first_imgCredible reports reaching the Daily Observer late last night say President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has signed the National Budget Law for fiscal year 2014/15, but vetoed a line item which calls for signature bonus in the amount of US$25 million on account of oil blocks.The National Legislature passed the budget recently, increasing its re-adjusted revenue envelop from over US$473 million to US$660 million, contradicting the actual numbers highlighting declining revenue and huge government deficit.They had also increased their salaries and benefits amidst the economic challenges in the face of the Ebola crisis.Our Business & Economy Correspondent George D. Kennedy reported earlier that the Liberian economy has receded by over 6 percent projected with real gross domestic product (GDP) growth dipping further downward to 0.4 percent due to the ongoing Ebola crisis.Kennedy further stated that with that downward trend of the economy, investment and export as well as government spending as functions of the economy have all been hit due to the crisis; “consequently, the realization of the segment added to the Budget by the lawmakers was not feasible.”The present Ebola crisis has made investments to dwindle as contractors and companies declared force majeure and left the country. It, however, has not stopped the government from paying workers and ensuring that public institutions function – which ultimately creates extra spending pressure on the government.A revenue expert had told this newspaper Tuesday how the government would have collapsed had the World Bank and other multilateral institutions and bilateral governments not given direct budgetary support to pay health workers’ salaries and settle other costs. “The best we can do is to operate on core revenue only,” said this expert who preferred anonymity.Apart from the initial draft budget envelop of US$473.2 million, lawmakers included US$7.047 million as additional revenue from the budget hearing. In addition, they also made the following adjustments US$24 million core grant, US$50.3 million contingent (grant) revenue and US$70.6 million (core) borrowing as well as US$10 million borrowing (contingent) and US$25 million signature bonuses for oil blocks 6, 7, 16 and 17, respectively. By increasing the revenue envelop of the budget by US$186.9 million and increasing their own allowances and other benefits, many economists were left to wonder where the government will raise additional revenue from to complete the financing of the budget when deficit is already above US$305 million.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img“Nonprofits may qualify by participating in the contract solicitation process,” Berberian said. “They can bid, and if they are the successful bidders, they’ll be awarded.” According to the Transitional Housing Program Plus’ Web site, in 2001 65 percent of foster children turning 18 were in need of safe and affordable housing. In 2002, AB 1119 was passed and signed into law, establishing Transitional Housing Program Plus. Now, more than 100 housing services are available statewide to the 18-24 post-foster care age group. Transitional Housing Program Plus officials claim that youth who participate in the program are more likely to complete high school and less likely to go to prison or experience homelessness. Reza said transitional homes like hers help mimic the stability of a family home, with adults who teach the former foster wards things that may seem obvious to most. “They miss the love and attention that, if you don’t get, emotionally you won’t grow,” Reza said. “That stability in life where someone knows your birthday or your favorite food is so important. Some kids honestly don’t know to change their socks after they take a shower. “We try to take them back to the basics,” she added. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The number of youths turned out of foster care statewide every year has grown by 38percent since 1998 – a fact that does not come as a surprise to Carol Reza, founder of the nonprofit Bridge of Faith home for emancipated foster youths in Whittier. “It’s getting worse,” said Reza, whose four-year-old home houses females departing foster care. “Kids are unprepared to leave a controlled environment, whether it’s a foster home or a group home. They’re often not taught things like finances. Or they’re not taught critical thinking skills.” Although Reza has never applied for state funding – she finds the process too daunting, she said – the $2 million is a much needed infusion of money for a population that frequently ends up in trouble if they fail to negotiate the rocky transition into adulthood, she added. “I may apply for some of that funding,” she said Tuesday. “I would love to be able to open another home.” Helen Berberian, Antonovich’s deputy for the Department of Children and Family Services, said the county will distribute the $2 million through the awarding of contracts. WHITTIER – Foster children who reach their 18th birthdays frequently end up suddenly fending for themselves, unprepared to handle the responsibilities of living on their own. To help address the problem, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently approved $2 million to expand the state’s Transitional Housing Program Plus program in Los Angeles County – a program that specifically targets emancipated foster youths between the ages of 18 and 24. Supervisor Michael Antonovich requested the money. “Allowing young people to emancipate without the necessary support is another form of abuse,” he said in a statement. last_img read more

first_imgEl Shaarawy rifled in two first half goals — the first after less than a minute and the second nine minutes before the break — with Argentine Diego Perotti adding a third on 63 minutes.A second win in four games moves the Romans closer to the last-16, thwarting Chelsea who had been hoping to seal a spot in the knockout rounds with two games to go.Eusebio Di Francesco’s side now have eight points from four games, one point ahead of Chelsea, with Atletico Madrid third on three points after being held 1-1 by Qarabag.Conte’s Chelsea were a shadow of the team that played at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.French midfielder N’Golo Kante, who has just returned from a hamstring injury, was left out by Conte, along with Nigerian Victor Moses as Greek defender Kostas Manolas started on the bench for Roma.El Shaarawy and Perotti backed up Edin Dzeko in the Roma attack with Chelsea counting on the trident of Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morato and Pedro.After an opening burst the hosts were ahead after just 38 seconds when Dzeko nodded down and El Shaarawy blasted into the back of the net past a stunned Thibaut Courtois.Hazard — who scored a brace in the first leg along with Dzeko — was omnipresent early for Chelsea with Alisson saving twice at the near post, Alvaro Morata also missing an opportunity in front of goal for the English champions.But after going close a second time, El Shaarawy broke through again on 36 minutes following a long ball from Radja Nainggolan.A Tiemoue Bakayoko header looked dangerous but Alisson dived to clear four minutes before the break.Perotti got the third after the break following a Cesc Fabregas error in midfield to pile the pressure on Chelsea, who could thank Belgian keeper Courtois for pulling off some key saves including a searing Manolas header.And Argentine Perotti could have made it 4-0 minutes later as unmarked he fired over an empty net.Fabregas came off midway through the second half with Danny Drinkwater getting his Champions League debut.But it was all Roma, as Nainggolan was kept out by Courtois, along with a Dzeko header from the resulting corner.It was the third straight defeat for Chelsea in Italy, with their last win back in 2003 over Lazio.Roma next travel to Atletico Madrid with Chelsea facing the long trip to Qarabag in Azerbaijan.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000El Shaarawy pumps his first as Diego Perotti joins him in celebrating his first minute strike against the English champions.ROME, Italy, Oct 31 – Stephan El Shaarawy scored a brace as AS Roma mauled Chelsea 3-0 to claim top spot in Champions League Group C on Tuesday at the expense of the English champions.The rematch in Rome’s Stadio Olympico after a 3-3 thriller in London two weeks ago did not disappoint the 55,000 crowd in Rome as Chelsea coach Antonio Conte was frustrated on his return to Italy.last_img read more

first_imgANGELES NATIONAL FOREST — Big Tujunga Road was closed for two hours this morning after a two-vehicle crash that sent at least one person to the hospital, the CHP reported. Two cars collided at about 8:15 a.m. on Big Tujunga Road north of Tujunga and south of Stonyvale Road, Officer Francisco Villalobos of the California Highway Patrol said. “At least one person was taken to the hospital,” Villalobos said. The roadway was closed in both directions until at least 10:15 a.m. as the CHP and the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the wreck. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgCllr Patrick Mc Gowan and chairman of Donegal County Council John Campbell try out the Adult Exercise Machine at Glenfinn Play area.The official opening of the new Community Play Area in Glenfinn took place on Friday last to great excitement.It follows a total funding package of €118,128.51 which was funded by Donegal Local Development Company Limited (DLDC) and the local community, through the Leader Programme contributed funding of €88,586.45.Speaking at the opening, John Starrett ,Vice Chairman of DLDC said the Board were delighted to be associated with the project and to be in a position to provide LEADER funding under the Village Renewal and Development measure at a grant rate of 75%. Children try out the new Equipment“It is certainly very impressive having been developed from a community owned site, to the marvellous facility that we see here today. It will also have a very positive environmental impact due to its design and location close to the Day Centre and The Isaac Butt Heritage Centre, and will be of great social benefit to the local community. The needs analyses that was carried out by the Gleann Fhinne Teoranta Committee and showed quite clearly the need for the project”.Indeed overall, in Donegal, the Board were delighted to have delivered a total investment of €12.7 million in Rural Communities since 2009 which in turn has led to an overall investment of over €20M.Neil Martin, Chairman of Gleann Fhinne Teo, said “Today sees years of hard work and planning come to fruition with the official opening by, Cllr. John Campbell, Mayor of Donegal, of the Glenfinn Community Play Area. Our Committee has been working tirelessly over the past few years to see their dream of establishing a much needed children’s play area and an adjoining adult outdoor exercise facility, and have enjoyed the support of the whole community and local care of the aged committee.“The Project, costing €118,128.51, has been funded largely through a grant from Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC) via the Leader programme, with the remainder coming from funding from fundraising as well. The contract for construction of the playground was awarded to Play and Leisure Services after an open tender process, and was supervised by Mc Mullin and Associates, Architects. The site was purchased by the local committee in 2005 for the development of community facilities”. He also thanked the Parish of Killteevogue for their generously in granting a loan Facility for the project. He also thanked all the Care of the Aged committee, the Parish of Kilteevogue, local community and voluntary groups and families who have also contributed or otherwise helped raise funds.The opening of the facility was an opportunity for everyone in the area to celebrate the completion of the project and enjoy the many fun, colourful pieces of play and exercise equipment.Cllr. John Campbell Mayor of Donegal officially opened the Play Area and paid compliments to the Gleann Fhinne Teo committee for their patience, hard work and efforts in making it possible.He also thanked the staff and Board of Donegal Local Development Company Ltd for their support both financially and administratively in helping the promoter complete their Project. A great time was had by all and families in the area are now encouraged to enjoy this play park for many years to come! GLENFINN LOOKS FORWARD TO PLENTY OF PLAY DAYS WITH OPENING OF NEW FACILITY was last modified: October 28th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:DLDCdonegalGlenfinnnew play arealast_img read more

first_imgA two-car crash collision has occurred near the main Ballyshannon and Donegal Town road.The crash happened around 2:45pm at the turn of for Cashelard.The road is currently blocked at the scene of the accident. It is not understood if anybody has been seriously hurt in the collision.Emergency services are currently on route to the scene.Road blocked after crash near Ballyshannon was last modified: June 12th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

first_imgA Christmas dinner with a difference will be taking place in Donegal Town on Christmas Day this year.Donegal Town’s first ever Christmas Day Community Pot Lunch invites everyone to gather to share a feast of food and company.It’s an opportunity to connect with old friends and meet new people while enjoying a special Christmas experience out of the house. The idea began with Donegal woman Sara Anderson, who recognised that Christmas dinner can be a time when people are at their loneliest.“There may be different reasons why Christmas day might not look like the traditional family scene around the table for you,” said Sara.The event, she says, is for people who might be alone, or they are a single parent looking to spend time with adults for a day, maybe they have stressful family relationships, or they are not feeling mentally or physically great or they simply want to do something different. If the thought of cooking Christmas lunch or doing Christmas day at home fills you with dread, then you are very welcome to join the lunch.“Whatever the reason, we would be really happy to have your company at our first Christmas Day Community Pot Lunch, at 2.30 in Donegal Town.” The venue has yet to be confirmed.The festive feast will be a shared effort, Sara says:“Like the last pot lunch, it is a co-created event. We all create the event together. We all bring along food to share for our festive feast. We decorate the room, (venue to be confirmed), transform the space so we have a beautiful festive atmosphere, put the food out, eat our fill and have lots of chats and laughs with old friends and new friends.“When we are all done, we all work together to wash up, clear the space and go off home, nurtured and full, thinking that was a wonderful special Christmas Lunch we all shared together.“Everyone is really welcome. Car Pooling is encouraged. If you can’t drive, we will find a lift for you. Please spread the word.” Over 14 people have so far signed up to join the dinner and have decided what they are bringing to eat. It is hoped that the dinner will be a great eclectic feast for all.If you would like to come along, call Sara at 087 7189 620 or message her on Facebook before 18 December to book your seat so they have a good idea of numbers.Christmas Day pot lunch invites community to share festive feast was last modified: December 13th, 2019 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:Christmas DayDonegal Townpot lunchlast_img read more

first_imgGoals from Jon Toral and Andre Gray put Brentford in charge against an out-of-sorts Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.In a lacklustre opening quarter-hour Brentford failed to turn patient build-up play into anything meaningful.But with their first effort on goal, on-loan Arsenal midfielder Toral punished Forest for their inability to clear danger in the box as he fired the ball into the roof of the net on 17 minutes.David Button tipped a fierce Danny Fox long-range strike over the bar before Gray made it 2-0 after racing onto a weak backpass from substitute Eric Lichaj.Button protected the visitors’ half-time lead by palming a powerful Michael Mancienne header over the bar, while Gray was denied by Karl Darlow at the other end.Jonathan Douglas missed a great chance to make it three just before the break.Brentford: Button, Bidwell, Craig, Dean, Douglas, Odubajo, Toral, Judge, Gray, Diagouraga, Pritchard. Subs: Bonham, Saunders, Dallas, Jota, Smith, Tarkowski, Proschwitz.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgBurnley manager Sean Dyche said his team fully deserved their point at Chelsea and feels it will give them belief for a tough run of fixtures ahead.The Clarets’ next six Premier League games are against teams from the top half of the table, including Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal.“I felt we deserved at least a point today. We are very pleased with our performance,” Dyche said.“It helps to build mentality and belief, particularly the will to affect a game.”The draw against ten-man Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was not enough to lift Burnley out of the drop zone, but Dyche insists that his team’s efforts bode well for their battle against relegation.He added: “The players are up for the challenge. We will be playing on the front foot and taking teams on.”Dyche said he had not yet studied the four incidents that so irked Blues boss Jose Mourinho.“I will look back at it at some point, but there’s more to the game than that,” Dyche said.“Every week across this division you see simulation, you see all sorts of things going on. I think it’s getting tougher and tougher for referees.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionWritten by Alicia Cassels, MA, MFLN Military Caregiving ConcentrationHave you ever felt as though your day was spinning out of control due to overwhelming demands on your time and energy? That your day was quickly disintegrating, and there was no way to stem the ensuing wave of anxiety long enough to take care of your priority tasks? It can difficult to make effective choices about how to get things done when in that state!Unfortunately it’s not possible to add more hours to the day, but it is possible  to increase your sense of calm and add a bit of balance to your day, making the way for more productive thinking about how to tackle priorities. Below are three strategies for quickly regaining a sense of balance on busy days.1). Change Your Physical Location.Have you ever walked through a doorway, and immediately forgot why you walked into the room? Researchers have documented how and why walking through a doorway tends to serve as a reset for memory (Radvansky, Krawietz & Tamplin, 2011).Consider leveraging this “doorway effect” when your day feels like it is spinning out of control. Get up, leave the space you are in, and take advantage of different environmental lighting, color and temperature to give your mind a brief reprieve. As you move into a new space and your awareness of new surroundings is absorbed, allow your mental focus to shift away from stressful thoughts for a few moments.  If you are inside, you might try stepping outside. Notice the color of the sunlight, the sound or feeling of raindrops falling. Pay attention to birds singing or traffic whizzing by before stepping back inside.The brief break from stress may be just the reprieve you need, allowing you to calmly return to the task at hand with a clear mind.2). Use a Different Part of Your Brain.Even if you can’t move to a new location, shifting your mental frame can be accomplished through taking a moment to engage a different part of your brain.One of my favorite pieces, a miniature sandbox on my work desk allows me to clear my mind by building small structures then pushing them over to make room for new thoughts. Blocks and puzzles can be similarly effective.For more strategies for engaging different parts of the brain, view the webinar that Dr. Bara Litman, Psy.D., CEAP of Massachusetts Institute of Technology led in which she provided discussion of effective techniques she calls “mini’s” on YouTube : Rebalancing Work and Life: Be the Model3). Engage in the Practice of Mindfulness.Mindfulness has been shown through research to be an effective way to help individuals observe, rather than become carried away by a sense of stress and panic. Many excellent, meditation resources are available online.This 7-minute Relax, Guided Meditation from MIT Medical is a great, free resource. MIT also has an excellent, free relaxation tip line, with a three-minute guided relaxation exercise you can use anytime, available free, 24 hours a day by telephone at 617-253-CALM (2256).Reference:Gabriel A. Radvansky, Sabine A. Krawietz & Andrea K. Tamplin (2011) Walking through doorways causes forgetting: Further explorations, The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64:8,1632-1645, DOI. Image created in Canva by Alicia Cassels. last_img read more