The IMF has marked up its forecast for economic growth in The

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 8, 2018 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Peter Turnquest said in line with the brighter economic outlook globally and especially in the U.S., the International Monetary Fund has marked up its forecast for economic growth in The Bahamas.“Real growth in 2018 is now forecast at 2.5 per cent, up from 2.2 per cent at the time of the last Budget.  For 2019, the forecast calls for growth on the order of 2.2 per cent,” the DPM said during his Contribution to the 2017/18 Mid-Year Budget Debate in the House of Assembly, Wednesday, March 7, 2018.He said this outlook reflects projected modest growth in tourism sector output, due in part to the sustained improvement in key source markets and in light of the multi-billion Baha Mar resort becoming fully operational.  In addition, DPM Turnquest said construction activity should be supported by a number of varied-scale foreign investment projects in both the capital and the Family Islands.“In this environment, employment conditions are expected to continue to gradually improve while inflationary pressures should continue to be well contained over the near-term, as international oil prices remain relatively low.”He said as for monetary sector developments, the Central Bank expects continued high levels of bank liquidity to be a dominant feature.  “As well, credit conditions are likely to remain subdued, while bank arrears and non-performing loans should continue their downward trajectory, underpinned mainly by additional asset sales and ongoing loan recovery efforts.The DPM said further, banks are projected to stay highly capitalised, thereby mitigating any threats to financial sector stability.He also noted that developments in respect of external reserves are expected to depend heavily on factors such as the performance of foreign exchange earning sectors, international crude oil price developments and the Government’s financing activities.DPM Turnquest added, “However, external reserve indicators are likely to remain above international benchmarks during the year.   At the end of January, external reserves totalled $1,460.5 million, equivalent to 5.5 months of total merchandise imports and well above the benchmark of three months.” Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

San Diego Humane Society Cal Coast Credit Union discuss Walk for Animals

first_imgSan Diego Humane Society, Cal Coast Credit Union discuss Walk for Animals KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A chihuahua is looking for a forever home this morning.Joining KUSI from San Diego Humane Society with how you can adopt Ren is Dariel Walker.Also joining KUSI is Cal Coast Cares, one of the largest teams for our Walk for Animals coming up on May 4.For more info on Ren: https://bit.ly/2IMrkQyFor more info on the Walk for Animals: https://bit.ly/2KPCPJq Posted: April 20, 2019 April 20, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

NEET 2018 Examinees raise voice against Bengali question paper

first_imgKolkata: Almost half of the total questions of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2018, which were translated into Bengali, were either full of errors or there was ambiguity in the questions.NEET is the national level medical entrance examination. The exam has been conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) across the country on Sunday. Over 59,000 candidates from Bengal appeared for the examination at 99 centres across the state. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe students who wrote their answer papers with Bengali as the medium, have become upset as there were errors or ambiguity in almost 50 percent of the questions. It was also alleged that in some cases, there was no proper Bengali translation. In another allegation, around 83 students out of 600 appearing for NEET at Kendriya Vidyalaya Cossipore received question paper one hour after the examination started, triggering chaos at the exam centre.The exam was conducted on three subjects – Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Biology carries 90 questions while Physics and Chemistry carry 45 questions each. There are 4 marks for each question, taking the total marks of the examination to 720. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe students from the state who failed to answer the questions properly after opting for Bengali as the medium, are confused over the basis they will be evaluated on, or whether the national level board that carries out the examination, will take the responsibility of the alleged mistakes. It can also be mentioned here that only around 3,000 medical aspirants from Bengal appeared for this year’s examination in vernacular, while in the previous year the number stood at 34,000. According to a revelation, around 97.48 percent of MBBS seats across the country had been bagged by the candidates, who appeared for NEET with English as the medium of examination, in 2017. Meanwhile, only 2.52 percent of medical seats were secured by candidates answering their paper in vernacular languages.In the previous year also, there was a furor over the standard of the question paper in most vernacular languages, with the medical aspirants from Bengal and from some other states alleging that their questions were much harder than the ones in English and Hindi.Initially, the Centre had tried to conduct the examination in English, Hindi and some other languages. It was stated that students opting for Bengali as the medium would not be able to compete in all India seats and they have to appear only for the state quota seats. As Bengali was opted out, the state government had urged the Centre to allow the students to appear for the examination in Bengali. The experts had also demanded that all the regional languages, including Bengali, must be treated at par with Hindi and English.Dr A K Maity, an expert in the field of medical education in the country, said: “The Centre has been trying to bulldoze the sentiments of Bengali medium students. The CBSE cannot shed their responsibility in this manner and it must look into the matter with utmost seriousness. The brilliant Bengali medium students will not be able become doctors if this continues. The Bengali medium schools will be on the verge of extinction.”last_img read more