Tír Chonaill street reopens after earlier collision

first_img Pinterest Facebook Tír Chonaill street reopens after earlier collision Homepage BannerNews Gardaí say Tír Chonaill street in Donegal Town has reopened after a two car collision this morning.The road was closed for a time to clear one of the cars which ended up on its roof.Gardai say as a precaution, an ambulance was called for the driver of one of the cars, but no injuries were reported. Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty center_img WhatsApp Previous articleMP says small businesses could be exempt from border checksNext articleSix psychiatric consultant posts in Donegal filled by locums – IHCA News Highland By News Highland – July 24, 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Japan’s household spending, real wages extend COVID-driven declines

first_imgJapan’s household spending fell for an 11th straight month in August and real wages marked half a year of declines, as consumers struggled to return to their pre-pandemic purchasing habits.Analysts see the economy picking up from the slump caused by the coronavirus but weak spending and wage figures highlight the challenges new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga faces as he works to revive the economy.Household spending declined 6.9 percent in August from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday, matching a median forecast in a Reuters poll. A year-on-year decline in the household spending in August would mark the 11th straight of falls, the longest period of contraction since a 15-month stretch to May 2017.However, the pace of decline has slowed after hitting a record 16.2 percent in May, when people stayed at home to prevent the virus infection under the nationwide shutdown.The government lifted the emergency measures in late May and business activity has gradually resumed.Compared with the previous month, household spending rose 1.7 percent in August after a 6.5 percent decline in July. “We expect the overall economy including consumer spending will pick up as the economic activity restarts,” said Yusuke Shimoda, senior economist at Japan Research Institute.“But people remained cautious about risks to get the virus infection and wages are expected to worsen further, so the pace of recovery in consumer spending will likely be limited.”Separate data on Friday showed the nation’s inflation-adjusted real wages fell 1.4 percent in August from a year earlier, down for the sixth straight month, reflecting a big drop in overtime.The economy tumbled deeper into recession in the June quarter as the coronavirus jolted global demand and analysts say it will take time for pre-pandemic levels of activity to return.Topics :last_img read more

Howard survives Morehouse, 30-27, in ­Inaugural AT&T Nation’s Football Classic

first_imgby Stephen D. Riley(NNPA)—As a high school football player at Perry High School in Pittsburgh, Greg McGhee wasn’t accustomed to big time crowds. On his first visit to Howard University last spring, McGhee admitted he was somewhat stunned by the sheer size of Washington, D.C.’s inner city campus. But even that astonishment couldn’t compare to the massive audience on hand for his debut as Howard’s freshman starting quarterback. In their first appearance in the inaugural AT&T Nation’s Football Classic, the Howard University Bison survived a 30-27 grudge match against longtime rival Morehouse College Maroon Tigers at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Sept. 10.Behind McGhee’ 248 passing yards and three touchdowns, the Bison rallied from a 20-9 second-half deficit to extend their winning streak over Morehouse to four straight. The teams last faced off in 1997, but in front of crowd of 18,409, Howard and Morehouse renewed a rivalry that had been nearly extinct for 14 years due to a lack of sponsorship. But the schools have committed themselves to reviving the longstanding rivalry, and the stands were filled with alum from the Atlanta HCBU who saw a surprising comeback, an entertaining Battle of the Bands and a frantic finish.Junior running back Brice Charles’ bruising 17-yard run with just over six minutes left in the final quarter put Howard up 30-20. An impressive interception by Bison senior cornerback Lanny Kelly near the corner of the Howard endzone sent the Howard faithful into an uproar, and the game appeared to be in hand.But Charles was stripped of the football on his next carry and Morehouse junior Latavius Watts dashed 15 yards for a score which brought Morehouse within three points with 2:20 remaining. Howard was forced to punt on their next series, giving the Tigers the ball back deep in their own territory with one last chance.Morehouse junior quarterback Byron Ingram found senior Derrick Hector in the middle of the field with a 57-yard bomb, but a game-saving tackle stopped the play at Howard’s 25-yard line. With close to 10 seconds left, junior defensive end Alfonso Beale sacked Ingram, ending Morehouse’s day and giving Howard (1-1) their first victory since October of last year and new head coach Gary Harrell his first victory at Howard.“Even though this is my first win as a head coach, it’s important for the team as far being successful and having confidence going into the conference,” Harrell said.The victory is one that the first-year head coach and the first-year quarterback can celebrate together. A former Howard football star himself, Harrell’s been tasked with reviving the long-suffering program. After a disastrous 1-10 campaign last year in which poor quarterback play and a constant shuffling of signal-callers left many scratching their heads, it appears that Howard may have finally found a trigger man—and a coach—who aren’t afraid of the big moment.“Our football games back home never had this many people,” McGhee said. “I was shocked by how many people came out but I was excited. “A sizeable crowd in the first Nation’s Classic spelled success for the event, which was aimed at highlighting HBCUs. The game is scheduled to feature Morehouse and Howard as opponents through 2013, but could host other HBCUs in the following seasons.“It was big,” said Tigers coach Rich Freeman. “We’re at a Division II institution with limited exposure. This gave our kids, who always dreamed about being recruited by Division I programs, one weekend to live that life: to be a Division IA player and play on a national stage.”(Reprinted from the Afro American) LEADS BISON—Behind Greg McGhee’ 248 passing yards and three touchdowns, the Bison rallied from a 20-9 second-half deficit (Courtesy Photo/Howard-Bison.com) last_img read more

Razor Clam Dig Set For Mid-December

first_imgFacebook12Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeOLYMPIA – Clam diggers can look forward to some of the best tides of the year during a six-day razor clam dig set to begin Tuesday (Dec. 11) at Twin Harbors, then expand to include openings at Long Beach, Mocrocks and Copalis beaches later in the week.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests at all four beaches confirmed the clams are safe to eat.No digging will be allowed at any of those beaches until after noon.“The position of the moon in December always generates favorable tides for digging razor clams,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “Unfortunately, the weather isn’t always as cooperative, so diggers should dress for cold, wet conditions.”The dig at Twin Harbors will run six days, extending from Tuesday (Dec. 11) through Sunday (Dec. 16). The three other beaches will open for digging on the following schedule and evening low tides:Dec. 11, Tues., 4:51 p.m., -1.1 ft., Twin HarborsDec. 12, Wed., 5:40 p.m., -1.6 ft., Twin HarborsDec. 13, Thurs., 6:29 p.m., -1.9 ft., Twin HarborsDec. 14, Fri., 7:15 p.m., -1.8 ft., Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach, CopalisDec. 15, Sat., 8:01 p.m., -1.6 ft., Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach, CopalisDec. 16, Sun., 8:47 p.m., -1.0 ft., Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long BeachAyres noted that the best digging occurs one to two hours prior to low tide.Clam diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2012-13 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.Information about beach locations and additional digs proposed in the weeks ahead is available on WDFW’s website at http://goo.gl/ooxEO.last_img read more

SB Begins Process of Redeveloping Business District

first_imgBy John Burton SEA BRIGHT – As the borough continues its long journey toward restoration and rebuilding after the devastation of Sandy, discussions are beginning to outline what changes should be made to the borough’s downtown business district.“What we’re envisioning is a total redevelopment of the downtown area,” Borough Councilman C. Read Murphy said.Discussions on what would or should be done to the commercial area “is really preliminary.” While there hasn’t been any formal discussion about it yet, Murphy said there have been very informal talks about what the future should look like.What is being floated mostly involves the western side of Ocean Avenue/ Highway 36 to be reserved for a stretch of local businesses.Murphy said, first and foremost, any plan would have to address revised elevation for any rebuilding that might occur.Borough officials are awaiting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announcement regarding new elevation requirements to try to prevent a reoccurrence of the flooding and damage caused by the late October storm and its accompanying tidal surge. That announcement is expected at any time now, Murphy said.Preliminary talks have centered around having a possible elevation that is 15 feet higher than the current standard as the benchmark for future development, the councilman said. There also has been preliminary discussions about erecting an elevated boardwalk in front of the elevated business.The plan is expected to encourage mixed-use development, combining retail and other businesses with residential units on upper floors, Murphy said.“We haven’t nailed any of this down yet,” Murphy stressed.As for any future redevelopment, “We’re looking at a myriad of different ways of doing that,” including possible public/private partnerships, he said.“We’ve had assurances from the governor (Chris Christie) and lieutenant governor (Kim Guadagno) that they’ll assist us and aid us in this process,” Murphy said.Calls this week to the governor’s office seeking comment were not returned.Northshore Menswear on Ocean Avenue was destroyed during the storm. Its owner, Brian George, has temporarily relocated to Rumson but expects to be back in the borough by March 1.He acknowledged there is a plan but that could be as far away as two years.“The main thing right now is to get the businesses opened” by the all-important summer season, George said.Many of the buildings have been so severely damaged that they have been condemned and will have to be rebuilt. Others will require substantial work to get them ready for businesses to return, George said.The possible plans he has heard about for a future downtown meet with his approval.“Absolutely,” he said, indicating it would create a picturesque, “Nantucket-ish” look with its design.last_img read more

Yes, You Can Go To The Beach For Free

first_imgBy Liz Sheehan |MONMOUTH BEACH – While beachgoers heading to and from the beach on a recent Sunday all looked the same – laden with chairs, towels and even surfboards – they definitely weren’t. Some had paid to use the beach and others had not.A booth sits at the foot of the ramp across the seawall in the parking lot of the bathing pavilion. Here beachgoers can choose to show a seasonal badge or buy a daily pass and head to the left. Or they can head to the right and use the public beach for free.A seasonal or daily pass includes the use of the bathing pavilion and the lifeguard-protected beach. The free beach is unprotected and has no bathroom facilities, save for one portable toilet located near the entrance ramp.There are four free public beaches in Monmouth Beach and another six in neighboring Sea Bright.After coming down the ramp to leave the free beach, Mark Perl, Oceanport, packed his beach umbrella on the back of his bicycle for his ride home. “I’ll never pay to go on the beach,” he said. His choice of a bicycle was wise as there were no parking spaces anywhere near the beach at midday that Sunday.Although Perl said he would never pay for the beach, he probably already has, through his taxes. Hector Mosely, a public information staff member for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said Tuesday that, prior to Super Storm Sandy, the federal government provided around 65 percent of the funds for the rebuilding of beaches, with the state and boroughs paying the other 35 percent. After Sandy, the funds for the beach restoration were paid only by the federal government.Mosely said $75 million was spent on beach replenishment in Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright prior to the storm, with $26 million spent since the October 2012 hurricane.Sea Bright Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said the towns are required to provide some public access beaches because of the beach renovation funds paid by the federal government.Mark Perl of Oceanport spent a day at the free public access beach right next to the paid beach at the Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion.Parking can be a problem for all beachgoers in Monmouth Beach. Another bicycle rider, Gay Lowden of Fair Haven, said she drives to Long Branch, leaves her car at a friend’s house there, and rides a bike to Monmouth Beach.The town sells a parking pass for $40 a season that can be used at the bathing pavilion parking lot and another parking lot a short block from the beach between Surf Road and Valentine Street, but parking is not guaranteed. Some of the streets in the town are marked as no parking, and on sunny summer weekends it is a challenge to locate a parking place.Lowden said she usually comes to the beach between 3 and 5 p.m. for a swim but admits that paying for admission to the beach is really expensive. “I am a single mother,” she said.“It’s our ocean,” Lowden said, adding that New Jersey “is the only place you have to pay to get on the beach.”Stefanie Fishbein, Shrewsbury, who was leaving the beach, said she had not been aware that a free beach was next to the one she had paid to use.That public beach has no sign indicating it is free, or that it has public access. Neither do the three other free public access beaches in the town – at Cottage Road, at Central Road, and across from the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center. Instead there are signs placed on some of the platforms on top of the seawall stating the beach is unprotected, but these can be difficult to spot.The borough places traffic cones to mark the pedestrian crossings on Ocean Avenue to three of its free beaches and has a police force member and a traffic light at the crossing that leads to the free beach at the bathing pavilion. At the cultural center there are three portable toilets in the parking lot for the free beachgoers.The public access beaches in Sea Bright are clearly marked as “Public Access” on the front of the steps that cross the seawall to the beach and are easily spotted by those driving by.But parking is also an issue for those going to the public access beaches in Sea Bright. One person who uses the public access beaches there advised that it is best to come early or late in the day to find a parking spot.Starting from the southern end of Sea Bright, the public access beaches in the town are located at 1500 Ocean Ave., across from the Sunrise/Ocean Reef Condominiums; 9 1/2 Tradewinds Lane, inside the Tradewinds complex; across from 640 Ocean Ave.; across from 568 Ocean Ave.; across from 314 Ocean Ave. and Oceanfront Restaurant/Beachwalk; and across from 224 Ocean Ave., Via Ripa.This article was first published in the July 20-27, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Gabrielle’s Diary Ball to take place this March

first_imgGabrielle’s 10th Diary Charity Ball will take place in the Clanree Hotel on March 23 in aid of Donegal Down Syndrome at 7.30pm. The night will start with a drink’s reception followed by a five-course dinner in the Shellbridge Suite, while the David Craig band will provide entertainment after the dinner followed by DJ Tubsy.Gabrielle’s special guest this year will be Sinead McDevitt, who interviewed Gabrielle last year for World Down Syndrome Day and she decided to have her this year as her special guest. Compere for the night will be Highland Radio’s Lee Gooch.A group of Down Syndrome dancers will take to the floor along with their partners and put on a display of dancing for the guests.Gina Grant from Donegal Down Syndrome will say a few words as well as Martin McGettigan on behalf of the McGettigan family.They have kindly given the top prize of a trip for two to Dubai including flights and accommodation to their five-star Bonnington Jumeriah Lakes Hotel. To enter just put €20 into the envelope on your table to be in with a chance of winning.There are also nine other amazing prizes kindly sponsored by local businesses.Tickets (€60) are available from the Clanree Hotel. Phone: 074 9124369Gabrielle’s Diary Ball to take place this March was last modified: March 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Gabrielle McMonagleGABRIELLE’S DIARYlast_img read more

My greatest ‘Madiba moment’: Pienaar

first_img11 December 2013 For Francois Pienaar, the 1995 Rugby World Cup winning Springbok captain, his greatest “Madiba moment” was when the former president agreed to be a godfather to his two sons. Speaking to journalists shortly before the memorial Service for Nelson Mandela got under way at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Pienaar, who had a personal bond with Madiba, said it was up to young people to carry the former statesman’s legacy forward. When the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup on home turf in 1995, Nelson Mandela donned the No 6 shirt of the team’s captain – Francois Pienaar, a white Afrikaner – and the two embraced in a spontaneous gesture of racial reconciliation which melted hearts around the country. South African Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins, in a statement issued after Mandela’s passing away last week, commented: “Through [Mandela’s] extraordinarily vision, he was able to use the 1995 Rugby World Cup as an instrument to help promote nation-building just one year after South Africa’s historic first democratic election.” For Pienaar, however, there came an even greater moment. “When my boys sat on his lap for the very first time, and when Stefan asked [Mandela] to be his godfather, and Mandela said yes. That moment when they sat on his lap, that to me was my best moment,” he said on Tuesday. “Children have got this wonderful opportunity to follow in his footsteps,” Pienaar added. “They have got to vote, they are the ones that will carry Madiba’s legacy. “I met Madiba for the first time in 1994 at the Union Buildings and I was very nervous then because I didn’t know why he wanted to meet me. I didn’t know what we were going to talk about. “But as our relationship grew, I felt very blessed,” Pienaar said. “Our relationship has been such a wonderful journey. What is very special for me is that it was after the World Cup that I got to know him better as a person, where there was nothing to gain politically for being my friend.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Kawhi Leonard has 45 points, Raptors top 76ers in Game 1

first_imgLeonard’s previous postseason high was 43, with San Antonio against Memphis on April 22, 2017. He matched that by making a pair of free throws with 4:45 remaining, then topped it by draining a jump shot on Toronto’s next possession.Although he appeared focused on reaching the mark, the opposite was actually true.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I was trying to get out of the game before it got to that point,” Leonard said. “We were up 20 points with probably like five minutes left and I was already looking at the bench, trying to get them to take me out of the game.”Leonard matched his career-best scoring total for any game, set Jan. 1 against Utah. He made 16 of 22 shots, going 3 of 6 from 3-point range, and went 10 for 11 at the free throw line. STAR STUDDEDCelebrities in the crowd included rapper Drake, Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman, Canadian-born Duke basketball star R.J. Barrett, singer Shawn Mendes and actress Elisabeth Moss. No visitor got a bigger welcome, however, than new Blue Jays star Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who received a loud ovation when he was shown on the big screen late in the third.GETTING DEFENSIVEToronto has held its opponent below 100 points in each of the past five games.UP NEXTGame 2 is Monday night in Toronto. “It was big to have those two guys step up and jump-start us,” Nurse said.Leonard scored 10 more in the second and the Raptors led 61-52 at halftime.Redick’s 3-pointer at 8:48 of the third cut it to 68-64, but Lowry scored four points in a 10-0 Toronto run over the next two minutes. The Raptors took a 92-81 lead to the fourth.TIP-INS76ers: The 76ers made 16 turnovers, leading to 22 points for Toronto. … Philadelphia went 0 for 7 from 3-point range in the second quarter. … The 76ers had 13 offensive rebounds to Toronto’s two.Raptors: Leonard has never played on the losing team in 14 career games against Philadelphia, including four this season. … Siakam scored a career playoff-high 30 points against Orlando in Game 3 of the first round. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The only other time Toronto won a playoff series opener was 2001, when Carter’s Raptors won Game 1 of the second round at Philadelphia. Toronto lost that series in seven games.On Saturday, hot starts from Leonard and Siakam put Toronto in control early, and Lowry fuelled a pivotal 10-0 run in the third quarter that kept the Raptors comfortable.Toronto’s first bench points came on Serge Ibaka’s jump shot with 1:57 left in the third, a basket that put Toronto up 89-70. The Raptors finished with 10 bench points, seven from Ibaka and three from Fred VanVleet.Leonard and Siakam both shot 7 of 9 and scored 17 points as Toronto jumped out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter. Down 7-2 early, the Raptors immediately reclaimed the lead with a 9-0 run and went almost eight minutes without missing a shot, hitting on 13 straight from the field. Toronto was up 39-31 after one. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Raptors coach Nick Nurse said Leonard was “fun to watch.”“A big-time performance at both ends,” Nurse said. “I just like the force he’s playing with at both ends.”Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said Leonard is “leaps and bounds” ahead of the player he once coached as an assistant with San Antonio.“The variety of ways that he scored and could get his shot off on some pretty good defensive players and big athletes was incredibly impressive,” Brown said.Leonard received a standing ovation when he checked out with 3:14 to play and the Raptors up 107-88. He’s just the second player in Raptors history to eclipse 40 points in a playoff game. The other was Vnce Carter, who scored 50 against Philadelphia in Game 3 of the second round on May 11, 2001.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “Kawhi was just in the zone,” Toronto’s Kyle Lowry said. “He probably could’ve had more, but he facilitated some and made some shots.”Philadelphia’s JJ Redick called Leonard “a spectacular player.”“He’s as good as there is in the NBA at generating his own shot, and then making tough shots,” Redick said. “Clearly we need to figure out what we’re doing with him and Siakam.”Lowry had nine points and eight assists as the Raptors led by as many as 20 en route to their fifth straight postseason victory, extending a franchise record.Toronto won its 14th consecutive home meeting with Philadelphia and improved to 22-3 against the 76ers since the start of the 2013-14 season. No other opponent has beaten Philadelphia more often over the past five seasons.Tobias Harris had 14 points and 15 rebounds, and Redick scored 17 points for the 76ers, whose four-game playoff winning streak was snapped.“We’re not going home, we’re not going away,” Brown said. “We will dig in and come back better in Game 2.”Joel Embiid scored 16 points and Ben Simmons had 14. Jimmy Butler scored 10 points and shot 4 for 12.Embiid missed nine of his 13 shots in the first half. He finished 5 for 18.Toronto improved to 3-14 in the first game of a playoff series, winning an opener for the first time since a first-round victory against Washington on April 14, 2018. Now or never Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives for the layup as Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) defends during the second half of Game 1 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series, in Toronto on Saturday, April 27, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard wasn’t interested in putting up a career-high point total against the Philadelphia 76ers. Even as history beckoned, Toronto’s understated star was hoping he could take a seat on the bench.Leonard scored a career playoff-high 45 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Pascal Siakam added 29 points and the Raptors beat the 76ers 108-95 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

Minister Shaw Receives Finance Minister of the Year for the Caribbean Award

first_img In accepting the award, Minister Shaw said he was honoured and humbled that the Editorial Committee of GlobalMarkets Newspaper has selected him as the 2016 Finance Minister of the Year for the Caribbean. Story Highlights Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has been awarded Finance Minister of the Year for the Caribbean 2016, by the GlobalMarkets newspaper. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has been awarded Finance Minister of the Year for the Caribbean 2016, by the GlobalMarkets newspaper.Minister Shaw received the award at the GlobalMarkets Annual Awards Reception held at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, DC. on October 14.He was among fifteen other Finance Ministers and Governors of Banks that received awards at the event.In presenting the award, GlobalMarkets Managing Director, John Orchard said Minister Shaw was awarded for beating expectations and for being focused on growth and stability.“The results of Jamaica’s economic performance are very impressive. The fiscal performance stands out and the new administration has run a large primary surplus,” Mr. Orchard said.He added that though Mr. Shaw had a tough mandate, he had inherited the timeless task of pushing through the restoration of economic reform launched by the previous administration and necessitated by the country’s debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio.“His focus on cutting debt with an aggressive program of consolidation including overhauling the tax system and jettisoning some forty-percent of state-owned companies and to top it off, he is carrying a five percent GDP growth rate within four years. With such a performance, Minister Shaw, you are more than worthy of receiving the Finance Minister of the Year for the Caribbean award and we are more than honoured to present it to you,” Mr. Orchard stated.In accepting the award, Minister Shaw said he was honoured and humbled that the Editorial Committee of GlobalMarkets Newspaper has selected him as the 2016 Finance Minister of the Year for the Caribbean.He noted that the award is a welcome recognition of the tremendous hard work and sacrifice that the people of Jamaica have been making and an affirmation that the country’s economy is now firmly on a path to growth and wealth creation.“I am particularly heartened to receive this award, as my Government, led by Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, was only given the responsibility for the stewardship of our economy in February 2016. At that time, I was charged with the responsibility of leading the team at the Ministry of Finance on this ambitious and challenging journey of economic transformation. Without their expertise, professionalism and unwavering dedication, I would not be here accepting this award today,” Mr. Shaw stated.The Finance Minister also paid tribute to the multilateral development partners who provided Jamaica with significant support, as the country embarked on a path of reform that have further enhanced “our overall fiscal management; improved the efficiency and fairness of our tax system; and generally modernized the operations of the entire public sector.”GlobalMarkets (formerly known as Emerging Markets) is the newspaper of record at the International Monetary Fund/World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) annual meetings. Minister Shaw received the award at the GlobalMarkets Annual Awards Reception held at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, DC. on October 14. last_img read more