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US Dollar Rate Soars in Ganta

first_imgGanta exchange continues to climb daily.The exchange rate between the US dollar and the Liberian dollar is rising again, from L$134-6 to US$ 1, in the commercial city of Ganta, Nimba County.The rise of the US$ rate against the Liberian dollar is creating concern among citizens, who recently expressed happiness when the rate dropped below L$120.“Things are getting tough every day and they are not even buying,” said Tantee, a fried plantain seller.“The continuing inflation in the US rate is the chief cause of high prices in both goods and transportation fares,” said a petite trader in Ganta.The streets of Ganta are, however, calm and the movement of goods and services is slow.In most of the stores, the buying rate is around L$136 to US$1, while the selling rate is around L$139 to US$1, which many say the government should find a way to stabilize.“Despite the high rate, we are not even getting the US dollar,” said one Peter, a moneychanger in Ganta.Ganta main business street was seemed very empty during rush hours (4- 6pm)In a similar development, the movement of goods and services at the Ganta border has also slowed down because of what many business people referred to as “too much bureaucracy at the border.”Ganta is one of the busiest commercial cities in Liberia, connecting the country to both Guinea and the Ivory Coast. It is also the meeting point for those traveling to the southeastern parts of Liberia.At present, there is no fixed transportation fare along the Ganta – Monrovia and Ganta – Zwedru highways. The fare was L$500 from Ganta to Monrovia, but it had recently risen to L$800.Ganta to Zwedru is about L$2,500 up from L$2,000 recently.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man City’s fast start a pleasant surprise for Gundogan

first_img“I was curious the way we would start the game and how it would go,” German international Gundogan told the club’s website.“I wouldn’t say that it was necessary to give us confidence, but the first weeks when the season starts, the important games start, you never really know what to expect. You don’t really know 100 percent on which level you are.“It was a great test for us, a last test before the Premier League season. At the end we feel ready right now and we can’t wait for the season to start.”Guardiola could even afford the luxury of leaving Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Raheem Sterling out of his matchday squad at Wembley after their World Cup exertions.However, Sergio Aguero showed no hangover from Argentina’s early exit in Russia by scoring twice to take his tally for the club to 201.“We feel very lucky to have Sergio in our team, a striker like him,” added Gundogan.“On top of that even Gabriel (Jesus) with his ability and his quality. We have two great strikers and feel very, very happy.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fired up: Ilkay Gundogan says Manchester City can’t wait to being their Premier League title defence © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 6 – Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan was pleasantly surprised by how quickly the English champions settled back into their stride by beating Chelsea 2-0 to win the Community Shield in an ominous performance for the rest of the Premier League.Pep Guardiola’s men begin their title defence at Arsenal on Sunday, looking to back-up a record-breaking campaign that saw them amass 100 points to win the league by a 19-point margin from Manchester United.last_img read more

Failing seniors get no leniency O’Connell:

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Seniors who don’t fulfill the state’s requirement to pass the high school exit exam this year won’t have any other way of earning a valid diploma by the time graduation rolls around this spring, state officials said Friday.State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell says he will not recommend or support any alternative assessments to the California High School Exit Exam, which becomes a requirement for this year’s graduating class.Instead, students who don’t pass both the math and English portions of the 10th-grade level exam will be encouraged to continue their schooling, with O’Connell saying he would work to increase funding for adult education programs, summer school and independent study programs.Friday’s announcement was no surprise to Whittier-area educators like Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Superintendent Ginger Shattuck, who supported O’Connell’s decision.“If they had a variety of high school exit exams, it’ll dilute the purpose,” Shattuck said. “If they’re going to continue to have a high school exit exam, we need to have only one.“They need to give funding to support alternative programs to help students get the skills to pass the high school exit exam, whether it be tutoring, summer school or whatever,” Shattuck added.Montebello Unified School District Superintendent Edward Velasquez said the district is prepared to follow through on the CAHSEE requirement.“Our focus is to prepare our students for college or the work force,” he added. “We work to use CAHSEE as a tool in helping to accomplish that goal.”The exam has angered some parents and lawmakers, who say it will hurt thousands of California high school seniors who have not been able to pass the test.A report in September found that one-fifth of this year’s seniors had not passed the exam by their junior year, prompting O’Connell to consider alternative assessments.Locally, at least three-quarters of this year’s seniors at the El Rancho Unified, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified and Whittier Union High school districts had passed either the math or English portions of the exam at the beginning of this school year.O’Connell took public testimony on the issue of alternative assessments for several weeks before deciding against providing alternatives to the exam.“To be clear, this does not mean, as some have said, that those students who have been unable to pass the exam will be denied a diploma indefinitely,” O’Connell said.“It simply means their basic education is not complete and they must continue on through our K-12 system, adult education or community colleges to obtain the necessary skills to warrant receipt of a diploma.”Whittier Union High School District Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson said the implementation of the exit exam “is a very passionate issue for everyone involved in secondary education because we all want every one of our students to be able to succeed and achieve their potential.”“We also understand that one of the ways we promote success is by constantly raising the bar and challenging our students to meet ever more rigorous criteria to ensure they can compete in today’s global economy,” Thorstenson said.“Our students have been preparing for the exit exam since they were freshmen. They have all taken the test and have received additional support where needed to ensure they were prepared to meet the requirements and pass the exam.“Our students who are on track to graduate will not be deterred by the results of this exam,” she said.The effect of the exit exam on special education students, who must pass the same test as their classmates, has been a particular concern among lawmakers.But O’Connell said the state Department of Education has settled a lawsuit that would have given special education students a one-year reprieve from the requirement that they pass the exam.O’Connell proposed legislation to implement the settlement that said students requesting the exemption would have to show they had taken the test at least twice since their sophomore year and at least once during their senior year.They also would be required to take remedial courses if offered by their schools.But lawmakers altered the settlement’s terms, expanding it to a two-year exemption. That prompted O’Connell to withdraw his support, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill in September.On Friday, O’Connell said he will introduce a bill within a week that is similar to the one he proposed last year to implement the legal settlement. It also would exempt special education students for one year only, he said.Staff Writer Mike Sprague and wire reports contributed to this story. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051last_img read more

Border Communities Against Brexit: “Cameras on soft or hard borders will escalate to Troubles”

first_imgForeign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar have reportedly expressed their lack of confidence in the UK’s suggestion to use technology, such as surveillance cameras, to police a soft border post-Brexit.This fear has been reiterated by Border Communities Against Brexit this morning, who stated that “cameras on soft or hard borders will escalate into Troubles and will put the Good Friday Agreement or Belfast Agreement at risk.”Speaking to Donegal Daily, Border Communities Against Brexit spokesperson JJ O’Hara has welcomed Minister Coveney’s adoption of the group’s suggestion that the border should be moved to the Irish Sea after Britain leaves the EU, due to the fear that changes to the land border will restrict movement for people traveling to and from Northern Ireland. O’Hara also stated that any type of border would be detrimental to the peace process, and fears that “through time it will escalate to a hard border.”The movement of the border to the Irish Sea would mean that customs checks would take place at airports and ports.O’Hara explains; “This is the only answer. Special status or economy status for the North of Ireland or Northern Ireland within the EU.“We as people need to stand above names of jurisdictions and come together as people on this island of Irish people. We are an island in a big world, we as people need to work together, whatever community, nationality or political party we are. “Cameras on soft or hard borders will escalate into Troubles and will put the Good Friday Agreement or Belfast Agreement at risk.“This is real and real people’s voices need to be heard here.“Let’s come together as people on one small island to work to a better island where we keep our freedom of movement, freedom of people, and peace between our people.“We as Border Communities Against Brexit will meet any group, political party or person to discuss this idea.”According to the Times newspaper, sources reported that Varadkar is fearful that the use of surveillance cameras, which are supported by Westminster, will hurt the peace process.The DUP have taken a staunch position against Minister Coveney and Taoiseach Varadkar’s suggestion of having the border in the sea, saying it is “absurd and unconstitutional.” DUP MP Ian Paisley says that two things will happen following the Irish Government’s suggestion; either “a very hard border” or “Ireland will wise up and leave the EU”.Ireland’s Brexit concerns have reportedly been taken into account by the UK and the EU, with the protection of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement at the heart of these concerns.The publication of the Government’s paper “Ireland and the negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union” in May outlines that the maintenance of the Common Travel Area (CTA) is a key concern.In turn, another primary concern is the need to ensure that the Good Friday Agreement is “fully respected and protected in the withdrawal process and that the gains of the peace process are preserved.” “The CTA pre-dates Ireland and the UK joining the EU and is not dependent on EU membership. The CTA is particularly important in the context of the Northern Ireland Peace Process and relations on the island of Ireland. ”The CTA facilitates those who commute across the border, making the recognition of “existing bilateral arrangements” in the EU Negotiation Guidelines vitally important.Moreover, the Government have made it clear that there is to be no visible “hard” border, and that this will require “a political and not just a technical solution as well as recognition that the land border on the island represents a unique and unprecedented set of circumstances.”Also made clear by the Government is the need to protect those in Northern Ireland who hold Irish (therefore EU) citizenship.Border Communities Against Brexit: “Cameras on soft or hard borders will escalate to Troubles” was last modified: July 29th, 2017 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:border communities against brexitcamerashard borderirish seasimon coveneysoft bordertroubleslast_img read more

Welcome back! Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick check in for Donegal holiday

first_imgDonegal is welcoming some A-List guests this week as Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick visit the county on a summer getaway. The Hollywood actors have checked into to their holiday home in the quiet village of Kilcar this week.Today’s weather may not be ideal for adventures on the Wild Atlantic Way, but the star couple and their three children have been treating themselves to some shopping in Donegal Town. SJP, Matthew, their son James (15) and twin daughters Marion and Tabitha (9) were spotted in the Diamond in the heart of Donegal Town today.Sex and the City actress Sarah Jessica also checked into Instagram with a snap from the coastline close to their Kilcar hideaway.The famous family have not been seen in Donegal since 2015, but they often heap praise on the beautiful county and declare their desire to return for more Irish escapes.Matthew has close family links to the area, as his father’s family hails from Kilcar and he often visited as a child. Sarah Jessica has previously said that Donegal ‘feels like home’.“We would be delighted to decamp to Ireland. Move the children, put them in school there, have tea every day, a proper fry. It’s just an exquisite, beautiful, relaxing, wonderful place for ourselves and for our children,” SJP said.The family are enjoying a number of holiday breaks in Europe this year. Just last week they were vacationing in the idyllic Portofino on the Italian Riviera.Now that Donegal is the Coolest Place, and Kilcar is hosting its own Fleadh next week, the family are sure to have another idyllic break in their home away from home.Welcome back! Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick check in for Donegal holiday was last modified: August 2nd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:matthew brodericksarah jessica parkerlast_img read more

Khris Davis opens up about contract situation with A’s, impending free agency

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.MESA, Ariz. — Star players typically don’t stay in an A’s uniform for long.Khris Davis wants to be an exception. “It’s not a good … The talks of a long-term contract for Davis have floated around over the past couple of seasons. Now set to become a free agent after the 2019 season and watching how many quality players still remain without a team this spring, it’s hard for Davis not to think about his future.last_img read more

The Ultimate Hiding Tool — Swiss Army Knife of Geocache Containers (GC53TZQ) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgWhat the geocache owner, eatdonutsfirst, has to say:“There are so many cachers I know of that have a cache next to where they live. When I am invited to their house to start a day of caching I am given a GC number and not a street address. It is so fun to pull up to a find and not just a house. I put out this cache for that reason.“The idea for the Swiss Army Knife of so many of my favorite cache containers brewed in my brain for months. It had to fit many containers, it had to fold well, it had to be durable, and it had to be fun. With those basic needs in mind I collected containers from craft stores and friends for about a month. Assembly took just a weekend.“The positive logs make me smile. I am so lucky to use a woodworking talent to share a fun cache with others. The wonderful logs probably make me smile as much as the cachers who have found the cache… Thank You so much to all of you cache hiders. It is because of you that the game keeps going on. Keep being creative and keep challenging me to get my smiley. I love to work for the find.”What geocachers are saying:“We truly enjoyed finding all the logs – and signing them, just to be sure. We couldn’t remember if the ‘real’ log was a red herring or not. We really appreciated the effort and time you spent to create such a unique and FUN cache. Thanks!” – TrekkingTurtles“When we arrived I wasn’t sure quite what to expect but soon had things figured out and the cache in hand. It’s one of the most interesting caches I’ve found as well as being one of a kind. Loved it!” – MrWalkie“travelchick raved so much about this cache that I determined to stop by for a visit. My chance came this morning, and I grinned with delight as I explored this marvelous, ingenious “knife”. Bravo for a job superbly done! Thank you for a unique, clever, marvelously constructed cache! Another Favorite point for this one, and I wish I could give it more!” – charliewhiskeyPhotos:All the tools you could need. Photo by geocacher JerLin_c_seekersI guess you could say this cache is jaw-dropping. Photo by geocacher wearn3Happy geocachers with the find. Photo by Spitfire03 What’s geocaching Tool of the Trade (TOTT) do you never leave home without? Tell us and post photos in the comments. Difficulty/Terrain Rating:2/2Why this is the Geocache of the Week:The Achiever!Tweezers, magnifying glasses, flashlights, log rollers, backpacks—the sheer number of Tools of the Trade (TOTTs) for geocaching is incredible. But most of these go for finding geocaches? What about for hiding? Well look no further than the Swiss Army Knife of Geocaching containers. With this handy geocache, you’ll be ready with a container for any situation. This geocache is something that brings the “wow” factor into the find and is a magnet for Favorite Points. Not to mention, the resemblance to the Achiever icon for the Seven Souvenirs of August is uncanny! Unfolded and ready to work! Photo by geocacher JerLin_c_seekersGeocache Name:Swiss Army Knife of Geocaching Containers (GC53TZQ)center_img Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedFour tips for hiding quality geocachesFebruary 19, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Geocache Maker InspirationFebruary 11, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”Geocaching tip #37: Read the Description — Mechalumpus (GC1W1ZD) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 21, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Housing Inefficiency’s Tenacious Companion: Climate Change

first_imgAt least three stories published this week home in on problems associated with climate change, with one story focused on the politics of climate change legislation, another aimed at challenges to limiting greenhouse gas emissions caused by home energy use, and the third on what the science community says will happen should we fail to significantly reduce emissions sooner rather than later.An article in Wednesday’s New York Times offered a sober assessment of the prospects for U.S. Senate adoption of a bill to combat global warming – a bill that almost certainly would be weaker than the American Clean Energy and Security Act, more commonly known as the Waxman-Markey bill, or H.R. 2454, passed by the House of Representatives in June.The House bill has a provision that would require a 17% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (the original target was 20%) and an 83% reduction by 2050 from 2005 levels through a cap-and-trade system. The House bill also calls for the establishment and nationwide implementation of improved building energy code, a provision opposed by many industry groups, including the National Association of Home Builders. The national code would mandate a 30% increase in efficiency over 2006 IECC requirements upon enactment, a 50% increase by 2014, and a 75% increase by 2029.A Capitol Hill WorkaroundAs the Times story explains, Senator John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, and Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, have teamed up to try to create consensus on climate change legislation. But they are focusing more on a bill that, as Graham put it, would create jobs, whether by drilling for offshore oil or building wind turbines. The cap-and-trade option has, for this year at least, been nudged off the table and into the dumper.The two other stories, meanwhile, suggest that the more prudent long-term course of action for our Senate lawmakers would in fact be to hew very closely to H.R. 2454 rather than retreat from key measures such as cap-and-trade and national code.Dailyclimate.org, a division of nonprofit Environmental Health Services that provides overviews of news coverage related to climate change, on Monday posted a story highlighting challenges to improving the energy efficiency of housing in the U.S. The article cited an almost 5% increase since 2007 in the number of homes built to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star standard, but also noted that those homes accounted for only about 17% of the new inventory.Selling efficiency to homebuyersThe story cites comments by Sam Rashkin, the national director of the EPA’s Energy Star Homes program, that illuminate housing’s role in emissions. Home energy use, he says, accounts for 16% of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. But he adds that even though 99% of its homes are poorly insulated and sealed, most could be made at least 30% more energy efficient with cost-effective improvements.Among the principal challenges are finding ways to help prospective homebuyers and current homeowners manage the costs and understand the benefits of energy efficiency. One priority: urge the mortgage industry to more prominently market “energy efficient” mortgages, which roll the cost of energy efficiency improvements into the mortgage. Marketing the benefits of energy efficiency in a convincing way may be the tougher challenge, but also the most expedient one, the story points out.“Consumers really, really need more information about efficient homes,” Aleisha Khan, executive director of the Building Codes Assistance Project, told Dailyclimate. “They just aren’t getting it.”Scientists reemphasize a pointAs if to remind everyone of the urgency of the situation, the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit advocacy group formed in 1969 by MIT faculty and students, posted a news release on Tuesday that reiterates climate scientists’ imperatives regarding greenhouse gas emissions.The UCS points out that a failure by the U.S. to pass a comprehensive climate bill in the coming months – including a provision that would require emissions cuts at least 80% below 2005 levels by 2050 – would lock in the worst consequences of climate change, most especially the trapping of heat by the earth’s atmosphere. The quickest and by far least expensive way to deal with the problem, the scientists say, is to act this year.Intended to fire up interest in the subject before President Obama’s State of the Union address on Wednesday, the group targets as in adequate the compromise proposal being floated in the Senate, and says it includes loopholes and exemptions that “would do less to promote renewable energy sources than state policies already in place.”H.R. 2454, on the other hand, would put a price on carbon emissions and offer a mix of market incentives compelling enough to make its carbon cap goals realistic, UCS says.“Economists agree that a carbon price is a critical, cost-effective way for the United States to reduce its emissions and transition to a clean energy economy,” UCS economist Rachel Cleetus says in the memo. “A strong cap would encourage investments in clean energy sources and energy efficiency and help ensure that U.S. companies capture a share of the growing global market in clean technologies. Green is the new red, white and blue.”last_img read more

It’s Easy for Your Prospect to Say No

first_imgA “no” is easier than a “yes” from your dream client. You have to work hard for a “yes.”Saying yes means leaving the status quo for the unknown. And the unknown means risk. It doesn’t matter to some people how much proof you provide, what your references say, or what guarantees you are prepared to give them, change is scary. Change is a roll of the dice. It’s putting your fate in the hands of chance. Even if the risk is nowhere near as great as your dream client perceives it to be, it’s easy to avoid the fear of making a mistake than it is to say “yes” and embrace the risk.It is easier to tell a salesperson “no” than it is to explain to your peers, your management team, and your leadership that you are making a significant change. Even though your dream client may have enough dissatisfaction that they should be compelled to change, building consensus and helping an organization change is difficult at best. A lot of your dream clients would rather live with problems that they know and understand than deal with the challenges of bringing the rest of their organization along with them. To give you a “yes,” they have to go collect a lot of “yes” answers. Telling you “no” can be much easier than pushing back against the powers that be.Telling a sales person no is likely a single event. Your dream client gets to say “no” once, and then they may have to do a little explaining to get you off their telephone. Telling a sales person “yes” can mean dozens and dozens of additional conversations that need to occur before a decision is made and even more once a new solution begins to be implemented.Even though you may be able to see the massive dissatisfaction and the compelling case for change, you may underestimate how difficult it is to gain a “yes.” The more significant the change, the more difficult it can be to get a “yes.”If you are going to be an effective salesperson, you are going to have to work very hard for a “yes.” Often harder than you expect.last_img read more

Who’s your Shivaji

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