Strong growth in the majority of sub-Saharan Africa’s economies should underpin a robust regional expansion in 2014 and 2015, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Africa Department said in its latest regional outlook.In most countries, growth benefits from a combination of infrastructure investment, expanding services, and robust agricultural production. Growth momentum remains particularly strong in Nigeria, the region’s largest economy, and in the region’s low income countries. Recent revisions of national accounts data, notably in Nigeria, have also revealed that the economies of the region are more diversified than previously thought, highlighting in particular the large role played by services.The IMF’s latest Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa, including Liberia, projects regional gross domestic product (GDP) growth to pick up from about five percent in 2013-14 to 5¾ percent in 2015. This overall positive outlook is, however, overshadowed by pockets of acute difficulty in a few countries. In Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the Ebola outbreak is exacting a heavy human and economic toll. The Ebola death toll has surpassed 5,000 and thousands others are infected with the virus amidst reports of thousands of new cases. Growth projection for the economies of the three countries has been revised downward to about 1% for Liberia, from a 5.9% in 2014. In addition, the security situation continues to be difficult in some countries, including the Central African Republic and South Sudan.In a few other countries activity is facing headwinds from domestic policies. In South Africa growth remains lackluster under the drag of difficult labor relations, low confidence, and inadequate electricity supply. More worrisome, in a few countries, including Ghana and, until recently, Zambia, large macroeconomic imbalances have resulted in pressures on the exchange rate and inflation.Rising vulnerabilitiesA more protracted Ebola outbreak or a wider extension of the epidemic could have severe consequences for the economy of the region, as it would undermine trade, transport activities, and investment. In other parts of sub-Saharan Africa, a deterioration of the security situation could also have severe regional spillovers.In a few other countries, rapid growth has masked increasing fiscal vulnerabilities, especially where large deficits have been prompted by an acceleration of recurrent spending.Less supportive environmentDuring the past decade, growing links with emerging markets have supported the region’s expansion and economic diversification but have also increased its vulnerability to external shocks.Although global growth is projected to gradually strengthen, an expected deceleration in emerging markets and a rebalancing of Chinese demand toward private consumption will make the external environment less supportive for the region. In particular, these trends could soften global demand for key sub-Saharan African exports, including commodities.Tightening financial conditions — stemming from a faster-than-expected normalization of U.S. monetary policy, adverse geopolitical developments, or a worsening of the countries’ fundamentals — could also result in lower and more expensive access to external funding and a scaling down of foreign direct investment.Sustaining high growthFor the vast majority of the countries the over-riding policy objective remains sustaining high growth to facilitate employment creation and inclusive growth, while preserving macroeconomic stability. Countries should continue to prioritize growth-enhancing measures, including by directing public spending toward investment in infrastructure and other development spending and safeguarding social safety nets.Boosting fiscal revenue mobilization and improving the business climate also remain important policy priorities. Monetary policies should continue to focus on consolidating the gains achieved in recent years in reducing inflation.In the few countries where large fiscal deficits and sharply risen current spending have become a cause of concern, these imbalances should be addressed but fiscal consolidation should avoid overly adverse consequences on the poor and other vulnerable groups.In countries affected by the Ebola epidemic, fiscal accounts are coming under considerable pressure. Ideally, support should be provided through grants from the donor community. However, when grants are not immediately forthcoming, and provided that public debt is manageable, fiscal deficits should be allowed to widen, subject to the availability of financing.Building up resilienceThe Regional Economic Outlook also discusses, in two background studies, how fragile states can become more resilient and how countries in the region can cover their remaining infrastructure deficit.The first study compares the experience of countries that were deemed fragile in the 1990s and have managed to build resilience since then with that of other countries that have not made progress or have even regressed. The analysis performed on a panel data from 26 sub-Saharan African countries and on four case studies from the region highlights that overcoming fragility is a slow and complex process.Succeeding in these efforts requires an appropriate combination of well-prioritized actions, including a political arrangement that deters violence, strong leadership, and selected policies geared at fostering good governance, transparency, and economic stability. In particular, strengthening fiscal institutions is critical, both to create the fiscal space needed to deliver key public services and urgent investments, and to establish trust between the citizens and the state.International stakeholders should be prepared to engage with these countries on a long-term basis, both to support their capacity building process and to provide the high levels of aid that may continue to be needed until the country has achieved a minimum level of resilience.Addressing infrastructure deficitThe second study reviews the progress achieved in recent years by countries in sub-Saharan Africa in fulfilling their need to expand their infrastructure, highlighting the current trends in financing these operations and the challenges that lie ahead. The study finds that many countries in the region have sustained a high level of public investment, but only some of them have managed to improve their infrastructure significantly.The major obstacle to addressing the continent’s infrastructure deficit does not generally appear to be a lack of financing, but rather capacity constraints in developing and implementing projects. The study concludes that countries should seek to make the most of new financing instruments and flows by improving their absorptive capacity and removing remaining regulatory constraints, while controlling fiscal risks and maintaining debt sustainability.More specifically, countries should strengthen their public financial management capacity by upgrading their methods to plan, execute, and monitor public investment, strengthening their project appraisal procedures, and adopting a medium-term budgetary framework that includes adequate provisions for the cost of operation and maintenance. Public-private partnerships can be an effective tool to upgrade infrastructure, but need to be underpinned by an appropriate institutional and legal framework, and to be carefully monitored to minimize fiscal risks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah scord four goals this weekend © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYPARIS, France, Mar 19 – An extraordinary season for Liverpool star Mohamed Salah reached a new high at the weekend when he scored four goals against Watford to once again be the star African performer in Europe.The 25-year-old striker raised his season goal tally to 36 in all competitions after becoming the first Egyptian to score a Premier League hat-trick as the Reds triumphed 5-0 at Anfield. It is a far cry from his time with Swiss club Basel, where his repeated missed scoring opportunities led the media to label him “chance waster”.ENGLANDMOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)The winger’s remarkable debut season after joining Liverpool from Roma continued with goals in the fourth, 43rd, 77th and 85th minutes. Liverpool are up to third thanks to Salah’s masterclass and he said: “I have to thank everyone, but mainly my team-mates. Without them I couldn’t have reached this number.”ERIC MAXIM CHOUPO-MOTING (Stoke)The Cameroon midfielder came off the bench to score against Everton, but couldn’t stop his struggling team suffering a damaging 2-1 defeat. Choupo-Moting was sent on in the 72nd minute with Stoke trailing 1-0. He made an immediate impact, scoring in the 77th minute with a close-range finish from a cross. But the 28-year-old’s fifth goal of the season was followed by a late Everton winner that leaves Stoke second last in the Premier League.WILFRIED ZAHA (Crystal Palace)The Ivory Coast winger avoided another injury in Palace’s crucial 2-0 win at relegation rivals Huddersfield. Zaha had been out since early February with a knee injury, but returned to help give Palace’s survival hopes a major boost as they won for the first time in over two months. Zaha had missed Palace’s previous four games, which all ended in defeats.SPAINRYAD BOUDEBOUZ (Real Betis)The Algerian international scored his first goal since November as Real Betis stepped up their pursuit of European football with a 3-0 home win over Espanyol. Boudebouz set up Junior Firpo for his first La Liga goal on 34 minutes and then struck himself early in the second half, picking up the ball on the edge of box and throwing a couple of body feints before driving a low angled shot into the far corner.ITALYSEKO FOFANA (Udinese)Ivorian midfielder Fofana equalised for Udinese just before the break only for his side to fall to a fifth consecutive defeat — 2-1 home at home against Sassuolo. It was Fofana’s second goal this season for the side from northeastern Italy.FRANCK KESSIE (AC Milan)Ivorian midfielder Kessie missed a penalty deep in injury time, but AC Milan won 3-2 at home against Chievo for their fifth straight victory. Kessie took a staggered run-up but his effort had too much height and Stefano Sorrentino saved. It was a mixed evening for Kessie, who set up Hakan Calhanoglu’s opening goal after 10 minutes but received a yellow card for simulation just before the break.KWADWO ASAMOAH (Juventus)Ghana midfielder Asamoah made his 150th appearance for the champions in a goalless draw against SPAL, which saw their Serie A lead cut to two points.GERMANYNABY KEITA (RB Leipzig)The Liverpool-bound Guinea midfielder claimed his fifth league goal of the season when he equalised as Leipzig came from behind to beat Bayern Munich 2-1. Keita slammed his shot home on 37 minutes, despite a posse of Bayern defenders, before setting up Timo Werner to score the winner.ISHAK BELFODIL (Werder Bremen)The Algeria forward, on loan from Standard Liege, scored twice and set up the other goal in Werder Bremen’s 3-1 win at Augsburg. Belfodil capped an outstanding display by hitting the net twice in the first half.KEVIN-PRINCE BOATENG (Eintracht Frankfurt)The Ghana midfielder needed just six minutes to give Frankfurt the lead in their 3-0 win at home to Mainz, which puts Eintracht in the top four and on course for a Champions League place. It was Boateng’s sixth league goal this season.FRANCELEBO MOTHIBA (Lille)The South African striker netted his second goal for Lille as he made a sixth successive start for the Ligue 1 strugglers. Mothiba gave Lille a 16th-minute lead at Monaco when he concluded a slick team move with a side-footed finish, but the visitors eventually lost 2-1. The 22-year-old was recalled from a loan spell at second-tier Valenciennes in January, as Lille were forced to seek an in-house solution having been put under a transfer embargo.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
DONEGAL GETS ITS OWN BACK ON PAT KENNY – JARLA’S VIEW! was last modified: April 20th, 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) Tags:cartoondonegalJarlaPat Kenny
*Comortas Peile na Gaeltachta*Our Seniors will play away to the winners of Gaoth Dobhair and Kilcar in the 1st round of the Senior Gaeltacht. The fixture has been provisionally fixed for the 21st of February. Our Reserves were drawn a home tie against Gaoth Dobhair in the Junior Gaeltacht*Allianz League Last Man Standing*Our Allianz LMS competition has seen huge interest with a whopping €400 to be paid out to the winner! There were a lot of cautious picks in week 1 with only a few fallers, but with Roscommons upset in Kerry seeing 40 fallers alone the field has been more than halved with only 33 entrants remaining. *O’Connor Cup*Niamh Carr and Amber Barrett were two of four Donegal ladies on the NUI Maynooth panel who won in the O’COnnor for the very first time on Wednesday night. They defeated Queens University Belfast 3-12 to 1-12 with Niamh in the starting lineup while Amber was omn the bench having helped Donegal Senior Ladies to a 3-4 to 0-8 win over Westmeath on Sunday. Next up for the girls is DCU at home and then UCC away.*Kick for Kolkata*On Saturday morning the Club welcomed Kevin O’Riordan who is undertaking the mammoth task of kicking a point at the grounds of all 1,616 clubs in the country! Kevin, from Templemore in Tipperary, is doing this in aid of the Froebel/HOPE Partnership in Kolkata in India. Kevin began the challenge in August last year and has just under 1,300 clubs covered to date. To donate to Kevin’s cause you can text Kick4Hope to 50300 to make a €4 donation.*Lotto*This weeks lotto numbers were 2-4-10-21. No jackpot winner, 3 match 3 winners, win €25 each. Donall Barrett, Sally& laurence McAllister, and D McBride. Next weeks Jackpot is €1,900. Don’t forget you can enter the lotto from the comfort of your own home by playing through our own FREE Club App. Usual rules apply, pick 4 numbers per box, €2 and €5 options available. Numbers must be entered before 10pm or else they roll over to the next week. Perfect way for our many supporters and exiles overseas who would like to continue to support their Club.*Underage Coaching*Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Shaun Paul Barrett on 086-6052169 *Lotto Database*Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2015 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:– Full family membership for 2015 included– Entered into every draw every week– Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)– 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw*Lotto Sellers Required*The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114*Contact Us*For all information and queries contact MilfordDonegalGAA@Gmail.com, follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on www.facebook.com/clgbaile.nangalloglach or see our website www.clgbnag.com*CLG BnaG Club Gear*A selection of club gear is available to order. Photos and prices of these items are on the club website and on the new Team App. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan 0868194751MILFORD WILL PLAY WINNERS OF KILCAR V GAOTH DOBHAIR IN DONEGAL GAELTACHT was last modified: February 9th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAMilfordSport
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The exercise of our rights should not compromise another’s. How then are we living up to the responsibilities required by the exercise of our rights, asks Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola (Image: Shamin Chibba) It’s everyone’s responsibility to lend a hand to efforts to build SA as we celebrate our rights in freedom, says Brand South Africa chief executive officer Miller Matola.“Freedom Month conjures up the memory of victory over oppression in 1994. A culmination of many people making great sacrifices for our liberty.Our freedom did not come free.So much blood was spilt to reverse the disenfranchisement of our people.The right to vote that we now take for granted was something for which countless people paid with their lives.Every right comes with a responsibility and the right to vote equally comes with responsibilities.It is for this reason that this election must stir a new consciousness about our responsibilities as citizens of a democratic country.Our constitution guides us on how to exercise our rights.The exercise of our rights should not compromise another’s. How then are we living up to the responsibilities required by the exercise of our rights?Are we among the millions who will sit at home on May 7 and refrain from expressing our choice about who will run our country for the next five years?Are we among those who won’t take the responsibility of voting seriously?After voting, how do we play our part in holding our leaders accountable?How many times in the past 20 years have we attempted to go through draft legislation that affect our lives?Are we part of a handful who show up for public hearings to consider laws that shape our democracy?Or are we among those who complain about the laws after they are passed?Before we protest, do we give input into how our municipalities should be run? How should we celebrate these freedoms?Recently there was a big debate triggered by the question: Should graduates do community service?Medical graduates have been doing it for the longest time.No one has questioned why.It was taken for granted that if the state spent seven years supporting and subsidising your education it’s logical that you have to give something back. No one has asked why this only applies to medical graduates and not others who have received similar subsidies.I believe the time has come for all of us to ask when we are going to give of ourselves to improve the lives of others.Entitlement – in which we only focus on rights and not responsibilities – has to be replaced by service to others, which is a key ingredient in building a new culture that enables and strengthens social cohesion.The biggest slice of the national budget goes to education, but this does not remove the responsibilities of parents to be involved in their children’s education.It is clear that such involvement is scant.Surely parents should have raised alarm bells way before the June exams. But it is clear that many were not even aware that textbooks were missing.This is worrisome as it underlines a trend where we believe that the government must do everything.The culture of volunteerism is poor.This may be linked to the high unemployment rates, but it is not the end of the story.Even among the gainfully employed, the culture of giving of time for community is eroding fast. This has to be revived if we are to build a new society.Ask yourself as an individual, in the midst of hunger: How am I sharing the little food I have?Are there people next door who can use the clothes you have not worn for the past five years and are about to throw away?In the midst of illiteracy, what role are you playing in your community to support education? Is it not possible to use some of your disposable income to take just one child to school so they can have a better life?How are we playing our part in efforts to curb crime? Have we desisted from buying stolen goods?Do we speak out against corruption where we know it to be going on?If we consider these effortless things we may well be on our way to ensuring that the rights bestowed on us are matched with responsibilities.This way we can play our part in building a new society that does not merely look to the government to prosper, but looks deep within its own resourcefulness.”First published in The Star
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How LeT militant Naveed Jutt flew the coop Jutt had joined Saddam Padder in Pulwama after his escape from police custody from the SMHS hospital. Two policemen on escort duty were shot dead by the militant and his accomplices before he made good his escape.Four people have been arrested for facilitating Jutt’s escape. A video has surfaced in Srinagar showing Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant Naveed Jutt, who escaped from police custody on February 6, 2018, exchanging hugs with with some militants of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen in a forest area of south Kashmir.Officials refused to comment on the video, which shows Jutt carrying an automatic rifle, saying they were verifying its veracity.Also Read
Mahesh Bhupathi and his Russian partner Elena Vesnina have made it through to the mixed doubles final at Wimbledon after pipping Australian Paul Hanley and Chinese Taipei’s Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 in a last-four match that lasted close to two hours.Mahesh Bhupathi and Elena Vesnina have made it through to the mixed doubles final at Wimbledon. APThey will meet ninth seeds Jurgen Melzer and Iveta Benesova in the final on Sunday. Melzer and Benesova edged past eighth seed Daniel Nestor and Yung-Jan Chan 6-4, 6-4 in the semi-finals on Saturday.The Indo-Russian pair began by committing a lot of unforced errors in the first set but then saved two of five break-points to win it 6- 2.However, Hanley and Hsieh got their act together in the second set. The duo made few unforced errors to win it 6-3. The decider was a rollercoaster ride for Bhupathi and Vesnina as Hanley and Hsieh broke them in the third game to lead 2-1.But the fourth seeds broke back and held their serve to go up by 3-2, closing out the match with a break in the final game.If Bhupathi and Vesnina go on to win the title, it will be Bhupathi’s 12th Grand Slam, his seventh mixed doubles title, and his third in London.