OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The latest monthly survey of bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states indicates a shrinking rural economy, and three-quarters of bankers said President Donald Trump’s trade policies are having a negative effect on their local economies.The Rural Mainstreet survey released Thursday shows the its overall index falling from an already anemic 50.2 in July to 46.5 this month. Any score below 50 indicates a shrinking economy.Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey, says trade tensions “are driving growth lower for areas of the region with close ties to agriculture.” Goss also noted that despite negative consequences from tariffs, nearly 7 of 10 bank CEOS surveyed support either raising or continuing the Trump administration’s current tariffs.Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.
By J. Burgess CarterNational Elections Commission Chairman Jerome Korkoya has assured Plenary of the Senate that names and photos of all legally registered Liberians will be on the final registration roll, therefore there was no need for alarm.The embattled NEC boss said his commission has resolved to conduct one of the best elections in recent history and noted that what is currently happening with regard to the voters’ registration exhibition does not amount to massive irregularities as is being perceived by some citizens.Chairman Korkoya asserted that the most important component of every election worldwide is getting voters’ registration because if the voters’ registration has a problem, it is likely the election process will also have a problem. He warned that what is happening now is not unique to Liberia. “Elections the world over are never one hundred percent problem-free, but we assure the citizenry that we will do everything to avoid errors that can undermine the credibility of the process.”The appearance of the NEC boss in the Senate Chambers was prompted by a letter from Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper, who informed his colleagues of reports of massive irregularities in the elections process, especially the just-ended nationwide voters’ registration roll exhibition.During the marathon hearing attended by 21 Senators, Cllr. Korkoya disclosed that the Commission has so far received 13,000 complaints from individuals whose names or photos did not appear on the registration roll; but clarified that although the names of those individuals did not officially appear, the Commission’s database has already made the necessary corrections.He maintained that his recent statement assuring that legally registered Liberians who possess voter cards with names, not on the voters roll will be allowed to vote was made because it was not a major issue that could not be corrected.“Let me emphasize that you will get nothing short of free, fair, transparent and credible elections; there is no problem that cannot be resolved,” Korkoya assured the Plenary.Before being discharged by Plenary, Cllr. Korkoya further assured them that magistrates at the various NEC Centers are working around the clock to ensure that when the final voters roll is exhibited, names and photos of every registered Liberian voter will be available for the process of voting.Meanwhile, both Senator Cooper and Cllr. Korkoya, who appeared to have kicked off the proceedings, seemed to have resolved their misgivings, with the Margibi lawmaker admonishing the NEC boss to live up to his assurances of free and credible elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – NEC chairman, Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya
“He’s on a five-year contract. He must stay. PSG shows that it can attract the big stars.”Neymar became the world’s most expensive footballer after his transfer to PSG last August from Barcelona for a whopping fee of 222 million euros.He won the French player of the year prize this season despite a foot injury meaning he has not featured for the Parisian club since the end of February.There has been constant speculation that the 26-year-old’s stay in the French capital could be a short one, with Real Madrid linked to a move for the Brazilian.PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi has insisted, however, that he was “2,000 percent” sure Neymar would play at PSG next season, something the player himself has yet to confirm.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000French football “needs” Neymar, according to the country’s federation president Noel Le Graet, who said the Brazilian star “must stay” at Paris Saint-Germain © AFP/File / MAURO PIMENTELPARIS, France, May 30 – French football “needs” Neymar, according to the country’s federation president Noel Le Graet, who said the Brazilian star “must stay” at Paris Saint-Germain.“We need this image, he’s a fantastic footballer,” Le Graet told AFP Wednesday.