U.S. Senators Rob Portman, co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, and Task Force member Sherrod Brown, sent a letter to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget as well as the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army Corps requesting funding for a Great Lakes coastal resiliency study in the President’s FY 2019 budget request.Great Lakes Task Force co-Chair Debbie Stabenow, Vice Chair Amy Klobuchar and members Tammy Baldwin, Dick Durbin, Bob Casey, Tammy Duckworth, Kirsten Gillibrand, Chuck Schumer, Tina Smith, and Gary Peters also signed the letter.“The Great Lakes coastline faces numerous threats, such as lake level fluctuations, erosion, flooding, nutrient runoff, and aging infrastructure. It is important to ensure that the Great Lakes’ 5,200-mile coastline is protected, as 4.2 million people live within two miles of a Great Lakes coastline. The coastline is also imperative to a robust economy and tourism industry in the Great Lakes, as it includes 60 commercial harbors moving over 123 million tons of cargo annually,” wrote the Senators.“We appreciate the Corps’ consultation with the Great Lakes states in proposing this study, as we fully intend for this study to be used to implement projects that will result in a more resilient coastline throughout the Great Lakes and a more strategic expenditure of state and federal funds.”“The Great Lakes Commission knows that only by working together can the states, the federal government and local communities best protect our 5,200-mile coastline. That’s why a comprehensive Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study, developed alongside the states, is necessary,” said John Linc Stine, chair of the Great Lakes Commission and Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.A PDF of the letter can be found here.
OTTUMWA — During a speech in Ottumwa Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a significant policy priority.“I promise you, if I’m elected president, you’re going to see the single-most important thing that changes in America is we’re going to cure cancer,” Biden said, to cheers.Biden had been talking about the grieving process, but he did not directly mention his late son, Beau. Beau Biden died in 2015 from an aggressive form of brain cancer.As vice president, Biden led an Obama Administration effort to boost research into cancer causes and cures.
HARRY KANE is a step closer to returning to action after being spotted with a ball at his feet for the first time since his hamstring operation.The Spurs striker, 26, went under the knife back in January after being injured in the 1-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day.5 Kane looked a picture of health in Tottenham trainingCredit: PA:Press Association5 The Spurs striker has been out since New Year’s DayCredit: Reuters5 The Spurs ace trained away from team-matesCredit: PA:Press AssociationBut in a huge boost to Spurs and England ahead of Euro 2020, the forward was today back in training at the club’s Enfield base.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on SpursIn a video shared online the hitman is seen performing drills including darting between posts, controlling a ball and tucking it away into a small training goal.Spurs tweeted a photo of Kane in action with the caption: “@HKane continues his rehabilitation outside at Hotspur Way this morning.”And Kane later posted: “Love being back on the grass with a ball at my feet.”SunSport told you last month that Kane was targeting an April return.Spurs boss Jose Mourinho feared the striker might not play again this season.And Three Lions boss Southgate was also doubtful that his captain would be fit to lead out the side this summer.If Kane – who trained by himself but was seen kicking a ball – is fit following the international break at the end of March then he could definitely feature before the end of the domestic season.5It would also mean he would be match fit by the time England kick off their Euros against Croatia at Wembley on June 14.It was over a month ago that Kane shared a video of himself exercising.He was filmed doing an intense workout with battle ropes and said he was “making gains” in his return.Kane has also claimed he will “definitely” be fit for the Euros – with his warm weather rehab in the Caribbean seemingly paying dividends.He told the Evening Standard: “In my head, I am definitely at the Euros.”Unless something pretty drastic happens between now and then, I’ll be there.5 Kane being back in training is a huge boost to England’s Euro hopesCredit: ReutersSpurs newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer”I’m still not back training with the first team, but I’m working hard in the gym, I’m getting stronger all the time.“We’re talking a few more weeks, and I’ll be playing again.”I don’t want to make a prediction for which game I might be back, but I am hoping somewhere between the start and the middle of April.”Harry Kane shares training video and insists he is ‘making gains’ after injury in huge boost to Tottenham and England
The controversial US$536M ETON Finance loan agreement and the US$426M EBOMAF loan agreement sailed through the House of Representatives (pictured)Questions remain unanswered about GOL loan guaranteesForty-eight members of the House of Representatives in its 34th day sitting yesterday, Tuesday, June 5, ratified the US$536.4 million Loan Agreement, and forwarded it to the Senate for concurrence, although questions still remain unanswered about what guarantees are being offered by the Government in return for the loan..It was reported that the loan would be ratified on Thursday, but was unanimously approved in Tuesday’s session instead. The Agreement was signed between Eton Finance PTE Limited and the Government of Liberia (GoL).The Lower House unanimously approved the US$536.4 million Loan Agreement following a report from the Joint Legislative Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning and the Judiciary, which was signed by all 22 members of the Joint Committee.The Joint Committee said the ministries of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Public Works (MoPW), Justice, a Civil Society Movement that includes the general public, who were invited to the public hearing, affirmed their explicit confidence in the Eton Financing Loan Agreement proposed by President George Weah in the amount of US$536.4 million with an interest rate of 1.46 percent per annum.The committee said the payment of said amount commences after seven years of the Loan Financing Agreement (Operation Date) and for the purpose of the construction of the Buchanan-Cestos City, Greenville-Barclayville, the Barclayville-Sasstown, the Barclayville-Pleebo, the Medina-Robertsport and the Tubmanburg-Bopolu roads.It added that there will also be the construction of rest stops and roadside service areas; the construction of a vocational training center in Greenville, Sinoe County; the construction of mini soccer (football) stadiums in Harper, Maryland County, Barclayville, Grand Kru County; Greenville, Sinoe County; Cestos City, River Cess County; Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County; Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County and Bopolu, Gbarpolu County.“It is expected that construction period will be within 48 months from the day of commencement, which begins three months after the deposit of the first trench of the loan into the Central Bank of Liberia,” the committee said.“Mr. Speaker and distinguished colleagues, the proposed Coastal Corridor Road Projects submitted to the Legislature by the President in the wisdom of the Joint Legislative Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning and Judiciary is timely and from all indications expressed the wishes of the Liberian people in terms of actualizing the GoL’s ‘Pro-poor Agenda’ under its social infrastructure development,” the committee said.The Plenary of the House of Representatives has already voted to forward the US$420.8 million EBOMAF SA Loan Agreement to the Joint Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning and Judiciary. The Joint Committee is expected to hold public hearings on Wednesday, and the loan would be approved Thursday, June 7.Members of the House of Representatives voting for the passage of the loanMeanwhile, there are strong concerns that the public still remains virtually in the dark about what kind of collateral (sovereign guarantee) is being offered to the providers of the credit should in case the Liberian government default on the loan. Although there are hints that the Central Bank of Liberia guarantee the loan, many analysts are of the view that the Central Bank of Liberia which is reportedly heavily indebted to local commercial banks on whose reserve requirements the Bank is said to have made draw downs, may not be in the position to guarantee the loan.Such concerns including the financial viability of the relatively unknown Eton Finance according to a University of Liberia professor, are being downplayed by government officials Especial mention is made of Justice Minister, Musa Dean who has scoffed at the idea that this Eton finance company does not even have a website as is expected of a financial institution offering such a colossal sum of money as loan to the government of Liberia.Many have also expressed fears that the Wologisi iron ore deposits estimated to be worth over a billion dollars may very well be mortgaged to Eton Finance in similar fashion as done by former President Sirleaf with the Western Cluster ore deposits. Exclusive exploration and mining rights were awarded to the Elenito company which according to some was hitherto a scrap dealership.Whatever the case, the deal to secure the loan appears sealed apparently with its endorsement by the House of Representatives which has now forwarded it to the Senate for concurrence. Whether the Senate will pass on it as expected remains to be seen. Observers however say unlike former President Sirleaf who usually got her way through coercion and financial inducement with the case of Exxon Mobil payout to NOCAL officials being a case in point, President Weah may not as yet be as adept as his predecessor but may very well master the ropes in a not too faraway time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)