In its Financial and Economic Bulletin, Volume 15 Number 3 for the period — July to September 2014 — the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has projected that the agriculture sector will “slightly grow.”The CBL, however, gives a gloomy picture of all other sectors that are projected to decline.According to the CBL, real Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which was earlier projected at 5.9 percent for 2014, has been revised to 1.0 percent, from 8.7 percent at end-2013.“The 7.7 percentage points decline in growth was driven by weaker than anticipated fall in economic activities as a result of the Ebola epidemic,” the Bank said in its Financial and Economic Bulletin.Except agriculture which, the CBL stated, is expected to slightly grow, all other sectors are projected to decline, including forestry to 0.0 percent, down from 0.5 percent; mining and panning, to negative 5.9 percent, down from 49.6 percent; manufacturing to 4.2 percent, down from 9.2 percent and services to 2.9 percent, down from 7.2 percent at end—2013, respectively.The CBL, in its quarterly publication, states that the growth outlook for the Liberian economy in 2015 is projected at 0.0 percent due largely to the intensity of the virus, which is expected to subside by late 2015.Sectorial Review: Agriculture and Forestry The performance of the agricultural sector was mixed during the quarter, the CBL said. Except for coffee, which was not produced and sawn timber which declined, rubber, cocoa and round logs experienced quarterly growth, respectively.RubberRubber production for the quarter ended September, 2014, was 17,112.0 metric tons, up from 11,106.0 metric tons produced during the preceding quarter, representing an increase of 6,006.0 metric tons. The growth in rubber output was largely driven by increased production by one of the main rubber producing concessionaries. Year-on-year comparison showed that rubber production expanded by 131.4 percent.Cocoa and CoffeeCocoa production at end-September 2014, stood at 1,430.0 metric tons, up from 818.0metric tons produced during the previous quarter. The growth in cocoa production was in response to rise in the global market price of the commodity. When matched against the corresponding quarter of 2013, cocoa output contracted by 29.0 percent. Quarterly and yearly analyses on coffee production could not be done due to unavailability of data for the current and previous quarters of 2014.Sawn TimberSawn Timber output during the review quarter declined by 74.6 percent to 69, 441.0 pieces, down from 273, 1150.0 pieces produced in the preceding quarter. The fall in sawn timber production was mainly explained by the current restrictions imposed by policymakers to contain the spread of the EVD. On a year-on-year basis, sawn timber production fell by 35,827.0 pieces (34.5 percent).Round LogsRound Logs produced during the quarter totaled 43,168 cubic meters, 17.1 percent lower than the quantity produced during the preceding quarter. The fall in production was also due to the restrictions imposed by the Government to contain the further spread of the Ebola virus.Year-on-year comparison showed that production in the review quarter increased by 20,338.0 cubic meters compared with the same period a year ago.The CBL Financial and Economic Bulletin further reports that the performance of the mining sector was mixed during the quarter. While diamond slightly expanded in production, gold and iron ore outputs experienced declines.GoldThe production of gold for the quarter ended September, 2014 stood at 4,044.0 ounces. This level of production was down by 2,593 ounces when compared the preceding quarter of 2014. Similarly, yearly comparison revealed that gold output declined by 2,593.0 ounces from the level recorded at end-September, 2013.DiamondDiamond output during the review quarter stood at 20,626.0 carats, up from 19,555.0 carats produced during the previous quarter of 2014.Iron OreIron ore output at end-September 2014 fell by 0.3 percent to 1,109,246 metric tons, down from 1, 357,825.0 metric tons. Year-on-year analysis showed that production in the quarter expanded by 2.9 percent compared with third quarter of 2013.ManufacturingOutput in the manufacturing sector was mixed. Of the twenty-one commodities regularly assessed, sixteen commodities (76.2) recorded declines at end-September, 2014 due mainly to the intensity of the EVD that hit the country while the balance five commodities (23.8 percent experienced growth.CementThe production of cement at end-September, 2014, stood 49,285.0 metric tons, 44,011.0 metric tons lower than that of the previous quarter. The decline in cement production was restrained coupled with the intensity of the EVD. When assessed against the corresponding period of 2013, production declined by 8.2 percent or 4,389.0 metric tons.BeveragesTotal production of beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) during the quarter was 3.5 million litres, 3.1 million litres lower than the previous quarter’s production.The fall in beverages output was on account of lower demand for the commodities as a result of the national health crisis. When matched against the same period a year earlier, output contracted by 2.6 million litres or 42.2 percent. Of the quarter’s total production, alcoholic beverages (spirits, beer and stout) accounted for 58.7 percent, while the share of non-alcoholic beverages (Malta and Soft drinks) constituted 41.3 percent.SoapSoap output during the review quarter increased by 19.4 percent or 12,095.0 kilograms, to 74,560.0 kilograms, up from 62, 465.0 kilograms produced in the preceding quarter. The growth in soap output was on account of surging demand against the fight of the Ebola virus. When compared with the corresponding period in 2014, soap production increased by 16.8 percent or 10, 701.0 kilograms.ChloroxProduction of chlorox during the quarter stood at 416, 395.0 litres, up by 78.2 percent or 182, 683.0 litres compared to the previous quarter. The surge in output was influenced by increased demand for the production as an antidote to the spread of the EVD as compared in 2013 which production expanded to 208, 913.0 litres.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Skeldon Energy Inc (SEI) is exploring the possibility of using grass to produce steam for its turbine generators as the main source of fuel.Following successful tests of its power steam generation using firewood, SEI is now saying that the giant king grass can produce more steam. The giant king grass grows up to 10 feet in height.SEI is currently using wood as fuel for the plant. While producing sugar at the Skeldon Factory may no longer be an option, SEI is still hoping to ensure the continued use of the Co-gen Plant, and job creation.The giant king grass was introduced to Guyana a few years ago for the same purpose. The grass is to be used to feed the boilers that generate steam return to steam turbines.SEI has two 15-megawatt turbines. The turbines would require 300-400 tons of grass for a 24-hour period.Farmers who are interested in cultivating the grass will be given seedlings.SEI Operations Manager John Lonckee told Guyana Times that a five-acre nursery of the giant king grass has already been established.“From that plot we would send to the farmers who are willing to grow the grass and within grass at about eight feet in height,” Lonckee explained.The project aims at benefiting cane farmers who were left jobless owing to the closure of the estate.Former SEI Board Member Gobin Harbhajan explained that apart from cane farmers, persons with large quantities of land were also being invited to be part of the project.Recently, the SEI met with them to introduce the project.“This cycle of grass has two crops…. The SEI management will work out arrangements for transportation and advise on how they can plant it.”The giant king grass project is being touted as one way to reduce the unemployment rate on the Corentyne.Harbhajan says there will be a guaranteed market for the grass.“The Co-gen Plant which utilises biomass fuel is here to stay. No matter what happens.It is a business opportunity, get to supply the grass despite who takes over the Co-gen because they will need wood, grass, etc, and this grass is feasible. Pest would not affect it and it grows up to 10 feet and you can harvest it for 10 years,” Harbhajan said.The Co-generation Plant was purchased from GuySuCo for an announced price of US$30 million by SEI – a special purpose company owned by the Government’s holding company, the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), and the Guyana Power and Light (GPL).
Hero Caribbean Premier League 2018…St Lucia Stars produced yet another dominant performance with the bat as they took on the clinical Barbados Tridents on Friday evening at the Darren Sammy Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia.Andre Fletcher and Kieron PollardStars once again treated their supporters batting first and registering the highest Caribbean Premier League (CPL) total of 226-6 in 20 overs. An impressive feat after equaling the record a day ago against the defending champions, and somehow not being victorious.They were led by a solid captain’s knock of 104 from Kieron Pollard and an aggressive attack from Andre Fletcher.Fletcher launched his assault very early taking 20 off of Mohammed Irfan in the first over, but Tridents struck right back with some offence of their own as captain Jason Holder removed the dangerous David Warner with scoring on his second delivery.Wahab Riaz and Martin Guptill celebrate the dismissal of Lendl SimmonsNicholas Pooran made no mistake in taking the catch behind the stumps, but unlucky for Warner who hit a crafty unbeaten 72 against TKR on Thursday at the same venue.The big man, Rahkeem Cornwall, entered at three and was once again effective with the bat smashing three maximums and two fours in an 11-ball 30.Cornwall and Fletcher assaulted Irfan and Holder to bring up the first 50 in 3.5 overs. However, it was a good show to back up the 53 scored against TKR by Cornwall before he held out to Holder off Wahab Riaz. Stars were now 57 – 2.Riaz struck the very next ball as Lendl Simmons was trapped leg before wicket for a duck to leave Stars looking vulnerable at 57 – 3.That meant the entrance of the captain Kieron Pollard, coming off a brilliant 65 not out. Of course he had enough experience to survive the hat-trick ball and keep the board ticking.Andre FletcherFletcher and the skipper put on a dazzling show as Stars did not miss a step with the bat. The opener reached the half century mark in 34 balls while it took Pollard one ball less to achieve his 50.Their 148-run fourth wicket partnership ensured a commanding end to their first innings. The partnership was broken in the 19th over when Fletcher was caught off Riaz for 80 after hitting sixes fours and an equal number of sixes in his 52-ball stay. Stars were 204-5.Pollard’s triple was constructed with six fours and eight sixes in 53 balls – the 54th one, he was caught by Dwayne Smith off Raymon Reifer in the final over. It was an eventful final over which cost 10 runs and saw Darren Sammy being caught by Ashley Nurse for 0.Riaz finished with 3 – 35 while Reifer was expensive with 2 – 67 and Holder accounted for the other wicket. He went for 42 in his four overs.Up to press time, Tridents were 44 for one from 5 over in reply.
But California Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, who also serves as a trustee, said the raises were a “very serious mistake,” arguing that the hikes were excessive and inappropriate at a time when students have faced a recent string of fee increases. He also said that he saw no evidence that salary levels were affecting recruiting and retention. “If any of the presidents are leaving, that’s news to me,” said Garamendi, who joined trustee Ricardo Icaza as the only votes against the raises. Garamendi also questioned whether there is a gap in total compensation, which includes salaries and benefits. But Reed said the university has had difficulty recruiting the best candidates for presidential openings because of the salary gap and caps on contributions to the state retirement system. “I have been turned down numerous times because of the compensation lags” in the CSU system, he said. Reed said an analysis of other institutions shows that there is not a gap in benefits. Students at the meeting said the salary increases were unfair considering that they have experienced fee increases and overcrowded classrooms. “We simply do not understand why our funding is lining the pockets of CSU executives instead of investing it in the classroom,” said 22-year-old Angela Stubbs, a senior at California State University, San Marcos. The CSU system is pursuing the pay increases to help offset a salary gap it says exists between the Cal State system and a comparison group of 20 academic institutions tracked by a CSU-hired consulting group. In July, the firm – Mercer Human Resources Consulting – noted that the average CSU president’s salary of $259,435 is 46 percent behind the comparison group salary of $378,774. In addition to salary, CSU presidents can live in a university residence or, if none is available, receive an annual housing allowance. Presidents also receive a vehicle or a monthly car allowance of $1,000. In a separate action Wednesday, trustees approved a new goal of increasing faculty and executive salaries over the next four years to the point where they match the average salaries of the same group of 20 comparison institutions. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The board voted 14-2 to raise presidents’ salaries by an average of 11.8 percent, retroactive to July 1, in an effort to reduce a pay gap calculated by a CSU-hired human resources consultant. The board also increased the salaries of several high-level CSU executives, including Chancellor Charles B. Reed, whose salary will jump from $377,000 to $421,500. F. King Alexander, president of California State University, Long Beach, will get a nearly 10 percent pay increase – from $291,208 to $320,329. Mildred Garcia, president of California State University, Dominguez Hills, did not receive a salary increase Wednesday because she is new to the job. Some trustees said the pay increasees were necessary to retain and recruit high-quality presidents and executives who often can find better salaries and retirement benefits elsewhere. SALARIES: Boost in pay is to attract and retain talent, university system’s board says. By Kevin Butler STAFF WRITER Facing objections from some students and faculty, the California State University Board of Trustees on Wednesday voted to increase the salaries of university presidents to make them more competitive with other institutions.
St. Eunan’s GAA club have a great Cookery Demonstration Fundraiser coming up with well known local chef Martin Anderson on Thursday, Dec. 1st upstairs in the Clubhouse. Martin of Sonder Cafe is creating ‘An Alternative Christmas Dinner’ upstairs in the newly refurbished St Eunans clubhouse with doors opening at 8:00.Full bar available and Christmas Hamper and spot prizes to be won. A great night’s entertainment is guaranteed and tickets are available for €10 from the following members:Anne Russell 086-834 2449Yvonne Phillips 087-627 5410Mary Carr 086-164 0868Toni Harvey 087-783 0199Eunan O Donnell 087-677 5637St. Eunan’s to host an ‘Alternative Christmas Dinner’ demonsration fundraiser was last modified: November 26th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:cookingMartin AndersonSonderSt Eunans
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsStuckey could not be reached for comment Thursday. But Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller said Stuckey turned the report in on time, satisfied the terms of his 12-week contract and has been paid in full. “Now it’s up to the professionals in the Animal Services Department to decide what to do with the recommendations,” Miller said. Animal Services Commission President Kathy Riordan said she appreciated that Stuckey met the deadline. “We’ll want to review what he has to say to see if it is anything different from what we’re doing now,” Riordan said. Stuckey’s contract was approved 9-3 by the City Council in February over protests that it set an unfavorable precedent and undercut the mayor’s power to hire and fire department managers. Ousted Animal Services chief Guerdon Stuckey – paid $50,000 to recommend ways to improve spay and neutering services – has submitted a 32-page report saying the major cause of pet overpopulation is the behavior of animal owners. Stuckey, who became a lightning rod for animal-rights activists and was fired by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa late last year, was commissioned to write the report as part of a deal in which he dropped plans to sue the city over his termination. While Stuckey does offer general recommendations for reducing the number of animals euthanized at city shelters, animal advocates said the report – which one critic compared to a term paper – offers little new information. “I hate to say this, but I had low expectations and it sounds like they were met,” said Charlotte Laws, an animal-welfare advocate. “All these recommendations are what everyone is doing. We didn’t need to pay $50,000 for this.” Animal activists also accused the council of rewarding Stuckey despite continuing problems within the department. City Council members said they had not yet seen the report. But an aide to Councilman Jack Weiss, who had opposed the deal, said Weiss will be the first to review it as chairman of the Public Safety Committee. Stuckey opens his report with a discussion about the love Americans have for their pets, and traces the history of animal shelters back to the early 1900s. He also recommends proceeding with plans that are already under way: advocating spay and neuter programs to reduce the number of strays; developing an aggressive pet-adoption program; creating a fund for donations; and creating education and political outreach. “The idea that shelter overpopulation is a matter of too many animals being warehoused or euthanized is too simplistic,” Stuckey said in the report that cites studies done by various groups and individuals across the country. “Likewise, the notion of building more shelters or creating more rescue groups will alleviate the overpopulation. Those types of pursuits only address the symptoms. Human behavior is the variable that drives the issue.” The concept of a no-kill policy for Los Angeles shelters was adopted in 2003 by former Mayor James Hahn, who said it would take five years to implement. Stuckey said he was on the path to doing that but was replaced when Villaraigosa defeated Hahn. In addition, Stuckey noted that the department had three general managers in three years, making it difficult for a consistent policy to be put in place. The former general manager also suggests in the report that the city consider formally surveying other animal-regulation departments around the country to assess what they are doing to develop a comparison for Los Angeles. As part of the report, he provided general comparison information between Los Angeles and three areas with active no-kill policies: San Francisco, Richmond, Va., and Tompkins County, N.Y. Los Angeles is doing as much as the other cities in promoting programs such as spay-neuter, Stuckey said, but needs to do more to educate the public and develop closer ties with the humane community. Stuckey became a target of animal-rights extremists during his 11-month tenure. His downtown apartment was smoke-bombed and his wife felt so threatened that she left Los Angeles. The Animal Services Department became an issue during last year’s mayoral campaign and Villaraigosa pledged he would replace Stuckey if he was elected. Ed Boks, who replaced Stuckey as animal services director, said he never heard from his predecessor and already is taking steps to implement change in the department. “We have started a friends organization to accept donations from some of our foundations and we are expanding all our spay and neuter efforts,” Boks said. “We are in the process of opening our new shelters, and each one will have spay and neutering facilities.” Boks said the euthanasia rate of animals is dropping. “Even with all the controversy involving Mr. Stuckey and that I’m the fourth general manager in four years, over the last five years the euthanasia rate is down by 50 percent. In the first four months of this year, it’s down an additional 35 percent, so a lot fewer animals are dying in Los Angeles.” email@example.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Seniors and Reserves both suffered defeat on Sunday away to Four Masters. Despite a late flurry, the seniors were beaten by 3 points. The Reserves went down by the narrowest of margins on a score of 0-13 to 1-09.The seniors have no game this weekend and the reserves may be in Malin for a rescheduled game on Saturday, keep an eye on social media for confirmation.The Juniors narrowly defeated N. Conaill on Saturday evening in Glenties to advance to the q-finals of the championship. The Senior Hurlers game v Burt scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed. They are due to take on Derrynoose in the Ulster Táin League Div. 3 this Saturday (19th) in Garvaghey at 4pm, any changes on social media.The Senior Ladies were beaten in Milford in their first game in the championship on Sunday morning, they play the return leg on Sunday week, July 27th and must win by more than 6 points due to aggregate scoring.Best of luck to Donegal and all our representatives in both the minor and senior games on Sunday in Clones. Be sure to get there for the minor match, throw-in is at 2pm with the senior game at 4pm.The U16 Boys football League quarter-finals will be announced in the coming days, keep an eye on social media. The U16 Girls home game v Milford this Friday has been postponed.The U13 Girls league is due to begin at the end of August. There are plans for some friendlies beforehand.The Hurling minors lost out on the semi-final of the A Championship on Sunday evening in a bruising encounter where the Letterkenny lads did not take a backward step. Stephen Doherty, the captain, lead his team from start to finish. In truth the whole team should be proud of their display this season. The U16 hurlers have a busy week this week. They played away to the Gaels on Tuesday and also away to Buncrana this Thursday at 7pm. The U12 hurlers play at home to MacCumhaills at 7pm this Thursday. Good luck to the U14, U15 and U16 hurlers representing their county this Saturday. Good luck also to the U12 hurlers who represent the club in the county skills competition this Saturday in Convoy Centre of Excellence at 1:30pm.The U12 boys finished their season in fine style in Gaoth Dobhair on Friday night winning Group A. training continues on Friday’s at 5:15pm for the upcoming U13 championships with Danny O’Donnell.Cúl Camps will be on in O’Donnell Park on July 28th – August 1st (Football) and August 11th – 15th (Hurling & Camogie). You can book online on the Kellogg’s Cúl Camps website or with Paul McGovern (086-8114151). There were 3 winners that matched numbers and win €35 each in this week’s Lotto draw. Terence Gallagher, Castleshanaghan (card), Mark McCloskey, c/o Evolve Menswear and Paddy Sweeney, 2 Hideout view (both Adrian). The winning numbers were: 10-11-13-23 and next week’s jackpot is €1,625.The Minor Board will meet at 7pm on Tuesday evening (July 22nd) in the Clubhouse.GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S U12 BOYS FINISH LEAGUE IN STYLE WITH WIN IN GAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: July 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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:St Eunan’s GAA
A DONEGAL athletics club has been named the best in the country for young people at a special awards ceremony last night.Athletics Ireland celebrated 2014 in a Tullamore hotel – and Finn Valley Athletics Club was given the top Drifters Cup gong, ahead of famous Cork club Leevale AC.The award is for the best club with athletes between 12 and 19 both indoor and outdoor and is in recognition of the incredible work done for young people at a club which also hosts the schools athletics competitions. This award has been won in recent years by Waterford club Ferrybank so it marks great progress from the Stranorlar-based outfit.“It’s a reward for dedication, coach input and a strong structure and the creation of a positive training environment plus strong leadership,” said Neil Martin who along with Bernie O Callaghan attended the function.In attendance also was James Kelly who picked up the Donegal young athlete of the year award.In 2014 James achieved in shot discus and javelin nationally and at year end won the British shot title and further medalled in the javelin. His older brother John had won this award previously.In this family rivalry and suppport go hand in hand….from St Johnston and a student at Royal and Prior, he is coached by dad John. FINN VALLEY AC NAMED THE BEST CLUB IN THE COUNTRY! was last modified: March 1st, 2015 by John2Share 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:awardClubFinn Valley AC
Jimenez has been named in the Mexico squad for this summer’s World Cup. He scored just six league goals in 2017/18, and the 27-year-old’s overall Benfica record reads 31 goals and 15 assists in 120 appearances.And now Jimenez will continue his career in England with Wolves, according to Record.He will sign for the Premier League new-boys on a season-long loan deal, with the deal including an option to buy him outright for around £31m (€35m). The report states that the negotiation process, which has been led by Jorge Mendes, is already ‘complete’. 2 Jimenez will showcase his talents as part of Mexico’s squad at the World Cup Jimenez scored only six league goals last season 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers are continuing their preparations for their return to the Premier League by signing Raul Jimenez on loan from Benfica.Jimenez, the Mexico forward, has played for the Portuguese giants for the last three years, leaving Atletico Madrid for Benfica in the summer of 2015.