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‘Grow the Economy by Opening for More hours’

first_imgRep. Dixon W. Seboe: “The trajectory indicates that the growth can even double in our first term if adequate economic and political variables are put in place.-House’s Banking, Currency Chairman Suggests to PlenaryThe exchange rate of the US dollars to the Liberian dollar, (L$162 to 1 US$), coupled with the soaring prices of goods, have caused many Liberians to believe that the economy would crash soon — probably this year or 2020.But, in an effort to combat the expected drown economy, the chairman of the Committee of Banking and Currency in the House of Representatives (54th Legislature), Rep. Dixon W. Seboe, is suggesting that the economy must be shifted from an 8-hour to a 12 to 14-hour economy.The House’s economy and investment chief said almost every commercial activity in the country opens at 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. and shuts down at either 5 p.m. or 6 p.m., which limits the economy to eight hours per day.He argued in a letter to the House’s Plenary that, “if the economy opens for more hours, it will grow.”Rep. Seboe, a former Finance Ministry customs director, said the country can obtain a “modest growth’ despite inheriting a messy and broken economy.“The trajectory indicates that the growth can even double in our first term if adequate economic and political variables are put in place,” Rep. Seboe stressed in his letter, dated January 23, 2019.“I want to plead with you all my colleagues that we should invite the Ministers of Commerce, Finance and other relevant institutions to begin a frank discussion on how to achieve this in the soonest possible time,” he said.Seboe, who represents Montserrado County District #16, drew his argument from a recent report by the African Development Bank, which speaks to the economic growth of the country in 2018.“Real GDP grew to an estimated 3.7% from 2.5% in 2017 and it is estimated to grow to 4.7% this year. This growth is underpinned by the modest growth in the agricultural, fisheries and service sectors,” Rep. Seboe said.Meanwhile, members of the House of Representatives voted to send Rep. Seboe’s letter to the Committee on Ways, Means, Finance & Development Planning and report in an unspecified time-frame.The decision was made on Thursday, January 31, during the 7th day sitting, following a motion from Montserrado County District #7 Representative Solomon C. George.Amid the bad economy, President George M. Weah during his annual address to the Legislature on Monday, January 28, predicted prospects while some Liberians have differed, arguing that the primary trigger of a full-blown crash would be a financial crisis, which is glaring.A member of the House of Representatives, who requested to not be named, told the Daily Observer that most of the banks in the country are holding more capital relative to assets than before, arguing that the banks want to avoid stress if there will be a recession.Another member of the House, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said: “Workforce participation has to rise from its all-time low. It means that people need to work longer hours and, through their productivity, gain more income for their families.”Full-time work in the country is currently defined as eight hours daily for five days a week, a total of 40 hours, at least for public offices. For commercial businesses workers put in around to 48 hours per week, which typically includes Saturdays.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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Redlands finishes unbeaten

first_imgLoma Linda currently holds the third-place spot in the Christian League. MIRAMONTE LEAGUE Bonita 59, Diamond Ranch 57 Sophomore center Chris Cunningham had 14 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough for the visiting Panthers (16-9, 6-2) against the Bearcats. MAJESTIC LEAGUE Packinghouse Christian 78, Lake Arrowhead Christian 35 Junior guard Joel Pulliam scored 24 points with nine assists and senior forward Spencer Hirsch added 15 as the Bears (12-9, 8-2) defeated the visiting Eagles 4-14, 2-8). MT. BALDY LEAGUE Don Lugo 57, Montclair 53 Eric Sanabria scored 15 points as the Conquistadores (10-18, 6-5) defeated the Panthers in a tiebreaker game to advance to the playoffs for the first time in two years. The same scenario occurred to the teams last year, when Montclair won. Nate Ambriso scored 15 points for Don Lugo. SIERRA LEAGUE Chino Hills 56, Ayala 27 Nick Turner scored 24 points as the Huskies (21-6, 9-1) defeated the Bulldogs for their first outright league title in school history. Diamond Bar 59, Chino 48 Senior Mickey Dolentes scored 20 points, including six three-pointers as the Brahmas (16-11, 6-4) defeated the Cowboys to clinch a playoff spot. Jonathan Black scored 10 points for Diamond Bar. Alfred Martinez scored 21 points for Chino. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Alex Wolpe and Chris Duncan each scored 12 points as Redlands defeated Yucaipa, 76-35 in Citrus Belt League boys basketball Thursday night. The Terriers (21-4 overall, 13-0 league), winners of the CBL title, have won 17 of their last 18 games. Redlands East Valley 87, Rialto 63 John Howard-Holcombe scored 19 points and grabbed 21 rebounds as the Wildcats (17-9, 8-5) defeated the Knights. center_img Eisenhower 65, Carter 49 Nicholas Carter scored 15 points and Kauri Black and Alex Varner each had 13 points to lead the Eagles (13-13, 6-7) past the Lions. Andrew Bock scored 18 for Carter. CHRISTIAN LEAGUE Loma Linda Academy 56, Western Christian 22 Steven Catalon scored 20 points as the Roadrunners (19-7, 5-3) defeated the Lancers. last_img read more

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Half-time: Bees 2 Swindon 1 (Agg: 3-2)

first_imgBrentford are 45 minutes away from Wembley after a scintillating first half in their play-off semi-final second-leg.The Bees were firmly on the front foot for large chunks of the first half and got their due reward on 23 minutes when Swindon’s Adam Rooney got the last touch on a Harry Forrester corner.In the minutes after the goal, a dynamic Brentford penned Swindon back in their own half and created a series of chances to deliver a second blow.Forrester, a constant thorn in the visitors’ side, saw a firm shot from an acute angle beaten away by Swindon keeper Wes Foderingham.The recalled Marcello Trotta, whose named was booed by a minority of home fans following his penalty miss against Doncaster, then saw an effort hit the base of the near post.Clayton Donaldson then brought the roof off a vibrant Griffin Park with a low shot from 20 yards which crept into the corner to put the Bees in command.However, Swindon pulled one back before the break, Rooney drilling home from inside the box, to bring anxiety to the stands once more.As well as bringing back Trotta, Bees boss Uwe Rosler made three further changes from the first leg, with Tony Craig, Toumani Diagouraga and Forrester in for Kevin O’Connor,  Lee Hodson and Bradley Wright-Phillips.The winners of this tie will meet Yeovil Town at Wembley.Brentford (4-1-2-3) Moore; Logan, Dean, Craig, Bidwell; Diagouraga; Adeyemi, Forshaw; Donaldson, Trotta, Forrester.Subs: Gounet, O’Connor, Saunders, Douglas, Wright-Phillips, Hodson, Hayes.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Beck’s invites guests to research facility during FSR

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While you’re at this year’s Farm Science Review, it might be worth you time to stop by and visit the new Beck’s facilities, just east of The Molly Caren Ag Center. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins ran into Sonny Beck at Farm Science Review and learned more about the research and growth at Beck’s.last_img

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Annual Taste of Elegance highlights pork

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Chef Drew Patterson of the Wexner Medical Center took top honors at the Ohio Pork Council’s Taste of Elegance Chefs Competition and Legislative Reception on February 9 at the Doubletree in Columbus, earning the coveted Chef Par Excellence award.Chef Brian Dematteo of the Refectory Restaurant and Bistro in Columbus was named Superior Chef while Matthew Langstaff of Prohibition Gastro Lounge in Powell was selected Premier Chef. Langstaff also earned the People’s Choice Award.This year each of the three chefs prepared an appetizer and entrée featuring pork. Judging the event were Chef Alfonso Contrisciani, CMC, Executive Chef, Culinary Operations, Hocking College; Chef Hubert Seifert SPAGIO Restaurant and Wine Lounge and Aubergine Private Dinner Club; and Chef Melissa Meola, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and 2015 Chef Par Excellence.In keeping with the tradition, A Taste of Elegance’s evening began with guests receiving white gloves and a pork chop. After sampling assorted cheeses and appetizers, they were invited to taste samples from each of the chef’s menu. Additionally, a selection of Ohio wines was offered by Ohio Grape Industries.The evening provides a unique opportunity for Ohio farmers to mingle with chefs who have prepared the fruit of their efforts — pork — in unique and exciting ways. Although many farmers have spent their lives raising pigs, few have had the opportunity to dine on what may be considered culinary delicacies, like tail or cheek.Pork chops, as well as the pork used by each of the chefs, was donated by the J.H. Routh Packing Company in Sandusky.Event sponsors included Ohio Pork Council, American Culinary Federation, Ohio Soybean Council, The J. H. Routh Packing Company, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, United Producers, Zoetis and Ohio Grape Industries.last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 75 | Happy Farmers, New Trade Deals, and a Concert on the Farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 75th Episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, sponsored by AgriGold, brings the crew together to talk an exciting time in agriculture.A new trade deal between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada was finalized Sunday night. The crew discusses the topic and the latest adventures with Matt’s dog.Interviews in the podcast include Matt Reese’s talk with Ohio State University economist Ian Sheldon on trade issues and the confusing impacts of tariffs.Ty Higgins hears from DTN’s Greg Horstmeier about farmer optimism, which is at an all-time high according to their most recent findings.Joel Penhorwood hears from Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels, who was at the Luke Bryan farm concert this past week, celebrating ‘Here’s to the Farmer Day’ in Ohio.Celebrate International Podcast Day with all that and much more in this week’s podcast!last_img read more

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‘Rumours’ drove assault on four Sikh men in Chainpura

first_imgRumours and fear of the unknown purportedly drove villagers of Chainpura, about 160 km from Jaipur, to assault four Sikh men here last month. The villagers said the victims, sewadars of a gurdwara, had “hypnotised” them while demanding cash and foodgrain.“They hypnotised us while seeking alms…In a trance, I gave away ₹2,500 and 20 kg of wheat,” said Keshav Singh (60), a farmer. The villagers at Chainpura, dominated by Rawat Rajputs, further accused the men of threatening them.Molestation charge“These Sikh men were roaming around for several days. They were asking villagers to donate foodgrain and threatening people who refused to do so,” said Ajay Rawat, who owns a wine shop in Pushkar.The victims were also accused of child trafficking, molestation, robbery and selling low-quality rice. Earlier this week, a 51-second video of the sewadars being abused and thrashed by the villagers went viral on social media. The victims, who fled to their native place Khairthal in Alwar district, have not returned to Nasirabad to seek action against the accused. The villagers claimed that the mob consisted of youth from the nearby Chat Sardarpura hamlet and not residents of Chainpura.On a complaint lodged by Sarpanch Ramdev Singh, the police detained the four men after the thrashing episode on April 24 and released them the next day following their medical examination and bail orders. Even as no remorse is visible among the villagers, the police here are unwilling to follow up the matter and launch investigation into violence.Deputy Superintendent of Police Jagdish Rao told The Hindu that no investigation could be initiated unless the victims filed a complaint.“We asked the group’s leader, Nirmal Singh, to lodge a counter-complaint, but he refused. We cannot open a case [against the villagers] on our own,” he said.Nasirabad Sadar Station House Officer Laxman Ram said he was in touch with the sewadars, but they were reluctant to come to the town again. “Mr. Singh told me on phone that a complaint would not serve any purpose now.”While insisting that the incident should not be given a communal twist, Mr. Ram said if the police had not reached the spot on time, the mob would have killed the men. “On the other hand, if we had released them without detention for a day, it would have created a law and order situation here,” he said.Sikhs in the darkThe minuscule Sikh minority in Nasirabad was unaware of the incident until the video was circulated on social media. Singh Sabha Gurdwara’s caretaker Tirlochan Singh said the gurdwara volunteers from other places generally did not inform the local community members about their visits. The incident bore similarities to the one in Jharkhand, where six persons were lynched on May 19 on suspicion of being child lifters. Last month, cow vigilantes allegedly lynched a dairy farmer from Haryana and thrashed three others on the Jaipur-Delhi National Highway claiming that they were taking the cows for slaughter.last_img read more

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