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first_img“Damn Yankees” stars NYC performers Sissy Bell (Lola) and Tim Kava (Joe Hardy).The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company in collaboration with the Ocean City Pops kicks off its 2015 season with the Broadway megahit “Damn Yankees.”The shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 7; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8; and 2 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at the Hughes Performing Arts Center of Ocean City High School (on the beach block of Sixth Street).Based on the novel The Year The Yankees Lost The Pennant by Douglass Wallop, featuring a winning score by Adler and Ross, and a devilish book by George Abbot, “Damn Yankees,” the winner of seven Tony awards including Best Musical, hits it out of the park.After a successful casting process, OCTC has assembled a talented, professional cast to bring to life this true American classic.Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the devil, also known as Mr. Applegate, for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As young baseball sensation Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life he’s left behind.Joe ultimately outsmarts Applegate, returns to his former self, and shepherds the Senators to the World Series. Light, fast-paced and devilishly clever, “Damn Yankees” is a home-run hit featuring all-American subject matter and an irreverent sense of humor.OCTC’s “Damn Yankees” is directed and choreographed by Dann Dunn with Andrew Hink as music director.“Having Dann Dunn associated with OCTC is a huge honor! His talents as a performer, Director, and Choreographer have captured the attention of Regional Theatres and National Tours all around the country,” OCTC Artistic Director Michael Hartman said.Ticket prices range from $25-$30. For tickets, call 609-525-9248 or visit www.OCNJ.us/boxoffice.— News release from Greater Ocean City Theatre Companylast_img read more

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first_imgBritish biscuits and loose leaf tea have helped drive the sixth successive year of double-digit sales growth at Fortnum & Mason.The upmarket department store reported that its profits had risen 26% to £9.6m and overall sales were up 12% to £126m in its financial results for the year ending July 2018.Fortnum & Mason said its UK domestic consumer base had continued to strengthen with sales of both loose leaf tea and British biscuits up 21% each.It also noted that its success “demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to be more relevant, to more people, more often”.Online sales rose by 21%, and the business benefited from growth overseas, particularly in Hong Kong where sales went up 55%. Products were delivered to a record 125 countries worldwide, and sales at its travel sites at St Pancras and Heathrow Terminal 5 increased by 12%.Turnover at the company’s restaurant at 45 Jermyn St was up 18% on the previous year, while like-for-like sales at the flagship store in London’s Piccadilly rose 10%.“This year has not been without its challenges, but we’re proud to report another exceptional trading period,” said Ewan Venters, CEO of Fortnum & Mason.“By being faithful to our heritage and pedigree, focusing on the creation of extraordinary products and exceptional service, and delivering our world-renowned products to customers anywhere in the world, I am pleased that we are able to meet the growing demand for quality and impeccably-sourced products.”Last month, the business launched two new ranges of Fortnums Fancies, one of which was infused with its best-selling teas.last_img read more

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first_imgLord Huron will head out on tour across North America this summer in continuing support of their latest studio album, 2018’s Vide Noir. The upcoming run of summer performances will take the popular indie-folk band around the country beginning on July 14th in Indianapolis, and continuing until August 11th. They’ll be joined throughout the summer tour on select dates by Bully, Shakey Graves, Julia Jacklin, and Yola Carter.The summer tour will see the band playing to a mix of venues throughout major U.S. cities including Agora Theatre in Cleveland, OH (7/15); Thompson’s Point in Portland, ME (7/19); The Chrysalis at Merriweather Park in Columbia, MD (7/23); The Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL (7/26); KettleHouse Amphitheater in Missoula, MT (7/30); Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise, ID (7/31); the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA (8/4); Oregon Zoo Amphitheater in Portland, OR (8/9); And King County’s Marymoor Park in Richmond, WA on August 11th, just to name a few. Fans can reference the listing below for the tour’s full schedule.Related: Florence + The Machine Announces Spring Tour Dates With Nathaniel Rateliff, Blood Orange & MoreThe upcoming run of headlining performances will be mixed in with the band’s previously-announced appearances at major music festivals throughout the summer, including Boston Calling, BottleRock Napa, and Governor’s Ball.Vide Noir would go on to peak at No. 10 on the Billboard “200 Album Sales Chart” in the U.S. following its release back on April 20th, 2018. The band also recently found themselves honored with a notable shoutout from former President, Barack Obama, who included the group onto his select list of favorite songs of 2018.General on-sale for the newly-announced summer tour dates will begin this Friday, February 8th, at 10 a.m. local time. Fans can head over to the tour page on the band’s website for more info.Lord Huron Summer Tour DatesJuly 14 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre at Old National Centre*July 15 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre*July 16 – Lafayette, NY – Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards*July 18 – Kingston, NY – Hutton Brickyards*July 19 – Portland, ME – Thompson’s Point*July 21 – Shelburne, VT – The Green at Shelburne Museum*July 23 – Columbia, MD – The Chrysalis at Merriweather Park*July 24 – Columbus, OH – EXPRESS LIVE!*July 26 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre*July 27 – Minneapolis, MN – Surly Brewing Festival Field*July 30 – Missoula, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater^July 31 – Boise, ID – Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden^August 4 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl #August 5 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts by the Bay^August 8 – Bend, OR – Athletic Club of Bend^August 9 – Portland, OR – Oregon Zoo Amphitheater^August 11 – Redmond, WA – King County’s Marymoor Park^* w/ Bully^ w/ Shakey Graves + Julia Jacklin# w/ Shakey Graves + Yola CarterView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

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first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: The two semi finals of the 65th Bordoloi Trophy soccer championship will be held at the Nehru stadium here tomorrow. Mohammedan Sporting will take on BSF, Jalandhar in the first semi final which will kick off at 3 pm. The second semi final will be held between OILFC and TRAU, Manipur and the game will be held under flood light from 5pm.Altogether 8 teams participated in this edition of the championship. Mohammedan Sporting and TRAU from Manipur, who were in group ‘B’, qualified for the semi finals from Mukalmuwa. On the other hand group ‘A’ matches were organized at Dibrugarh from where OILFC and BSF, Jalandhar booked last four berths.Mohammedan Sporting would definitely go into the ground with favourite tag in tomorrow’s game. In the group stage the side played good soccer and won all their three matches at Mukalmuwa. They are really looking in very good touch. On the other hand BSF had to fight hard and managed to confirm their position in the semi final in the last game.Meanwhile good contest can be expected in the second semi final as both the teams of the game are nearly equal strength. However OILFC would have little edge over their opponent as Nehru stadium will be their ‘home ground’.The final of the championship is slated for November 6 under flood light. Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

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first_imgThis year, at their annual African American Heritage Sports Luncheon, the Pittsburgh Pirates recognized a current day trailblazer: Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin. With one Super Bowl victory already under his belt, Tomlin has added his mark to the pages of Pittsburgh’s sports history.“When I found out the gist of what was going on with the Pirates and what they were doing this weekend, I was truly humbled,” said Tomlin.The Pirates’ Heritage Weekend promotes the team’s community contributions as well as the contributions of African-Americans in Pittsburgh. Serving as keynote speaker at the luncheon on June 8, Tomlin related the bonding experience he had watching the Pirates play the night before with his sons.“That’s what sports is; it provides those moments of growth for fathers and sons,” Tomlin said.On Jan. 22, 2007, Tomlin became the sixteenth head coach of the Steelers and the first African-American head coach in the history of the Steelers franchise. Two years later on Jan. 29 2009, he won his first Super Bowl victory as head coach, making him the youngest head coach to do so. He follows in the groundbreaking footsteps of other Pittsburgh greats like Clemente who was one of the first Black players for the Pirates and by far the team’s best player in history.“There’s a rich history here of African-American contributions, of using the sports vehicle to make a difference in the community,” Tomlin said. “Because I am African-American I hope that inspires others, I hope that creates opportunity for others, because that is important. I embrace that.”Some attribute Tomlin’s hiring to the “Rooney Rule,” a mandate created by former Steelers owner Dan Rooney, requiring teams to interview at least one minority candidate when filling coaching vacancies. However, this claim has been disputed by Rooney who said the Steelers had already interviewed another minority candidate prior to Tomlin.“Through sports, I never thought there was anything I couldn’t achieve,” Tomlin said. “In essence, my charge is to show people they can do things in any endeavor. Sport just happens to be mine.”Each year, the Pirates Heritage weekend serves as a three-day long celebration with promotions and special events that focus on honoring and recognizing African-Americans in baseball while celebrating the African-American culture in the Pittsburgh community.“When you take a look at the early Pirates, there are so many African-American legends who made an impact,” said Chaz Kellem, manager of diversity initiatives for the Pittsburgh Pirates. “With our selection of Coach Tomlin as this year’s speaker, we wanted to make sure we showed loyalty to the Pittsburgh sports community, especially with him being a young coach and one of the first African-American coaches.” In 1971, the Pittsburgh Pirates were the most integrated team in major league baseball. That year on Sept. 1, the Pirates made history when they fielded the first all-Black lineup in the history of the major league.Throughout the years, the city of Pittsburgh has produced a long list of legendary sports moments. From celebrated players Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, and Dave Parker to the popularity of Pittsburgh’s two Negro-league teams, the contributions of African-Americans in baseball blazed trails for minorities in all professional sports arenas. CURRENT DAY TRAILBLAZER—Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin Coach receives an honorary jersey from Pittsburgh Pirates after keynoting the African American Heritage luncheon on June 8 at the PNC Park Lexus Club. (Courier Photo/Rossano P. Stewart) last_img read more

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first_imgBy Jay Cook |Gov. Phil Murphy has said he wants to legalize marijuana within 100 days of entering office. Now that he’s been inaugurated, some local governing bodies are feeling the need to take a stance of their own.Monmouth County is the first county in the state to take an official position on the controversial subject. Last week, the all-Republican Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution citing their unanimous opposition to the legalization of recreational marijuana inside the county’s 469 square miles.“It’s just where we personally stand on it,” said Freeholder Patrick Impreveduto, the former mayor of Holmdel who was recently elected to the board. “I’ve been opposed to recreational marijuana use my whole life.”The resolution, which was distributed to all 53 towns, details many of the board’s concerns. Among those are the amount of increased traffic deaths in Colorado since legalization began there in 2014, the inability for law enforcement to determine if a motorist is under the influence compared to testing for alcohol in someone’s system and a report detailing how prevalent dispensaries are in Colorado, which noted there are more medicinal marijuana centers than Starbucks coffee shops and more recreational marijuana outlets than McDonald’s restaurants in that state.Impreveduto, who has worked in the education industry for over 40 years, said he’s seen firsthand the progression from marijuana usage to harder substances like alcohol and cocaine. He did emphasize that the freeholders are not against medicinal marijuana.“We’re asking the local towns to pass the same resolution and tell the state legislators and the governor that this is not something that’s wanted, not only in Monmouth County, but in other parts of the state,” Impreveduto said.Statements from local governing bodies regarding the drug have started trickling out of government meeting rooms in the Two River area. In October, Shrewsbury Borough passed an ordinance prohibiting businesses “engaged in the cultivation and/or distribution of medical marijuana,” along with other types of cannabis paraphernalia.Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna, a Democrat, said the discussion about what to do with marijuana dispensaries has already started in the borough.He said Red Bank will look to adopt a law prohibiting “certain types of headshops and or similar institutions” from opening up “except in extraordinarily limited designated areas.”That could happen as early as the next borough council meeting slated for Feb. 14. He said there would be discussions with the in-house planners to see where in Red Bank a recreational or medicinal cannabis dispensary could be allowed. But the options would be slim, he said. Menna doesn’t want to see those establishments near churches, schools, parks, in the downtown or in residential areas.“If the state goes ahead with a legalization, I’m not necessarily sure it can be prohibited everywhere, if the legislature and the governor approve it,” Menna said. “So, then the question is, can you regulate it?”Red Bank’s neighbors, Republican-led towns like Rumson and Fair Haven, are looking to craft their own local laws to prohibit any cannabis-related business from opening in town.Fair Haven councilman Robert Marchese brought the issue up at a public workshop meeting on Jan. 22. The goal is to ultimately change zoning laws in town to prohibit smoke shops and cannabis dispensaries in the small riverside borough.“You’re talking about banning something that’s already illegal,” Marchese admitted. “But everyone’s forgetting in this debate that marijuana is illegal pursuant to federal statue.”He said a change to local zoning law has approval from Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli and could be passed soon. The borough is considering passing a similar resolution to the one from the freeholder board.“It would not fit into the aesthetic of Fair Haven,” Marchese said. “I’m drawing the analogy of a high-end cigar/smoke shop in Manhattan.”Marchese also said the actions proposed for Fair Haven would not prohibit the use of medicinal marijuana.Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl echoed those sentiments, saying his town could look to institute the law similarly passed in Shrewsbury. The main driving force, he said, is the negative impact it could have on the student body.“We don’t have to talk too much more about the opioid crisis in New Jersey; we know it too well,” Ekdahl said. “Anything we can do to sort of chip in and help New Jersey with this crisis and protect our local schoolchildren, we really have to seriously consider doing it.”But some in the pro-cannabis industry say these discussions are premature. Scott Rudder, president of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association based in Trenton, said towns should be careful before passing any legislation.Rudder, a former Republican mayor and state assemblyman, said he appreciates the concerns from local lawmakers, but he’s “done the research, seen the science and talked to the officials and I know factually that cannabis is significantly healthier for you than anything you’d find in a liquor store or certainly healthier for you than lots of things you would find in a pharmacy.”New Jersey’s cannabis industry has the potential to generate significant revenue, Rudder said. His organization projects after one full year of legalization, the cannabis industry could be a $2 billion to $3 billion market, generate $300 million to $500 million in tax revenue and create 50,000 to 75,000 jobs directly.The New Jersey CannaBusiness Association is hosting an educational seminar for local elected officials on Feb. 20 in Trenton where medical professionals, law enforcement and public policy professionals will talk about the benefits of legalized cannabis. He hopes it can begin to change some perspectives.“This is not a partisan issue,” Rudder added. “It’s really going to come down to education.”This article was first published in the Feb. 1-8, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.Correction, Feb. 12: The online version of this article has been corrected to reflect Fair Haven councilman Robert Marchese’s statement about Fair Haven’s policy about medical marijuana. The borough would not prohibit the sale or use of medical marijuana.last_img read more

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first_img“It was just overwhelming,” said Kathleen Doty, Woman’s Club of Little Silver president. “They were just over-the-top appreciative.” By Amy Byrnes “It’s very heartwarming for us to see these ladies come in and find something and feel beautiful and validated, like they matter in this military life,” said Berridge. “It’s just been a joy seeing those smiling faces.” The effort was so successful and well-received that the group is again collecting gently worn gowns and cocktail dresses and the attendant accessories. Donations can be dropped off at 107 Woodbine Ave. in Little Silver or pickups can be arranged by calling 732-320-6652. Members of the Woman’s Club were recognized in October for their work by the spouses’ club at the Little Silver clubhouse on Church Street where they were given a plaque thanking them for their efforts and referring to them as “fairy godmothers.” Military spouses lined up to get into Cinderella’s Closet at its grand opening, including this woman trying on one of the many gowns donated by the Woman’s Club of Little Silver. From left, Fran Katzenberger, Woman’s Club of Little Silver; Lucrecia Berridge, president of JBMDL Spouses’ Club; Brandi Struggic, JBMDLSC; and Kathy Doty, president of the Woman’s Club of Little Silver. At the grand opening, Lucrecia Berridge, president of the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Spouses’ Club, left, and Fran Katzenberger from the Woman’s Club of Little Silver, showed off one of the over 700 dresses and accessories the women’s club collected for the Spouses’ Club’s new evening wear shop on base. Berridge explained that it’s not just spouses and active duty members borrowing dresses; daughters have taken advantage of the new store for homecoming dances and she anticipates many will be looking for prom dresses there as well. “We’ve got people looking for dresses to wear for family pictures and weddings and even fancy dinners,” she said. “Just to help anybody inthe military is a pleasure,”Doty said. Similar to the popular website Rent the Runway, spouses can borrow a dress for $20 and accessories for $5; unlike Rent the Runway, customers who shop at Cinderella’s Closet get their deposit back when the items are cleaned and returned. Doty, who’s been a member of the Women’s Club for over 40 years, said when the doors of the new store opened, a line of shoppers was waiting to get in and start trying on dresses. “Women, especially the enlisted ranks, don’t have the expendable income to go buy a new dress every single time they have an event, like a graduation or formal,” said Lucrecia Berridge, president of the JB-MDL Spouses’ Club who helped spearhead the new shop. She explained that military life can mean three or four formals each year that, unlike in civilian life, are not optional. Getting dressed up can be expensive, she added, especially when supporting a family on a military salary. They struck upon the idea of clearing out an unused clubhouse the spouses’ club had been utilizing for storage space. Over the course of about a month, volunteers from various ranks and branches came together to sweep away the cobwebs and clear out the boxes to transform the space into the new evening wear shop. “It turned from a storage space to a store,” said Berridge, whose husband is a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force and has been stationed at JBMDL for three years. She contacted JBMDL to see if there was an interest and then set about reaching out to the community for donations over the course of about seven months. Berridge said that initially the spouses’ club anticipated receiving about 50-70 pieces from the dress drive. When the club heard back from Doty a few months after her initial call to say that they’d amassed about 700 items, club members realized they were going to need a bigger boat, so to speak. An existing thrift store would not be able to accommodate all those dresses. Doty had gotten the idea to collect gently worn evening wear and accessories for military spouses after reading about the Monmouth County organization Cinderella’s Closet, which provides prom dresses to underprivileged high school students. After working on a project raising funds for wounded veterans, it occurred to Doty that women of the military would benefit from a similar program. This article originally appeared in the Dec. 19, 2019 edition of the The Two River Times. Cinderella had a fairy godmother conjure her gown and those famous glass slippers for the ball, but the spouses of military personnel stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst had members from the Little Silver Women’s Club swoop in and perform some magic of their own this fall. The group collected over 700 pieces of formal evening wear, purses, shoes and costume jewelry for a store run by the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL) Spouses’ Club which opened in September. Dubbed “Cinderella’s Closet,” the not-for-profit outlet is open to all active duty military and their dependents. The Little Silver Woman’s Club is a member of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs, the largest volunteer women’s service organization in the state, and will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. While membership has dwindled from a couple hundred women to about 10, they are busy spearheading different volunteer efforts. Look for them at the Little Silver Train Station in January selling 50-50 raffle tickets to raise money to provide disabled veterans with canine companions to assist with daily tasks and increase their independence. last_img read more

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first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2017)–Idle since breaking his maiden on Nov. 27, Royal Mo broke like a shot from the rail and dictated terms throughout as he scored an impressive 3 ½ length win in Saturday’s Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita, thus stamping himself as a top tier Kentucky Derby candidate.  Ridden by Victor Espinoza, owned by Jerry and Ann Moss and trained by John Shirreffs, the imposing bay colt by Uncle Mo got the distance in 1:43.48.“I was very happy with how he ran, the pace, the fractions, having that horse (Irap, with Mario Gutierrez) outside of him, hooking him a little bit, so I think he showed a lot of character,” said Shirreffs, who also conditions recent Grade III Sham Stakes winner Gormley for the Mosses.“You take it as it comes (referring to what might be next for his two talented sophomores).  Obviously, you don’t really want to run them together.  We’ll just have to see how it goes.  I haven’t spoken with Mr. Moss about that, so we’ll see.”A gate to wire maiden winner at one mile, Royal Mo faced stakes competition for the first time today and was off at 3-2 in a field of five, paying $5.00, $3.40 and $2.20.  With the win, he also picked up 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points and a check for $90,000, which brings his earnings to $144,200.  Second in his first two races sprinting, Royal Mo now has two wins from four starts.“He’s such a big horse, he doesn’t have that quickness for the first couple of strides,” said Espinoza.  “As soon as he gets into rhythm though, he’ll keep going…He’s improving a lot.  From the last few races to this race, he’s really coming along.  He’s going in the right direction.  Hopefully, we keep going that way.”Moss, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, who gained worldwide notoriety as the owner of the legendary Zenyatta, also teamed with Shirreffs to win the 2005 Kentucky Derby with longshot Giacomo.“We haven’t had two horses (Royal Mo and Gormley) in this position in a long time and it’s fun,” said Moss.  “I’ll have to talk to John, but I think we’ll go to Arkansas with one and stay here with the other.  (Royal Mo) is almost 17 hands, but he’s still got some growing to do…We really don’t see anyone coming up that scares us…This horse has been working great and the Derby is a great thing to dream about.”One of three Doug O’Neill trainees, Irap pressed the winner throughout and held off favored Sheer Flattery by a neck for second money.  Off at 4-1, Irap paid $4.20 and $2.60.“I think pace makes the race and the first half wasn’t overly quick,” said O’Neill.  “When you give a horse like Royal Mo an uncontested lead you’re going to be in trouble.”Third turning for home, Sheer Flattery, who was ridden by Mike Smith, never threatened the winner while finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of Term of Art.  Off at 7-5, Sheer Flattery paid $2.20 to show.Fractions, all set by the winner, were 23.86, 47.37, 1:11.50 and 1:36.84.The second, third and fourth place finishers received four, two and one Kentucky Derby qualifying points.last_img read more

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first_imgRepresentatives of Government ministries and agencies whose duties relate to the Millennium Challenge Corporation(MCC) eligibility indicators, at an orientation retreat in Buchanan in August 2018.The Eligibility Team coordinating Liberia’s compliance on the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA-Liberia) says Liberia must work harder because there have been changes to the MCC methodology and new indicators have been added.From August 9 – 11, the Government of Liberia Technical committee on the MCC Eligibility convened the retreat to orientate the officials on the 20 MCC eligibility indicators and emphasized their duties to implement actions and report them. About 35 representatives of government ministries and agencies, whose duties relate to the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) eligibility indicators, attended the retreat in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, and planned series of actions to improve Liberia’s performance on the MCC score card.  Countries now have to pass 12, instead of the previous 10 of the 20 indicators to be eligible.MCC Deputy Resident Country Director, Kevin George, spoke of the importance of the MCC eligibility indicators at the retreat and the US government agency’s support to development projects in most developing countries. MCA-Liberia is a legal, independent and autonomous agency of the Government of Liberia created by an Act of the Legislature on October 23, 2015. MCA-Liberia administers the compact between the Liberian and United States governments, and supports the electricity and road sectors in Liberia. MCA-Liberia Compact grant is made possible by the generosity of the American people through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).Liberia became eligible in 2015 and signed a compact grant agreement of US$257M, managed by Millennium Challenge Account-Liberia, to rehabilitate the energy sector and plan the foundation for periodic road maintenance in the country. At the retreat, MCA-Liberia Director of Communications and Outreach, Alphonso Zeon, briefed the participants on the implementation progress of the MCC compact projects. MCC grouped its indicators into three categories, including Ruling Justly, Economic Freedom and Investing in people. A country now needs to pass 12 out of 20 indicators, inclusive of the Control of Corruption indicator, which must be passed. In its 2018 scorecard, Liberia passed 10 of the 20 indicators, including the Control of Corruption indicator. The country continues to do well in the areas of Political Rights, Civil Liberties and Freedom of Information indicators, under Ruling Justly. Regarding Economic Freedom, Liberia passed Inflation, Access to Credit, Trade Policy, Business Startup and Gender in the Economy. Beginning 2019, MCC will update the questions under Gender in the Economy indicator to provide for an expanded index that measures the extent to which laws provide women with equal capacity to participate in the economy, get a job, own property, go to court and be protected from violence.Under Investing in People, Liberia only passed Health Expenditure indicator.  Comparatively in the West African region, Ghana did well over Liberia, passing 15 of the 20 indicators, including Control of Corruption with a score of 0.64 for an indicator with a zero Median.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgFernando Torres marked his return to Chelsea’s starting line-up with the goal that puts them in a commanding position in their Champions League last-16 game in Turkey. The Blues seized control from the off and could have been further ahead after a dominant first-half display.Galatasaray, with Chelsea legend Didier Drogba leading the line, left huge gaps at the back and the visitors should already have been ahead by the time Torres opened the scoring.But Willian’s chipped effort was headed clear by goalkeeper Fernando Musleran, who redeemed himself after racing out of his goal and hopelessly mis-kicking the ball straight to the Brazilian.Within nine minutes Chelsea deservedly had the lead anyway.A slick move on the right saw Andre Schurrle slip the ball to Cesar Azpilicueta, whose pull-back was knocked in by his fellow Spaniard Torres.And Chelsea continued to threaten.Frank Lampard blasted a free-kick well over, Ramires also shot over after good work by Schurrle and the Blues failed to make the most of numerous counter attacks.The Turkish side barely threatened until the final 10 minutes of the half, when they began to enjoy some periods of possession in Chelsea’s half.They did have the ball in the net just before the break but there were two balls on the pitch and play was rightly halted.Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Lampard; Willian, Hazard, Schurrle; Torres.Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Kalas, Mikel, Oscar, Ba, Eto’o.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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