the 2011-12 annual report that will be tabled at Thursday’s AGM in Mumbai.The cover of the annual reports too has undergone a change. Until a few years ago, both the front and back covers used to be designed by an artist, who usually worked around bats, balls, and stumps.Now, the contemporary officebearers prefer photos of cricketers, preferably of the national team, senior or junior, which has won something. For the latest annual report, they have opted for the group photo of the Unmukt Chand-led India under-19 team that won the World Cup in Australia last month. Last year, the annual report cover carried the photo of MS Dhoni’s team that clinched the 50-over World Cup.Talking about photos, the 244-page 78th annual report of 2006-07 contained a whopping 35 photos of the then BCCI president Sharad Pawar.Journeyman coach looks for next prizeChandrakant Pandit.These are interesting times for Rajasthan cricket. Even though they lost the season-opening Irani Trophy to the Cheteshwar Pujara-led Rest of India on Monday, both Hrishikesh Kanitkar’s team and new coach Chandrakant Pandit could create different milestones.Rajasthan are chasing a hat-trick of Ranji Trophy titles, having won the national championship in the last two years. Pandit, who took over the reins from Amit Asawa – who was coach on both previous occasions – could establish a personal record if he guides Rajasthan to the title. He had earlier coached Mumbai to Ranji titles in 2003 and 2004 and if he is successful this year it could be his third national title as coach.Pandit, who was last year hired as Director of Cricket by the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) and is now doubling up as coach, is hopeful that Rajasthan would complete an unprecedented hat-trick of Ranji Trophy titles.”Definitely, every team would like to achieve the same result. Most players have the confidence. The self-belief and unity between the players is much more now,” Pandit told Mail Today, probably on the basis of what he saw during the 12-day preparatory camp held at the RCA Academy in Jaipur, before the Irani Trophy.advertisementPandit, however, does not want to put pressure on the team before the Ranji Trophy championship starts on November 2. “They have to main their reputation by playing well. The results will follow if we play disciplined cricket. But there is no point in putting pressure on players,” he said. By signing for Rajasthan, Pandit has renewed his partnership with captain Kanitkar. They were together in the same coach-captain relationship for Maharashtra, when Pandit joined as coach in 2005 and Kanitkar was captain.”Kanitkar as captain is cool. He’d like to continue in the same vein [from last year]. All of us believe in [the] process. Now, we need to get confidence,” said Pandit, who knows the captain from his Maharashtra experience. Now, if he can help Rajasthan win their third successive Ranji title, it would be a personal record for him.Indian cricket stays dope freeVirender Sehwag recently had to undergo a ‘routine, random’ ICC drug test in Sri Lanka.While some of the other Indian sports federations are battling to control the doping menace among athletes, the BCCI can proudly claim that no cricketer has returned a positive result in dope tests since 2002, be it at home or at ICC-organised tournaments.This happy scenario is largely a result of the BCCI’s efforts to educate players about the ill-effects of doping, as part of its Anti-Doping Education Programs (ADEP). The Board has been organising workshops for players and support staff of the various teams, ranging from under-16 to the senior side, and also the women’s teams.Between July 11 and March 2012, a total of 874 players and support staff took part in the workshops organised by the Board under ADEP. The BCCI also organised workshops for education of IPL and Champions League T20 teams.126 cricket trophies in India’s cabinet and countingGuess how many trophies are currently in BCCI’s possession The answer is, hold your breath: 126. Yes, last month’s under-19 World Cup was the 126th trophy that has come India’s way, as per BCCI records. This list includes trophies won by men and women in bilateral exchanges as well as at junior levels. The three most outstanding trophies are the Prudential Cup, presented for winning the 1983 60-over World Cup, and the 50-over World Cup last year, and the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say BVB chief Zorc: We know Man Utd target Sancho not here in five yearsby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc accepts they’re on borrowed time regarding Jadon Sancho.The England international is being linked with Manchester United and former club Manchester City.Zorc told Kicker: “Of course, the absolute big clubs are not blind.”You do not have to be a prophet to say that Jadon will certainly not be here for another five years. “But he knows very well that he has taken this positive development at Borussia Dortmund. I doubt that would have been possible with top English clubs. We trust the players very early, are not afraid to let them play. He acknowledges that.”
KAT SkillsMinnesota Timberwolves rookie sensation Karl-Anthony Towns just captured the Taco Bell Skills Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto. The mega-talented big man knocked off a point guard (Boston’s Isaiah Thomas) in the finals. He took down fellow Kentucky Wildcat Boogie Cousins and Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green in order to reach the last round. After his win, Towns was mobbed by the other UK players in attendance. Karl-Anthony Towns beats Isaiah Thomas in the Skills Challenge pic.twitter.com/UGoJhvD5Nm— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) February 14, 2016Man I love the NBA! Best All-star weekend there is haha! Karl Anthony Towns! https://t.co/yVs1EahHeB— Per Sources Sports (@PerSources14) February 14, 2016Keep in mind, this was the first year that front-court players participated in this event. Previously, it had been a guards-only affair. Yup, Towns is really, really good.
AutoMobile International Terminal, a joint venture of SAAM Puertos and Terminal Zárate, part of Argentinean group Murchison, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA) to develop a Ro-Ro terminal at the Port of Mobile.This deal represents the first step in the process of sealing the USD 60 million agreement to develop a RoRO terminal in the only deepwater port in Alabama.James K. Lyons, Director and CEO of ASPA, said that the agreement represents a key step in diversifying the Alabama State Port Authority’s businesses while providing a strategic asset for automotive terminals and shipowners.“The project will allow the Murchison Group and Terminal Zárate to continue expanding into new markets and diversifying their business matrix by partnering with SAAM,” Roberto Murchison, Chairman of Terminal Zárate, said commenting on the MoU.The bids for terminal operator were launched in 2016 in order to meet the growing demand in the region for importing/exporting automobiles manufactured in the United States and the Gulf of Mexico.The terminal will have a capacity for up to 210,000 vehicles per year, according to Chilean terminal operator SAAM Puertos. The facilities will be located on a 23-hectare lot and a wharf with a draft of 12.2 meters, and are well connected to local railroads and highways.It would replace the current model of car exports in the region where the cars are loaded onto ships at ports in other states.Image Courtesy: SAAM Ports
APTN National NewsThe Treaty 1 to 11 gathering is a growing movement made up of grassroots people and First Nations leaders from communities within the Treaty 1 to 11 areas.They held a meeting near Brandon, Man., this week.APTN National News host Michael Hutchinson was there and brings this report.