Guinea-Bissau president dissolves government

first_imgGuinea Bissau’s President Jose Mario Vaz has dissolved the government because of a growing rift with the prime minister Guinea Bissau’s President Jose Mario Vaz has dissolved the government because of a growing rift with the prime ministerGuinea-Bissau’s President Jose Mario Vaz has dismissed the government following a row with the prime minister in the troubled country, a presidential decree said on Thursday.The move comes after the president acknowledged a “crisis” in relations with the prime minister that were undermining the functioning of the government in the small west African nation.“The government headed by Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira has been dissolved,” the decree said.The 16-member government took office in July 2014, two months after Vaz became Guinea-Bissau’s first elected civilian leader since the army mutinied in 2012.Vaz and Pereira are both members of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), which fought for independence from Portugal, won in 1974.“It is public knowledge that there is a crisis undermining the proper working of institutions,” Vaz said in a broadcast to the nation late Wednesday.“The efforts made did not succeed in resolving difficult relations between the president and the prime minister,” he said, adding that a government reshuffle would have been inadequate.Contentious issues included the appointment of a new armed forces chief, as well as corruption, the president said.The military coup brought chaos to a country already in the grip of powerful cocaine cartels and beset by political violence.US drug enforcement officials see the country as a “narco-state” and several senior military officials have been charged by the United States with drug trafficking.Guinea-Bissau has been plagued by coups since independence from Portugal following a liberation war led by the PAIGC.Related Hundreds gather to demand Guinea Bissau government resign Guinea-Bissau president names new PM in bid to end crisiscenter_img Talk Africa: Conversation with Equatorial Guinea’s President Obianglast_img read more

IMF advises Barbados government to stay out of CLICO solution

first_img Share 53 Views   no discussions NewsRegional IMF advises Barbados government to stay out of CLICO solution by: – December 8, 2011 Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Barbados remains one of the most highly indebted countries in the region with public debt at the end of the 2011 fiscal year standing at 117 percent of GDP.BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday December 8, 2011 – In its latest Article IV Consultation report on Barbados, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged the Barbados government to stay away from funding any solutions in the restructuring of collapsed insurance group CLICO Holdings.The IMF directors encouraged government to minimize fiscal costs in any plan to resolve CLICO and to seek a private sector solution in a statement issued yesterday, December 7. The IMF noted that the CLICO failure underlines the importance of a coordinated regional approach to financial sector supervision and a mechanism for establishing a framework for crisis resolution.The statement that followed the executive board of the IMF’s conclusion on its Article IV consultation with Barbados, expressed strong concern about Barbados’ fiscal stresses in light of its “anemic” economic growth and escalating double-digit inflation and unemployment. The directors noted that fiscal performance remained “under stress” especially in light of Barbados’ high public debt as central government deficit rose to about 8.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) from 8.2 percent of GDP in FY 2009/10; expenditures increased by 0.5 percentage points of GDP, while revenue weakness, particularly in corporate taxes, implied an overall deficit in excess of the budget target. Moreover, Barbados remains one of the most highly indebted countries in the region with public debt at the end of the 2011 fiscal year standing at 117 percent of GDP, up from about 90 percent of GDP two years earlier.However, the IMF did note that budgetary measures put in place by the Freundel Stuart administration looked on track to achieve an overall central government deficit target of 5.1 percent of GDP.Included in these measures had been the move by the Minister of Finance Christopher Sinckler to raise the value added tax rate by 2.5 percent for 18 months from November 2010. However, the IMF is pushing for this to be a permanent solution.In the statement, the directors encouraged government to make further sustained efforts to curtail and prioritize government spending, and enhance revenue, including by broadening the tax base and making permanent the temporary hike in the value-added tax. They also recommended expanding the coverage of the fiscal strategy to include public enterprises. While the current account deficit widened in recent times due to higher oil and food prices to around an estimated 10.5 percent of GDP in 2011, the IMF was satisfied that international reserves were comfortable at 4.5 months of import cover at the end of September 2011, having been boosted by public and private capital inflows. However, they also pointed to a projected medium-term decline in international reserves and recommended close monitoring be kept of net foreign reserves levels.Still, the Washington-based monetary authority is not advocating any changes in the country’s exchange rate. The directors observed that the exchange rate peg has served the country well. They emphasized that a credible fiscal consolidation, together with efforts to enhance competitiveness, would be crucial to support the peg and external stability.The IMF noted that the banking system is stable and healthy. Nonetheless, the recent increase in nonperforming loans, coupled with low loan-loss provisioning, requires close monitoring and improved risk management. They welcomed the consolidation of supervision of the nonbank financial sector under the newly operational Financial Services Commission, and recommended strengthening its supervisory capacity.The directors welcomed the relatively good business environment in Barbados. They emphasized the need to address the structural impediments to growth and improved competitiveness. They saw scope for raising the efficiency of government services and reducing the bureaucratic burden on the private sector.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

Indiana Pork to host meeting in Greensburg

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. – Indiana Pork will make a stop in Decatur County as part of regional meetings in early 2015.It will be held at Trackside Café in Greensburg at 12 p.m. on Friday, February 6.During the meeting, Indiana Pork staff will update attendees on activities at the association as well as local, state and national legislative issues.To RSVP email bwicker@inpork.org or call (317) 872-7500.last_img

Klopp claims Bayern were lucky to win Champions League

first_img Loading… The German tactican  went on to state that the Bavarians were “a little lucky that, amid all the chaos with schedules, their schedule was best suited to the Champions League.”Liverpool had already been eliminated before the competition restarted after a loss to Atletico Madrid in the round of 16.Germany’s top flight was the first league to return following coronavirus suspension and Bayern had a month to recuperate for the mini-tournament in Lisbon.However, Klopp was quick to stress he thinks Bayern are “at the moment definitely one of the absolute, absolute top teams” in the world.“[They are] sensationally well equipped,” he continued. “They have absolute world-class players in every position, and all at the right age.”This year’s final had a slew of attacking talent on display from Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to Robert Lewandowski.However, the goal came from Kingsley Coman who was handed a shock start ahead of Ivan Perisic.It is the Frenchman’s 20th major trophy but just a few years ago, it looked like he would never reach his peak.In 2018, after returning from a serious foot problem, an emotional Coman opened up about his injury woes in an interview with TF1, and even suggested an early retirement if they continued.“It was a very difficult year,” Coman told TF1. “When I hurt myself, it was the end of the world for me.“I hope I don’t have to relive what I’ve been through, enough is enough. I will not accept a third operation – it will mean maybe my foot is not made for this level.Kingsley Coman almost considered retirement at the age of 22 due to constant injuries just over a year ago.He came back stronger mentally and physically and now he’s just won his team the Champions League pic.twitter.com/0EId9AvUtL— (@P1AFC) August 23, 2020Read Also: Man City plotting to sign Messi without breaking FFP rules“I will then lead another life, an anonymous life.”But to his credit, the winger has once again become a key figure in Bayern’s recent success, bouncing back from a number of debilitating injuries to make a total of 43 appearances in all competitions this season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceledcenter_img Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp thinks Bayern Munich were lucky to win this season’s Champions League.The Bundesliga outfit are unbeaten in 2020 and defeated Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the Champions League final to seal a historic treble.While Klopp was quick to credit Bayern boss Hansi Flick, he did add that the fixture schedule following football’s return has aided them.“It is difficult to write more history in eight months,” Klopp told ZDF per Goal. Image Credit: PAAdvertisementlast_img read more

Finn expects Sober affair

first_imgJimmy Finn expects a return to Tramore to bring out the best in stable stalwart Coldstonesober as he looks to get back on the winning trail in Thursday’s Pat Woodbyrne Memorial Handicap Chase. He tackles the larger obstacles once again in County Waterford, just four days after chasing home the Willie Mullins-trained Childrens List in a conditions hurdle at Downpatrick. Finn said: “He’s come out of the race the other day well and we’re looking forward to going back to Tramore with him, where he’s won twice before. “I think the reason he likes Tramore is because you have a better chance of getting good ground there. “He’ll like the ground, the track and the trip, so hopefully he goes there with a squeak. “He’s had a good year and we’ll see it out while the sun shines before giving him a break during the winter.” Coldstonesober is partnered by conditional jockey Jonathan Moore as he faces nine rivals over a mile and three-quarters. Press Associationcenter_img The nine-year-old has had a busy campaign, with this his 13th start of the year and seventh since the start of July. During that period Coldstonesober has won over hurdles at Sligo and over fences at Tipperary, as well as finishing third at the Galway Festival. last_img read more

Altidore fires U.S. to 4-0 rout of Trinidad & Tobago

first_img(REUTERS) – Jozy Altidore scored a second-half brace as the United States routed Trinidad & Tobago 4-0 at home on Tuesday to win Group C in World Cup qualifying.With the Americans nursing a 1-0 lead in an initially tight contest, Altidore put the match away with a flurry, striking home in the 59th minute and adding a second just four minutes later in Jacksonville, Florida.The 26-year-old striker reached 16 career goals in World Cup qualifying, moving two past Clint Dempsey to own the U.S. record.The U.S., who blasted St Vincent and the Grenadines 6-0 on Friday, will bring confidence into the next round of qualifying which begins with a match against Mexico in November.“First in the group. Our goal achieved,” coach Jurgen Klinsmann told reporters. “We’re now looking forward to an exciting November game. It’s a huge opportunity to start the hexagonal and send a message.”Guatemala also thrashed St Vincent 9-3 on Tuesday but finished third in Group C, a point behind Trinidad & Tobago.Sacha Kljestan put the Americans on the scoreboard in the 44th minute while Paul Arriola added a late goal to cap the demolition.The U.S. enjoyed timely performance from veterans and young players alike.Captain Michael Bradley returned from his suspension with a solid effort.Kljestan was active all night, and was praised by Klinsmann who noted the midfielder has been in form since entering training camp.Seventeen-year-old playmaker Christian Pulisic became the youngest man ever to start a qualifier for the U.S. team, breaking the record of Altidore who was 18 when he started against Cuba in 2008.Pulisic proved worthy of the big stage and repeatedly created offensive chances but it was Altidore who took the spotlight to continue his roller-coaster year.In May, Altidore suffered his fourth hamstring injury in two years and was sidelined for two months.Altidore, who missed most of the 2014 World Cup with a hamstring strain, has also endured a rocky relationship with Klinsmann and was sent home from last summer’s Gold Cup over fitness concerns.After his latest display, it is safe to say Altidore is back in Klinsmann’s good graces.last_img read more

The Latest: NFL will require fans to wear masks at games

first_img___The PGA Tour Series-China season has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The China-based tour’s executive director says attempts to move the qualifying tournaments to other sites in Asia were not practical and restricted access into mainland China made it too difficult to stage tournaments in 2020.Greg Carlson says “staging a tour based in China with players from five different continents is just not feasible at this time.”The tour is owned by the PGA Tour and operates in partnership with the Chinese Golf Association. It started in 2014 and is open to all nationalities and attracts players mainly from Asia and the Pacific Rim. July 22, 2020 Swiss soccer club Basel says one of its players has tested positive for the coronavirus but its league game against St. Gallen will go ahead.Basel says the unidentified player has been in isolation on the advice of public health officials. The rest of the squad tested negative and will not go into quarantine.Basel is the third of the 10 Swiss clubs to have at least one player test positive since the league restarted last month.Basel will finish its season and then resume in the Europa League on Aug. 6. The club will then play in the Swiss Cup semifinals.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___All fans going to NFL stadiums to watch games this season will have something in common no matter what state their team calls home: They will be required to wear a mask. The Latest: NFL will require fans to wear masks at games The International Tennis Federation plans to resume its lower-level World Tennis Tour the week of Aug. 17 and its junior and beach tennis tours two weeks later when the U.S. Open is scheduled to begin.All ITF tours have been suspended since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body says it has not decided on return dates for the senior or wheelchair tours but neither will have tournaments take place before Aug. 31.The ITF also announced its COVID-19 protocols for its tournaments and players.That includes telling participants they shouldn’t travel to tournaments if they tested positive for the virus within seven days or were exposed to anyone with the virus or its symptoms within 14 days. Associated Press Westbrook had to quarantine upon his arrival at Disney but was cleared to join the Rockets for their practice on Wednesday.He said his only symptom was a stuffy nose and that he’s feeling great now and ready to get to work with the Rockets, who open the season July 31 against Dallas.Westbrook, who wore a mask as he spoke to the media despite being inside the NBA bubble, urged people not take the coronavirus lightly and to wear a mask.“I’m not a doctor nor a specialist, but I do know that it’s definitely something to take very seriously,” he said. “To understand that wearing a mask can be between life or death honestly … there are people dying from this virus each and every day and it’s something that we all need to take very, very seriously.”___ Clubs are considering suspending the Romanian league as the country registers a growing number of virus infections. There were 1,030 new cases in the last 24 hours. That is the highest amount since the pandemic reached Romania in February.Petrescu played at Chelsea for five years from 1995-2000.___Kansas City Royals outfielder Hunter Dozier has tested positive for COVID-19 and been placed on the injured list before the club played its final exhibition game against the Cardinals in St. Louis.The 28-year-old is coming off a breakthrough season in which he hit 26 homers with 84 RBIs and tying for the American League lead in triples. He is expected to play a big role for the Royals during their abbreviated 60-game season, which begins against the Indians on Friday night in Cleveland. League spokesman Brian McCarthy shared a photo of himself wearing a mask Wednesday on social media and wrote that face coverings will be required this season at NFL games leaguewide.The NFL is allowing fan attendance at games this season based on local limits. The Baltimore Ravens recently announced plans to limit fans to fewer than 14,000, while the Green Bay Packers could have no more than 12,000 fans at Lambeau Field.___Boxing and mixed martial arts competition may resume in California after the state athletic commission approved new safety regulations for the coronavirus pandemic.The commission will require a “quarantine bubble” around participants in every event, including referees and judges. The events also must be held without fans. Dozier said in a statement that he had been feeling “a couple of symptoms that go with the virus” and is now following the medical team’s direction by quarantining. He will need to test negative twice before returning to the club.The Royals still have catcher Cam Gallagher, first baseman Ryan O’Hearn, catching prospect Nick Dini and relief pitcher Daniel Tillo on the injured list with COVID-19. All-Star catcher Salvador Pérez, starters Brad Keller and Jakob Junis, and third baseman Matt Reynolds tested positive but have been cleared to return.___Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook is set to practice with the team for the first time since revealing that he tested positive for the coronavirus.Westbrook did not travel with the Rockets on July 9 when they flew to Florida for the NBA’s restart. The nine-time All-Star revealed on social media that he had tested positive for the virus on July 14 and he did not arrive in Florida until Monday. Golden Boy plans to stage a boxing show Friday night in Indio as the first event since the end of the combat sports suspension. Vergil Ortiz Jr. (15-0, 15 KOs) will defend his minor welterweight title against Samuel Vargas (31-5-2, 14 KOs) in the main event.___Former Chelsea player Dan Petrescu has tested positive for the coronavirus and has been taken to the hospital.He will remain hospitalized for at least 48 hours.Petrescu currently coaches Romanian club CFR Cluj. Fourteen staff members and players at the club have tested positive in recent days. Three of those have since tested negative but will remain under observation. Players who earned membership following the 2019 season will maintain their PGA Tour Series-China status in 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Massa’s warrior-like faceoff style transforming Bryant lacrosse

first_imgThree years ago, Kevin Massa was given a chance based solely on a recommendation. He had very few offers to play Division I, and his future in lacrosse was still very much in question. So Kevin Levy, Massa’s high school lacrosse coach, called up Bryant head coach Mike Pressler, who had been Levy’s defensive coordinator when Levy played on the U.S. national team.“I swear on my reputation,’” Levy said to Pressler, “this kid will be a warrior for you. Take him.”Pressler didn’t need to hear anything else. Levy’s word was enough to give Massa a chance. What unfolded in the three seasons that followed was more than Pressler expected. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMassa went from a virtual unknown to one of the best in the country, transforming an entire program in the process. He’s also become a leader on the team, which includes his brother – and fellow faceoff specialist – Kenny Massa. Now a junior faceoff specialist for the Bulldogs, Massa leads the nation with a 71.4 winning percentage on draws. Last year, when the Bulldogs faced Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA tournament, he torched the Orange, winning 22-of-23 at the X. When his Bulldogs (15-4, 5-1 Northeast) play second-seeded Syracuse (11-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) at the Carrier Dome on Sunday at 7:30 in the first round of the NCAA tournament, he’ll have another chance to show off the dominance and grit that continues to build Bryant lacrosse.“I always wanted to be the best and help my team as much as I can,” Massa said. “I didn’t think it’d be at this level. It’s hard to say. “You never know what the limits are.”Up until his second year at Elwood John Glenn (N.Y.) High School, though, Massa had yet to even take a competitive faceoff. He played on attack for the junior varsity team. But Levy’s varsity team was struggling severely at the X. So he took a bunch of players from the varsity and JV teams and held a faceoff competition. Levy liked what he saw from Massa, and asked him to move up and become his faceoff specialist. “He was a wrestler in high school,” Levy said. “He’s just a tough, hard-nosed kid. He had an unorthodox style, he still does. He’s tough. He just worked and worked on it. “Next thing you know, he’s one of the best faceoff guys in the country.” Levy described Massa’s faceoffs as “wrestling matches.” He said Massa was about toughness, not finesse. When Bryant beat Siena in the NCAA tournament play-in game on Wednesday, several faceoffs were lengthy battles as both he and Siena’s Casey Dowd simply refused to stop digging into each other, smashing bodies as they fought for possession. “I love those as a faceoff guy,” Massa said. “Those are ones where you really get to grind it out … Everyone else on the team is excited. I really like those.” Massa, though, isn’t the team’s only faceoff specialist. Kenny, Massa’s younger brother, is redshirting this season as a freshman. Levy, who coached Kenny in high school, said that Kenny has a different faceoff strategy. His preparation doesn’t take place on a wrestling mat. He learns from studying game film. But Pressler said that Kenny is perfectly capable of beating his older brother, and projects to pick up right where his older brother leaves off when he graduates after next season. “There’s a great dynamic there,” Pressler said. “The similar thing is just their competitive spirit. Going against each other, they’re even more competitive. They get emotional when the other wins.” For now, though, it’s the older brother’s program. What was a Division-II team in 2007 is now returning to the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row. What was an 8-9 team in 2011 is now 15-4. Massa’s emergence is largely responsible. He has turned into what Pressler calls a face of the Bryant lacrosse program. “I really just came in with a blank slate,” Massa said. “I let go of everything I knew in high school and bought into the program.“It really just worked out for me.”  Comments Published on May 10, 2014 at 4:52 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories Getting to know Syracuse’s 1st-round opponent Bryant Resurgent Daddio prepares to face biggest challenge yet in Bryant’s Massa in NCAA tournament openerDonahue looks to benefit from balanced Syracuse attack against Bryant3 keys: Syracuse needs to maximize possessions, take care of ball against BryantBeat writers predict Syracuse to beat Bryant and advance to 2nd round of NCAA tournamentlast_img read more

Five-star recruit Iman Marshall signs with Trojans

first_imgFive-star recruit Iman Marshall, who is considered to the nation’s number one-ranked cornerback, officially signed with the Trojans on Wednesday afternoon, capping off an extremely successful Signing Day for the Trojans. He announced his decision via a music video released by the Bleacher Report.With the signing of Marshall and the earlier commitments of five-star defensive tackle Rasheem Green and four-star linebacker John Houston, Jr., USC’s 2015 class has leaped past Alabama to No. 1 on the most recent rankings by Rivals.comThe nation’s No. 4-ranked recruit nationally and top-ranked player in California, according to 247Sports, chose USC over LSU, Florida State, Michigan and Notre Dame.The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Marshall played on both sides of the ball last season for the Jackrabbits and was also recruited by wide receivers coach Tee Martin.Marshall’s commitment came about a couple of hours after USC landed Green and Houston, both out of USC feeder school Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California.By completing a perfect run for all of USC’s main targets down the stretch including five-star linebacker Osa Masina and four-star Porter Gustin, head coach Steve Sarkisian will be welcoming what is being considered as one of the best classes in Trojans history.This is the program’s first recruiting class since NCAA sanctions officially ended this past year.Sarkisian is expected to give a press conference to wrap up the Trojans’ Signing Day at 4:30 p.m. at the John McKay Center.last_img read more

Tyson Fury pays heartfelt tribute to Mike Tyson, calls him the OG “bad man” of boxing

first_imgAlso Read | Conor McGregor Mocked By Sugar Ray Leonard For His Boxing Skills; Watch VideoAlso Read | Khabib Nurmagomedov Outshines Anthony Joshua And Andy Ruiz Jr At Clash On The Dunes FOLLOW US Raj Sarkar The sport of boxing is filled with numerous ‘bad boys’ at this moment. There are men who can horrify the entire world with their deadly intentions but Tyson Fury ‘The Gypsy King’ believes that there is no one like Mike Tyson. Tyson Fury, himself, is one of the best boxers of all time and he is going to face someone with similar stature on February 22, 2020. Deontay Wilder, the WBC heavyweight champion is Tyson Fury’s upcoming opponent and according to Wilder, he is the deadliest boxer in the history of boxing. A few days back, Deontay Wilder claimed that he is more feared and brutal than Mike Tyson. However, Tyson Fury disagrees as ‘The Gypsy King’ recent took to Instagram and revealed that Mike Tyson is the original ‘bad man’.Also Read | Mike Tyson Gets Emotional While Speaking About Muhammad Ali; Watch VideoBoxing: Tyson Fury’s Instagram postMike Tyson is definitely one of the most feared boxers of all time who could knockout anyone with one punch. Throughout his career, Mike Tyson has accomplished great knockouts and a prime Mike Tyson was everyone’s fear. The American veteran retired from the sport in 2005, three years before Tyson Fury made his boxing debut. However, Tyson Fury still believes that Mike Tyson is the best and he can smash anyone in his prime. Tyson Fury posted a picture of Mike Tyson on Instagram and captioned:it “This is the original bad man @miketyson he would of smashed them all in his prime. #baddestmanagereverliveth happy to carry his name. Take a look. First Published: 11th December, 2019 22:16 IST Last Updated: 11th December, 2019 22:16 IST Tyson Fury Pays Heartfelt Tribute To Mike Tyson, Calls Him The OG “bad Man” Of Boxing Deontay Wilder recently claimed that he is the most feared man of boxing but Tyson Fury disagrees. See how Tyson Fury paid tribute to Mike Tyson via Instagram WATCH US LIVEcenter_img Written By COMMENT Also Read | Mike Tyson Feels That He Could Never Have Beaten Muhammad Ali At His PrimeBoxing: Wilder vs FuryTwo men who are undefeated, furious, and clearly hate each other. Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder have shown no hesitation in taking shots and slamming the other in public. Their much-awaited epic rematch is coming after a controversial majority draw. Both the men entered and left the ring with their undefeated streak intact and they are set to give it another try on February 22, 2020. LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more