Senate Concurs With Lower House On US$563.6M National Budget

first_imgThe Liberian Senate during one its regular sittingsThe Senate with a vote of nine for, three against and no abstention, concurred with the House of Representatives to pass the National Budget for the fiscal year in the tune of US$563,563,432 million.The Senate received the passed budget from the House of Representatives on Thursday, but voted to send it to its Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget for review and recommendation to plenary at its agreed extraordinary session on Friday.At the poorly-attended special sitting, the committee, which formed part of the joint committee that conducted hearings in preparation of the budget, through its chair and co-chair, Senators Edward Dagoseh and Henry Yallah respectively, recommended that the Act, which takes effect July 1, 2017 thru June 30, 2018, be concurred “for the expenditure of the Government of Liberia…”It can be recalled that the government through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning recently submitted as Core Revenue Envelop as per FY2017/2018 Draft Budget to the tune of US$523,560,312; with Contingent Revenue Envelope per FY2017/2018 Draft Budget of US$2,987,688, totaling US$526,548,000.According to the Senate Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget, during the hearings, adjustments were made in three areas including: tax revenue, US$692,261.00; adjustment in non-tax revenue, US$18,891,797; and adjustment to World Bank Loan/Grant US$5,000,000.The committee’s report also showed “additional brought forward from FY2016/2017 in consolidated fund in the amount of US$1,847,708; total additional core amounted to US$25,047,244.”With respect to the Contingent Revenue, the report shows an additional revenue from adjustment in tax revenue, US$6,218,188; adjustment in non-tax revenue, US$750,000; and adjustment to WB MCC (Road Fund) $5,000,000, which brings total additional contingent to the amount of US$11,968,188; total additional revenue amounts to US$37,015,432, bringing the Total Adjusted Revenue for FY2017/2018 to US$563,563,432 million.It is interesting to note that none of the presidential aspirants in the Senate, Senators Prince Y. Johnson, Oscar Cooper and George Manneh Weah, or even Senator Jewel Howard Taylor running mate to Sen. Weah, participated in the vote to pass the budget, which would be used by any of them, should they become victorious in the October elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

#MeToo Cycle Diaries

first_imgFor model Priyanka Kochhar, it was a bad break-up. For Pakistan’s Zenith Irfan, it was the quest to realise her late father’s dream. For Sarah Kashyap, it was a challenge thrown at her by her brother. But these biker girls also had one common reason to take up motorcycling: There’s,For model Priyanka Kochhar, it was a bad break-up. For Pakistan’s Zenith Irfan, it was the quest to realise her late father’s dream. For Sarah Kashyap, it was a challenge thrown at her by her brother. But these biker girls also had one common reason to take up motorcycling: There’s no glass ceiling to their sense of adventure. Known as #bikewithgirl on Instagram, Kochhar straddled three different superbikes for a cruise across Croatia in the Harley-Davidson Triple Threat event in April. Zenith’s journeys culminated in a critically acclaimed documentary, Motorcycle Girl, released in Pakistan this year. And Kashyap is set to hit the international rally circuit after becoming the first woman to finish the prestigious Raid De Himalaya and Desert Storm rally in the Xtreme Moto Category. Another thing they share: they all hope to ride into a day when pepper spray and body alarms are things of the past.Priyanka Kochhar, 32MumbaiOnly Indian woman participant in Harley Davidson Triple Treat Press Event, CroatiaDaily Ride: KTM Duke-200The Essentials: Hydration pack, pepper spray if riding in India, energy bars, day and night visorsWhat was the highlight of your ride through Croatia?Riding the Iron 1200 bike (256 kg), which is seven times my weight! But everything went smooth, thanks to the brilliant instructors. It was great to ride the Harley on Croatia’s cities and mountains. We toured and raced. It was a complete experience.When did you start motorcycling and how did it happen to you?Around four years ago, I had a bad break-up and was left with no friends. I just didn’t know how to get out of the gloomy mindscape. A friend of mine owned a Royal Enfield. I borrowed it from him and crammed up a lot of tutorials. A few falls, and the bike accepted me.advertisementDo you think things have changed for women riders since you first started?When I started, there were hardly any women on these machines. Now we see a ratio of 88:12 in many events. What we need are more exclusive motor­sport events for women in order to encourage them to participate.Dudes are always talking about women drivers. Unfortunately, the moment [guys] realise that it’s a woman riding, they start following and racing.Zenith Irfan, 23PakistanHas travelled to the dangerous northern areas of Pakistan on her bike. Zenith IrfanDaily Ride: Suzuki GS 150The Essentials: Two pairs of clothing (winter/ summer), rain gear, mini toolkit, camping gearHow does it feel now that there’s a film on you?It is a wonderful feeling. The movie has been received well and hailed by critics as “the film that has changed Pakistani cinema”.How did you start?I turned 18 in 2013 and decided to fulfil my late father’s wish to travel round the world on a motorcycle. I have clocked 20,000 km and visited more than 200 cities in provinces like Gilgit Baltistian, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. I hope that one day relations with India would improve so that I am able to ride to Kerala.How do men in Pakistan react seeing you ride a motorcycle?In the mountains, men are proud to see a woman rider exploring the valleys. I get mixed reactions from city men. Pakistanis are not used to seeing a woman on a bike.Sarah Kashyap, 32ChandigarhShe is the first Indian woman to have completed the Raid and Desert storm Sarah KashyapDaily Ride: KTM EXC 250, but soon a Honda CRF 450The Essentials: A US Army body alarm. A loud sound in case of an emergency can give you enough time to escape. Torch, puncture kit, repair kit, medicines, basic spare partsHow were you introduced to motorcycling?It started at the age of 16 when my brother challenged me to ride a bike.What’s your next goal?I want to be the first Asian woman to complete the Dubai International Baja & Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. I want to participate in the toughest offroad race in the world-The Dakar Rally.What’s it like to be a woman biker in India?I get thumbs ups all the time from people but men try to race me as their egos get bruised when a woman overtakes.last_img read more