As Liberia begins an unusually introspective line up of activities marking this year’s Independence Day, Catholic Archbishop Lewis Zeigler has stated that Liberians have to individually reflect and divert from activities that have negative impact on the country.Speaking in an exclusive interview following the National Intercessory Prayer service on Sunday, July 20, Archbishop Zeigler said every Liberian is responsible for the wrong in the society and not just a single group or person.According to the Catholic Archbishop, Liberians are quick to take advantage of situation to do what will harm their fellowmen, and if the country is to go in the desirable direction that people yearn for, each individual should see reason to examine himself/herself and stop pointing finger at another person.Making reference to the current financial crisis facing the country, the Liberian prelate said Liberians are deliberately inflicting prices of locally and imported commodities in the country and attributing it to high exchange rate between the Liberian and US dollars.He noted that corruption though is endemic here, individual Liberian is responsible and should not point at only those in positions.The Liberian dollar is depreciating against the United States dollar with the current rate standing at 87L$ to 1US$, after reaching 92L$ last week.As the rate increases, prices of locally produced commodities and services increase likewise. Businesspeople and service providers attribute the increase in prices to the rate.As a result of this economic condition, L$5, which is the smallest denomination, can no longer purchase anything substantial.Destinations to which commuters paid L$10 before now cost L$20 and above.Archbishop Zeigler, who is renowned for preaching against societal ills, told this paper that while laws are there for people to obey, they (people) tend to do their own things to the detriment of the rule of law.He stressed that it takes each person’s contribution in the society to make the country the way Liberians want it, noting, “We have to individually examine ourselves and clear off our own faults before pointing at others for theirs.”Commenting on the reason for the declaration that this year’s Independence Day is to be characterized by intercessory prayers in churches and mosques, Archbishop Zeigler said it was necessary that Liberians pray because strange disasters, including the deadly Ebola disease, are springing up in the country, and no one knows why such things are happening.He disclosed things happen to serve as signs for certain things God wants people to change, and as such Liberians should see the current events as warnings and have the consciousness to change.Archbishop Lewis Zeigler has over the last year spoken against the increase in homosexual and lesbian activities in Liberia and said it was against God’s will. At the same time he spoke against the rampant corruption in government and private places, which he noted was causing many Liberians to face poverty.He intoned that the declaration for national intercessory prayer was expedient because Liberians, being a people with different ways of life from other peoples of the world, need God’s intervention to rescue them.This year’s Independence Day celebration will be characterized by prayers. The will be no parties or receptions as is customary.Government had earlier suggested the program to be held in Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties, as other counties had hosted the celebration in previous years. The plan was cancelled, however, due to the spread of Ebola.Over the last fees weeks, Liberians including former Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods had suggested the day be observed as a national prayer day to seek God’s intervention in upholding the peace of the country, as vices such as corruption have become rampant.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
After a year of dispute among the stakeholders of Nimba County which stalled most of the development initiatives including works on the feeder roads, the county authority has once again begun rehabilitating feeder roads at three different locations in Nimba.The new phase of the works was launched in three different localities including Gbehlay Geh, specifically Karnplay; Zoe Geh and the Tappita Districts respectively.The road works are expected to continue for rest of the year until all affected areas are touched, according to Nimba Project Management Committee acting chair Edwin Tinwah.In Gbehlay Geh District, northern Nimba, the work began in Karnplay and continued to Gborplay at the Ivorian border. In central Nimba, the work commenced around Saclepea and continues through Bahn to Buutuo, while in Tappita the road work started in Toweh Town to Lorplay and also connected to Bahn.The rehabilitation works will continue to some worst affected areas like Gbi and Doru in Lower Nimba after the road from Toweh Town to Bahn is completed, one of local officials said.The Griea to Kparblee Road will be part of this rehabilitation owing to what the county official said is part of a SIDA Road Rehabilitation project, but the actual time commencement is yet to be announced.However, citizens living around Kparblee and other towns including Gblarlay are complaining that if the road is not rehabilitated until the raining season, the road will be cut off completely.Gblarlay is one of busiest gold mining towns along the Cestos River, with a modern health center, but the condition of the road is posing hardship to movement.Nimba County feeder roads projects stalled last year owing to some leadership disputes among the stakeholders including the county lawmakers as well as the superintendent and his staff.The grounding of the 22 pieces of yellow machines resulted to some parts being stolen.In latest development, the Chinese Road Building Firm known as Chico had began the pavement of Gbarnga to Ganta Border Road several months after the work stopped due to the outbreak of Ebola.Presently, the company is constructing bridges over creeks along the road and recently they have been working on culverts within Ganta City.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Graduates at the AMEU commencement convocationBy David A. YatesDr. Joseph T. Isaac, president of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU), yesterday challenged over 278 graduates to become ambassadors for the university.Speaking at the 17th commencement convocation, Dr. Isaac told the graduates that they are now members of change at AMEU University; and as such, their journey will continue long after they have left.“As you graduate today, remember that you are not leaving the university, you are simply joining another constituent group of the university community. You are trading your student membership for an alumni membership,” he said.Today, you have reached that point to move on. You have done the work, paid your dues, walked the miles, talked the talk, made some friends, and above all, learned a lot. So, it’s time to move on,” he said.Dr. Isaac believes that the graduates are fully prepared for the ‘peaks and valleys’ ahead of them. “We trust that you will apply the strengths you acquired to face the challenges ahead of you.“We know that when life throws you a curve ball, you are prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that come along with that curve.He also challenged the “older generation” to create opportunities for the “younger generation” to explore the job market.He said for too long the younger generation has been left with decades of academic engagements and lack of practical working experience which, according to him, makes it difficult for them to enter the job market.Dr. Isaac explained further that education is a process that does not stop after graduation, and forewarned them of times of trouble while trying to build networks to contribute positively to the growth and development of the nation.Earlier, Mr. Samuel Watson, deputy chief of mission, US Embassy, observed that often, passions left unchecked and unregulated overwhelm individuals and their capacity to achieve greatness. For one to be excellent and great, the US Deputy Chief of Mission said that individual must practice the virtue of empathy and avoid the vices of hate, racism, envy and bigotry.He reminded the graduates of the challenges Liberia faces in the rebuilding process, challenges which require their best efforts for national development. He urged the graduates to be willing to make sacrifices to achieve their goals, adding that “nothing comes easy.”Watson called on the graduates to join government’s reconstruction and development efforts with a new attitude of patriotism, hard work, perseverance, and sacrifice. “I appeal to you to bring your best to the table and join in restoring Liberia to its true potential,” he said.The university conferred Doctorate of Humane Letters (L.H.D), Honoris Causa on Mr. Dominic Sam, United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) country director.AMEU, which is operated by the Episcopal Church of Liberia, presently has three colleges which include the Bryant Theological Seminary, College of Liberal Arts & Social Science and College of Business & Public Administration.Degrees conferred at the graduation ceremony covered various disciplines, including Religious Education, Political Science, Mass Communication, Economics, Accounting, Business Administration, and Management.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
2 Leicester City players and staff have arrived in Thailand to pay their respects to the club’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at his funeral.The squad flew to the Far East after an emotional 1-0 win at Cardiff on Saturday, their first fixture since Srivaddhanaprabha and four others were killed in a helicopter crash at the King Power Stadium a week earlier. Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who admitted he was shaking during the warm-up against Cardiff, was among the Foxes playing staff at a Bangkok temple on Sunday.Club captain Wes Morgan, striker Jamie Vardy, and manager Claude Puel were also pictured as part of the LCFC delegation, dressed in black suits, white shirts and black ties, for the week-long funeral of their former owner.The Leicester squad are due to attend services in the Thai capital on Sunday and the following day before they return to England on Tuesday. Demarai Gray scored the only goal in the 55th minute at Cardiff to earn Leicester the three points, and removed his shirt to reveal a tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha.The Leicester players and staff also paid tribute to their former owner with the club’s travelling fans after the final whistle.Speaking to the BBC’s Match of the Day programme, Schmeichel said: “It has been hard. We have tried for a few hours a day to be professional and train hard, but everyone wanted to play and win for his family. His family have been strong, with the courage they have had.“I feel just an overwhelming sense of pride of being part of the family that Vichai built and the extended family of Leicester City.” 2 Leicester City star Demarai Gray pays tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after scoring against Cardiff Leicester arrive at Wat Thepsirin Buddhist temple in Bangkok
Donegal VEC Music Education Partnership’s Donegal Youth Orchestra has been awarded a special Achievement Award for “The Happy Prince” project. The citation reads “For outstanding artistic achievement and for outstanding promotion of music in the community.”The award was given at the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras Festival in the National Concert Hall, Dublin on Saturday 9th February and was presented to Vincent Kennedy (Composer, and also conductor of the Donegal Youth Orchestra) and Angela McLaughlin (Music Development Manager with the Donegal Music Education Partnership) by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald. This award is a wonderful recognition for all involved in the beautiful Happy Prince production – John Nee (who has written the retelling of Oscar Wilde’s story and who narrates and acts it so beautifully), Vincent Kennedy (Composer & Conductor), Raymond Keane (Director), Donegal Youth Orchestra (leader Joanne Cuffe), Donegal Youth Choir (Director Sara Laughlin), Niall Cranney (Lighting Design and sound) and the commissioner Terre Duffy and Donegal County Council Public Art Programme.The Happy Prince was commissioned by the Donegal County Council’s Public Art Office, and produced by An Grianán Theatre in partnership with the Donegal VEC Music Education Partnership.You will have another opportunity to see The Happy Prince locally when it will be performed in An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, on Sunday afternoon, 14 AprilDONEGAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA HIT RIGHT NOTE WITH NATIONAL AWARD was last modified: February 14th, 2013 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:awarddonegal youth orchestra
Zuza Mbatha, Sina Molefi and Tera Gaju call themselves activists of Hector Pieterson.(Image: Cadine Pillay) The Hector Pieterson clothing range at SA Fashion Week.(Images: www.hectorpieterson.co.za) Sina Molefi with her mother Dorothy Molefi and half-sister Antoinette Sithole.(Images: Abasha Innovations)MEDIA CONTACTS • Zuza Mbatha, Abasha Innovations+2784 037 2992RELATED ARTICLES• Protect and support each other• UJ Soweto university open for learning• Soweto tours with a twist• Youth Month focus on empowermentCadine PillayThree young people from Soweto in the south of Johannesburg have begun an enterprising journey to uplift and inspire the young people of South Africa, in memory of late student activist Hector Pieterson.Sina Molefi, a half-sister to Pieterson, together with Zuza Mbatha and Tera Gaju, call themselves “activists of Hector Pieterson”, and say they are not out to exploit his name for money, but to use it to make a creative impact on the youth of South Africa whilst creating a legacy for his family.The three started a fashion label in 2007 – which they named after Pieterson – under Abasha Innovations – a closed corporation company they run jointly. They used the brand to commemorate not only the now world-famous teenager, but also all the other victims of the fateful day of 16 June, 1976 – the beginning of the Soweto uprising.Abasha is an isiZulu word that means ‘young people’.Since its establishment, the aim of the brand has been to preserve the valuable contribution of the youth of South Africa through fashion.Some of the items currently available include accessories like caps and handbags, while they also have ranges in T-shirts, skirts, dresses and suits.The trio’s clothes were initially sold at independent retail stores like the Y Shop in Rosebank and Cyberzone at the Carlton Centre in the Johannesburg city centre, but the team decided to expand and make it available through other channels.And so with their collective vision they began with plans to open a clothing store, which they hope will take his legacy to new heights.The store, expected to open in August, will be located outside the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West. Their immediate plan is a modest one that involves operating the business out of a shipping container to start with, with the hope of venturing into a larger, more conducive space in future.One of the most immediate challenges for the team is securing sponsors for the store. Another idea they had was to get an advertiser to use the container space for exposure of their brand, which would in turn help them finance the day-to-day running of the store. But even that is proving to be a struggle.Once the store is up and running, the items sold will be directly available to their target market, young people in Soweto as well as to visitors to the memorial site.Fashion meets history The fashion identity of the “Hector Pieterson” label is a combination of South African township trends and urban styles, and was started with the hope that it will mean something to young people.“If young people and maybe even adults are wearing the clothes, they will help keep the memory alive,” says Mbatha. He hopes the story of 1976 is alive every day and inspiring change in the youth.Molefi, who is the creative director for the label, is responsible for the designs. She studied fashion design at Parktown College. Mbatha, who has also worked with well-known fashion label Loxion Kulca, manages the operations of Abasha, while the sales and marketing responsibilities of the label lie with Gaju.The Hector Pieterson Foundation The team at Abasha have not left their plans to inspire change entirely up to the success of the store. The company has also signed a binding agreement with the Hector Pieterson Foundation to further help support and empower young people.All profits from the label will go towards the foundation, which was started by Hector’s mother Dorothy and another sister Antoinette Sithole.The foundation’s work focuses on rehabilitating young people from broken families as well as orphans, and inspired by the childhood story of Dorothy, who herself was an orphaned at the age of 10.“The idea behind the foundation is to keep the memory and legacy of Hector Pieterson for generations to come,” says Sithole.The Abasha team hope this process will assist youth projects in previously disadvantaged communities.“Our mission is to uplift youth who are involved in different projects and initiatives so that they can inspire change,” says Mbatha, whose vision for the brand has not changed since its inception.“The youth must come up with their own ideas to create jobs, not just to make money.”The brand’s vision The Hector Pieterson brand will not be confined to South Africa only. Once the label becomes successful locally, Abasha plans to market it overseas and make it available for online purchase as well.“The struggle of apartheid is understood by people around the world and is recognised globally, as there are countries who have overcome similar trials and struggles for freedom,” says Mbatha.He also makes it clear that the label is not meant to be associated with June 16, 1976 or youth month for that matter.“The store will be an on-going, independent commitment to uplift the youth,” he says. “It will be a reminder to all South Africans of the sacrifices that were made for them to enjoy their democracy.”If all goes well with the store and the foundation, Abasha hopes to expand their operations towards designing school uniforms as well. All sales of uniforms made from schools that buy from them will be generously matched by Abasha in the form of donations to disadvantaged schools.“If, for instance, we make a sale of 20 000 school trousers, we will donate another 20 000 school trousers to a school in need of them,” says Mbatha.Support from South Africa The Hector Pieterson fashion brand will showcase its newest items of fashion and accessories at this year’s South African Fashion Week from 30 August to 2 September. Items from the store can also be purchased during the event at the pop-up store at Sandton City.Clothes from the label will also feature on the big screen. Veteran director Faith Isiakpere, a former senior producer at the BBC and filmmaker, approached Abasha last year to provide some of the wardrobe for her upcoming musical Cry for Love, a film inspired by the 2008 xenophobic attacks in South Africa.The clothes can be seen worn by well-renowned local artist Yvonne Chaka Chaka and actor Leleti Khumalo in the film.
22 February 2013Roger Federer, the man regarded by many as the greatest tennis player of all time, travelled to South Africa to visit the Hlukani and Govhu creches in Limpopo province this week. Both creches have benefited from the Roger Federer Foundation’s partnership with local non-governmental organisation (NGO) the Read Educational Trust (Read).The two organisations have been partners since 2010, and the Federer Foundation so far supports 14 creches. The aim is to increase that number to 40.“We have to have partners because we obviously can’t do this alone,” Federer told IOL’s Kevin McCullum this week. “You need the community, the partners to give the best possible opportunity for the kids.”PartnershipRead’s partnership with the Federer Foundation has so far reached 27 teachers, 953 learners and 14 schools in Limpopo province.A decision was taken late last year to increase the foundation’s contribution to Read due to the good results the partnership produced in its first two years. During 2012 and 2013, the Foundation will contribute R8.7-million.Describing his interaction with the children on his recent visit, Federer, the father of twin daughters Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, said: “I loved playing with the kids. They were between two and six years old, right in the sort of demographic of my own kids, so it felt really like home a little bit.”South African tiesFederer’s mother Lynette is South African, and that means he has close ties to the country, although his last visit was eight years ago.“I can’t believe I haven’t been here for eight years,” he told McCullum. “I had planned to come back a lot more, but the next thing you know I become this good tennis player and I have to travel all around the world, and so when you don’t have to travel, you just don’t.“I’m very happy to have made this trip again, to see some friends and family,” he added. “It was so worthwhile. I know it won’t be another eight years until I come back to South Africa.”BeneficiariesThe number of children benefiting from the Federer Foundation includes 14 000 children in South Africa, 16 000 in Zimbabwe, 10 000 in Zambia, 6 500 in Malawi, 3 200 in Ethiopia and 150 in Switzerland.Federer has won more Grand Slam singles titles than any man in history, with 17 to his name, including seven Wimbledon titles, five US Opens, four Australian Opens and one French Open.He is still one of the world’s leading players at the age of 31, which is considered “old” for a top tennis player. Yet he was good enough to win Wimbledon last year and is currently ranked second in the world behind Novak Djokovic.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Chris Smallingfootball transferloanManchester United First Published: August 30, 2019, 7:01 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has travelled to Italy to seal a season-long loan move to Serie A club AS Roma, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday.British media reported United have agreed a deal for 29-year-old centre back with Roma paying a fee of 3 million euros ($3.34 million). England international Smalling arrived at Old Trafford from Fulham in 2010 and last year agreed a new deal until June 2022, with the option to extend a further year.”It’s just come up the last couple of days, this opportunity for Chris. Of course we sat down yesterday and discussed it,” Solskjaer told a news conference ahead of Saturday’s league match at Southampton.”At the moment we’ve got six fit centre-backs. I couldn’t promise Chris regular football. He’s on the plane over now and I think he’ll enjoy the experience over there.”Solskjaer also expects full back Matteo Darmian, who has made only 13 United appearances since Dec. 2017, to leave before the European transfer window closes on September 2.”I can see maybe Matteo (Darmian leaving). There has been some interest in Matteo over in Italy, wanting to go back home,” Solskjaer added.”Marcos (Rojo) is staying definitely so we have a squad now that’s less in numbers but still big enough and strong enough to have coverage in all positions.”
Chennai, Jul 8 (PTI) The proposed aerospace park, being set up near here at an estimated cost of Rs 200 crore, has got environmental clearance from the State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority.Being set up for manufacture of aerospace components, maintenance and repair services for avionics, the venture got the approval in May, the state government said in an official release today.Work for providing basic infrastructure facilities like roads, street lights, storm water drain in the over 245 acre facility will begin soon at an estimated cost of Rs 50 crore.Industries Minister MC Sampath and top government officials inspected the ongoing work at aerospace park located in the SIPCOT Vallam-Vadagal Industrial Park today.”This park will attract Rs 1,000 crore of investment in a period of five years and will generate direct employment opportunity to 10,000 people and indirect employment to 25,000,” the release said.The minister also reviewed works on a truck terminal, set up at a cost of Rs 10.8 crore, at the Industrial Park.Jayalalithaa had already announced that an Advanced Computing and Design Centre will be set up in the aerospace park. PTI VGN BN SMJ MAV
Woodbury County officials have announced more details of their plan to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the county courthouse.Spokesman Jim Jung says five days of special events are planned from May 1st through the 5th:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/100TH.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..things like that. :11One of the anticipated events is a display of items recovered from the time capsule placed in the cornerstone of the building 100-years ago:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/100TH2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..re-dedication of the cornerstone. ;20The Woodbury County Courthouse was designed by William Steele and Jung says it’s the largest public Prairie Style structure in the world:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/100TH3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………pointing westward. ;20Something modern has been added too.A brand new audio-visual tour of the National Historic Landmark has been created.