LeBron makes NBA Finals fashion fuss with suit shorts

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls He also sported gray socks, black shoes and dark sunglasses as he strolled to the locker room at Oracle Arena.“If LeBron is wearing shorts, it must be in,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownJordan Clarkson followed the lead of James by rocking the suit with shorts combo but Twitter criticism was quick to follow once the Cavaliers tweeted video of the team’s arrival with the Whatever It Takes hashtag.The Cavaliers and Warriors are meeting in the best-of-seven series for the fourth consecutive year. Golden State took the title in 2015 and 2017 while the Cavaliers won their first NBA crown in 2016. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers arrives for Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018 in Oakland, California. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFPFour-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James was raising eyebrows Thursday even before taking court for the NBA Finals opener by wearing suit shorts when he walked into the arena.The 33-year-old superstar stepped off the bus for his eighth consecutive NBA championship series and ninth overall wearing a classic gray jacket with matching shorts instead of long trousers.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Filoil: Ateneo remains unbeaten, UE scrapes past NU In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READlast_img read more

Episcopal Church Launches Five-Yr Strategic Plan

first_imgThe Most Rev. Jonathan B. B. Hart, Chairman of the Cuttington University Board of Trustees/ Archbishop and Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Liberia (ECL)-Places evangelism, robust but diversified investments, advocacy, others at the core of its operationsThe Episcopal Church of Liberia has launched its five-year strategic plan, which is expected to see more emphasis on evangelism, advocacy and other activities that will cater to the spiritual and physical needs of parishioners and the Christian community at large. The plan seeks to reinvigorate the spiritual activities of the church, while at the same time diverting more attention to health and education needs, as well as engaging in meaningful and responsible entrepreneurial activities to ensure growth.Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Jonathan B. B. Hart, said at a special convention held on Friday, February 15, that the plan is a systemic process of envisioning a desired future and serves as a guide to the ministry of the church—reflecting all elements of its work in advancement of “God’s kingdom in the Liberian vineyard.Though approached with renewed vigor, Bishop Hart noted that the idea has been reflected upon in a variety of ways over the past few years. The plan rallies Episcopalians across the country to work towards a more vibrant Diocese. The Episcopal Church is also endeavoring to augment, improve and diversify its investment portfolio in the country.Bishop Hart said the church feels the need for a strategy now more than ever before, in order to infuse the ministry of the Diocese with a renewed trust. This trust, he noted, is occasioned by the need to expand the base and meet the needs of not just the Episcopal churches, but the Christian community.“There exists an urgent need to spread the gospel across the country and impact unfinished work of reconciliation and healing and the need to comprehensively engage our people. This can be done when Episcopalians have a common vision and are resolved to target that vision,” he said.The plan, as endorsed, will guide the development decisions of the Diocese for the next five years. It is subject to an annual review starting 2020.The church’s vision, under this plan, is to build vibrant, loving, caring, welcoming and inclusive Christian community nurtured by worshipping, living and serving according to the teachings of the Bible.“Our mission is to win souls for the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ by means of preaching, teaching, healing, sharing, advocating and transforming lives,” said Bishop Hart.The chairman of the committee that crafted the strategic plan, Mr. Debar Allen, said the need for a strategic plan cannot be overemphasized as the Church is currently in a very precarious financial crisis.Amidst the current harsh economic times, the decaying educational and health sectors and the decadence of the Liberian society, especially in terms of morality and societal sanctity, Mr. Allen added that the Church is demanding its congregants to respond to the demands of the times and circumstances by recalibrating and infuse energy into the plan.The Church commits to the fulfillment of its mission by striving diligently to achieve five goals , he disclosed.As one of its prime goals, the Church wants to maintain, improve and expand existing mission areas and educational institutions—through preaching, spiritual healing, evangelism and transforming the lives of the people. It also intends to improve and expand existing advocacy and development network beyond its current scope.Mr. Debar AllenMr. Allen also disclosed that the Church, through the plan, will endeavor to develop a Diocesan Health Service Program; strengthen and expand its ecumenical relationships as well as enhance economic activities trough robust but diversified investments to support the vision and mission of the Diocese.For investment, he said the committee has highlighted investment in agriculture; especially palm plantation and cold-storage facility. “We want to diversify our investment plan as the real estate we have been reliant upon is no longer serving us well. We now want to divert toward agriculture and other investment initiatives,” he said.Allen noted that the Diocese has worked out a matrix that delegates responsibilities with a timeline and details as to how these should be done with specified contemplated outcomes.The church is being challenged at all of its institutional levels to drive this revival and renewal. “No one is a spectator in this process. All of our human and material resources must now be marshaled to expand our mission, development work and advocacy, ecumenism, healing ministry and enhanced economic activities,” Allen said.He said while many of the immediate deliverables outlined in the five-year plan are set for no later than the general convention that comes in 2020, it is anticipated that the various thematic plans will create practical, measurable and achievable milestones that are impactful and transformative and can be delivered over the life of the plan.The strategic committee encouraged the Bishop to, within 30 days from the special convention, appoint special committee(s) specially tasked to commence studies on the feasibility of transforming the archdeaconries, in stages, into dioceses.The Bishop was also encouraged by the group to reconstitute the board of planning and development, which shall have the responsibility of managing the implementation of the strategic plan by coordinating the activities of the various boards and committees, providing timely advice to the Bishop and others of the potential lapses and threats to the successful achievement of the document. “We want the Bishop to consult extensively when reconstituting this board,” Allen said.He disclosed that the current financial position of the Diocese is dire and, as such, it is imperative that every Episcopalian makes the extra sacrifices by going the extra mile to help resuscitate the church and set it on the path of growth. “This will require giving above and beyond what we currently do. This will also call for a properly managed, focused and accountable funding drive that will involve all,” he said.He added that it is expected for the Bishop to appoint a Special Diocesan Fund-raising Committee no later than 30 days following the special convention. The funds to be raised, it is anticipated, will be for bridging the operational budgetary gap, implementing contents of the strategic plan and for investment purposes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Retired Garda jailed for ‘vile and evil’ abuse of former colleagues

first_imgA retired Donegal garda sergeant has been jailed for two months, for launching what a judge described as a tirade of “vile and evil” abuse at some of his ex-colleagues.In jailing 63-year-old ex-garda sergeant Joseph Kiely, Old Golf Course Road, who was originally based in Donegal Town, Judge Kevin Kilrane said that in 34 years in the legal profession, he had never heard such “evil utterings”. “I am not saying this man is evil, but what he said is evil”, said the judge.Kiely, also a former solicitor, repeatedly told Sergeant Oliver Devanney and Garda Sean Rogers in Donegal Town Garda Station that they would be dead with cancer within a few years.He said that Garda Rogers would never have children, but if he did, they too would die writhing of cancer.Kiely said he had inherited the ‘tinker’s curse’ of cancer in a dark place in Connemara. And he repeatedly signed his statement with the term cancer curse.Kiely repeatedly told the gardaí that his arrest had been “orchestrated”.TRAFFIC ACCIDENTThe ex-sergeant was involved in a road traffic accident outside the Garda Station in Donegal Town with another motorist, Shirley Walsh, Drumnacroile, Ballintra, in the early hours of October 11.At the scene, he accused her of orchestrating the accident and said she would die of cancer. Sadly, Ms Walsh passed away from cancer some time after the accident, the court heard.64-year-old Kiely of Golf Course Road was fined €500, convicted of drunk driving at Quay Street, Donegal Town on October 11, 2016 after his car was in collision with a vehicle driven by MS Walsh.He had a reading of 51 mcgs of alcohol per 100mls of breath, the court heard.The ex-sergeant made no apology for his outburst to the gardaí, but repeatedly claimed that he had been hounded out of Donegal Town in 2012.He told the court he made 100 pages of complaints about alleged harassment to gardaí but they had gone unheeded.“I have no life, I am a prisoner in my own home and can’t leave to go to the supermarket or the Post Office,” he said.COMPLAINTSHe said he made Sergeant Devanney and Garda Rogers aware of his complaints, but that they had not lifted a finger.Kiely told the court he had gone to Cork to get away but “it started up again down there”.He claimed that cars had been outside his home and were constantly watching.The defendant added that the court would be “doing me wrong today”.And he called for An Garda Siochana to be disbanded.Judge Kevin Kilrane repeatedly asked the ex-sergeant why he had made the death of cancer threats to his former colleagues.He said: “Because they did not lift a finger to help me.”In sentencing the ex-sergeant, Judge Kilrane said it was clear that Garda Rogers, who was a decent and honest officer, had great difficulty in giving his evidence in the witness box.In evidence, Sergeant Devanney told the court that he arrested the defendant after his Nissan Almera car was in collision with a Mondeo car driven by Shirley Walsh, Drumnacroile, Ballintra at 3.14 am.In the station he told the Sergeant that he had the power of cancer over him.The defendant added that the gardai were a “f….g disgrace”.The ex-sergeant was remanded in custody.Recognisances for circuit court appeal were fixed on the defendant’s own bond of €100 with a surety of €1,500, €500 of which was to be lodged in cash.Related charges of careless driving, non-display of insurance, no tax and non- display of tax were struck out by Judge Kevin Kilrane.Retired Garda jailed for ‘vile and evil’ abuse of former colleagues was last modified: December 7th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:abusecancercourtDonegal TownGardaJoeseph Kielylast_img read more


first_imgHUNDREDS OF PEOPLE will take part in the Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge tomorrow (Saturday) over one of the world’s most spectacular routes.Runners and walkers – many raising money for charity – will be taking part in the challenge. And if you’re one of them, here’s a video of the route…to the great music of Goats Don’t Shave.The challenge, which is backed by Olympic team manager Patsy McGonagle, will also provide a tourism boost to the local economy with runners and walkers coming from all over Ireland and Britain.Said Patsy: “The Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge is not just about a race; it’s about being out and about as a runner or a walker over a spectacular route.”Those taking part will cross over roads, tracks and even a beach – with the last mile run over sand! Donegaldaily.com will be there and we wish all those taking part the very best. Enjoy.VIDEO: BALLYLIFFIN COASTAL CHALLENGE – HUNDREDS EXPECTED FOR 10 MILE RUN/WALK was last modified: June 18th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:April 23 2011Ballyliffen videoBallyliffin coastal challengelast_img read more

Volleyball Travels To Eastern Illinois

first_img The Drake University volleyball team continues its non-conference season with three-games at the Eastern Illinois tournament on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10. Drake enters the tournament with a 6-2 record with both losses coming in five sets. Last weekend at the Omaha Classic, the Bulldogs went 2-1 by defeating Ball State and Omaha but falling to UMKC. Chandelle Davidson, tallied 66 assists throughout the weekend and was named to the Omaha Classic all-tournament team. The Bulldogs first game comes Friday night at 7 p.m. against host Eastern Illinois. Drake will then face Louisiana Tech and Bowling Green on Saturday with matches at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. Drake’s first opponent this weekend, Eastern Illinois, is 2-6 this season after winning its last two matches. Louisiana Tech is 3-3 after falling to Memphis in four sets last weekend and Bowling Green is 3-2 after defeating IPFW and Northern Kentucky, 3-0, to win the BGSU Invitational last weekend. vs. Louisiana Tech Live Stats vs. Louisiana Tech Live Video vs. EIU Live Stats vs. BGSU Live Stats center_img The Bulldogs currently lead the nation in total digs with 575. Senior libero Michelle Thommi (Omaha, Neb.) has tallied 165 of those digs to rank second in the nation. Offensively, junior Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) leads the MVC in total kills and currently sits 12th in the nation in that category with 124 kills.  Story Links vs. EIU Live Video vs. BGSU Live Video Following the Eastern Illinois Tournament, the Bulldog’s will travel to Macomb, Ill., for the Western Illinois Tournament Sept. 16-17. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Algeria, Nigeria clash for a place in the AFCON 2019 final

first_imgAlgeria have won only one AFCON title in history. (PHOTOS/ Courtesy)AFCON 2019Algeria vs NigeriaCairo International Stadium, CairoSunday, 14-07-2019 @10pmTwo African heavyweights will clash at the Cairo International Stadium as Algeria and Nigeria hope to reach the AFCON 2019 final.Both sides have so far produced assured performances en route to the last four.After finishing top of their group with maximum points, Algeria defeated Guinea 3-0 in the second round before overcoming Ivory Coast in penalties in the last 8.Algeria have not won an AFON title in 29 years since claiming their first and only triumph in 1990.They know they are two fames away from making history but respect how difficult winning it will be.“The one that we won was in 1990, a long time ago when it was at home. We’ve never won since. This is away from home, it’s more difficult, of course,” Algeria head coach Djemal Belmadi said on Saturday.“This is our target, we want to write our history and the players want to write their history as well.“It’s not far — two more steps, but two very difficult steps to this great achievement. We will try our best.”For Nigeria, they are three time champions of Africa with the latest coming in 2013.The have endured two tough knockout games to reach here.At the round of 16, they came from behind to eliminate 2017 winners Cameroon 3-2 before scoring a late winner to overcome South Africa in the last round.Nigeria have already eliminated bot Cameroon and South Africa.Having won more titles and gone through what looks like a tougher route, Nigeria will go into the game with a feel good factor but can not take Algeria for granted.Nigeria’s head coach Gernot Rohr praised his counterpart in his press-briefing on Saturday.He’s done a very professional job,” Rohr said of Belmadi.“They were shaky at the time (World Cup qualifiers 2018). We beat them 3-1 and they made lots of individual errors and defensive mistakes that made it easier for us to win. They were also fragile in the draw.“Now I see a solid Algeria side with a good balance between attack and defence. They’re still physical, but they have come on since and it will be a much harder match than in World Cup qualifying.”Team newsNigeria’s captain John Mikel Obi is expected to make a return to the side’s starting XI after missing two games due to an injury sustained against Madagascar. The midfielder told reporters ahead of Nigeria’s clash with South Africa that he was certain of recovering in time for the semi-final in Cairo. Shehu Abdullahi having suffered a hamstring injury during a group game against Burundi, is expected to make a return to fitness as well.Algeria boss Belmadi will be delighted to have no major injury concerns for his side ahead of the meeting with Nigeria, and looks set to field the usual midfield four of Riyad Mahrez, Ismael Bennacer, Sofien Feghouli and Youcef Belaili to provide support for lone striker Bounedjah. Guedioura, such a crucial aspect of this team, is one booking away from a suspension.Match StatsNigeria’s predominance over Algeria in past competitive fixtures is emphatic, with the Super Eagles winning seven of the last nine between the two sides.That said, the Desert Foxes emerged victorious during their last meeting with Nigeria – a rare 3-0 win in World Cup qualifiers back in November 2017, which ended a 27-year winless streak against the West African side.Their most recent meeting in the Africa Cup of Nations came during a third-place playoff in 2010, which Nigeria won 1-0.The other semifinal -Senegal vs Tunisia @7pmComments Tags: AFCON 2019AlgeriaDjemal BelmadiGernot RohrJohn Mikel ObiNigerialast_img read more

Rwabushenyi Memorial Day 3: On song Ssegwanyi on the driving seat

first_imgIM Arthur Ssegwanyi (L) against Kenya’s candidate Master Ben Magana. (PHOTO/Courtesy)International Master Arthur Ssegwanyi continued a run of perfect results at the Rwabushenyi Memorial Open Chess Championship with successes in the fifth and sixth rounds.The no.1 seed in the East African region reminded the spectators why he is the top dog in the region. On a day he was pitted against tough opponents in Kenya’s Candidate Master Ben Magana and fellow countryman Fide Master Haruna Nsubuga, Ssegwanyi came out on the winning side.Prior Saturday, the rated 2335 had found no difficulty in beating his first four opponents. Saturday games were seen as his first real tests, but the two time champion was up to the task.The Olympian outwitted Magana in the fifth round before capping the day with victory over Nsubuga on board one maintaining his perfect run at the tournament.Ssegwanyi remains the only player at the Open to win all his first six games and as such tops the standings with six points.Defending champion FM Patrick Kawuma sits second with half a point less following his stalemate with Innocent Kimera in the third round. Like Ssegwanyi, Kawuma won both his games on Saturday beating Joel Emojong and Allan Mathias Ssonko in the fifth and sixth rounds respectively.Magana completes the current top three and he sits third with five points with two rounds left to the end of the tourney.Disappointingly for Nsubuga, he is currently seated eighth with 4.5 points. Nsubuga has lost once and drawn as many. His hopes for a maiden Rwabushenyi championship may have been shattered as he’s going to need a miracle to win.In the ladies category, Kenya’s WCM Lucy Wanjiru leads the standings. The Kenyans is on the same points (4) with Uganda’s WFM Penninah Nakabo but leads on a tiebreak. The other two ladies on four are Joyce Nyaruai Ndirangu from Kenya and Milly Takali2017 winner WFM Goretti Angolikin lies fifth with three pointsComments Tags: chesslast_img read more

Irish Cancer Society concerned over lack of awareness for lung cancer

first_imgThe Irish Cancer Society says that during a recent survey, 27% of Irish people were unable to name any symptom of lung cancer.The research conducted from the Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC) show a significant drop in awareness from 2013 when only 9% of Irish people were unable to name any symptoms of the disease.A spokesperson for the Irish Cancer Society says:”This lack of awareness is seriously concerning. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in Ireland with over 2,500 cases diagnosed annually, including 93 cases in Donegal in 2015. “Lung cancer is also the leading cause of cancer deaths with, on average, 1,855 people in Ireland dying from lung cancer each year during 2012-2014.”Lung cancer is the fourth most common cancer in Ireland, with about 2,500 people diagnosed in Ireland every year.The majority of lung cancer cases are diagnosed at a late stage which is why awareness of the symptoms and early detection is vital, the organisation said.The signs and symptoms of lung cancer are: A cough that doesn’t go away or a change in a long-term coughFeeling short of breath or wheezingRepeated chest infections that won’t go away even after antibioticsCoughing up blood-stained phlegmPain in your chest, especially when you cough or breathe inFeeling more tired than usual and/or unexplained weight lossHoarse voice, problems swallowing or swelling in the face or neckThe Society encourages the public to access its simple online lung health checker which is available at www.cancer.ie/lung/checker.It allows them to answer questions about their lung health and bring a summary of their results to their doctor. This enables people to have a proper conversation about their lung health with their doctor – it’s a very simple but effective way of taking lung health seriously.Speaking at the launch of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Kevin O’Hagan, Cancer Prevention Manager with the Irish Cancer Society said: “The significant drop in awareness of the symptoms of lung cancer is worrying, given that the numbers are only set to increase, particularly amongst women. Alarmingly, female lung cancer cases are projected to increase by at least 77% between 2010 and 2040 and male cases by at least 52%.“1 in 4 lung cancer cases are being diagnosed in Emergency departments and many of these are at an advanced stage. Irish people need to get checked if they experience any symptoms and not wait to present as an emergency. Late diagnosis limits your treatment options and reduces your chances of survival.”Mr O’Hagan concluded: “There are a number of targets in the National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026 aimed at increasing the number of lung cancers diagnosed early. We want the Government, the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), and organisations like the Irish Cancer Society, to come together to take urgent action and implement measures that will improve the earlier diagnosis of lung, and other cancers in Ireland.” To speak to a cancer nurse on any aspect of lung cancer contact our Cancer Nurseline on Freephone 1800 200 700, email cancernurseline@irishcancer.ie or drop into one of their 13 Daffodil Centres in hospitals nationwide.For information on Daffodil Centre locations and opening times email daffodilcentreinfo@irishcancer.ie.For further information on lung cancer and support available and to take the Online Lung Health Checker visit www.cancer.ie/lung.Irish Cancer Society concerned over lack of awareness for lung cancer was last modified: January 5th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Irish Cancer Societylung cancerlast_img read more

Marathon runner followed woman into toilets and sexually assaulted her

first_imgA well-known ultra-marathon runner followed a woman into a toilet in a Co Donegal pub and sexually assaulted her.Josip Ljubicic, aged 21, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with the assault on May 20th, 2018. The court heard that the young woman had gone to the toilet of the Central Bar on Main Street, Letterkenny and went into a cubicle.When she came out she saw Ljubicic in the toilet and told him he should not be in the women’s toilets.He then approached her and put his hands on her back and then on her bottom.She told him he cannot do that and told him to leave the toilets.However, instead of leaving he then grabbed her in the crotch area, Detective Garda Eoin Waters said.The woman then told security staff and Ljubicic, of Burnside Park, Letterkenny, was identified on CCTV from the premises.He was identified and came to Letterkenny Garda station on June 2nd when he was arrested and made partial admissions to the incident.A victim impact statement was handed into the court and was read by Judge Paul Kelly.Ljubicic’s solicitor Mr Gordon Curley said his client followed the women into the toilet because he was attracted to her.He said his client was very sorry for the “hurt, damage and shame” he had caused the woman and that he had no previous convictions in Ireland or in his native Croatia where he had come from two years ago.He was working as a waiter since coming to Ireland but was now in college doing a media course.Mr Curley added that Ljubicic was an ultra-marathon runner and travelled a lot to take part in races.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case to October 21st for a probation report.Mr Curley told Judge Kelly that his client has ultra marathons in London and Connemara in the coming weeks and asked to allow him to travel for them and this was agreed to.Marathon runner followed woman into toilets and sexually assaulted her was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

World Bank looks to green Africa

first_img11 September 2003Africa’s efforts to conserve its rich biodiversity and natural heritage have received a shot in the arm with the announcement of increased lending by the World Bank.The World Bank said on Wednesday that it would increase its environmental lending from $1.1-billion in 2003 to $2.1-billion in 2004.Of the 2003 budget, Africa has been allocated between $20-million to $27-million to protect its natural heritage and bio-diversity. This amount will almost double in the next financial year.The announcement was made during the fifth World Parks Congress in Durban, where more than 2 500 delegates are meeting to discuss plans for sustainable protected areas.The World Bank used the Congress to launch its flagship publication for 2003, “Environmental Matters”, which details how the Bank, through its implementing agency the Global Environment Facility, is financing projects with environmental themes.Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Mohammed Valli Moosa commented: “From the point of view of the Johannesburg Programme of Implementation and the World Summit on Sustainable Development, I am delighted that the World Bank is doing more to translate sustainable development objectives into a language understood by finance ministers.”Kristalina Georgieva, director of the Bank’s environment department, said a large percentage of the funds meant for Africa would be channelled to the continent’s water, land management and biodiversity programmes.Ian Johnson, vice-president of sustainable development at the World Bank, said the increase was necessitated by the fact that governments were willing to spend money on conservation projects.“The most important thing is that environmental sustainability is a key institutional priority, and environmental responsibility is now a distinctive feature of the overall lending portfolio,” Johnson said.Currently active projects with environmental and natural resources management content amount to $13-billion, representing about 13% of the total active portfolio of the World Bank. Of the $13-billion, 10% has been set aside for projects in Africa.“This increase in the World Bank’s environmental lending is due in large part to progress in implementing the 2001 Corporate Environment Strategy, which indicated a renewed focus in three areas where the environment, the quality of life and poverty reduction are strongly interlinked”, Georgieva said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more