IMF says surrogate currency will not solve Zimbabwe’s economic problems IMF pledges financial support to restore battered Zimbabwe economy 1-year IMF program in Somalia aims to restore country’s economic stability Zimbabwe continues to re-engage with international financial bodies in a bid to restore financial stability and repay its outstanding debts. The nation has been suffering from years of economic decline and is desperate to attract more international support and investment. Related
Share 50 Views no discussions Share Tweet You know the sinking feeling that comes from putting yourself in someone else’s hands, only to have your faith betrayed?Of course you do! That’s the boat we’re all in these days! But trust isn’t dead, and we’re here to prove it.First, though, a little perspective on why it’s never mattered more. Pardon us for stating the obvious, but the whole trust thing hasn’t exactly been going swimmingly.From investment adviser Bernard Madoff (oh, the misplaced belief) to Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich (oy, the comic relief), it’s as though everyone who wasn’t actively plotting to kill us has been lying, cheating, stealing, or falling asleep at the switch.In recent years, we’ve witnessed stupidity in high places, cupidity in all places, and fiscal hanky-panky that threatened to sink us (just as a rising tide lifts all boats, a falling stock market reveals slimy accounting practices).What else? Oh, yes. We’ve learned, to our considerable cost, that intelligence can’t be trusted. Also that if we’re poor but living in a nice place, sharp-eyed developers in cahoots with the town fathers can use eminent domain to snatch our houses.We’ve never trusted politicians or lawyers, but in today’s culture of infotainment, we’re losing faith even in journalists—the very people who should be safeguarding our interests and telling us the truth. And with the incidence of infidelity creeping up, it’s less and less likely that we can trust even our nearest and dearest.You’d think by now we’d be a nation of hard-core skeptics, but here’s the funny thing: We still want to trust. We don’t like the nasty feeling of not knowing who’s got our back. We know in our hearts—and any number of studies have shown—that trusting people are generally happier than suspicious, mistrustful types.This turns out to be true for entire nations, as well. Not long ago, researchers at the University of Cambridge set out to see which countries in the European Union scored highest on measures of well-being. It was assumed that the most contented people would be basking along the sunny shores of the Mediterranean.But in fact, Italy came in dead last in the happiness sweepstakes, right behind Portugal and Greece. The EU’s happiest countries were Denmark and Finland—cold, gray places, true, but cold, gray places where people trust their governments, their legal systems, and each other. And that made all the difference.Trust starts with a perception of fairness. That’s true on the personal level (the spouse who cheats is usually the one who feels he or she has gotten the short end of the marital bargain) as well as the national.At this writing, it’s not certain what the outcome of the Minnesota Senate race will be; no matter who wins, each side will be positive that the other either stole or tried to steal the election. But there was another election last November, an unmistakable vote for change.And now, in spite of everything—the betrayals, the rude awakenings, all the rugs pulled out from under us again and again—many of us are willingly, eagerly, putting our trust in something new. It’s about time.Source: By Amanda Lovell O, The Oprah Magazine LifestyleRelationships So What Can We Trust? by: – March 31, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share
LocalNews UPDATE: Accident on Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard in Roseau claims life. by: – May 18, 2011 Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 50 Views one comment Share Scene of accident outside of Royal Bank of CanadaInformation reaching Dominica Vibes News indicates that there has been a traffic accident on the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard in Roseau, in the vincinity of the Royal Bank of Canada.At about 7:35am a truck and a motor bike collided and has resulted in the death of one man.Although the extent of his injuries has not yet been confirmed, he was transported to the Princess Margaret Hospital for treatment and observation however Police Public Relations Officer Inspector Claude Weekes has confirmed that Mr. Kent Pemberton has died.Mr. Kent Pemberton was a teacher at the Grandbay Secondary School and would normally ride to school on his motorbike.We will continue to follow this story and provide you with updates as they become available.Dominica Vibes News Share Accident victim Mr. Kent Pemberton
“Genesis has quietly eclipsed a decade of sponsorship and continues to make a great shock package for IMCA racers,” said Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for the sanctioning body. “Those that have become customers haven’t been disappointed and I know we’ll see others reap the benefits of that decision this year too.” Information about Genesis shocks and dealer network is available at the www.genesisshocks.com website, by calling 678 659-9454 and on Facebook. ROSWELL, Ga. – Drivers in four IMCA divisions are in the running again this season for contingency awards from Genesis Racing Shocks. Genesis awards will be presented during the IMCA national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office. Drivers in all four divisions are required to compete with four Genesis-manufactured shocks, display two Genesis decals on their race car and return a signup form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1 to be eligible. Top eligible drivers in each of the five Modified regions and in national Late Model, Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod standings each receive $350 product certificates. The Roswell, Ga., company is in its 11th season as a sponsor and gives $6,000 in product certificates to IMCA Modified, IMCA Late Model, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod competitors. Certificates valued at $250 go to the runner-up and for $150 to the third-place finisher in each Modified region and national Late Model, Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod standings.
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini described his decision to stick with Joe Hart in goal for their 3-1 victory over Everton as “very difficult”. There were doubts over the 26-year-old’s position after he was culpable for two of Bayern Munich’s goals in City’s Champions League defeat on Wednesday. It is not the first time recently that Hart has made high-profile mistakes, and Pellegrini pointedly failed to confirm whether he would pick Hart for the clash with the Toffees in the build-up to the game. Press Association It was one of a number of decisions made by referee Jon Moss that Everton boss Roberto Martinez was not happy with. Everton appealed for a penalty in the first half when Lukaku felt he was pushed over by Matija Nastasic. James Milner, meanwhile, was perhaps a little fortunate to get away with a yellow card for a strong challenge on James McCarthy just before the break, although Martinez declined to say whether he thought it should have been red. The Spaniard said: “My overall disappointment is that the game wasn’t controlled at all by the referee. “There was an incident before we conceded the second goal where Seamus Coleman got involved with Alvaro Negredo, there was an argument. “There were three players out of the action and you need to see that as a referee and do something about it. “Then the penalty – if that’s a penalty, it’s going to be an impossible game. There’s contact but there’s no impeding. That should never be a penalty, and he didn’t have the consistency to give a penalty for Lukaku and Nastastic.” Pellegrini felt discussion of the referee’s performance was incidental to the result, saying: “I never talk about referees but I am sure the difference between Manchester City and Everton was not the referee. “They had just one chance to score. We scored three goals and we had four or five other chances.” The defeat was Martinez’s first in charge of Everton in the Premier League, and he rued City’s swift response after Lukaku had given the visitors the lead. “I thought we started really bright and we wanted to score the first goal,” said Martinez. “I thought it was important. We couldn’t keep the lead long enough. I thought those five or 10 minutes after scoring would have been very important to affect the rest of the performance. “Conceding was a little bit of a blow but still I saw it as a very open game, a fascinating game of football. From that point on I do feel the referee didn’t allow the two teams to compete eye to eye. “If you concede three goals it makes it very difficult to get a result at a place like this.” Roy Hodgson has assured Hart he will start in the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers, and the England boss watched on from the stands at the Etihad Stadium as questions were again asked of Hart. The City stopper got his hand to Romelu Lukaku’s shot in the 16th minute but could not keep it out. Pellegrini did not blame Hart, saying: “Always the responsibility for the goal is with the whole team.” But asked about his decision to choose Hart ahead of Costel Pantilimon, Pellegrini said: “It wasn’t a simple decision, it was a very difficult decision, but I think Joe needs the trust of all of us – of me, the other players and the fans. “Of course he feels he didn’t do well the last game, he feels that he was guilty, but it was more important that he reflected how strong his character is.” This time the goal did not prove costly as Alvaro Negredo equalised almost immediately and Sergio Aguero put City ahead just before half-time. The third arrived in the 69th minute, Tim Howard saving Aguero’s penalty only for the ball to rebound off a post and back in off the Everton keeper. The award of the spot-kick was a contentious moment, with Pablo Zabaleta going down under a challenge from Seamus Coleman.
RIO 2016Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has revealed he had to foot the bill to help Nigeria win an Olympic bronze medal after the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports failed to take responsibility.The 29-year-old had to put up more than £30,000 to organise travel for the team, pay for food and book training pitches ahead of the trip to Brazil which ended in his country’s 3-2 win against Honduras – providing the only medal for Nigeria at Rio 2016. With lack of support for their training camp in Atlanta – where the Dream Team led by Nwankwo Kanu won a gold medal in 1996 – Mikel took matters into his own hands to help the team realise their Olympic dream, with help from coach Samson Siasia.“I think if we talk about the money that I put into the team I think it was more than (£30,000),but we just had to do it” Mikel told Goal.com“I said to myself, ‘I won’t let this happen. If I can help, I’ll try to help’. Sometimes there was no food, sometimes there was no pitch to train on, and there was no bus to go to the training ground. So all of this was what I and the coach had to figure out, and get money together.“I came to the camp. I sat down with the boys in Atlanta and I could see the frustration, the pain and the anger. Their aim was to play in the Olympics; their goal was to play in the Olympics.“And for me being there and seeing what they are going through, they are young boys, they want to start their career and someone in the ministry is trying to crush that dream.”“There was just no flight provided by the Nigerian ministry,” he added. “We planned to leave three or four days before the tournament, but we ended up leaving the day of our first game. It was a difficult one. I don’t think I have ever seen something like that before, it was crazy.”Nigeria beat Sweden, Colombia, Japan and Denmark in Rio, before a 2-0 defeat to Germany saw them in the bronze medal play off against Honduras.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
With Saturday’s appearance at Lucas Oil Stadium, the University of Wisconsin football team will become the most common participant in the Big Ten title game’s short history. Four of the six conference championship games will feature the Badgers.This time, No. 6 UW (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten) will head to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis with not just a conference title on the line against the Big Ten’s East Division winners, No. 7 Penn State (102, 8-1 Big Ten), but a potential berth to the College Football Playoff.UW knows it needs help for that to happen. Plus, the team’s goal, as has been repeated many-a-time throughout the season, is to control the controllable and focus on the present.Football: Wisconsin remains at No. 6 in second-to-last College Football Playoff pollAfter the final results from rivalry weekend served the College Football Playoff Selection Committee its worst nightmare on a silver Read…“We view it as a championship game,” fifth-year senior running back and team captain Dare Ogunbowale said. “I think that’s even bigger than a playoff game. Playoffs are to get into championships. This is the Big Ten Championship, that’s what we see it as.”Standing between the Badgers and their first conference championship in four years is a high-powered Nittany Lion offense with tremendous big play ability. Led by redshirt sophomore quarterback Trace McSorely and running back Saquon Barkley, the offense has averaged 40.7 points per game during the team’s eight-game winning streak. The Penn State offense versus the UW defense will be a premier matchup on one of the game’s biggest stages.Barkley, the newly-crowned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, has amassed 1,219 yards this season, which ranks second in the league. His 15 rushing touchdowns is tied for first in conference. Fifth-year senior safety Leo Musso said Barkley ranks near the top of best backs the UW defense has faced in 2016.“He can do it all,” Musso said. “He’s very, very athletic. He’s very explosive. But we’ve played a lot of great backs too this year, which has kind of helped prepare us. Each guy is different. I think the teams that we’ve played have done a great job preparing us for what to expect.”Fifth-year senior outside linebacker Vince Biegel, who spurned a shot at the NFL for a chance to win a Big Ten title his senior season, said Barkley will be the most talented back the Badgers have faced in conference play this season, calling him “shifty” and “elusive.”Wisconsin has no slouch at running back either. Senior Corey Clement is a 1,100-yard rusher and has rushed for at least 100 yards in six of UW’s last seven games. Clement said the team, especially those who were members of UW’s embarrassing 59-0 in the 2014 Big Ten title game at the hands of the eventual national champion Ohio State, is hoping to create a different perception for the Badgers on the big stage in the eyes of the college football community.“We definitely want to reinstate why we belong and not feed off of the last time we were there,” Clement said Tuesday. “We just want to give people a different image of who the Wisconsin Badgers are in a championship environment. We’re working to get back and really have a different outcome as opposed to two years ago.”Football: Houston’s laid-back attitude brings efficiency as quarterback in reliefBart Houston’s main motto on the football field is to have fun. It sounds simple, but it’s what keeps Houston’s Read…McSorley, in his first year as a starter, leads the nation in passing yards per completion at 16.2. He leads Big Ten statistically in passing efficiency (150.9). Nationally, ranks in the top five in passes completed for 20-, 30- or 40-more yards. The Wisconsin secondary, which leads the nation with 21 interceptions, will most definitely have its hands full.UW head coach Paul Chryst, who split Big Ten Coach of the Year honors with PSU’s James Franklin, said watching McSorley on film left him impressed.“I love the way he competes and plays the position,” Chryst said. “He does so many things to extend plays. It looks like he’s just gaining confidence.”But perhaps McSorley’s most dangerous asset, redshirt junior defensive end Chikwe Obasih said, is his ability to not just extend plays, but to salvage seemingly broken plays into long gains.“He has a knack to make the big plays,” Obasih said. “You see the sidearm throws. He’s always keeping his eyes downfield. He’s a great talent that they have. They utilize him in great ways.”The battle for the UW defense will only get harder as the game goes on. Penn State leads the nation in fourth-quarter scoring, with an average on 13 points per game during the final 15 minutes of regulation.Both teams reported solid injury news this week. Redshirt freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook practiced this week and is expected to be available Saturday for the Badgers. Barkley exited the Nittany Lions’ regular season finale against Michigan State with an ankle injury, but said on a conference call earlier this week with reporters that he will play.When the Badgers run out of the tunnel at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday night, it will represent a check-mark on the list of goals the team set earlier this year. If the confetti falls cardinal and white, that will be a fulfillment of a different goal. A College Football Playoff berth would cross yet another goal off the list, but the Badgers’ fate will rest in the hands of the committee by that point. That doesn’t bother Vince Biegel. As he and the entire Wisconsin program says, control what you can control.“Our week-to-week approach [got us here],” Biegel said.And right now, a Big Ten title is what Wisconsin controls.Bumbaca’s Prediction: Wisconsin 24, Penn State 21This has been one of the more surprising seasons in Wisconsin history. The doubters have been vanquished and the believers have been vindicated.None of that matters now. To walk away Big Ten champs and have any shot of making the top four and earning a College Football Playoff berth, this is a must-win for both programs (still unlikely for the winner of this game, but there are worse places to spend early January than Pasadena).I think the whole nation is in for a treat to watch the Wisconsin defense matchup against the Penn State offense. The execution levels will be high, the play-calling will be creative and the results will be electric. Penn State will reel off a couple of monster plays, UW will respond with a couple of turnovers. However, I see this matchup ending in a stalemate of greatness.That means this game will be decided by either the UW offense or the Penn State defense. Whoever wants to make more plays will win the game. If Corey Clement and the UW rushing attack (expect plenty of Jet Sweep action) can gash the Penn State defense, I think Wisconsin wins. And I believe they’ll do just enough of that.It will come down to the final possession. The Wisconsin defense is going to have to make a play. Who will it be? Well, that’s the pleasure of having 11 playmakers on the field at once.The Wisconsin Badgers, 2016 Big Ten Champs. I would have never guessed it.Cheat Sheet: Wisconsin vs. Penn StateWhen: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016Where: Indianapolis, Indiana, Lucas Oil Stadium (67,000)TV: FOX (Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Shannon Spake)National Radio: Sirius/XM 81 (Gregg Daniels, Dale Hellestrae)Local Radio: Sirius 93/XM 196 (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas, Scott Nelson)Series Record: Wisconsin leads 9-8
The last time the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team was at the top of the conference, Lebron James was taking his talents to South Beach, Tim Tebow was a Bronco and the Badgers’ star-studded sophomore class was in middle school.Six years later, the Badgers are back and better than ever.After coming off two of the program’s toughest seasons with 12 combined wins, the Badgers wanted to spark a rebirth by hiring a brand new coaching staff, including head coach Tony Granato.“Looking back on it and seeing four wins and eight wins the last two years, sometimes when things go bad it’s hard to get out, and they were better players than four and eight wins because they’ve proven that this year,” Granato said.Men’s hockey: Tony Granato’s hockey journey comes full circleThere aren’t many people who have more experience and exposure to the game of hockey than Tony Granato. He has Read…The Badgers have gotten off to one of their hottest conference starts in years with a record of 6-2-0 and a share of the top spot in the Big Ten with No. 6 Penn State University.Aside from leading the conference, No. 18 Wisconsin has earned its first top 20 ranking since 2014, when they were seeded No. 18 at the start of the year.The last two weekends have been the key contributors to solidifying the team’s elite capability, with wins over the No. 7 Minnesota Gophers and a sweep over the then-No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes.“These last three wins show that we’re right there,” senior Corbin McGuire said. “We’re totally capable of beating anybody on any night.”This rejuvenated Wisconsin team has really seemed to hit their stride since starting the season with a nonconference record of 7-6-1, and they have not looked back.“Honestly, I think we’re playing a full 60 [minutes] and just believing in ourselves,” junior Cameron Hughes said. “I don’t think we’ve really changed anything. We’re just starting to execute the game plans better. We’ve been growing since the beginning of the year on an upwards trend, and it’s finally starting to pay off.”The Badgers finished the month of January boasting a 5-1-0 record, propelling them forward as a serious conference and national contender. The difference in play is tough to directly pinpoint, but the perspective of the team is only on the up-and-up.Ben Pierce/The Badger Herald“The big word I always use is confidence,” McGuire said. “I mean, you look at the guys in the room and they’re the same guys. We just have a level of confidence that we know we’re a good hockey team. We know we’re good hockey players, and we go out on the weekends, we make plays, connect dots and get results.”A great example of this confidence came in the overtime nail biter over Ohio State, where Wisconsin gave up two Buckeye goals in the final minutes of the third to send it to overtime but rallied to end it in extra minutes.“I think they just feel really good about themselves and more importantly really good about their teammates,” Granato said. “You win with each other, and I think as big games are on the line, they’re looking down the bench and they’re saying, ‘We got this boys.’”Men’s hockey: Granato doesn’t want Wisconsin to be players’ final stopThere’s an intrinsic competitiveness in hockey players which drives them to the extremes. It’s shown in years of 6 a.m. Read…The past two weekends have been an eventful and long-awaited time for Wisconsin hockey as they’ve leaped into contention for a tournament bid.“The players are believing that what they’ve done all year to get to this point they’ve earned, they’ve earned this position, and all this does is gives us a chance, and that’s what you want,” Granato said.Granato and the rest of the newly appointed coaches have seemingly proven to be a huge factor in taking this team from 12 wins in two seasons to a top 20 ranking and share of the No. 1 spot in the Big Ten. Granato, however, attributes much of the team’s success to the players.Ben Pierce/The Badger Herald“I think they’ve accepted the challenge that we’ve put on them about being part of something special,” Granato said. “I think they realize when they came to the University of Wisconsin they didn’t come here to have two years like they’ve had.”Older players like McGuire and Hughes have acknowledged the impact Granato and the rest of the coaches have had on their success, and they are ready to be on the winning side of things.“I think as a group we’ve put those years to the past and maybe had a chip on our shoulders a little bit, but for us to get a fresh start with the new coaches, new ideas and stuff has been a lot of fun,” Hughes said.No one could be happier with the accelerated progress this team has made, but they have made it clear that they will not settle until they are holding a National Championship trophy.Men’s hockey: Badgers claw their back into top 20 after weekend win over BuckeyesThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team beat No. 8 Ohio State in overtime at Madison Square Garden Saturday to Read…“There are 26 guys in there that are competitive people, and I don’t think we’re ever going to be satisfied or ever should be, so I think it’s pretty easy to stay hungry and stay motivated,” Hughes said.The Badgers will need every ounce of motivation they can muster as they head into the final stretch of the season. Eight of Wisconsin’s 12 remaining games feature top 20 teams, including No. 11 Ohio State, No. 7 Minnesota and two series with co-Big Ten leader and No. 6 ranked Penn State.The final leg of the season may prove to be the Badger’s biggest test of the year, but there is no doubt this revived Wisconsin team is ready for anything headed their way.
Although more than 253 million people around the world suffer from visual impairment issues, up to 80 per cent of cases can be prevented or cured. This season marks the sixth year that Standard Chartered and Liverpool Football Club have come together to support Seeing is Believing. To date, the partnership has raised almost Â£300,000 through fan contributions, auction proceeds and bank matching.Following the 14th October match, there will be a series of online charity auctions on Charity Stars in support of Seeing is Believing, where fans and supporters will be able to bid for limited edition match day shirts signed by the players. All donations will be matched by Standard Chartered and mobilised to win the fight against avoidable blindness globally.Standard Chartered has focused on eliminating avoidable blindness since 2003 and has reached over 150 million people through medical interventions, eye exams and eye health education. Since inception, Seeing is Believing has run 166 projects across 36 countries.David Fein, Chairman of Seeing is Believing and Group General Counsel at Standard Chartered, said: â€œI am inspired by the amazing support that Seeing is Believing continues to receive from Liverpool FC.â€œEighty-nine per cent of avoidable blindness occurs in low and middle income countries, affecting many of the communities in which Standard Chartered operates. This initiative is making a tangible difference to the lives of millions of people around the world, and Liverpool FCâ€™s support brings us one step closer to eradicating avoidable blindness.â€Billy Hogan, Chief Commercial Officer and Managing Director at Liverpool Football Club, added â€œWe are delighted to partner with Standard Chartered for a sixth year to support Seeing is Believing. By building awareness about visual impairment amongst our players and fans, I am sure we can progress the fight against avoidable blindness and improve the lives of millions globally.â€Globally, an estimated 36 million people are blind, and a further 217 million suffer from moderate to severe visual impairment, yet in four out of five cases, blindness can be prevented or treated. Through simple treatments and affordable surgeries, it is possible to transform the lives of both children and adults, benefiting not only those who receive treatment, but also their families.Following the fixture against Manchester United, fans will be able to bid for the limited edition items on Charity Stars until Thursday 2nd November; with all money raised going towards Seeing is Believing.As part of its ongoing â€˜Numbersâ€™ campaign, a season-long digital campaign to commemorate Liverpool Football Clubâ€™s 125th anniversary, Standard Chartered will launch â€œ#64â€, representing the year Youâ€™ll Never Walk Aloneâ€™ became the LFC anthem.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Standard Chartered and Liverpool FC have teamed up to help eliminate avoidable blindness through the bankâ€™s flagship community programme, Seeing is Believing, for the sixth year in a row.Two days after World Sight Day, on Saturday October 14, the Reds will take to the pitch at Anfield wearing the Seeing is Believing logo on their shirts for an iconic fixture against Manchester United.