World Bank approves $570mn for Bangladesh

World Bank, Bangladesh

The World Bank has approved $570 million for two projects in Bangladesh to improve health, nutrition and population services and strengthen the country’s public procurement.

The $515 million Health Sector Support Project will strengthen the country’s health system and improve quality and coverage of essential service delivery, with a focus on Sylhet and Chittagong divisions, Xinhua news agency reported.

Key health indicators are below national average in Sylhet and Chittagong, said the Washington-based lender in a statement on Saturday.

The $55 million Digitizing Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement Project will help Bangladesh improve public procurement performance, including its capacity to monitor implementation of development projects and programmes using digital technology, it said.

Bangladesh spends over $7 billion a year on public procurement, which constitutes about 70 per cent of the annual development programme.

According to the bank, the Health Sector Support Project aims to increase the number of mothers receiving quality delivery care in public health facilities to at least 146,000 mothers annually in the two regions.

It will also provide basic immunization to nearly five million children.

“The World Bank and the government have been working together for years to improve the health sector and public procurement performance,” said Qimiao Fan, World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal.

“These two projects will help further progress towards better health outcomes and optimal use of public resources through an effective public procurement and monitoring system. This will benefit the entire nation and support Bangladesh’s journey to becoming an upper middle-income country,” he said.




Wheelchair rugby league: Wales threaten to leave pitch at World Cup

Wheelchair rugby league

Wales’ wheelchair rugby league side are threatening to leave the pitch in their final World Cup match if flash photography takes place after one of their players suffered seizures.

Wales say Harry Jones suffered a seizure in two previous games because of flash photography.

They are scheduled for a fifth-placed play-off game versus Spain on Thursday.

“Harry has been carried off on a stretcher because of photography,” Wales manager Mark Andrew Jones said.

Banning flash photography is not a competition rule at the rugby league World Cup but Wales requested to tournament bosses that announcements be made to both the crowd and photographers.

Wales boss Jones says they are pushing for it to be brought in as a rule in future tournaments.

“There are announcements and posters at every game regarding flash photography. We now remove the team from the pitch until it’s sorted,” he said.

“Harry has photo sensitive epilepsy and flash photography can affect him quite badly, to the point of a seizure.

“We made the organisers aware we would request no flash photography and the organisers have been helpful in trying to make that happen.

“It is not a rule, but Wales rugby league will take it up with international bodies to make it a rule not to use flash photography in the future.

“If we see flash photography, the Wales team will come off the pitch until the problem is sorted.

“If you had seen the condition Harry was in, you would not see that as a drastic measure… it is all about player safety.”

England play in the final of the rugby league World Cup on Friday.

Where in the world is former The Bachelor Blake Garvey?

Blake Garvey was The Bachelor in 2014With The Bachelor returning to screens tonight, this time with lovable rogue Matty Johnson as the protagonist, it gets fans wondering about the ones who have gone before.

There’s no missing season one’s Tim Robards and his fiance Anna Heinrich with their Insta-boasting.

Sam Wood and Snezana Markoski, who starred on season three, arguably the nation’s favourite The Bachelor pairing, are also engaged and due to welcome a baby girl in September.

There has been a question mark hanging over the relationship status of season four’s Richie Strahan and his chosen one, Alex Nation, for the last few months.

That leaves season two’s Blake Garvey, 34, forever known as the Bachelor who proposed on national television and then dumped his fiancee before the finale even had a chance to air.

After an emotional Sam Frost, 28, appeared on national televisionsaying she felt “confused” and “played” and like he had taken that special moment of being engaged away from her, Garvey was dubbed the “most hated man in Australia”.

But it didn’t stop his tell-all interview with Woman’s Day in which he declared his love for the second runner-up, Louise Pillidge.

The topless waiter-turned-strip club owner-turned-auctioneer-turned-reality TV star attempted a rebrand by appearing on Celebrity Apprentice, but found no joy and was the second star to be fired by Mark Bouris — preceded only by a Gabi Grecko — after a heated boardroom exchange with Richard Reid, who called him the “biggest pretender on Earth,” before describing him as “manipulative, cunning and passive aggressive” and suggesting he was only on the show to try and stay in the spotlight.

The final straw for the public seemed to come when he appeared, again, on a magazine cover alongside Pillidge to announce their split, alongside a solemn-looking photoshoot, wherein Garvey “fought back tears” to reveal that he did the dumping.

Feeling hard done by the public backlash and Ten allegedly trying to distance itself from him, he deleted his social media presence last year, in a bid to leave his The Bachelor title behind and live out his days in the Perth real estate industry.

Formerly of LJ Hooker North Beach, Perth, he set up Elite Auctions, which promise to bring “quality and flair” to every auction.

“He has put the message out there that he doesn’t want to be contacted,” a source close to him told Fairfax Media.

Amber Gelinas, 29, who one of the 25 women to compete for Garvey’s heart on season two, has not seen him since.

“Blake never really tickled my fancy to begin with so staying in touch post-production didn’t really seem necessary to me,” she said.

“Since his split with Louise he’s pretty much dropped off the map. Maybe the whole being, ‘Australia’s most hated man’ thing really got to him?”

Fairfax Media asked Blake Garvey for comment but he did not respond.


India chasing 229 to beat England in Women’s Cricket World Cup final – live!

Anya Shrubsole celebrates after bowling Smrtri Mandhana.

25th over: India 92-2 (Punam 39, Harmanpreet 32). Sciver brought back to replace Marsh. Keeps Punam honest, a decent shout for leg before. It’s going down, and then quickly realise that and don’t review. Mel Jones on radio complimentary of Sarah Taylor’s influence in preventing any wild referrals. Four singles, including another Punam ramp. We’re at the half-way mark. England were 103-3. Don’t yell at me, I know this means nothing. I’m just sharing.

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