The influence of a minister of finance in shaping broad public policy, building sustainable health financing, and increasing efficiency in implementation and delivery of health and social services while securing fiscal and economic stability and growth were the key topics of the recently convened inaugural Ministerial Forum for Ministers of Finance, held at Harvard on April 21-25, 2013. A joint program of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), the forum was launched to bring together distinguished current and former ministers from around the world to Harvard; it will become an annual event. Twenty-one serving and former ministers from 18 countries, mostly in Africa, participated in the intensive four-day program led by senior faculty from HSPH and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) as well as AfDB technical experts.Opening the forum, HSPH Dean Julio Frenk said, “The forum provides ministers a unique opportunity for shared experiential learning in a non-political, unofficial environment.” The overall goal of the forum is to discuss fresh perspectives on the role of ministers of finance, new ideas about health financing and increasing efficiencies in the use of public funds, and the relation between investments in health and social programs and sustainable economic development. Read Full Story
Justin Kay won a fourth consecutive Deery Brothers Summer Series main event at Cedar County Raceway, and $2,000 on Saturday night. (Photo by Scott Swenson)By Mike McGuireTIPTON, Iowa (April 21) – Justin Kay continued his winning streak at Cedar County Raceway in Saturday’s 2018 Deery Brothers Summer Series opener. However, Kay needed nearly all the 50 laps of the IMCA Late Model tour main event to get the job done.“This is probably one of the tracks in the area I have some of the most laps on. It’s 25 miles from our shop and where I started 15 years ago in a 4-cylinder,” he said. “I just love that place.”Ryan Dolan jumped out to the early lead from the pole.As Dolan pulled away, the third-starting Kay and Andy Eckrich became locked in a fierce battle for second. The pair swapped the position several times before Terry Neal used the very bottom groove to work his way into second.Unfortunately, Neal’s race ended several laps later as he coasted into the infield.Kay finally managed to shake Eckrich with 10 laps to go and started to chase down the leader. He drove around Dolan with five laps to go but the yellow flag waved again a couple laps later.On the restart, Kay pulled away to the $2,000 checkers with Matt Ryan riding a late race surge to finish second. Dolan finished third, followed by Todd Cooney and Eckrich.“I really thought Neal was going to win,” said Kay. “I couldn’t get the bottom to work so I went to the top.”“The track was awesome and the car was great,” added Kay, who now has Scott Fitzpatrick heading his crew. “We’ll do a little tweaking to make it even better.”Kay had won three straight Deery events (2014-2016) at Tipton coming into the night. His Saturday checkers were his tour career 25th, putting Kay just one win behind Curt Martin and Mark Burgtorf in a tie for third on the series’ all-time wins list.Ryan won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing.The only weekend doubleheader on the 2018 schedule is next for the series, with $2,000 to win shows Saturday May 5 at Maquoketa Speedway and Sunday, May 6 at Quad City Speedway in East Moline, Ill.Feature results – 1. Justin Kay; 2. Matt Ryan; 3. Ryan Dolan; 4. Todd Cooney; 5. Andy Eckrich; 6. Chad Holladay; 7. Nick Marolf; 8. Jeremiah Hurst; 9. Andy Nezworski; 10. Jeff Tharp; 11. Joe Zrostlik; 12. Luke Merfield; 13. Chuck Hanna; 14. Kyle Hinrichs; 15. Rob Moss; 16. Tim Simpson; 17. Sam Halstead; 18. Darrel DeFrance; 19. Chad Coyne; 20. Terry Neal; 21. Joel Callahan; 22. Curt Martin; 23. Denny Eckrich; 24. Curt Schroeder.
RelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Chelsea have agreed short-term contract extensions with Pedro and Willian until the end of the season.The two wingers, officially out of contract at Stamford Bridge on June 30, cut it fine before Tuesday’s cut-off date for the extensions to be agreed. Pedro’s agreement appeared to hinge on decisions at Roma, the Italian club he has agreed to join on a free in the summer transfer window.Brazilian Willian was set to become a free agent next week when his contract expired.But following extensive talks with Chelsea coach Frank Lampard and director Marina Granovskaia on Monday and Tuesday, both Pedro and Willian have committed for a little while longer.It has been reported that Willian will not be available for Chelsea’s Champions League match against Bayern Munich in August despite being a free agent.Pedro was on the bench as Chelsea won their first Premier League match following the restart at Aston Villa on Sunday. The deadline for signing short-term contracts for the remainder of the season expires on Tuesday evening.This provision has been put in place following the COVID-19 crisis to help clubs retain those players out of contract on June 30, with the season now set to continue until August.The Blues play at home to Manchester City in the league on Thursday evening and then play Leicester City in the FA Cup this weekend.Chelsea have successfully managed to tie down forward Olivier Giroud and goalkeeper Willy Caballero on short-term arrangements until the end of the season.Chelsea’s final Premier League match of the season will be on July 26 but they could also be in the FA Cup final scheduled for August 1. Tags: ChelseaEnglish Premier LeaguePedroShort Term DealsWillian