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MFDP Presents Legislature FY 2016/17 Draft Budget

MFDP Presents Legislature FY 2016/17 Draft Budget

first_imgUpon instructions from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and consistent with Section 11(1) of the Public Financial Management (PFM) Act of 2009, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Boima S. Kamara, has submitted the Draft National Budget for 2016/2017 of US$555.9 million, comprising of US$495.5 million for Core Domestic Revenue; US$30.2 million as Grant; and US$30.1 million as Contingent Domestic Revenue. The contingency, according to Minister Kamara, is due to the fact that the National Legislature must approve of some measures before these sources can be realized. “This is why I have come today to present you this Proposed Budget which we believe outlines and captures our country’s priorities in the best possible way given the constraints which I have briefly outlined earlier.“We have endeavored to keep social spending and health at US$77 million; education at US$83 million; and social development spending at 10.5 million,” said Minister Kamara.Additionally, the government has allocated US$20 million toward elections; US$10 million for UNMIL’s drawdown; US$5 million for agriculture; US$15 million on road construction; US$3 million for the Road Maintenance Fund; and US$1.5 million toward the airport runway rehabilitation.“By no measures are these amounts enough to handle the issues mentioned but at this point this is what we can afford. What we have done in this budget is to prepare an Unfunded Contingent Envelop of US$140 million which considers a number of key investments that will help to diversify and grow the economy. We intend, with your approval, to seek donor funding either in grants or loans to help underwrite these expenditures,” Minister Kamara noted.With these summaries, “I wish to thank you and on behalf of the President, submit to you the Proposed Budget for the Fiscal Year 2016/2017 and also assure you that my team and I will be available to provide additional information and clarification needed to finalize the budget,” Minister said.The newly confirmed MFDP boss said that the slowness of economic recovery from the shocks of Ebola coupled with the global decline in commodity prices which have affected two primary export commodities, iron ore and rubber, have placed severe strains on Liberia’s resource envelop. Compounding this further, he said the country’s expenditure demand has come under pressure from the need to prepare for the 2017 elections as well as support for the security forces to take over from UNMIL, which has already begun to draw down.“These are imperatives which we cannot compromise as governance and security will provide the space we need in order to conduct other businesses,” he noted.Under these conditions, the Minister said it was extremely difficult to balance the budget and that was why an extension was necessary. “I am sure that during the budget hearings, your team will get a better appreciation of what I am alluding to.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of December 22, 2017

In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of December 22, 2017

first_imgTravel + Leisure has named the best Disney hotel for the holidays and honestly, I can’t disagree.Did you miss the Freeform holiday special about Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic? Catch it here! What was your favorite part?Learn about why the move to purchase Fox is just another in the line of bold moves that will help define Bob Iger’s legacy.Everything isn’t all puppies and rainbows with the Fox purchase. Here’s why Disney fans should be concerned.While it didn’t make The Force Awakens money, The Last Jedi was certainly no slouch at the box office.According to Rian Johnson, there’s a hidden Star Tours reference. Did you catch it?Interesting….according to CinemaBlend, you won’t be able to buy anything in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge with Star Wars actually on it.Now that you can watch Olaf’s Frozen Adventure at home, take a look at these Easter Eggs that you might have missed your first go around.Universal Orlando Resort is suing over its $275 million tax assessment for the parking garages at the theme parks and CityWalk.In Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to a Disneyland California Screamin’ Farewell T-Shirt for Adults  and send it to [email protected] with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line. Share This!Happy early Festivus! Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Happy belated Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Seasons Greetings! Or….maybe just Happy Friday! Whatever you celebrate, I wish you a very wonderful holiday weekend!This week, see just how much money The Last Jedi made, learn some Easter Eggs from Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, and more.In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumorslast_img read more

R60m centre to train ‘new generation of black farmers’

R60m centre to train ‘new generation of black farmers’

first_img14 May 2014 Construction work has begun on a R60-million multi-purpose training and development centre at the Agricultural Research Council in Roodeplaat, Pretoria. The facility will boost the government’s drive to reinvigorate black commercial farming in the country. Speaking to SAnews after the sod-turning ceremony on Tuesday, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said the objective was “to rekindle that class of commercial farmers destroyed by the Native Land Act.” The event coincided with the handing over of certificates to 2 000 graduates who successfully completed a programme in vegetable and livestock production at the Roodeplaat training facility. According to Nkwinti, the new facility will complement the department’s flagship programme for young South Africans, the National Rural Youth Service Corps (Narysec). The Narysec was established in Thaba Nchu in the Free State in 2010 to give young people in rural areas the skills they needed either to find employment or to start their own businesses. More than 14 000 people are enrolled in Narysec. “We are creating a class of black people who are going to run the country’s economy over the next decade,” Nkwinti said. “It will actually anchor them, because scientific training will be done here. They will go to Thaba Nchu to implement the theoretical part they have learnt at the new facility.” Nkwinti said the biggest challenge facing South Africa was the threat to food security. “We don’t seem to appreciate the challenge because we can go to the market and buy whatever food we want to eat. However, there are many people who cannot afford it. I’m talking about people who go to bed without having a meal. “We need to produce young farmers who can grow vegetables, produce meat, and those who can also look after the environment to ensure that the environment around us can carry us through the next 100 years. “Again, if we continue to import food that we can also produce ourselves – then it means we will be exposing ourselves to a serious challenge of food security for the next 50 years. As [the] government, we want to reverse this,” he said. The centre will be built through a partnership between the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC). Council CEO Shadrack Moephuli said: “As the ARC, we do research and development for new scientific solutions and technologies. Part of our challenge is finding the best ways in which we can deliver these technologies, the information and the data to the people who are going to use it. “We saw it appropriate that we contribute towards the success of agriculture, particularly land reform,” Moephuli said. “We will provide them with the training so that they can be productive themselves, understand the use of technology, how to respond to the needs of consumers, but also how to ensure to identify the diseases at their respective farms and solve the problems on their own.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Will Google Use Chrome to Index Password Protected Web?

Will Google Use Chrome to Index Password Protected Web?

first_imgIt’s now over a month since Google released its open source web browser, Chrome. An interesting theory we heard recently is that Google will use Chrome to index the password protected Web – a.k.a. the ‘dark web’. Right now the Chrome Terms of Service (TOS) prevents Google from indexing private data. But when you consider that Chrome was initially presented as a browser for applications, instead of just web pages, this theory begins to make more sense.Most web apps are password-protected and so there’s no way for a normal search engine to index the data – even data that’s generalized and doesn’t identify individual users. But with a full-fledged browser to complement its search engine, Google now theoretically has the means to index this previously inaccessible data.So is Google planning to use Chrome in the future to index password protected data on the Web? This needn’t be a sinister question to ask, because the Web has evolved into something that is not easily indexed. Neil McAllister wrote a great article back in July entitled Is the Web still the Web? (via Slashdot), that delved into this subject. Neil wrote:“Is it still the Web if it’s not really hypertext? Is it still the Web if you can’t navigate directly to specific content? Is it still the Web if the content can’t be indexed and searched? Is it still the Web if you can only view the application on certain clients or devices? Is it still the Web if you can’t view source?”As he also pointed out, RIA Flash and Silverlight content can now be searched – see our own writeup of this in July. So the next step is to be able to search and index web applications that rely on user-generated content. Chrome is the perfect vehicle to do that. There would have to be a change in the TOS to allow it, because indexing private data is of course still a no-no among search engines – especially the market leader Google. And there would be a big privacy issue with indexing your personal browsing history. But what if Google could convince users of the value of indexing web app data without identifying the individual user…What do you think of this theory – too far out? Remember that Chrome has already become by most accounts the 4th leading browser, after IE, Firefox and Safari. It’s already usurped Opera and it’s only 1 month old, still in beta and there’s no Mac version. In ReadWriteWeb’s stats for September, Chrome was used by 6.3% of our readers – not bad when you consider we have a higher proportion of Mac users than mainstream sites.When Chrome is 2nd or 3rd in the browser market, then it may be in a position to start implementing some grand plans – like indexing password protected data. Let us know if this is too crazy, or you can forsee a socially acceptable use case for this scenario.Update:Chris Messina notes that Flock already does this:“Flock already DOES index every page you visit with Lucene and keeps the data in an offline cache. I could imagine that if I were to want to use Flock on another computer, I wouldn’t want to limit my search result to only what I visited on THAT machine — I’d want to pull from my entire browsing history.We simply need protections to enable this kind of circumstance to be offered safely — or at least with minimized risk.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Features#Google#web center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanuslast_img read more

Érik Lamela expected to be named in Tottenham squad to face Leicester

Érik Lamela expected to be named in Tottenham squad to face Leicester

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Share via Email Mauricio Pochettino believes that the return of Érik Lamela’s “energy” can provide impetus to Tottenham Hotspur’s season after disappointing results against Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion have left his side 13 points adrift of the leaders, Manchester City.The Argentina winger is expected to be named in a Premier League matchday squad for the first time since last October when Spurs face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday, having told Pochettino he has fully recovered from hip injuries that required two operations. Lamela, who joined from Roma in 2013 for a then club record £30m, featured for an hour for Tottenham’s under-23s in their defeat by Chelsea last week and is in contention for a place on the bench, although Pochettino said the player’s return to first-team action would be closely monitored.“Some players have the capacity to play from the beginning after an injury and have the same performance before they were injured,” the manager said. “Others need more time because their body is different. I always said that he needed time to recover his feeling.”Asked if Lamela had been worried that he might never play again after so long out, Pochettino said: “I never said he was worried, only he was waiting to feel again that emotion for him to step up and say: ‘Now I believe I can cope with the pressure to play and I am sure I am going to give my best.’”The draw against a managerless West Brom on Saturday means Tottenham have the same number of points as at this stage last season, although Pochettino was keen to point out that their advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League as group winners ahead of Real Madrid is evidence of progress. But whereas Spurs were at this point seven points behind the leaders Chelsea before finishing as runners-up, the emergence of Manchester City as title favourites has made their task of finishing one place higher this season even more difficult.A lack of forward options has at times held Tottenham back this season – they have scored fewer goals than any other side in the top six – and Pochettino expects the return of Lamela to give his team an extra dimension in attack.“I think for the team it is important,” he said. “To have another option to play, to have the capacity to play in a different way, for the team it is very healthy. I think we miss his energy – his energy is massive. You can feel when he is on the pitch he is always available to run, to press. And when he has the ball he has the capacity to beat opponents. I think we miss him because he is a completely different option.”Tottenham resisted the temptation to replace Lamela in the summer despite injury problems that have restricted him to 85 Premier League appearances. His contract is up for renewal at the end of next season but Pochettino clearly has faith that the 25-year-old, signed by André Villas-Boas, will return to his best after such a testing year.“He was very down,” Pochettino said. “He’s still so young but it was a massive problem for him. To get through two hip operations, you need to be strong. But he has a massive energy and is a very energetic person. When you see him in the dressing room or restaurant he is always moving. He is hyperactive – that’s how he is on the pitch. He loves to run, loves to feel the ball at his feet.” Premier League Mauricio Pochettino Share on LinkedIn Leicester City news Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more