Sea Erosion Threatens Buchanan

first_imgResidents of the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, are worried that sea erosion continues to threaten them, despite the intervention made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and partners in the fencing of some parts of the area.According to the residents, the sea erosion has caused a relocation of many people, including business people who were engaged in providing other services to the residents of the area.   They believe that more intervention is needed to rescue the people and the city from the sea erosion.During the training several facilitators made presentations on key issues of concern on environmental reporting.The three-day training brought together media practitioners and environmental experts, including Benjamin S. Karmorh, EPA coordinator for climate change enabling activities; Abraham Tumbey, technical director, Green Consultancy; Prof. James Wolo, an environmental journalist who talked about environmental reporting techniques;   and Urias Goll from NOCAL.“The sea erosion has contributed to the lack of safe drinking water, latrines and the issue of the low economic activities, including the increase in price of commodities,” some residents of Buchanan told the Daily Observer.  “The erosion has also contributed to constant defecation on the beach by men, women and children due to lack of public latrines.”Environmentalists say this environmental pollutions need quick intervention to help save  the people of the Bassa and the city, or else it could lead to total devastation of homes and lives,  especially for those at Atlantic, Robert and Church Streets.Many women said they have also been forced to use the house during the day for defecation and dumping it at night in the sea, which they described as sad for many of them and the children.“We are calling on the government and partners to seriously help us in controlling of the sea now. People are living here in total fear due to the proximity of the water, which could sweep  away their homes anytime from now.”One of the residents of Atlantic Street further disclosed that scientists informed them in the 1980s that if nothing were done about the sea erosion early, they would be affected in time to come.Providing journalists with an update during the field trip on the intervention made by the EPA, Benjamin S. Karmorh said the EPA had begun the process of fencing the affected area on Atlantic Street, as a pilot project, costing US$3M.According to him, the EPA had received a green light of US$2 million from partners for the pilot project.Mr. Karmorh is calling on journalists to take interest in reporting on climate change and environmental issues that would help in finding  solutions to the sea erosion and other effects of climate change in the area and elsewhere in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Authorities tracking escaped inmate

first_imgCASTAIC – Authorities have spread their net from Bakersfield to the Mexican border in the search for an inmate who ran off from an outdoor work assignment at Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic. Roberto Alvarez, 32, was convicted of a drug charge and was scheduled to serve four years in prison when he escaped at noon Monday from the county jail complex, authorities said. Since Alvarez is long gone from Pitchess, the search has been passed on to the Sheriff’s Department major crimes bureau. “Suffice to say we’ve been going round-the-clock since that escape and the entire bureau has been on what’s called a 12-and-12,” said Lt. Paul Sylvia of the bureau. More than 200 deputies participated Monday in the search in and around the jail complex, Rodriguez said. Alvarez is the first inmate to escape this year from Pitchess. There was one escape last year and four in 2005, Rodriguez said. Ninety percent of inmates who have escaped or been released by accident are eventually found, although it may take weeks or months, Sylvia said. The U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement placed a hold on Alvarez, so he was scheduled for a deportation hearing after serving his sentence. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! That means 25 members of the bureau work the first 12 hours of the day and 25 members work the next 12 hours, with additional staff members doing computer and warrant service work, Sylvia said. That will soon taper off, and deputies have also been working other cases while they have been looking for Alvarez, Sylvia said. The hunt for Alvarez has extended from Bakersfield to the border with Mexico, and has involved interviews and searches, Sylvia said. Alvarez was convicted Feb. 26 of selling or transporting a controlled substance. He was scheduled to be picked up by the California Department of Corrections and taken to prison. Alvarez on Monday was doing landscape maintenance around a river bed when he escaped, said sheriff’s Cmdr. Don Rodriguez, who is in charge of the Castaic jail complex. Deputies found the top of his jail uniform by a helipad, and bloodhounds tracked his scent to a road by the northern part of the jail complex. last_img read more

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MAN BROUGHT HAMMER TO BAR AND BEAT VICTIM AROUND HEAD

first_imgA Ballybofey man viciously attacked a man with a claw hammer in a bar and then threw the weapon in the River Finn.Robert ‘Rab’ Connell walked casually into Junction 15 on May 16th last and proceeded to batter Damian Woods around the head in front of his hysterical girlfriend.Connell, 46, hit his victim five times in the head in front of a number of other patrons. He was then wrestled off the victim and he ran out a side door of the bar and threw the attack weapon in the nearby River Finn.He then rushed home and put his blood-soaked clothing in his washing machine to clean them.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how he thought Mr Woods was one of a number of men who had previously attacked him and beat him up at Drumboe Woods.Mr Woods was rushed to hospital and had to receive 28 stiches for various wounds to his head and also suffered a fractured skull.Connell, of 2 Sessiagh View, said he had never planned to attack Woods but had been on his way to get a Chinese meal.He had been drinking and smoking herbal cannabis and just happened to look inside Junction 15 bar and saw Woods in there.Connell said he had been thinking of “yer man’ and decided to take a hammer to town with him up his sleeve.Judge John O’Hagan said this was a savage attack and noted that 90% of offences in Donegal are Section 3 Non Fatal assaults.“Mr Connell wants me to believe that he went to town and just happened to have a hammer and just happened to meet Mr Woods.“He didn’t like the area and needed a hammer for his protection. That’s a tall one to accept“People fore themselves up on drink and drugs and think they are the rulers of the world and think they can do what they want but, I’m sorry, they can’t,” he saidJudge O’Hagan told O’Hagan he would be facing three years in jail if he had not pleaded guilty.He remanded him in custody until Friday to make a decision on his sentence.* Donegaldaily.com – keeping you in touch with all that’s happening in the courts.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.MAN BROUGHT HAMMER TO BAR AND BEAT VICTIM AROUND HEAD was last modified: November 9th, 2011 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:attackBallybofeyHAMMERJUNCTION 15ROBERT CONNELLlast_img read more

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OCHS comes up short against Sunny Hills

first_imgONTARIO – Adam Hutter’s 52-yard field-goal attempt with four seconds remaining sailed wide right and the Ontario Christian Knights fell short 31-29 to Fullerton Sunny Hills on Friday in a hard fought, entertainig contest. “We kept fighting despite playing a team that was more physical than we were,” Ontario Christian coach Chris Stevens said. Lance Cromer’s 3-yard toss to Mike Trabbie with 25 seconds remaining cut the deficit to two points. On the ensuing kickoff, Kyle Jasper recovered an onside kick giving the Knights (4-1) one last gasp after taking over on the 35-yard line. Cromer’s three passes to the end zone were denied by Lancer defenders setting up the potential game-winning attempt by Hutter. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Ontario Christian had plenty of opportunities to win and looked to put the game away when they took a 22-19 lead when Cromer hit Hutter for a 3-yard TD at 9:33 in the fourth. But Sunny Hills’ David Gully was the thorn in Ontario Christian’s side as he punched in a 1-yard score at 6:19 in the fourth that turned out to be the eventual game winner. The Knights’ undoing could be aimed at the three fumbles that came on three drives in which the offense appeared to be running smoothly. “We just had too many costy fumbles, and that really hurt us. But my kids showed plenty of heart and we can take that same heart going in to next week’s contest”, Stevens said. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Grand View fined before

first_imgGLENDALE – The operators of Grand View Memorial Park – where state officials found the cremated remains of some 4,000 people in storage rooms, a trash bin, on the floor and mixed with other remains – were fined $52,200 in 1998 and 1999 for poor record-keeping at their crematory, records released Tuesday show. The state Consumer Affairs Department has also received nine complaints from residents about the cemetery since 2001 that were investigated but couldn’t be corroborated. Also, in 2004, the operators of Grand View received a warning letter for failing to maintain cemetery markers in an acceptable condition. “Obviously, now they’re in more serious trouble,” said Consumer Affairs spokesman Kevin Flanagan. “Apparently they have not set their house in order.” Department of Consumer Affairs officials made the discovery during a routine inspection last month. In addition to misplaced remains, they found that other remains had no records and could not be identified. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Also, cemetery President Marsha Lee Howard, secretary Moshe Goldsman and two trustees were accused of reselling graves that had been previously sold and had “loaned” themselves $40,000 from the cemetery’s endowment care fund, set up for perpetual maintenance, according to the administrative suspension order. Cemetery operators have been ordered not to sell new graves, and Howard, who lives on the property, was removed from day-to-day operations. An administrative hearing to resolve the issue has been scheduled for Jan. 3. Howard and Goldsman did not return calls seeking comment Tuesday. Howard’s Woodland Hills attorney, Myles Mattenson, declined to comment. Former co-worker Mike Steen said he knew Howard 25 years ago when she was at Pacific View Memorial Park in Newport Beach. “I always found her to be helpful, knowledgeable and friendly,” he said. “I was very supportive of her when she got the job at Grand View. I thought it was a good fit.” But John A. Oliver of West Hills worked as a driver in 2004 with Howard. He said there weren’t enough gurneys, so sometimes bodies had to be transported on the floorboards of vans. He had only one gurney assigned to him and was directed to stack two bodies on top of each other to transport them between the hospital and the mortuary, a method he said he opposed because he thought it was inhumane. When he complained, he said, Howard and others told him, “Just do what you have to do to get the job done. What the mortuary clients and the general public don’t see won’t hurt them.” He said he was fired because management found out he wanted to start his own transport company because he didn’t approve of the way Grand View transported bodies. He said he filed an official complaint with the Consumer Affairs Department about his allegations Nov. 6. He hadn’t received a response as of Tuesday. “I am disgusted,” he said. “I am embarrassed and I am ashamed that I was subjected to having to take part in such an inhumane practice.” Joanne Morrow of Springdale, Ark., complained to Consumer Affairs in 2004 about poor maintenance on the grounds. She said when she visited the site in October 2004 to see the graves of family and friends buried there throughout the years, grass had grown over the grave markers, and she had a hard time finding some of them. “It was in terrible shape,” she said in a phone interview. “They were all grown over. I told the women in the office there, and they said that someone was trimming the grass as we spoke. But there was no one working in that cemetery. I was furious.” Her letter prompted an investigation by the state’s Cemetery and Funeral Bureau, which issued a warning letter to Howard, threatening disciplinary action because officials “failed to maintain the cemetery in an acceptable condition by allowing markers to sink into the ground and failing to repair broken cement barriers,” according to a copy of the letter. The unannounced inspection by the Consumer Affairs Department was the first conducted at Grand View since a new law authorizing the practice was put into place about 18 months ago, officials said. Prior to the new law, department officials conducted inspections only after they received a complaint. In response to the case, residents who have loved ones buried in Grand View filed a lawsuit alleging that remains were removed from graves, grave-site markers were discarded and graves meant for one person were used for multiple burials. “The new revelations don’t surprise me,” said Los Angeles attorney Mike Arias, who said more than 100 residents have called his law firm since the story broke Nov. 4. “It only adds insult to injury.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 jason.kandel@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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OUTRAGE AS RUBBISH LEFT STREWN ACROSS SCENIC DONEGAL VILLAGE

first_imgSome of the rubbish dumped in Kincasslagh todayLocals in Kincasslagh have expressed their fury after bags of rubbish were dumped along the side of the road of the seaside village.Locals were left to clean up the mess, with those responsible leaving empty bottles and cans scattered across the road.Some of the rubbish dumped in Kincasslagh today.Bags of rubbish dumped at the side of the road, were then torn open and the waste inside those bags were dragged all over the road leaving a huge mess. Unfortunately it would seem that this illegal act of dumping is not an isolated incident in the area.Locals say that every year during the July 12th Bank Holiday Weekend an influx of tourists visiting the village for the weekend always leave a mess behind them.One local that sent us in the pictures of the dumping told Donegal Daily that they blamed visitors for the rubbish.“Every year it’s the same, they come down for the weekend and just dump their rubbish. “They’ve no regard for anybody, they don’t care who has to clean it up, they just want rid of it and dump it anywhere they see fit.“We welcome them coming down to our village, it’s great for the local economy but it leaves a bad taste in the mouth when you see the mess they leave and the disregard some of them have for locals.” OUTRAGE AS RUBBISH LEFT STREWN ACROSS SCENIC DONEGAL VILLAGE was last modified: July 14th, 2014 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:donegalKINCASSLAGHrubbishlast_img read more

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Motorists warned to take care following reports of cars sliding off icy roads

first_imgIcy conditions this morning have rendered roads across Donegal perilous. Several instances of cars leaving the road have been reported this morning in Fintown, Inishowen, and Ballybofey. No injuries have been reported from these incidents.A yellow weather warning for snow and ice is currently in place by Met Éireann, and is valid until tomorrow morning. It is forecast that the frosty conditions will remain throughout the day, with highs of 3 to 6 degrees. Wintry showers of rain, hail, sleet and snow are expected, as well as blustery conditions around coastal areas.It is expected to freeze again tonight with lowest temperatures between plus 1 to minus 1 degrees, and frost will settle in spite of the wind.Gardaí are asking motorists to slow down as temperatures dip.“Lower temperatures will mean roads may be icy. It takes longer to stop a vehicle in snow or on icy roads so Slow Down, allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front,” a Garda spokesperson says. Donegal County Council gritters have been out since 6 am on major routes. The Council asks that motorists “assume that no road is ice-free.”For further road updates, you can follow Donegal County Council Roads on Twitter @RoadsDCC.Motorists warned to take care following reports of cars sliding off icy roads was last modified: November 25th, 2017 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:donegalDonegal County CouncilGardaiiceROADSsnowlast_img read more

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Diversions in place following mini-bus crash

first_imgThere are reports of a number of casualties following a serious crash on the Glenveagh Road outside Termon this evening.The accident between a mini-bus and at least one other car took place just before 9pm.The number of people involved in the crash has not yet been established. A number of ambulances have attended the scene of the crash which is close to the Mountain Bar at Drumteevan.It is not known how serious the injuries are of those involved in the crash.Gardai are at the scene and diversions are in place.We will bring you more on this breaking story as we get it. Latest: A spokesman for the emergency services confirmed that nobody has been seriously injured in the crash.The incident involved a mini-bus and two cars and a number of people sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision.Diversions in place following mini-bus crash was last modified: May 16th, 2018 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:crashGlenveagh RoadMountain BarTermonlast_img read more

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Darwin’s New Terror: Islamic Creationism

first_imgThe Darwinists must be feel like victims of a pincer strategy.  After years of hassling with American creationists and the Intelligent Design movement in the west, here come the Muslims on the east.  A couple of recent reports express the uneasiness evolutionists feel over the rise of anti-Darwin sentiments in Turkey and other parts of the Muslim world.    The current rise of tensions started in 2007 when Adnan Oktar (a.k.a. Harun Yahya) sent an “unsolicited gift” to schools all over Europe: a lavishly illustrated 850-page Atlas of Creation attacking Darwinism (06/22/2007, 05/22/2008, bullet 2).  “The atlas was a timely notice that, although the last couple of decades have seen an increasing confrontation over the teaching of evolution in the United States, the next major battle over evolution is likely to take place in the Muslim world,” said Salmon Hameed (Hampshire College) in Science this week.1    Hameed said Muslims have no consensus about evolutionary theory, but many distrust it because they feel it encourages atheism.  They tend to have a wider range of beliefs about creation than Bible-believing Christians.  But “Relatively poor education standards, in combination with frequent misinformation about evolutionary ideas, make the Muslim world a fertile ground for rejection of the theory,” he said. The essay was echoed in Live Science.    Hameed said the Koran is less clear about creation than the Bible, leading to differences of interpretation:Just as there is no monolithic Islam, there is no “official” opinion on evolution.  There are indeed verses in the Koran that talk about the creation of the universe and of the living beings on Earth, but specific details are often not laid out.  For example, the Koranic narrative of creation includes a 6-day account of creation.  The length of each day, however, is not clearly specified.  One day has been defined as “a thousand years of what you count” (32:5) or as “a day the measure of which is fifty thousand years” (70:4).  The resulting ambiguity leaves open the possibility of a very old Earth.  Indeed, young-Earth creationism is wholly absent in the Muslim world, and a universe billions of years old is commonly accepted.  On biological evolution, Islamic scholars and popular writers hold a wide range of opinions that represent a broad spectrum of culture and politics, from secular Turkey to the conservative monarchy of Saudi Arabia and the Muslim diasporas in Europe and in the United States.Muslims have a history of accepting the idea of common descent dating back to medieval times, he said.  Today, though, fewer Muslims in Turkey, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and Malaysia accept Darwin’s theory than Americans – even though their textbooks often present evolution as a fact, and their religious instruction does not often dispute it.  Depending on what the respondents understood by the word evolution, Hameed felt “These results paint a depressing picture.”    Hameed further worried that better education, the internet and news about U.S. controversies over evolution are provoking Muslims to ask questions about Islam’s position on evolution.  Citing Yahya as the loudest voice in the debate in the Islamic world, Hameed argued that scientists cannot leave the initiative with the Muslim Creationists.  “Now is the time that these ideas are going to be solidified,” he warned.  “We can shape it.  There are positive ways to shape these ideas in which we can avert a mass rejection of evolution.”  For instance, “efforts that link evolution with atheism will cut short the dialogue, and a vast majority of Muslims will reject evolution.”  He suggested fomenting respect for science in general.1.  Salmon Hameed, “Bracing for Islamic Creationism,” Science, 12 December 2008: Vol. 322. no. 5908, pp. 1637-1638, DOI: 10.1126/science.1163672.Hameed claimed that Yahya got most of his material from ICR and the Intelligent Design movement.  Notice the one-way traffic.  This seems to indicate that few Islamic scholars have taken interest in studying the issue.    Dogmatism is not going to help the Darwin Party win this one.  LiveScience declared the statement “human beings developed from earlier species of animals” a “scientific fact.”  Saying something is a fact doesn’t make it so.  And playing your cards to hide connections between atheism and Darwinism is strategy, not scholarship.    Assuming Hameed is knowledgeable about the Koran, he said that the references to creation therein are ambiguous and subject to various interpretations regarding the antiquity of the earth and the means of creation.  The Bible is very clear.  This list of references leaves no doubt: creation ex nihilo is unambiguously affirmed by Moses, Joshua, David, Solomon, the godly kings of Judah, Ezra, Daniel, Isaiah and the other prophets, Jesus, Peter, John, Paul and the entirety of Scripture.  God did not create by means of a slow and gradual evolutionary process.  He spoke the world and its creatures into existence by His fiat command (Psalm 33).    If this were a debate over which religious text to trust vs. the authority of “science” (read, the Big Science institutional consensus), it could well result in endless warfare between fallible human beings who weren’t there at the beginning and don’t know everything.  Actually, the evidence from natural revelation (article) is sufficient for any individual willing to look at nature and listen to his or her conscience.  Paul (Romans 1, Acts 14, Acts 17), John (John 1) and David (Psalm 8, Psalm 19) said that the evidence for God is so crystal clear, people have no excuse: escaping the evidence requires running for cover.  Paul further elaborated that the revelation is sufficient to reveal the nature of God and His attributes.  This means that not just any god or intelligent designer will do: there is only One, who through His Son Jesus Christ, “lights every man that comes into the world” (John 1:9).  The problem is that people run from the light (John 10:1-18, John 3:16-21).    Truth propagation does not require an Inquisition, an Islamic Jihad or a Darwinist Propaganda Strategy.  The Darwin Party and religious institutions should leave off the strategizing and tactical warfare, and just encourage people to shut up, open their eyes and ears, and listen to that revelation from their Maker that permeates creation and conscience.  Shining brighter is the light of His word: “Thy Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105); “The entrance of Thy Word gives light; it gives understanding to the simple” (v. 130).  And now that the perfect light that was prophesied has come (Matthew 4:13-17), the Light of the World, we have all the light we need, and can shed its warmth to others (Matthew 5:14-16).  The light God gives brings love, joy, peace, humility, wisdom and understanding.  Light received brings more light.  Light rejected brings darkness.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Inflation targeting to stay: Mboweni

first_imgMboweni highlighted that the SARB monetary policy would continue to try to rein in inflation through a forward looking system of inflation targeting. While there was a fair amount of agreement on the goals being pursued, an array of opinions existed on the best way in which to achieve these goals, he said. The inflation rate breached the Reserve Bank’s 3% – 6% target band for the 15th time in June 2008. Source: BuaNews Government support 6 August 2008 He said that the mandate of the central bank was to target inflation and not to focus on economic growth as part of a dual mandate, which, for example, the United States Federal Reserve employed. “We are better off with inflation targeting for the moment so let us stick with it,” Mboweni told reporters and students at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Since 2006, the SARB’s Monetary Policy Committee has announced 10 interest rate hikes – a total raise in the interest rate of 5% – in an effort to halt ever-rising consumer inflation, which topped 11.6% in June 2008. He explained that the government cooperated with the central bank through minimising its account deficit, and by keeping municipal, electricity and public health care tariffs at appropriate levels. South Africa must continue to employ forward-looking inflation targeting in order to deal with current inflationary pressures, says South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Governor Tito Mboweni. Inflation targeting, Mboweni said, enhanced cooperation and coordination between the government and the central bank, adding that inflation targeting was dependent on government playing their part. “Even if the government had not specified a mandate for the central bank, the SARB would still be pursuing low inflation. I do not know a central bank which isn’t pursuing low inflation [no matter what their mandate is],” he said. All eyes will be on the MPC in the coming two weeks, to see whether the committee will leave rates unchanged or even decrease rates, after better than expected producer inflation figures for June 2008.last_img read more

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