IMF experts to help Zimbabwe

first_img19 May 2009 The IMF’s visit is seen as a sign of thawing relations between global money lending institutions and Zimbabwe, where a coalition government between President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been in place for almost three months. This includes tax policy and administration, payments systems, lender-of-last-resort operations and banking supervision, as well as central banking governance and accounting. “Shortly thereafter, two teams of experts from the IMF fiscal affairs department will provide technical assistance in the areas of tax policy and tax administration,” the IMF said, adding that its staff members were looking forward to working with the authorities in providing technical assistance in the targeted areas. A team of International Monetary Fund (IMF) experts are in Zimbabwe to help the country start fixing its troubled public finances. IMF officials are due to meet Zimbabwe Finance Minister Tendai Biti and central bank Governor Gideon Gono this week. The mission comes weeks after the IMF board announced the lifting of a ban on technical support to Zimbabwe in the above targeted areas. ‘Thawing relations’ The IMF team, led by Erik Oppers and comprising Mike Andrews, Warren Coats, Kristian Kjeldsen and Kenneth Sullivan, will provide technical assistance in various areas, the IMF in a statement this week. Technical assistance The IMF cut off financial support to Zimbabwe about a decade ago over differences with Mugabe over fiscal policy issues and other governance issues. The mission is expected to end on 29 May. Source: BuaNews-Xinhualast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, September 7, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are making very few changes to the forecast this morning and are pretty much locked into some significant rains across the state this weekend as the remains of tropical system Gordon work through while interacting with a stalled frontal boundary. However, before we get there, scattered showers and thunderstorms will be in over the state today. Today’s action may fill in some of the holes that developed in yesterday’s coverage, but we still are really only looking at 60% coverage through the day today.Moderate to heavy rain and thunderstorm action moves in for tomorrow afternoon, but really our best rains will be from tomorrow night through Sunday and a early Monday.  Rain totals across the state can have a wide range, and models are all over. WE think the best look at it here give out last update ahead of the weekend is for a large part of the state to see at least 1-4 inches. Then, we can see a much smaller percentage of the state getting 4-6 inches or more. Coverage of rain in the state will be 100%. However, the most intense rains will be limited to about 20%. WE think the heaviest rains will be anywhere from the I-70 corridor up to the US 30 corridor, and then banding out from there. Realistically, anything over 2-3 inches will be too much from this one event…so it’s just adding insult to injury from there. Rain potential through Monday morning is shown at right, but remember…this is guidance only…not an exact location by location narrative the specific rain totals you will see.Rain does look to end a little sooner on Monday morning we may see dry air in already over western Ohio while showers and thunderstorms are still trying to exit the east. That dryness expands east through the day Monday, and should lead to a mostly dry Tuesday as well.Scattered showers are back for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We only see coverage at 30-40% on any of those individual days, but combined we are closer to 60% coverage for the 3-day period. Rain totals combined will be under half an inch.Finally, a nice, extended dry period comes in for next weekend (Saturday and Sunday on through Monday and now Tuesday (the 18th). Temps will be climbing for the period and we should see excellent drying conditions which will be needed. Rains are still on the way for the 19th, but that system continues to look rather minor and we are putting rain totals at half an inch or less with coverage at 70%. We still think this event could weaken further.Back to dry weather for the 20th, 21st and early the 22nd. Then we see a small-scale batch of disturbed weather coming in from the NW for the afternoon of the 22nd into the 23rd. Rains could give a few hundredths to half an inch max.Temps the next few days while the rains are falling will be cooler. Then behind the heavy rains temps start to rebound early next week and will continue to climb to above normal levels of the rest of the forecast window.last_img read more

Wozniacki irate over opponent’s ‘unfair’ grunting in Qatar win

first_imgThe spat overshadowed a relatively routine victory for the 27-year-old.She now plays a former Australian Open champion, Angelique Kerber, in the last eight on Friday.The German came from a set down to beat Johanna Konta 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.The woman Wozniacki beat in Melbourne, Simona Halep, is also through beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-4, 6-3, keeping alive the possibility of a replay of the Australian Open final. Halep shrugged off injury concerns coming into the match about an ankle injury which had kept her out of action since Melbourne.She seemed relatively untroubled breaking her opponent’s serve late in each set to advance to the last eight.“I’m really glad that I could finish it in two sets and play like I played,” said Halep.The world number two will play 18-year-old American qualifier Catherine Bellis in the last eight, who beat defending champion and world number five Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (7/4), 6-3. It is the first time the teenager has beaten anyone ranked in the top five.“I think it’s definitely a milestone. It’s great,” she said. Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark returns the ball to Monica Niculescu of Romania (unseen) while competing in the round of 16 during the Qatar Open tennis competition in Doha on February 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / KARIM JAAFARAn irritated world number one Caroline Wozniacki progressed to the Qatar Open quarter-finals on Thursday in a feisty match where she complained and apparently mocked her opponent Monica Niculescu’s grunting.The recently crowned Australian Open champion won 7-5, 6-1 against the Romanian — who had knocked out Maria Sharapova in a previous round — but was visibly agitated in the ninth game of the first set, complaining her opponent was making noises as the Dane was about to hit the ball.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25Cayetano’s beef with ABS CBN? Unfair air time during 2016 campaign00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don Carter, owner who helped bring NBA to Dallas, dies at 84 Garbine Muguruza, world number four, breezed through beating Sorana Cirstea 6-0, 6-4 and will play France’s Caroline Garcia in the next round.And a resurgent Petra Kvitova beat world number three Elina Svitolina 6-4, 7-5 to set up a quarter-final clash with another top-ten player, Germany’s Julia Goerges. Read Nextcenter_img View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Afterwards she complained that her opponent was “a player that tries to get into your head”.She also told Danish TV that her opponent had used “unfair methods”.“(I) just tried to let him know to pay attention to her grunting because she’ll hit the ball and two seconds later when the ball is on my side and I’m right about to hit, she’ll start grunting and make a noise,” the Dane told reporters.“And she will change the grunt according to what she feels like.”Asked if she thought her opponent was grunting deliberately, Wozniacki responded: “I think that she didn’t do it in the second set, so…”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Wozniacki was so upset about the sounds coming from the other side of the net that she complained to French umpire Emmanuel Joseph.“It isn’t in the rule book that you are not allowed to grunt when the opposing player hits?” courtside microphones caught her asking Joseph.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe umpire said he thought everything was “regular”, but Wozniacki added: “It’s the only way she can win.” She then mimicked the grunts. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

LeBrons Cavs Are The Best Team Ever To Fire Its Coach Midseason

Frank Layden1988-89Jazz158411-6Resigned COACHSEASONTEAMELOCOACH RECORDNOTES The Cleveland Cavaliers fired head coach David Blatt on Friday, even though he guided the team to the NBA Finals last season and a 30-11 record so far this year.The NBA is a tough league. But as far as we can tell, no coach has been fired under similar circumstances before.Below, you’ll find a table of NBA coaches since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77 who were fired or resigned in the middle of the regular season when their teams had an Elo rating of 1550 or higher.1The table excludes interim head coaches who were dismissed after a permanent replacement was found. The league-average Elo rating is about 1500, so a rating of 1550 reflects a pretty good team; about as good as the Atlanta Hawks right now. Coaches don’t usually get fired when their teams are playing well. But Blatt’s Cavs haven’t just been good; they’ve been on the verge of great. The team’s current Elo rating is 1669, far higher than that of any other team when it fired a coach mid-season.When a coach does get fired despite a solid record, it’s usually because his team is underperforming lofty expectations. But that can’t really be said of the Cavs. Their preseason team win total at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook was 56.5 wins; they’re actually a little ahead of that pace, currently projecting to finish the season 61-21 instead.Yes, the Cavs were embarrassed on Monday by the Warriors, 132-98. But one bad regular-season loss isn’t usually enough to doom a coach. It’s reasonable to ask whether the overt tension between Blatt and superstar LeBron James played a role because there’s not really a good precedent for something like this happening. (James was reportedly not consulted about Blatt’s firing.)Larry Brown resigned under pressure as head coach of the New Jersey Nets late in the 1982-83 season despite a 47-26 record, but that was because he’d agreed to take a job the next season at the University of Kansas. Del Harris was canned as Lakers’ head coach early in the 1998-99 season when the team had a strong 1611 Elo rating, but its record was just 6-6 at that point, below the perennially high expectations in Lakerland. Don Nelson2004-05Mavericks159742-22Resigned Larry Brown1982-83Nets159947-26Resigned under pressure Paul Westhead1981-82Lakers15727-4Fired Larry Brown1991-92Spurs158621-17Fired David Blatt2015-16Cavaliers166930-11Fired Gene Shue1977-7876ers15592-4Fired Source: Basketball-reference.com Del Harris1998-99Lakers16116-6Fired Stan Van Gundy2005-06Heat158011-10Resigned under pressure Jack McKinney1979-80Lakers155210-4Injured Danny Ainge1999-2000Suns156313-7Resigned The most abrupt NBA coaching departures read more

Opinion Big Ten hockeys existence a disappointment so far

Ohio State (1-7) – This team is the victim of a bad year to have the nonconference schedule that it has. In their first three weekends, the Buckeyes were challenged with top-20 opponents in Bowling Green, Miami and Providence. Coach Steve Rohlik doesn’t make excuses that he has 10 freshmen on his roster this season, but the lack of offense has been frustrating to this point, culminating in the Buckeyes’ 2-1 loss against Mercyhurst on Oct. 30. That was a game that saw OSU outshoot the Lakers 40-16. The chances have been there, they just haven’t gone in. We’ll see how the Buckeyes follow up their first win of the season, putting up a season-high five goals against Mercyhurst on Halloween.The Big Ten had great expectations when it was formed, due in part to the history and tradition of programs like Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. It might not be this season but I still think it’s a matter of time before the conference will thrive, especially if established “Big Ten” club hockey programs like Illinois or Rutgers receive the proper funding to add teams into the mix. A few years ago, the idea of Big Ten hockey looked as good as sending out Matt Harvey in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the World Series. Now there’s a plethora of questions that have to be answered.Too soon, Mets fans? Penn State (4-2-1) – A lot of offense has been shown so far in the Nittany Lions’ early-season success. Their 4.57 goals per game is third best in the nation and their win against No. 18 Notre Dame on Oct. 17 is the nicest looking nonconference win out of any team in the Big Ten. Upcoming games against Niagara and Sacred Heart should allow the Nittany Lions to keep the goals flowing. But conference play will be a big indicator of how good this team actually is. OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst controls the puck during a game agaisnt Brock on Oct 3. OSU won 4-0. Credit: Kaley Rentz / Asst. Sports DirectorWhen Terry and Kim Pegula made their $88 million dollar gift to Penn State in 2010 to fund a new ice arena and to establish a NCAA Division I hockey program at the university, Big Ten hockey was born as well, beginning with the 2013-14 season. Year 1 of the Big Ten saw Minnesota fall in the national championship to Union College (New York), but four of the conference’s six teams finished the year ranked in the top 20 of the United States College Hockey Online poll.This led to the hype of last season, which fell far short of expectations, as an underachieving Minnesota team was the lone representative in the NCAA tournament. The Gophers were promptly dominated in the opening round, losing to in-state rival Minnesota-Duluth 4-1.This season, it hasn’t been pretty.So far the six Big Ten teams have a combined record of 15-19-6. The wins haven’t been all that impressive and some losses have come as head-scratching.Let’s run it down from top to bottom:Michigan (4-1-1) – The only ranked team according to the USCHO poll and by far the most hyped team in the conference. The No. 13 Wolverines have two tight wins against a much less talented Mercyhurst team, a win against Rensselaer, a tie with Union, a close win and a stunning loss at home against Robert Morris. A team expected to be the face of the conference has been unimpressive thus far. It still has a ton of talent, so we’ll see how they develop before conference play begins. Michigan State (2-3-1) – Not a whole lot was expected out of the Spartans this season, as their only wins have come against a bad Lake Superior State team that is currently 2-6. Offense has been the big issue here, as Michigan State is averaging just over two goals per game. It’s scored more than two goals in just two of their six games. Wisconsin (2-3-3) – This program is a mess. This is expected to be coach Mike Eaves’ last season in Madison after finishing with a jaw-dropping 4-27-5 record last year. “Hey, they’ve already won two games this year right?” Well, those two wins came against first-year Division I program Arizona State at home last weekend. The Badgers played to a draw against Northern Michigan and Ferris State, but there’s no reason to believe that success is in the near future. Minnesota (2-3) – The majority of the questions between the pipes heading into the season were about the goaltending, but not when it came to lighting the lamp. However, Minnesota has scored just one goal in its first three contests, losing to Vermont and being swept by No. 6-ranked Minnesota-Duluth. The Golden Gophers two wins have come against a bad Northeastern team two weeks ago by scores of 4-0 and 4-3. Out of the 60 Division I hockey programs, the Golden Gophers are tied for 55th in total offense and are dead last in the Big Ten, averaging measly 1.8 goals per game. Freshman netminder Eric Schierhorn already has a lot on his plate trying to replace Adam Wilcox. There is not much you can blame him for at this point. read more