President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has finally sent to the House of Representatives the Budget Message, which includes the performance report on the 2013/2014 and formal submission of the Fiscal Year 2014/2015 National Budget.The Budget Message was in fulfillment of the Representatives’ request amidst the submission of the 2014/2015 National Budget which marked her 9th National Budget of her Presidency.In her letter to Speaker J. Alex Tyler, the President said the Budget calls for a period of national sacrifice – a sacrifice that calls for better efficiency in the allocation of available resources – as we combine aggressive revenue generation with careful debt management and scale up spending in security, energy and the road network.The President’s Budget message to the Legislature was read on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, during the 33rd day sitting in the 3rd session of the Honorable House of Representatives of the 53rd Legislature.A recurrent budget US$529 million was proposed, with a reduction of periodic expenditure, which she said, “It is not going to be easy or painless.”The budget message said there would be decrease in excessive expenditure on goods and services by eliminating scratch cards and reducing spending on fuel and foreign travel.“Fuel will be restricted to operational use only; and for all travel less than eight hours in duration, officials and ministers will be required to fly economy class,” the President said, “The number of foreign trips will be limited to three per year, with the exception of the President, Vice President, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Finance; and there will be a limit of no more than five members on any travel.”Meanwhile, the Liberian Chief Executive said the Government will honor its side of the counterpart funding agreements on national priority projects by allocating US$45.9 million across the energy, infrastructure, sanitation and health sectors, including the US$7.7 million for resettlement action plans for the Fish Town to Harper and Redlight to Ganta road.Others include US$10 million for Government’s share of the financing for the rehabilitation of the Mt. Coffee hydroelectric dam, US$7.9 million for the resettlement action plans for the West Africa Power Pool Project, US$1.2 million for the construction of a new Heavy Fuel Oil Power Plant and the US$3 million for repair of the Robert International Airport runaway.The President further said the Government will also invest an additional US$26 million for on-going road works and maintenance, and US$1.6 million for sector projects in WASH and land settlement for peace and reconciliation.“In response to the Legislature’s request for more support to rural development , the Government will invest US$18.25 million primarily for the construction of security and social infrastructure, the President noted, “This will accelerate economic activities in the districts and alleviate difficulties in attracting skilled professionals for assignments away from Monrovia.”In view of the UNMIL draw down, the President said in order to maintain peace and stability in the country, US$23 million has been allotted.“We propose that funding focuses on establishment of the BIN training academy in Foya, extension of the Police Training Academy in Monrovia, continuation of the Camp Todee Military Academy’s rehabilitation, and training, logistics and deployment of 1,832 recruits into the various security institutions.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Aaron Brooks scored 30points, making 10 of 14 field goals – including 4 of 7 from 3-point range – to lead No. 23 Oregon to a 93-85 victory over visiting Washington. The victory gave the Ducks sole possession of fourth place in the Pacific-10 Conference. Meanwhile, Washington saw its hopes of sneaking into the NCAA Tournament take a big hit. Tajuan Porter scored 19points and Bryce Taylor added 15 for Oregon, which shot 54percent, including 47percent (9 for 19) from 3-point range. Ryan Appleby led Washington with 21 points, while Spencer Hawes added 21. No. 9 Washington St. 58, Oregon St. 54: Mac Hopson’s jumper with 35.5 seconds to go put Washington State ahead for good and the Cougars held off the Beavers. Washington State was coming off a 64-59 loss to No. 23 Oregon on Thursday. The loss slimmed the Cougars’ chances of catching UCLA in the conference race. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“It’s an honour for me, a great honour, but also a dream to be here,” Coutinho said after posing on the Camp Nou pitch in a Barcelona shirt.“I have my goals; to get here, to be happy, win titles and have fun — I only think about that.”Minutes before the midfielder put pen to paper after a whirlwind few days, the club said a thigh injury would delay his debut until the end of January.The runaway La Liga leaders also claimed that Liverpool had cut their original asking price from 200 million euros, after a long-running transfer saga dating back to the summer window.“Due to a contractual issue and due to Liverpool’s desire, we cannot provide the exact figures, but there has been a very significant reduction (in price),” said Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre.Barca’s swoop for Coutinho is outranked only by Paris Saint-Germain’s stunning world record 222 million-euro signing of Neymar from Barcelona last year, and the Paris club’s capture of French striker Kylian Mbappe in a deal which will be worth 180 million euros when the teenager completes his initial loan deal later this year.Coutinho’s arrival will help Barcelona move on from the humiliation of losing Neymar, and his presence alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will help take the pressure off another of the club’s stars, 33-year-old midfielder Andres Iniesta.Profile of midfielder Philippe Countinho, who has been transferred from Liverpool to Barcelona for 160 million euros © AFP / Sophie RAMISBut the Brazilian international insisted he would not be replacing Neymar or Iniesta in Ernesto Valverde’s side.“Neymar is a huge player… But we have different characteristics and I’ve come here to find my space,” Coutinho said.“I spoke with him. He told me about the city, the players and told me that this club has an amazing dressing room.“Iniesta, for me, is a genius. What I like most is being in the group and being able to play, the rest is a question for the coach.”Bartomeu said the club had secured “one of the stars of world football” and admitted that Liverpool had put up a fight to keep the player.“It was not easy and other clubs expressed an interest in him, but he was determined to come here,” the president said.Barcelona made three bids for Coutinho last year, but Liverpool stood firm.In the end, the lure of a huge profit on a player they paid just £8.5 million for when he joined from Inter Milan in 2013 proved too strong for the English club.– A good fit –Philippe Coutinho became the world’s third most expensive footballer after securing a long-desired transfer to Barcelona from Liverpool © AFP / Josep LAGOCoach Valverde predicted Coutinho will comfortably fit into his star-studded team, and he could now make his debut at home to Alaves on January 28.Coutinho played with Suarez for 18 months at Liverpool before the Uruguayan made the same move to Spain in 2014.“It’s an honour to be able to play with him (Suarez) again,” Coutinho added.“He’s helped me a lot, wrote to me a lot and explained to me about the club and city… He even visited a few houses for me! He’s a very close friend.”Valverde admitted that it would be a challenge to find a position for Coutinho, with the Spanish title looking a formality and the player cup-tied for the Champions League.Barcelona had tried to sign Philippe Coutinho last summer and his departure is a blow to Liverpool as he had just returned to top form after an injury-hit start to the season © AFP / Josep LAGO“I have seen him play in various positions — on the right, the left, in the middle, on the wings,” said Valverde.He is likely to be used to give Iniesta a rest, keeping the veteran midfielder fresh for the Champions League as Barcelona seek to wrest the trophy back from bitter rivals Real Madrid.Rio-born Coutinho scored 54 goals for Liverpool in all competitions, although he won no silverware during his five-year stay at Anfield.His departure is a blow to Liverpool as he had returned to top form after an injury-hit start to the season, scoring seven goals in the last eight games of 2017.Liverpool have been tipped to quickly reinvest their windfall from the Coutinho sale, with Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez and Monaco’s Thomas Lemar both linked with a switch to Anfield.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s new Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho poses with his new jersey during his official presentation in Barcelona on January 8, 2018 © AFP / LLUIS GENEBarcelona, Spain, Jan 8 – Philippe Coutinho said he is targeting titles at Barcelona after finally completing his “dream” 160 million-euro ($192 million) move from Liverpool on Monday.The Brazilian signed a five-year contract in a ceremony sitting alongside Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu, making him the third-most expensive player in history.
Mac users groupmeets SaturdayNORWALK – The Whittier Area Macintosh Users Group will meet here from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 12722 Woods Ave.Members will demonstrate the new operating system from Apple called OS X “Leopard.” They will also answer questions and discuss Apple news.All are welcome to attend.For more information, call (562) 943-4919 or visit www.geocities.com/wamug.Up to speedon labor laws?The Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce and Industrial League is sponsoring a 2008 Labor Law Update seminar from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 4 at the Radisson Whittier Hotel, 7320 Greenleaf Ave.Topics include wages and hours, leaves of absence and discrimination.The state Legislature, regulatory agencies and courts at the state and federal level have been changing the way you must do business. Learn the new ins and outs from Paul Fleck of the law firm Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo.Seating is limited. The cost is $50 for chamber members and $75 for nonmembers and includes breakfast.Register and pay online 24 hours a day at www.sfschamber.com and clicking on “events” or call (562) 944-1616.Holiday boutiquevendors soughtNORWALK – Vendors are being sought for a holiday boutique from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive.Crafters who knit, crochet, work with wood, make greeting cards or other goods can register to sell their wares.A table for those 50 or older costs $10. For those younger than 50, a table costs $20.The event is free and open to the public.For more information or to register, call (562) 929-5580.Make a differencefor women awardSoroptimist International of Whittier is seeking applicants for its Making a Difference for Women Award. Eligible nominees are women who, through professional or personal activities, make extraordinary impacts and improve the lives of women and girls.The winner of the club-level award will compete for additional kudos at other levels of the Soroptimist International organization.Nominations should be turned in by Nov. 20.For more information, call Carol Fleck at (562) 698-1272.– From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre For information on the watch program, visit www.nwnw.info.Pork feast tobenefit veteransSANTA FE SPRINGS – The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3752 invites you to make a pig of yourselves.Enjoy stuffed pork loin with all the fixings from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the post, 11912 Rivera Road.Family, friends and neighbors are welcome. The cost is $5.95. All proceeds benefit veterans.For more information, call (562) 698-9059. The North Whittier Neighborhood Watch will host its eighth Night Out beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday at 13597 Ankerton Ave.The purpose is for neighbors to get acquainted and establish a safer neighborhood for children, youths and senior citizens.California Highway Patrol officers, as well as sheriff’s deputies and representatives from Supervisor Gloria Molina’s office will be present.Several houses in the Neighborhood Watch area were burglarized in October. If residents see suspicious individuals in the area, they should call the Sheriff’s Department at (626) 330-3322.
Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 3 TOP WORK There is also interest in Granqvist from Zenit Saint Petersburg and Lokomotiv Moscow, who want to take him back to Russia, and the defender has reacted to the transfer reports.“I know there’s a lot of interest in me,” he said. “United is very flattering, but I have not heard anything concrete.”At the World Cup, Granqvist played in Sweden’s defence alongside current Man United player Victor Lindelof. 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Granqvist left Krasnodar for Helsingborg in July, but Fotboll Direkt say he could be on the move again in January with United keeping tabs on the centre-back. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED He has built a respectable career since then, playing for Groningen of the Netherlands, Italian side Genoa and Krasnodar, the Russian side, and it was Granqvist who replaced Zlatan Ibrahimovic as Sweden captain after the former Man United forward retired from international duty in 2016.The 33-year-old skippered his country at this summer’s World Cup, scoring two goals as Sweden made it to the quarter-finals, where they lost to England. It is reported United could make a move to bring in Granqvist on a short-term loan deal, signing him from January until March, when the Swedish league campaign starts again after its off-season break.This is the same type of deal that took Henrik Larsson from Helsingborg to Old Trafford back in 2007. three-way race moving on Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Latest transfer news targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 3 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Larsson became a Man United cult hero despite his short stay at Old Trafford Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Granqvist captained Sweden during their impressive World Cup run LIVING THE DREAM Manchester United have been linked with a shock January move for Sweden international Andreas Granqvist.Granqvist, the defender, is best known in England for his dreadful one-season stay at Wigan in 2007/08, when he played just 16 times for the Latics. LATEST Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND Granqvist spent a less than impressive season at Wigan over a decade ago