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Stimulus programs will need to continue into 2023 if economy remains weak: Experts

first_imgThe suggestion was also based on the prediction the government may be able unable to provide sufficient COVID-19 vaccinations next year, given the country’s low level of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, the economist warned.“It will be very difficult to distribute the vaccine and that is why the recovery will be U-shaped,” he went on to say, arguing that it would be a daunting task to vaccinate even 25 million citizens. “Getting the pandemic under control is the top priority.”The government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion (US$47.15 billion) in fiscal stimulus this year to cushion the public health and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The Indonesian economy contracted 5.32 percent in the second quarter this year, while household spending also fell 5.51 percent during the same period.At worst, the government expects the economy to contract a further 2 percent in the third quarter, which will mark the country’s first recession since the 1998 Asian financial crisis. Read also: Indonesia’s inflation hits record 20-year low in August amid declining purchasing powerMeanwhile, the disbursement of stimulus funds has been hampered by bureaucratic red tape and a lack of reliable data, among other issues. As of Sept. 2, the government had only disbursed Rp 197.88 trillion, or about 28.46 percent of the earmarked stimulus funds.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Monday that the economic recovery could only begin once public health had been restored, calling for the national COVID-19 and economic recovery committee to prioritize mitigation of transmission above all else.“Good health will lead to a good economy […] Let’s not restart the economy before we have properly handled COVID-19,” the President said.However, the country has continued to record surges in COVID-19 cases each week following the reopening of the economy in early June, with the number of confirmed cases surpassing 200,000 on Tuesday.University of Indonesia economist Ari Kuncoro said in late August that the government stimulus would only be effective if people felt safe spending their money, adding that health protocols were crucial to revive the economy.“If social restrictions continue and people are unwilling to go outside, then the economy will suffer even more and the stimulus would not be sufficient,” he told The Jakarta Post. “The key to economic recovery is to encourage people to return to their normal activities by implementing health protocols. That will help the wheels of the economy begin to turn and help avoid a greater contraction.”The government plans to improve the targeting of it stimulus spending by reallocating funds for commodity subsidies to social protection programs, such as cash transfers, said special adviser to the finance minister Masyita Cristallin.“A lot of different types of subsidies go to people well above the bottom 40 percent of the population, resulting in inefficiency,” she said during the same discussion. “We need to improve the database for social protection so subsidies and social assistance can be better targeted.”The government will also continue to seek help from Bank Indonesia (BI) to fund the fiscal deficit and pay for fiscal stimulus programs through to 2022, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Sept. 4.The government and BI have agreed to a $40 billion debt monetization scheme for this year to fund the COVID-19 response, under which the central bank will buy up to $28 billion in government bonds while shouldering the debt burden. The government expects the budget deficit to reach 6.34 percent of GDP this year and 5.5 percent of GDP next year.“The burden sharing scheme will continue until 2022, in which BI will be a standby buyer of sovereign debt papers in [direct] auctions,” Sri Mulyani said, ruling out the possibility of another bond-buying scheme by the central bank through private placement.Topics : The government’s fiscal stimulus programs may need to continue into 2023 if the Indonesian economy and domestic consumption remain weak next year, economists have warned, as concerns mount over the government’s ability provide a sufficient number of COVID-19 vaccine doses for citizens.“The government needs to make a decision carefully because if consumer demand is still weak and the private sector is not kicking in by 2021, it should continue its fiscal stimulus programs into 2022 or even into 2023,” former finance minister Chatib Basri said on Tuesday, during a discussion held by the Australian National University.The government should focus its financial stimulus on providing cash transfers for lower-middle income citizens, he said, adding that such programs were “quicker to disburse” and “more effective” in boosting domestic consumption amid the health crisis.last_img read more


October 19, 2020 0

Governor Wolf Joins the White House in Championing Paid Sick Leave

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf Joins the White House in Championing Paid Sick Leave Jobs That Pay,  The Blog Today, Governor Wolf participated in a White House press call with Valerie Jarrett, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Jenny Yang, and Philadelphia Councilman Bill Greenlee to discuss ways to bolster the middle class, including expanding paid sick leave.When the Senate tried to push through legislation that would deny local municipalities’ ability to pass ordinances for paid sick leave, Governor Wolf came out strongly against their actions.The state should not be in the business of denying municipalities the opportunity to govern themselves and pass ordinances for leave that they believe will help families and the economy.Providing access to paid sick leave will improve the performance of employees and ensure that employers remain competitive in the search for dedicated and talented employees.Earned sick leave also improves the overall public health. Giving sick workers the occasional option of staying at home to receive care will decrease their recovery time and reduce the likelihood of spreading illness.States and municipalities that have enacted paid sick leave policies have shown that such policies have a demonstrably positive impact on their economies.That’s why the Wolf administration is working towards the goal of providing access to paid sick leave for commonwealth employees and state contractors.This isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing.These quality improvements will lead to improved performance of employees and efficiency in Commonwealth procurement. September 29, 2016   SHARE  TWEET By: Beth Melena, Deputy Press Secretary SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


October 16, 2020 0

Serena powers past Giorgi for ‘solid’ start to 2020

first_img Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Most Epic Movie Robots We’ve Ever Seen6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True12 Movies That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made “It’s really good that I still have some power left in my arms and my legs.” Read Also: WTA Classic: Serena glad to be back in New Zealand Williams, originally drawn to play two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova before the Russian pulled out due to a virus, said her preparation had been helped by playing doubles with Caroline Wozniacki the previous evening which allowed her to adapt to the blustery Auckland weather. “I knew it was going to be really tough but I think the doubles really helped. I got to come out here and play a little bit in these conditions and get used to them.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Serena Williams found her power game after a sluggish start as she overcame qualifier Camila Giorgi to open her 2020 season with a straight-sets victory at the Auckland WTA Classic on Tuesday. With an eye on the Australian Open later in the month, the 38-year-old worked her way into a blistering performance that proved too much for the 1.7 metre (5ft 6in) Italian. Serena Williams was playing her first match since the US Open She described her first match since losing the US Open final in September as “solid” rather than spectacular. “Spent a long time off from tournament play, match play, so solid is pretty good. It’s a great start to build on,” she said after sealing her 6-3, 6-2 victory with her eighth ace against the 99th-ranked Giorgi.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more


September 26, 2020 0

Man robbed by woman pretending to be an ICE agent

first_imgAuthorities are now seeking to identify the woman. If you have any information about this case, you are asked to contact Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS. Authorities in Palm Beach County are currently searching for a woman who reportedly stopped a man while pretending to be an ICE agent and robbed him.The incident was reported on October 12 near the 700 block of 48th Street.The victim who is Hispanic says the woman ordered him to get into her newer Honda Accord, threatened him with deportation and then robbed him.She then released him and fled the scene.We need your help solving an armed robbery. The female suspect identified herself as an Immigration Enforcement Agent–detaining (newer Honda Accord) & robbing the Hispanic victim. Anyone with information is asked to call @CrimeStoppersPB @Telemundo51 @AZATV48 #westpalmbeach #FL pic.twitter.com/Z3Jf3mcAcx— West Palm Beach PD (@WestPalmPD) October 19, 2019last_img read more


September 20, 2020 0

Other Sports Mithun beats Vadivel in Q Lounge all-India snooker tournament

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Mithun of Kerala beat Vadivel (Impact) by three frames to one in a fifth round match of the Q-Lounge all-India snooker tournament here Sunday. In other matches, Johny of Cue Zone beat Aadesh Kothari 3-1 and Andhra cueist M D Sameer edged out Santhosh of Coimbatore by three frames to two.Earlier in the tournament, R Anupama, bronze medalist at World Under-16 Women Snooker Championship last year, outplayed Sheikh Sohail of Andhra by three frames to nil in a fourth-round match in the Q-Lounge All-India Open Snooker Championship 2019 here Saturday. Chennai cueist Anupama with a good mix of safety play and potting started aggregating points to put pressure on Nellore-based Sohail. Having won the first two frames handily, Anupama hit top form in the third and scored more points to seal an easy win.Results: Round 5:M D Sameer (Nellore) beat Santhosh (Coimbatore) 3-2 (45-54, 69-19, 59-16, 66-17, 41-54), Harish (Red 15) beat Vasanth (MCC) 3-2 (47-16, 55-14, 45-73, 26-60, 46-31), Palani (Q-Lounge) beat Darshan (Red 15) 3-0 (55-43, 73-36, 63-15). Kadher (Smart Shooters) beat Moinsha (Q Ball City) 3-0 (66-21, 60-56, 50-31), Mithun (Kerala) beat Vadivel (Impact) 3-1 (46-12, 58-43, 56-62, 57-48), Johny (Cue Zone) beat Adesh Kothari (Q-Lounge) 3-1 (34-68, 49-36, 65-7, 62-17).  last_img read more


September 19, 2020 0

MBB : Syracuse’s Melo can fuel postseason run

first_img Comments CLEVELAND — Jim Boeheim said Thursday that Fab Melo could be the ‘X factor’ for Syracuse this postseason. After a strong showing in the Big East tournament, the conference’s preseason Rookie of the Year proved he can contribute.But that doesn’t mean that Boeheim is necessarily expecting that to continue. He’s not banking on his freshman center playing his best basketball of the year on college basketball’s biggest stage.‘He’s kind of an X factor,’ Boeheim said about the 7-footer who had arguably his best game of the season March 10 against St. John’s in the Big East tournament.‘I’m not counting on it,’ Boeheim continued. ‘It’s one of those, you’re hoping that something can happen here.’Against the Red Storm, Melo broke out with 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting and added four rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in 22 minutes. Beyond the stats, though, he was involved in every key play down the stretch for the Orange, making a key pass here or forcing a turnover there. His contributions were a major reason why SU advanced past Steve Lavin’s club and into the Big East semifinals against Connecticut.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was the second time in as many games that Melo had shown signs of life after marginal contributions throughout much of the season. Through 28 games, he averaged a paltry 1.8 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.Two big games against DePaul (10 points, six rebounds) and St. John’s changed all that. It was the first time Melo began to show why fans were so excited about the former McDonald’s All-American prior to his arrival on campus.In his most recent game, however, Melo reverted to his old ways. He shot 0-for-2 from the field and was held scoreless in 14 minutes of action against UConn in the game on March 11. The result was a Syracuse defeat.But despite the inconsistencies, there’s still a feeling that Melo’s performance in these postseason games could be dividends for Syracuse. With his size and skill, he’s a matchup nightmare for most opposing big men — as long as he plays intelligently and effectively.Indiana State doesn’t have a player over 6-foot-8 in its rotation. In the Missouri Valley conference, it hasn’t played against anybody with Melo’s size, either.‘We don’t have the type of size they have,’ Indiana State forward Carl Richard said.It all comes together to create the perfect storm for another potential big game for Melo. If he can step his play up over the next few weeks, that’s an advantage SU will have that Boeheim and the Orange aren’t even counting on. One that could be the difference for a team trying to reach the Final Four for the first time since 2003.‘He’s had a couple of good games. He’s better than he was early in the season when he really struggled,’ Boeheim said. ‘I think he’s definitely gotten to the point where we’re very hopeful that he can contribute.’Stereotyping Indiana State not a good ideaWhen Kris Joseph offered up his initial thoughts on Indiana State Thursday, he wasn’t thinking about its defense.Instead, Joseph and his Syracuse teammates spoke about the importance of getting up on the Sycamores’ shooters and protecting the perimeter through the 2-3 zone defense. But stereotyping ISU as a bunch of shooters is not completely accurate.‘We led the Missouri Valley in field goal percentage defense,’ ISU head coach Greg Lansing said, ‘so we’re going to try and make it tough for them.’The reality is that Indiana State’s defense, not it’s shooting, is what led it to a 20-win season and the Missouri Valley conference title.Though Syracuse’s 2-3 zone is mentioned as much as any defense in the country, it was the Sycamores, not just the Orange, who led their league in field goal percentage defense. Indiana State’s opponents make just 40.3 percent of their shots. ISU also forces 13 turnovers per game.Yet the stereotype of ISU still exists.For a team that has had trouble shooting at times this season, and one that turned the ball over 14 times per game this season, ISU’s defense could be the key Friday. Syracuse boasts more size and arguably better athletes, but an inability to get going on offense could be troublesome when considering that ISU also drilled 228 3-pointers this season — more than all but two Big East teams (Notre Dame and Louisville).Indiana State guard Aaron Carter doesn’t mind the stereotypes that his is strictly a team of shooters. Defensively, the Sycamores are proven. Offensively, they intend to live up to the notion that they are simply a group of marksmen.‘I guess that’s a popular stereotype,’ said Carter, who has connected on 49 3-point attempts this season. ‘I guess me and Jake (Odum) would like to prove that stereotype right tomorrow, you know.’aljohn@syr.edu Published on March 16, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


September 17, 2020 0

Inspired upgrades SNAITECH Italia Virtual Sports content

first_img StumbleUpon Share Industry virtual sports content supplier Inspired Entertainment has moved to expand its existing relationship with leading Italian bookmaker SNAITECH.Updating the market, Inspired details that it has upgraded the retail and digital virtual sports content of SNAITECH properties.The upgrade sees Inspired’s popular ‘Mike Tyson Boxing’ title released across SNAITECH’s Italian retail estate, in addition to the release of bespoke Inspired’s Rush Sprints 2 product will be added to SNAITECH’s dedicated racing channel.Supporting SNAITECH’s virtuals upgrade, Inspired will launch its ‘QUAD’ sports channel systems, which will enable the scheduling and broadcast of four unique events at any one time within a single screen, allowing a different number of events to start at the same time.‘I’m delighted to announce the launch of this varied portfolio of new and upgraded content with our valued Italian partner, SNAITECH,’ said Steve Rogers, Chief Commercial Officer, Digital Games, Inspired. ‘Mike Tyson Boxing is one of our most innovative and compelling product launches of recent years, and it’s exciting to be bringing it to the Italian market for the first time with SNAITECH.  Inspired remains dedicated to the ongoing development of its Virtual Sports business in Italy, and I have no doubt that these new products and additional channels will add to its continuing success,’ Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Related Articles Submitlast_img read more


August 30, 2020 0

African football body Caf in disarray, audit reveals

first_imgAmongst other details, the audit, carried out by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), found that:Caf’s accounting was “unreliable and not trustworthy”Some 35 of 40 large payments, totaling $8.3m, were “unusual”Caf is “understaffed” with an “overworked” and “demotivated” workforceCaf’s presidential office was “directly involved” in the controversial decision to employ Tactical Steel, a little-known gym equipment manufacturer, to become a key supplier of sportswearThe audit highlighted transactions totaling more than $20m (£15.4m) which either have “little or no supporting documentation” or were considered “higher risk”.One area the PwC audit suggested further investigating was “the role played” by Caf President Ahmad and his attaché, Loic Gerand, among others, in the deal with French company Tactical Steel. The company’s financial dealings with Caf were described as “highly suspicious”.Mr Ahmad has already strenuously denied any wrongdoing with regard to this case.The forensic audit – which was complicated by Caf’s tendency to make most of its payments in cash – also suggested considerable reforms were needed throughout Caf.The organization’s structure was described as being over-reliant on decisions made by the executive committee (ExCo), despite the latter meeting “once a quarter, resulting in delays in key decision-making and preventing managers of Caf departments from making timely business-critical decisions”.In addition, a lack of clarity in Caf’s organizational structure has left departments “understaffed” and existing staff both “overworked” and “generally demotivated”.The confidential audit, a copy of which has been seen by the BBC, was carried out as part of the unprecedented decision to send the Secretary-General of football’s world governing body, Fifa, to improve the way that Caf was run.Concluding her six-month role in early February, Fatma Samoura presented her findings to leading figures in the Caf administration, who have said they will address the recommendations laid out by a joint Fifa/Caf taskforce.These include, among others, a major restructuring of Caf’s organizational hierarchy, introducing a term limit for both the president and ExCo members and the introduction of an ethics code.Whether ExCo members are prepared to approve fundamental changes when they meet on Friday is another matter. But a statement this week made the right noises.“More than 30 years of outdated and patriarchal management at Caf have resulted in important shortcomings at all levels of operations,” Caf said.“Caf will persevere… to ensure that we achieve the highest international standards.”The damning audit highlights a raft of financial deals that require further investigation, with Caf President Ahmad, a 60-year-old from Madagascar, one of those under scrutiny.The president Mr. Ahmad has been President of Caf since March 2017“From the email communication, it appears that Tactical Steel established the initial contact with Caf through Caf’s President office”PwC recommended an investigation into Ahmad’s role in the controversial decision to employ Tactical Steel, a little-known gym equipment manufacturer, to become a key supplier of sportswear to Caf.Mr. Ahmad has previously told the BBC – in response to being asked if he had canceled a deal with sportswear company Puma, worth $250,000, to take up a larger order with Tactical Steel, worth $1m, in December 2017 – that the accusations were “false, malicious, defamatory (and) part of a vendetta”.The Caf president blamed his general secretary, Amr Fahmy, who had formally complained to Fifa, for spreading the story. Caf’s finance director at the time, Mohamed El Sherei, also took the case to Fifa.Both men have since been dismissed.“From the communications reviewed, it appears that Caf’s president office was directly involved in agreeing to the initial offer of Tactical Steel and then the additional handling and logistics costs without involving relevant departments in Caf such as Procurement, Marketing, and Finance,” the PwC audit said.Tactical Steel is run by Romauld Seillier, a long-standing friend – and former army colleague – of Loic Gerand, Mr. Ahmad’s attaché. Ivory Coast FA elections: Asamoah Gyan backs Didier Drogba Tactical Steel’s website highlights its role in both making and supplying gym equipmentDuring the course of this deal, several payments made by Caf to Tactical Steel and the latter’s affiliate, ES Pro Consulting Ltd, based in the United Arab Emirates, were returned to Caf for reasons that are unclear.“The refunds from Tactical Steel and ES Pro Consulting… are highly suspicious which could potentially indicate a kickback arrangement between parties involved or a case of tax evasion through off-shore payments,” the audit said.In June 2019, Mr. Ahmad, who took charge of Caf in March 2017, was questioned in the French capital, Paris, by anti-corruption authorities before being released without charge.PwC’s audit has also suggested closing down Caf’s Emergency Committee, a group involving the Caf President and any three ExCo members, which can bypass ExCo and fast track decision making.“Based on the documentation at hand, it appears that the decisions of the Emergency Committee has (sic) been taken in a less than transparent matter,” the report stated.The auditors observed “multiple payments for the same period/dates” when it came to claiming travel expenses. Although the report failed to mention Mr Ahmad by name in relation to expenses, the BBC revealed last year how the Caf president received two different sets of expenses when for being in two different countries at the same time.Given that the audit was conducted “in relation to Fifa Ethics guidance”, it remains to be seen what action, if any, will be taken against the Malagasy.‘Unusual payments’ The Confederation of African Football’s headquarters in Egypt“A large number of payments were made in cash. The use of cash for business expenses in this manner results in little or no audit trail to verify if the cash has been spent legitimately or not.”As part of its audit, PwC reviewed just under $10m of payments made with money that Fifa gave to Caf to distribute as part of its Fifa Forward programme, which aims to enhance football development in countries across the world.However, only five of the 40 payments “appeared to be aligned to purpose”, said the report.The rest – totaling some $8.3m – either had “little or no supporting documentation” or were considered “unusual/higher risk” with no patterns “identified in terms of the nature of the value of the payments”.Details were thin on the ground in some cases – with the governing body of the central and east African region, Cecafa, receiving a payment of $0.5m when the only information was given was that this was to organize an Under-17 match in Burundi.Meanwhile, the governing body of the southern African region, Cosafa, was allocated $400,000 to stage an Under-20 game.The story was largely the same for the annual subvention funds that Caf pays to its 54 member associations, which is currently $200,000 per year – has risen from $50,000 and then $100,000 per year under Mr. Ahmad.Of the 66 high-risk payments reviewed, 48 – worth some $11m – had insufficient documentation.Particularly troubling were three payments of $100,125 each supposedly made for the benefit of the Liberian FA – one of which ended up in Estonia, two of which were sent to a mystery company in Poland. ‘We want to play in big competitions’ – Jordan Ayew targets European spot with Crystal Palace Football’s governing body in Africa has been shown to be in a state of disarray, an audit has revealed.The investigation into the Confederation of African Football (Caf) questioned the body’s accounting, its governance, and its payments. An annual grant supposedly destined for the Liberian FA ended up in a company in PolandThis was called Rosenbaum Contemporary and when its website was operating – prior to disappearing in 2019 – it identified itself as an industrial company.Why the money went there is unclear, with PwC recommending legal action to recover the funds as well as a desire to “rule out ‘insider’ involvement’ within Caf”.Complicating matters for those trying to understand the true nature of Caf’s finances is the fact that many of the organization’s payments are made in cash, particularly to staff.It cites a withdrawal of $350,000 in cash in December 2017, which was simply marked as “payroll expenses”, by way of example.Of the 25 information requests that PwC made to Caf, all were granted save for three – with both “bonuses” and “travel expenses” among the latter.Executive committee With an unclear hierarchy and delays in decisions, Caf’s working environment appears far from perfect – with the result that staff are said to be “demotivated”.“Staff expressed a lack of systematic communication, concerning key decisions, resulting in a great amount of unclarity… and feeling of exclusion,” said the audit.“Staff are unaware of the existing organization structure… Job roles and responsibilities assigned to individual staff members are not properly defined and known.”The list goes on – from a lack of leadership, committees meeting on an “ad-hoc basis without systematic planning” through to the lack of a dedicated IT department.In addition, staff attendance, overtime, vacations, and medical absences are said to be neither monitored nor captured.Meanwhile, large swathes of financial records are simply missing – with PwC estimating that it was unable to access around 20% of the data required for the period in review, which covered 2014-2019.“Several sweeping governance and operational measures have already been implemented before and during the six-month partnership with Fifa,” Caf’s statement said.“The ExCo has scheduled a meeting for 14 February to validate the 2020-21 Caf roadmap which will take into accounts (sic) all the recommendations.”Given the roadmap suggests relieving the ExCo of management and administrative responsibilities, it promises to be quite some journey.center_img Source: BBC Sports Tags: Ahmad AhmadCAFCAF AuditFIFA “Caf being a football governing body to promote and develop the game in Africa, it is important that Caf effectively manages its stakeholders – external and internal – effectively. Currently, there is little or no understanding of who the stakeholders are for the individual department.” ‘I’m happy at Crystal Palace’ – Jordan Ayew says amid transfer speculation Executive Committee members are said to hinder, not help, Caf’s operations“During the review, it was observed that payments and reimbursements to ExCo members majorly contribute to Caf’s administrative expenses”Caf’s ExCo – which is effectively the organization’s board – also has issues to address in light of the audit, which questions the manner in which they are compensated.“Exco members – jointly or through a committee comprising a part of the Exco members (e.g. compensation committee) – propose and approve salaries, bonuses, end of term benefits, indemnities and allowances for the members of the ExCo, leading to a self-approval situation.”Thirty-five payments made to the ExCo were reviewed yet not one had all the “required documentation to clearly establish the legitimacy of the payments”.In 2016 – a period when Mr. Ahmad’s predecessor Issa Hayatou was in charge – $36,150 was paid to wives of ExCo members yet the latter could not provide documents regarding the “eligibility of spouses of ExCo members for such payments”.“Caf has also booked several ad-hoc payments to ExCo members – e.g. buying gifts, offering donations, organizing funeral etc. – for which no documents were provided for review,” the audit added.Despite receiving indemnities of $450 per day when on duty and an annual bonus of at least $60,000, ExCo members are considered by the audit to hinder Caf’s daily working activities.“The ExCo, which is held responsible to take all executive decisions, meets once a quarter, resulting in delays in key decision making and preventing managers of Caf departments from making timely business-critical decisions.”Governance Despite the issues, Caf hosted a glittering awards ceremony in Egypt earlier this year RelatedPostslast_img read more


August 29, 2020 0

Vin Scully confirms he isn’t planning to call any Dodgers playoff games

first_imgVin Scully said Tuesday night that reports of his decision to end his Dodgers’ broadcasting career with the regular-season finale and not extend it into the playoffs was “actually decided quite some time ago … I thought everybody already knew.”The 88-year-old Hall of Fame play-by-play man confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that the Dodgers-Giants game on Oct. 2 in San Francisco would end his 67-season career, regardless of the team’s postseason schedule. “I’ve never ever thought about doing the playoffs – why would I want to go on and do whatever?” he said. “It’ll be the perfect time to end in San Francisco. If I did anything after that it would just muddy it. That’s too classical a moment.“And after that, I’ll become an honest fan and cheer like everyone else.” The choice to do it that way was based on how he recalls Oct. 2, 1936 as the day he became a New York Giants fan. As an 8-year-old during the World Series, he says the linescore posted of the New York Yankees’ 18-4 victory over the Giants at the Polo Grounds and immediately felt badly for the team suffering such a large defeat.Scully’s final game at Dodger Stadium will be Sunday, Sept. 25, when the Dodgers host the Colorado Rockies in a 1:10 p.m. contest.Last week, KTLA/Ch. 5 and SportsNet LA agreed to simulcast the last three games of that Dodgers-Rockies series as well as the Dodgers’ season-ending series in San Francisco from Sept. 30-Oct. 2.“I really don’t want to say goodbye in some kind of grand opera form, where you keep coming back out with curtain calls,” he said. “I’ll say goodbye at Dodger Stadium, then I’ll say goodbye in San Francisco, and that will be it.”In recent years, Scully has traveled with the Dodgers to do playoff games home and on the road for the KLAC-AM (570) radio broadcast, as the games were televised by either ESPN, Fox or TBS. The Dodgers, who lead the National League West, are almost assuredly of making one of the five NL playoff spots based on their record and limited games remaining. If the playoffs began today, the Dodgers would square off against the NL East-leading Washington Nationals in a best-of-five series starting with two games in the home park of the team with the best record. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


August 26, 2020 0

Steven Shamblin, 30, Wellington was victim of Monday’s pedestrian/railroad incident

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Steven Shamblin, 30, of Wellington has been officially named as the victim of a pedestrian-railroad incident which occurred Monday afternoon about two miles west of Wellington city limits.Shamblin was declared dead on the scene by the Wellington Fire/EMS personnel at 3:57 p.m. on June 16.According to Sumner County Sheriff Captain Mike Yoder, Shamblin appeared to have been hit by a westbound locomotive while walking westbound next to the north railroad tracks between the Tyler Road crossing and Edwards Road intersection.There are double train tracks leading out of Wellington. Shamblin, for some unknown reason, was walking west in between the railroad tracks. Yoder said at the time of the incident, there was a train that was going eastbound at the same time as the incoming westbound train.The eastbound locomotive had passed Shamblin and was sounding its horn. Shamblin was on the southern edge of the north tracks. Yoder said Shamblin was hit from behind by the westbound train. He was not on the tracks at the time of the incident.Yoder said Shamblin, perhaps, might have got his foot caught by the westbound locomotive’s cattle guard and could not escape.Yoder said the eastbound train conductor had blown the whistles. Shamblin may have been unaware that there was a westbound train behind him because of the noise of the eastbound train, Yoder speculated.“We will never know for sure,” Yoder said.Shamblin was not wearing headphones at the time of the incident.Yoder said both conductors  knew of Shamblin’s whereabouts at the time of the collision as the westbound train was in the process of braking. Also, the eastbound train had radioed the westbound crew that Shamblin was between the tracks.Yoder said there will be a toxicology investigation which will be conducted by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation which could take six weeks or more.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (21) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +9 Vote up Vote down Larry · 321 weeks ago It against the law to trespass on the railroad. When you do this, this is what can happen.l Report Reply 6 replies · active 321 weeks ago +25 Vote up Vote down Redress · 321 weeks ago My prayers go out to the family regardless what the law says. Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down WHSmom · 321 weeks ago sad for ALL involved… Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down Christy · 321 weeks ago My heart goes out to the family! Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Crusader Pride · 321 weeks ago They can hit dislike all they want Lisa. Right on. Truly a pathetic comment regardless of where he was at it is still a lose of life. Be respectful. Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago +18 Vote up Vote down A Friend · 321 weeks ago I’m glad I didn’t enter the service out of high school. If I had, perhaps I would be the one that couldn’t tell the stories of kids with bombs strapped to them, maybe I’d be the one whose face turned ghostly white when asked if I’d ever killed someone… Maybe I’d be that monster that’s done so many awful things but has also done so much for so many. Maybe you’d talk bad about me too if I was this person. You don’t know his struggles and his fears… You don’t know what made him cry, or what made him laugh. I did. A few others did too…the few that took the time to know him. Unless you are one of these few, you have no space to talk. REST FOREVER IN PEACE MY FRIEND. Steven Dee Shamblin Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Bakers Dozen · 321 weeks ago I did join the service out of high school. I have deployed to Afghanistan. I have also seen the awful things that go on over there. So I can relate to this as well as other people. As his friend you should have seen the signs if he was up to something. Possibly kept an eye on him. Or just talked to the guy, trust me just talking to a old friend goes along way. Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Larry · 321 weeks ago Also I wasn’t the first one to mention it. If you had read the previous post on Newscow, you would have seen several other post which is was also mentioned there. To A Friend, you seem to be trying to say something and maybe if you had talked to him or told someone it would still be with us. Report Reply 2 replies · active 321 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Mark · 321 weeks ago Prayers for all Steven and the train crew. Accidents happen because they are random and unforeseen. We will never know what or why speculation and what ifs do nothing to ease a burden or bring closure. Let how and why rest. Mourn our friend and find peace in our own ways. Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago +18 Vote up Vote down guest · 321 weeks ago This is a terrible and sad situation. I am sorry for the family and friends of the man who lost his life that afternoon and I pray for you and those he left behind. I also pray for the railroad crew that had to get out and find the remains and stay until the medical/police arrive. Now those poor men and/or women will have to live with that memory. Report Reply 0 replies · active 321 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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