African Development Bank 50th Meetings Begin

first_imgAfrica’s largest banking institution, the African Development Bank Group, began its 50th Annual Meetings on Monday, May 25, at its headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.The 50th Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank’s Board of Governors and the 41st Meetings of the Board of Governors for the Bank’s concessionary window, the African Development Fund (ADF), signal the Bank Group’s return to its headquarters in 2014 after more than 11 years’ relocation in Tunis, Tunisia. Other highpoints of the meetings are the election of the Bank’s 8th President, the commemoration of its 50th anniversary, and the formal admission of South Sudan as its 54th regional member country and its 80th global member.More than 2,500 delegates including heads of states and governments are expected to attend the meetings led by the Bank’s Governors, usually Finance Ministers and Central Bank Chiefs who represent their countries at the topmost hierarchy of the Bank. Other participants would include representatives of multilateral development finance institutions, development agencies, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, civil society and the media. The gathering will review the Bank’s 2014 operations and its 2015 portfolio, as well as Africa’s thematic concerns such as regional integration and trade, infrastructure, private sector development, job creation, governance as well as inclusive and green growth.The 2015 Seminar series includes High Level Events, which will include the direct participation of Heads of State and Government; signature events such as the launching of flagship reports; seminars which will focus on recent economic and policy debate in Africa; and audience events which provide a platform for groups to discuss topics with their constituencies. In tune with the theme of the Annual Meetings, “Africa and the New Global Landscape”, the seminars will explore topics within a broad policy perspective, focusing on how the changing global economy is affecting Africa’s development, and how Africa should respond. They look at how to finance development in Africa, how to address inequalities and create employment, and how to respond to the challenge of climate change. Some of the seminars will be linked to the launching of flagship reports, including the African Economic Outlook, an Index for measuring gender gaps, and launch of the African Futures Report. The AfDB, Africa’s premier development finance institution, was established in 1964 to mobilize resources for the economic and social development of its regional member countries (RMCs) by promoting sustainable and inclusive growth and poverty reduction. The Bank has approved 4,185 loans and grants totaling US $107.6 billion to its Regional (African) Member Countries from 1967 to 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DCC, Malteenoes renew rivalry on busy GCA weekend

first_imgNow that the rains have stopped, cricket action in Georgetown is set to resume with four matches in four ongoing competitions organized by the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA).Richie Looknauth lead Everest Cricket Club to a commanding win over Transport SC last weekend (John Ramsingh photos)Traditional fierce competitors, Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) and Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) are set to lock horns at DCC in the General Industrial and Supplies Enterprise (GISE), Star Party Rentals and Trophy Stall First Division Two-Day competition on Saturday and Sunday.It will be the host’s final match of the competition and they will look to add to the 42 points they currently have that sees them occupying the third sport behind Police SC with 64 points and Everest Cricket Club on 45 in Zone A.Malteenoes on the other hand are in fourth position with 31 points but still have another game in the bag against Police SC.The action is set to begin at 09:30h on both days.Another competition that was affected by the lengthy rainy period is the Noble House Seafood Second Division Two-Day which will also resume on Saturday when Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) hosts DCC at Bourda beginning at 11:00h.DCC enter their final match in third position in Zone B with 92 points behind Everest CC (99 points) and Transport SC (97 points) while GCC have 47 points are in a distant fourth but still have to play Diplomats (28 points) to end their campaign.Sunday is the final day.Part of the intense action last Saturday at the MYO ground between DCC and Bel-Air RubisMeanwhile, the New Building Society (NBS) 40-over second division continues with University of Guyana (UG) travelling to the Muslim Youth Organization (MYO) ground on Woolford Avenue to take on the hosts on Sunday August 26 from 11:00h.This competition resumed last weekend with Everest CC ending their campaign with a crushing win by 66 runs over Transport Sports Club at Everest.The fourth and final competition that was incomplete is the V-Net Communications U-13 Champs Pairs Cricket Competition. This exciting competition started in April and resumed last weekend with DCC and Bel-Air Rubis doing battle at MYO.On Saturday, the other two teams in the tournament, GCC and TSC will bounce into action from 09:30 at the same venue.last_img read more

Fire crews pulled away from Alaska Highway blaze; reinforcements on the way

first_imgStrong, gusting winds have helped the Big Beaver Creek wildfire leap across the Alaska Highway south of Fort Nelson, and made the inferno too volatile for firefighters to battle, officials say.Firefighters and airtankers were called in to contain the blaze earlier today only to be called off as the fire nearly doubled in size and skipped across Mile 250 of the highway, according to Fire Information Officer Erin Catherall.“As soon as it becomes safe for crews, we will defintely have people there,” she said.- Advertisement -“Right now, safety is our number one priority, and right now it is too dangerous to have crews go into the area.”The fire was just 135 hectares earlier today, but has quickly spread to more than 250 hectares.A team of firefighters from Ontario is on its way to help fight and contain the 30-plus fires currently burning in the Fort Nelson Fire Zone, and are expected to arrive before the end of the week.Advertisement The Alaska Highway is currently closed between Prophet River and Fort Nelson. A decision to reopen the highway will be monitored on a day to day basis, Catherall said.“The fire activity is very extreme, so for safety of the public we’ve had to close the highway,” she said.“When it’s safe, we’ll be working to build containment.”Firefighters had been hoping for some rain today, but the moisture never materialized.Advertisement Conditions remain extremely dry in the area and forest fuels are ripe for a spark. The region is averaging between one to three new fire starts a day, according to Catherall.Initial attack crews remain on standby to respond to those fires to they don’t become out of control, said Catherall.last_img read more

Three things we learned in the Premier League

first_imgManchester United looked set to leave Bramall Lane with a victory after a helter-skelter match but a late Sheffield United equaliser meant they had to settle for a 3-3 draw.Here, AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the Premier League weekend:Lampard’s Chelsea come of ageIt’s one thing to beat Crystal Palace and Watford as you climb the Premier League table but it’s quite another to go toe to toe with the champions on their own turf.Lampard’s young team started Saturday’s match at the Etihad one point and one place above their illustrious opponents.Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are fourth in the Premier League table after defeat against Manchester City © AFP / Paul ELLISThe Londoners were the better side in the early stages of the game and deservedly took the lead before Pep Guardiola’s men battled back to win 2-1 and stay nine points behind Liverpool.A measure of Chelsea’s achievement is that City’s possession figure of 46.74 percent was the lowest recorded by a side managed by Guardiola in any of his 381 top-flight matches in charge.“I don’t think you can come away from that game and say it was anything other than two really strong teams going against each other,” said Lampard, whose side are now fourth.“One wins it because of a deflected goal and a really good goal, and the rest was in the balance.”Is the ‘real’ Dele Alli back?Jose Mourinho made one of his first priorities at Tottenham bringing back the “real Dele Alli” and the midfielder did not disappoint his new boss.“I asked him if he was Dele or Dele’s brother,” Mourinho explained ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match at West Ham.Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho (centre) has challenged Dele Alli to find his best form © AFP / Adrian DENNIS“He told me he was Dele. ‘OK,’ I said. ‘Play like Dele’.”Injuries and poor performances have seen Alli fall out of the reckoning with England but the new coach has plans to reinvigorate the 23-year-old and he was delighted with his performance at the London Stadium.Alli set up Son Heung-min’s opener in a 3-2 win for Tottenham — their first away victory in the Premier League since January.“He was the old Dele Alli, the Dele Alli of a couple of years ago, that impressed not just England, but the world. He did exactly what I wanted him to do, with two days of work,” said Mourinho.“With important selection of information I tried to make clear for him exactly the spaces where we wanted him to play, offensively and defensively. He is an intelligent footballer to understand what we wanted and very, very important for the team. I am really pleased with his performance.”Sack raceMauricio Pochettino last week became the second managerial casualty in the Premier League this season following the earlier dismissal of Watford boss Javi Gracia.A number of bosses will now be fretting that they could be next, including Everton’s Marco Silva, Arsenal boss Unai Emery and West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini.Arsenal boss Unai Emery is under growing pressure after a string of poor results © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASA 2-0 home defeat for Everton against struggling Norwich made it six losses in nine league matches and left the Toffees just four points above the relegation zone.It was reported that majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri held talks with fellow directors after the game to discuss the growing crisis.Things look bleak for Silva with a horrendous set of fixtures coming up over the next few weeks. Everton face Liverpool, Leicester (twice), Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City.Former Manchester City boss Pellegrini has seen his West Ham side plummet down the table after losing five out of six league games following a promising start to the season.Arsenal are still in the upper reaches of the table but are going nowhere, with just two wins from their past 11 Premier League games.Emery was publicly backed by the Arsenal hierarchy at the start of the international break but the pressure will continue to grow unless he can turn things around following their fortuitous 2-2 draw with struggling Southampton.0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool retained their eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League after beating Crystal Palace 2-1 © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 24 – Liverpool produced their regular party trick, leaving it late before securing all three points against Crystal Palace while Manchester City had to dig deep to see off Frank Lampard’s vibrant Chelsea.Elsewhere, second-placed Leicester kept the gap to leaders Liverpool to eight points with a 2-0 win at Brighton while Jose Mourinho started his career as Tottenham boss with victory at West Ham.last_img read more

VIDEO: Brilliant freestyle footballer destroys Rio Ferdinand in Nutmeg Challenge

first_imgThere is no doubting that Rio Ferdinand is one of the greatest ever players to grace the English game, and for almost a decade he was arguably the best defender in the Premier League.However, since retiring from the game, it is clear his skills have faded somewhat.So much so that he can get absolutely destroyed by a street footballer in the ‘Nutmeg Challenge’.Admittedly, Ferdinand should not be too ashamed, considering the man who made a fool of him was Sean Garnier – three times named French freestyle champion.With ball control Lionel Messi would be proud of, Garnier made Ferdinand look like an amatuer and not someone who played at the top of the game for years.Watch video above as well as the freestyle champion who tricked a load of supporters in the Paris fan park on the talkSPORT YouTube channel here.last_img read more

Warriors: Who will start at center Saturday night against Lakers?

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — As the Warriors deal with early injuries to the team’s top two centers, Omari Spellman is expected to start at center in the first preseason game against the Lakers on Saturday. Marquese Chriss will be the backup.“I believe those are our only two options,” Kerr said after practice Thursday.Rookie Eric Paschall could also get some run at the position.“We can throw Eric at 5. He’d be the shortest 5 in the history of the NBA,” Kerr said. “But the thing I love about Eric is his …last_img

Between the Rows: Big yield potential

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dan Uetrecht, Warren Co.We’ve continued to get rain. The corn I think is wrapped up. My two big questions now are: how good will the yield be and will the amount of diseases I have in my corn affect standability? I think without a doubt this corn crop is going to be big.Everybody has been talking about how widespread the gray leaf spot and even the northern corn leaf blight is in this area. I talked with CPS and they have sprayed more acres than they ever have and the disease is still out there. We are deciding what we want to do about spraying our double-crop beans. Even our first soybean fields that were sprayed are still heavy with disease and the fields we chose not to spray where we did not have much pressure, disease has come on heavy in them too. It is just a year where we have tremendous disease pressure.The last time we had a lot of Gibberella and Diplodia was a year with a lot of moisture late in the season when the ear was still upright. That is another concern moving forward with the corn crop. What kind of grain quality are we going to have after all of this rain?We did not spray insecticide and there is a lot of bean leaf beetle out there. I am concerned about them getting into the pods and seeing some bean quality issues. Our first planted beans are starting to turn and that means we should be running in three to four weeks.I still haven’t gotten third cutting hay made because there haven’t been four days of good sunshine. It is ready and we are hoping maybe after the Saturday rain this week we can get it cut. With all of the rain, we seeded some alfalfa and timothy hay. It is up and it looks great. The cover crops we planted after the wheat also look great.I am sure pleased with everything. Other than the disease pressure we couldn’t have asked for a better summer than what we have gotten. And, from what I’ve seen, there are a lot of good crops in Ohio.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more

UK Joins Barrage Against Google’s Privacy Policy

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Google is facing a little July heat in the U.K. this week, as the Information Commissioner’s Office there has ordered Google to update its unified privacy policy by September 20, or face fines of up to £500,000 (approximately $745,000).On the same day, the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information issued a similar order to get the Internet search company in line with the regional German office’s expectations for the privacy policy.The problem with the privacy policy seems to be one that a lot of governments and their constituents are facing: the policy that Google has in place it too hard to understand.“In particular, we believe that the updated policy does not provide sufficient information to enable U.K. users of Google’s services to understand how their data will be used across all of the company’s products,” the ICO wrote in a statement.Google’s response to the ICO’s order has been the same-old response they have always given: they are working with various government entities to comply with local laws and regulations. And they’ve had plenty of opportunity to trot out this line: last month, authorities in France and Spain issued similar warnings to Google.See also Google Issues New Privacy Policy for 1 Unified Google ExperienceThis is not the first time Google has been pilloried for this issue—the company faced quite a bit of criticism in the press and even from U.S. lawmakers when the unified policy was implemented back on March 1, 2012.Ironically, the unified privacy policy was meant to combine over 60 separate service’s policies into one easier-to-use policy. Instead, even more questions have been raised.How Google will ultimately react to these orders is another question yet to be answered. The fine amounts aren’t really anything for Google to be worried about, so there’s not much incentive for them to pay anything more than lip service to the various national entities’ entreaties. But if Google ignores these privacy concerns too much, they could run the risk of civil action in the courtroom, something that will cost them much more in terms of time, money and ever-precious public relations.Given the half the planet is looking askance at Google and other Internet companies for their alleged participation in the U.S. intelligence project known as PRISM, reputation is not a currency Google has a lot to spend.Public privacy and data commissions might be nickel and diming companies like Google, but a major court battle—or worse, unfriendly legislation—is something that can get even Google’s attention. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Google#privacy center_img Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… brian proffittlast_img read more

Four Lies You Must Not Tell

first_imgThe truth at any price, even the price of your deal.Better, Faster, and Cheaper: Don’t tell your dream client that you are going to be better, faster, and cheaper. You may be one of those things. You may even be two of those things. But you aren’t all three of those things, and you are only setting your dream client up to be disappointed. Tell the truth about the necessary investment.Your Client Doesn’t Need to Change: Don’t pretend that you are going to be able to deliver better results than your competitor without your client having to change. Your competitor isn’t awful, and they know how to create value. They are struggling to produce results, and you are going to have to help your client with their internal obstacles if you want to deliver better results.Their People Are No Good: Don’t suggest that your people alone are going to make the difference. The folks that work across the street are good people. They are trying to make a difference. If they are complacent from time to time, they aren’t alone in that sin, now are they? People make the difference, but don’t talk down your competitor’s team.Better Results Will Be Easy: Never allow your dream client to believe that there isn’t going to be problems or challenges along the way. This is setting an expectation that isn’t very likely to be met. Instead, tell them there is a learning curve and that you will improve over time. Tell them you are going to need them to give you air cover as you make mistakes and learn.Telling the truth may make it more difficult to win, especially when your dream client wants to believe something that isn’t true, but if you want trust, if you want a relationship, and if you want to win the long game, you tell the truth. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Sikh Doctor in US Files Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

first_imgA Sikh doctor in the US has filed a lawsuit against an American medical organisation alleging he was denied a neurology job for his religious appearance. Related Itemslast_img