President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has submitted a draft bill entitled “Amendment and Restatement of the Public Financial Management Act of 2009” in order for ministers, heads of agencies and autonomous agencies, including the Central Bank of Liberia, to manage and control public resources.In her letter, read in Thursday’s session, she said the Public Financial Management Act of 2009 contains gaps and oversights that could be detrimental to the full and robust implementation and intent of the creation of the 2009 Act.The President maintained that the need to amend and restate the previous act forms the basis for the current act, Amendment and Restatement of the Public Financial Management Act of 2009.The President said the purpose of the act is to include more detailed and specific contents that are germane to creating more ‘specificity, checks, and balances, accountabilities, responsibilities, authorities, and productivities among government ministers, agencies, enterprises, and stakeholders as it relates to public funds, spending, allocations, resources, and control.’The president argued that the passage of the act will govern how ministries, ministers, heads of agencies and autonomous agencies, and the Central Bank of Liberia will manage and control public resources and all matters relating to the management of public finances.She noted further that the act lays out fundamental procedures for the preparation, adaptation, and execution of final accounts of the national budget and related matters, including internal control, accounting and auditing of public finances and assets, as well as the arrangements for public debt.The President said with the passage of the act into law by the Legislature, the government’s goal of the proper management of public finances will be attained.The draft law was forwarded to the Committees on Judiciary and Ways, Means, Finance, and Development Planning to report within two weeks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) President Sirleaf – Advertisement –
“Morocco considers itself capable of organsining a World Cup,” youth and sports minister Rachid Talbi Alami told AFP.“We have the necessary infrastructure in terms of stadiums, transport, hotel capacity and sanitation.”In April, the United States, Canada and Mexico had already announced a joint North American bid to host the tournament.If successful, Morocco would become only the second African country to host football’s flagship event following South Africa in 2010.The north Africans have received backing from African confederation (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad.“We are convinced that Morocco could organise this competition just as was done by South Africa in 2010,” said Malagasy Ahmad after he was elected to succeed Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou as head of the African body.However, FIFA last year accepted that the country had paid bribes to the former head of the North and Central American Confederation in trying to win the right to host the 1998 and 2010 tournaments — something that could prejudice any future bid.But FIFA president Gianni Infantino has echoed Ahmad’s endorsement, saying that Morocco has the necessary “infrastructure and organisational capacity” to host the World Cup.The 2026 tournament will be the first with an expanded 48-team tournament, up from the current 32 qualifiers.Morocco had won the right to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations but pulled out at the 11th hour over concerns related to the Ebola outbreak in western Africa at the time.But the country has embarked on a professionalisation drive to improve its football infrastructure while increasing it’s candidacies for various tournaments in order to improve its chances of landing a much coveted World Cup.Morocco has hosted two Club World Cup tournaments, in 2013 and 2014, although that is a vastly smaller and shorter tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Morocco’s football federation (FRMF) announced it had told the sport’s world governing body FIFA it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup © AFP/File / PATRIK STOLLARZRABAT, Morocco, Aug 11 – Morocco’s football federation (FRMF) announced on Friday it had told the sport’s world governing body FIFA it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup.It would be Morocco’s fifth candidacy having come up short already in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.
0Shares0000No deal: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho doesn’t expect to add to his squad on Thursday © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 9 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho does not expect to add to his squad before the transfer window for Premier League clubs closes later on Thursday 7pm (1600GMT).Mourinho has repeatedly complained about United’s lack of transfer activity in pre-season and warned earlier this week that the Red Devils face a “difficult season” if his squad wasn’t strengthened before the new campaign. “The information I have is no,” said Mourinho when asked if he expected any signings or departures from Old Trafford on deadline day.“I’m not confident, I’m not confident and the market closes today so it is time at least for me to stop thinking about the market because the market will be closed.”United open the Premier League season against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday and Mourinho’s squad is also depleted by injuries and the tight turnaround from the World Cup.Goalkeeper Sergio Romero, defenders Antonio Valencia, Diogo Dalot and Marcos Rojo and midfielders Nemanja Matic and Andre Herrera are all absent through injury for Friday.Meanwhile, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini are doubts after only returning to pre-season training on Monday following their participation in the latter stages of the World Cup.“They returned on Monday, trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and today, so you can imagine that they are not really fit and ready but we have needs,” added Mourinho.“The list that I gave you before of the injured players is an important list and today after training I will speak with that group of players — because everybody is different physically and mentally — and see how they feel they are.”United finished a distant 19 points behind local rivals Manchester City despite finishing second in the Premier League last season.Mourinho’s defensive style of play was also criticised in comparison to the exciting brand of football imposed by Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino on top four rivals City, Liverpool and Tottenham.But Mourinho rounded on unfavourable comparisons between his side and Liverpool and Spurs, who also finished the season trophyless and below United in the table last season.“It is difficult for me to believe we finished second, when I listen, when I read, because you are capable of making people that finish second look like they were relegated, and people who win nothing, finish below us, and you make them look like serial winners,” he said.“It is difficult for me to understand we finished second…I won eight championships and three Premier Leagues but I keep feeling that second last season was one of my biggest achievements in the game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Liverpool scraped an important 1-0 victory over Besiktas in the last-32 of the Europa League on Thursday evening, but the big talking point surrounded Mario Balotelli’s penalty spat.The fiery Italian was involved in a minor dispute with Kop captain Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge when the Reds were awarded an 85th minute spot-kick.With regular penalty taker Steven Gerrard absent from the clash through injury, Henderson took it upon himself to step up for the crucial effort, only to see Balotelli take the ball off him and slot the effort away.Gerrard panned his teammate’s actions afterwards, social media lit up over the issue and former Kop hero Jamie Redknapp suggested that Balotelli’s time at the club could be over following this latest issue, but as can be seen above, this isn’t the first time he has done this.While playing for Inter Milan, the hitman took the ball off star striker Samuel Eto’o, but unfortunately for Balotelli, Eto’o had the final say.
Donegal manager Rory Gallagher may have to plan without the services of four-time All-Star Karl Lacey for their qualifier clash with Galway at Croke Park.Lacey sustained what the Donegal medical team believe to be a ligament injury in his knee.Lacey was replaced early in the second-half of Donegal’s Ulster SFC final defeat to Monaghan on Sunday after complaining about the injury at half-time. Lacey had been influential early-on in Sunday’s final and scored a fantastic point, but his impact was curbed due to the injury and as a result he was forced off.The Donegal medical staff don’t believe it’s a serious injury Lacey has sustained but think the clash with Galway on August 1st might come too soon for the Four Masters clubman.The fitness of Michael Murphy remains unclear with many feeling the Donegal captain played Sunday’s final injured.Murphy was heavily strapped and was iced continuously during the warm-up. In his column with The Irish Times, Jim McGuinness felt Murphy played the match injured.However, hopefully his injury will clear up in time for Donegal’s crucial clash with Galway at Croke Park.Galway have beaten two Ulster sides in-a-row with great wins over Armagh and Derry and they’ll be buoyed at that going into their clash with Donegal.The winner of that clash will face Mayo in the quarter-finals. ALL-IRELAND SERIES: LACEY NOW A MAJOR DOUBT FOR CLASH WITH GALWAY AT CROKE PARK was last modified: July 23rd, 2015 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:Home-page Sportnews
Tags: AFCON 2019DR CongoJean-Florent Ikwange IbengétopYannick Bolasie DRC has featured in 18 AFCON finals. (PHOTOS/AGENCIES)DR Congo will be featuring in their 19th Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament and their 4th in a raw since 2013. They have won the tournament on two occasions (1968 and 1974).In the 2019 edition, DR Congo is in Group A alongside hosts Egypt, Uganda and Zimbabwe.DRC did not take part in the first four AFCON tournaments as they never participated in the qualifiers.Their first finals’ tournament was the one in 1965 in Tunisia. They were placed in Group B alongside Ghana and Ivory Coast, finishing bottom of the pile with two losses and hence eliminated.In the next edition in 1968, DR Congo would put its 1965 misery and win their maiden AFCON tournament. Finishing second in Group B, DRC defeated Ethiopia 3-2 in extra time in the semis and went on to scrap past Ghana 1-0 in the final.Entering the 1970 edition as Champions, DR Congo were eliminated from the competition in humiliating fashion, finishing bottom of Group B with one point from three games.In Cameroon 72, DR Congo ensured they bettered their past tournament’s result as they topped Group A which included Congo, Morocco and Sudan. However, the dream of a second championship was ended by Mali who defeated them 4-3 in the semifinals. DR Congo would eventually finish 4th in the competition following a 5-2 loss to Cameroon in the third place playoff game.Their second title would eventually be sealed in the 1974 edition in Egypt. DR Congo finished second of Group B behind Congo to set up a semifinal clash with the hosts. DRC took care of the Egyptians 3-2 and went on to seal the title thanks to a 2-0 victory over Zambia in the final’s replay after the two sides had drawn 2-2 in the first game.DRC sealed their second AFCON victory in the 1974 edition.In the 1976 edition in Ethiopia, for the second time DRC failed to defend their title as they exited the tournament at the group stage.For the next three editions, they did not take part as they turned down a chance to qualify for the 78 edition and failed to qualify for that of 1980 and 82. The trend continued for the next two editions in 84 and.DRC’s next appearance at the finals was in Morocco, 88. Their tournament ended early as they exited at the Group stages after finishing bottom of Group B.In 1990, DRC failed to qualify for the finals tournament but made amends in 92 a they finished second in group B, only to lose 1-0 to Nigeria in the quarter finals.The trend of finishing in the quarters continued in both the 94 edition and that of South Africa, 96.In 98, they would reach the last four for the first time since their second championship in 1974. After finishing second in Group B, DRC went on to defeat Cameroon 1-0 in the quarter finals. In the semis, they lost 2-1 to South Africa before sealing third spot following a penalty shoot-out victory over Burkina Faso.In the 2000 edition, DRC once again failed to get past the group stages as they finished third in Group B that featured South Africa, Algeria and Gabon.DRC would however go one better in the 2002 edition in Mali. They qualified from Group C as runners ups to Cameroon before losing 2-0 to eventual finalists Senegal in the quarter finals.DRC has been eliminated at the quarter final stage on 6 different occasions.2004 was another miserable edition for DRC as they finished bottom of Group A, having lost all their three games.In 2006, they once again reached the quarter once again, the first time since 2002. They finished second in group B behind Cameroon. They then went on to lose 4-1 in the last 8 to eventual Champions Egypt.For the next three editions in 08, 10 and 12, DRC failed to qualify for the AFCON finals.Their next participation at the finals came in 2013 in South Africa. However, DRC was eliminated at the Group stages after finishing third in Group B, behind Mali and Ghana.For the 2015 edition in Equatorial Guinea, DRC would finish third, their best finish at the finals since 1998. In the Group, the finished second behind Tunisia in Group B. At the last 8, they defeated Congo 4-1 and set up a semifinal with Ivory Coast. However, they lost 3-1 and then defeated the hosts on penalties to finish third.The 2017 edition was one that once again saw DRC exit the competition at the quarter final stage. After topping Group A with 7 points, they would however lose 1-2 to Ghana in the last 8.CoachJean-Florent Ikwange Ibengé Ibenge is a 57 Congolese tactician who was handed the DRC National team head coach role in 2014. He was born in December 1961.He was manager of Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua from April to May 2012, and of Congolese team Vita Club from February 2014.He became manager of the DRC in August 2014, combining this role with his job at Vita Club.Ibanga has been DRC’s head coach since 2014.Star PlayerYannick Bolasie Bolasie is a professional footballer who plays as a winger Anderlecht on loan from Premier League Club Everton.The 30 year old has managed over 350 appearances for 9 different clubs for whom he has scored 34 goals. For DRC, he has managed 33 appearances since making his debut in 2013, scoring 9 goals.He is a player blessed with blistering pace and can hurt any defender on a given day. He is one of the players expected to light-up the 2019 AFCON.Bolasie made his debut for DRC in 2013.Projection: Quarter finalsEgypt Fixtures at AFON 2019-Uganda vs DR Congo, 21st June-DR Congo vs Egypt, 26th June-DR Congo vs Zimbabwe, 30th JuneComments
Mary Lou McDonald TD will officially replace Gerry Adams at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis today.The Dublin Central TD was named Sinn Féin president-elect at the Sinn Féin Cuige Uladh AGM in Belfast last month, being the sole nominee in the campaign for leadership of the party.The party’s Northern Irish leader, Michelle O’Neill, will take the reigns from McDonald as vice-president of the party. Donegal Sinn Féin members have supported Deputy McDonald’s appointment as the new leader, with Inishowen Senator Padraig MacLochlainn saying: “Her leadership ability and her warmth was there for everybody to see.”Speaking at the Ard Fheis today, Donegal TD Pearse Doherty paid tribute to the late Martin McGuinness, and wished Adams well in his retirement from the party.“Gerry Adams stands head and shoulders above any other contemporary Irish political leader… There would be no peace process but for the commitment and dedication of Gerry Adams.”Doherty says that the “political landscape is changing” as Ireland’s young people “reject and cast off the failed attitudes and approaches of the past.” “Some combination of Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil have ruled this state since Partition… Between them they built a conservative, narrow-minded state with an economy designed to serve the interests of a wealthy, privileged minority. Tá Éire ag athrú. Today’s Irish young people are more self-confident than any previous generation.”“Today, Sinn Féin enters a new era.”Doherty says that the party will now work towards uniting Ireland and Irish people “in peace and harmony.”“Under the leadership of Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill we will seek to build a genuine republic with equality and social justice at its very core,” he said.Speaking from Stormont last night as his last day as Uachtarán Shinn Féin, Gerry Adams says that he believes “the future is bright.” “I am confident that the new leadership of the party – Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill – will help make Sinn Féin even bigger and stronger in the time ahead,” he said.Deputy Adams announced his intention to step down in November as part of Sinn Féin’s ten-year plan for the regeneration and renewal of the party. Leading the party for 35 years, he also indicated that a “necessary generational change” had to take place.Deputy Adams has been the leader of Sinn Féin since 1983, and has previously served as an MP for west Belfast before turning his attention to Leinster House in 2012, where he currently holds a position as a TD for Louth.Doherty welcomes McDonald as new Sinn Féin leader was last modified: February 11th, 2018 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:ard fheisgerry adamsMary Lou McDonaldmichelle o neillPearse Doherty
20 December 2010Blessed with a beautiful coastline almost 3 000 kilometres long, South Africa is a watersports playground – and in 2010 the country’s watersport athletes shone in a variety of disciplines.Durban surfer Jordy Smith made the headlines for a brilliant year on the ASP World Tour which finished with him as runner-up to the legendary Kelly Slater for the world title.He delighted South African fans by winning back-to-back events in the country, capturing the Mr Price Pro and then the six-star-rated Billabong Pro at Jeffreys Bay, one of the world’s most revered surfing venues.In addition, he placed second in the Quiksilver Pro on Australia’s Gold Coast and was also runner-up in the Rip Curl Pro in Peniche, Portugal.By claiming second spot behind the 10-time world champion Slater, Smith relegated 2007 and 2009 ASP World Tour champion Mick Fanning to third place.Surfing in the snowIn April, Royden Bryson scored a superb victory in amazing conditions at the six-star-rated O’Neill Coldwater Classic in Thurso, Scotland. During the event there was the remarkable spectacle of surfers catching waves while snow fell about them.After claiming victory, Bryson commented: This was one crazy day. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get a chance to surf in the snow again! So, on top of winning, this makes it one very special day for me.”Big wave surfer Chris Bertish scored the biggest win of his career when he captured the Mavericks Surf Contest at Half Moon Bay in California.The conditions were epic, with waves estimated to be in excess of 40-feet high. There was even an incident where a monster wave knocked down a viewing platform, resulting in serious injuries to 13 people, including broken limbs.Bertish, though, gutsed out a tough win and remarked afterwards: I took the worst beating of my life out there.”Rider of the YearGrant “Twiggy” Baker, a winner of the Mavericks Surf Contest in 2006, and acknowledged as one of the world’s leading big wave chargers, was rewarded for his efforts at the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards. He won the Ride of the Year and with it pocketed a cheque for $50 000.In November, both Bertish and Baker received invites to the most prestigious big wave event in the world, the 2010/11 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau.It wasn’t just the younger generation of surfers that excelled, either. South Africa finished second in the 2010 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship at Santa Catalina in Panama, picking up three gold, one silver and two bronze medals.Cowes Week winAlso out on the oceans, in August, for just the second time in the 168-year history of Cowes Week, one of the largest and most prestigious sailing regattas in the world, a South African yacht, Jeraboam, won its class.Competing in the very competitive J-109 class, the team from the Royal Cape Yacht Club raced to an easy class victory with a race to spare.The Durban Surfski World Cup underlined South Africa’s status as a powerhouse of the surfski world, with Dawid Mocke outsprinting Matt Bouman to take victory. Mocke’s brother, Jasper, rounded out the podium places.South Africans also claimed all the podium places in the women’s event, with Nikki Mocke winning from Michele Eray and Michelle Eder.Swimming starsSouth African swimmers continued to prove themselves world class competitors, excelling in the Fina/Arena World Cup and the Commonwealth Games.They led South Africa’s medal push at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, winning 16 of the 33 medals the country totalled. South Africa won 12 gold medals to finish fifth on the medal table and seven of those came from three swimmers.Natalie du Toit led the way with three victories: in the S9 50 and 100 metres freestyle, as well as in the 50 metres butterfly.Teenager Chad le Clos announced himself to the world with victories in the 200 metres butterfly and the 4 by 100 metres individual medley.Cameron van der Burgh, meanwhile, confirmed himself as the world’s fastest man in the breaststroke, taking victory in both the 50 metres and 100 metres against very strong opposition.Roland Schoeman, although not a winner in any event, deserves special mention. He won three medals to take his Commonwealth Games haul over the years to 11.South Africans also shone in long-distance events for the first time since Ryk Neethling, in the days before he turned his attention to shorter events: Wendy Trott won a silver medal in the women’s 800 freestyle and Heerden Herman picked up silver in the men’s 1 500 freestyle.Natalie du ToitNatalie du Toit also starred at the International Paralympic Committee’s Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, Holland, by winning six gold medals, one silver and one bronze.Her long-time excellence was recognised when she was named the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability at a gala ceremony in Abu Dhabi in March.In South Africa, the Midmar Mile, which in 2009 had entered the Guinness World Records as the largest open water swimming event in the world, produced even more finishers in 2010, with over 14 200 swimmers making it compared to the 13 755 of the previous year.Hank McGregor wrote his name into the record books by winning the 228-kilometre long Berg River Canoe Marathon, regarded by some as the toughest canoe marathon in the world, for a record seventh time.On a sad note, the paddling community said goodbye to Dusi legend Graeme Pope-Ellis, who won the race an incredible 15 times in three different decades. 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Commercial and utility systems even cheaperCommercial installations were down by 6 percent in 2014, but prices also were lower, with an average medium-scale project at $2.25 per installed watt at the end of the year. In the first quarter of the year, the average price was $2.53 per installed watt, the report said.Utility-scale projects showed the biggest growth, representing 63 percent of all new capacity brought on line, and also the lowest pet-watt price: $1.55 per watt in the fourth quarter of 2014, down from an average of $1.77 per watt in the first quarter of the year.GTM Research Director M.J. Shiao said total installation costs for utility and large commercial systems are now below what the solar modules alone cost in 2011, “underscoring the magnitude of the falling module prices and incremental balance-of-system reductions.”Despite recent strides, PV accounts for a tiny fraction of total U.S. energy production. But PV accounted for 32 percent of new generating capacity in 2014, second only to natural gas, the report said. Last year was a good one for the photovoltaic (PV) industry and it customers. Prices continued to fall, and the amount of installed capacity was up.According to the latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, the cost of a residential PV system dropped to an average of $3.48 per installed watt, a drop of 9 percent from the previous year’s average of $3.83.The residential market also saw its best year of growth, with more than 1 gigawatt of capacity installed — the equivalent of 200,000 systems each with a capacity of 5 kW.“Soft costs,” which includes marketing, labor and permitting, still make up 60 percent of the cost of a retail system, the report notes, “and there is ample opportunity for improvements and efficiencies which will continue to lower system costs.”