Minister Ngfuan Urges Liberian Students to Adapt Patriotism

first_imgForeign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan is calling on Liberian students to put Liberia above personal interest as they develop their dreams and ambitions.Minister Ngafuan made the call while serving as a keynote speaker at the Tubman University’s First Career Day Fair in Maryland County on February 21. He said that while it is not bad to have personal ambition and dreams, the fact is Liberia remains the common denominator for all. Minister Ngafuan: “We should never pursue our personal ambition or objectives to the detriment of national ambition. Our dreams and visions should be in sync with the national vision; a vision for national development and prosperity, a vision for unity and reconciliation, a vision for peace and security within our borders, the sub-region and our entire world.”He explained it was important Liberians did not lose sight of the nation where they live; because if the vision of Liberia is not achieved, it would be difficult for anyone to achieve his/her individual ambition.He also urged students of the Tubman University and others across the country to utilize time properly because it is, “the most valuable asset you can have. Do not squander it”.“You have what many old people crave–time. The old crave the opportunity to reverse the hands of the clock and go back in time for the opportunity to correct past mistakes; mistakes that have led to depressing outcomes they cannot easily disentangle themselves from. Whether you end up in the Whitehouse or in the Dog House, whether you end up as a beggar or a giver, whether you end up as a success story or a sob story, time is still largely in your hands,” Minister Ngafuan added.Disclosing his secret of success to the students, Minister Ngafuan— who once served as a student leader of the University of Liberia— noted that hard work and God’s grace are the two things that make a man or woman successful in life. According to the Minister, these factors worked for him during his academic sojourn.“Maintain your focus and keep your eyes steady on your objective”, he said amidst rousing applause from the students.Making a biblical analysis of the reality of life, the Minister recounted the Apostle Peter’s walk on the water by faith. While taking part in this miracle his eyes were fixed on Jesus as he (Peter) proceeded toward him. He used the biblical reference to explain to the students that in spite of whatever difficulties they encounter in life, they must be attentive and hold steadfast to their dreams.“If your dream is to be a medical doctor, or a pilot, or the Minister of Foreign Affairs, or the Governor of the Central Bank, or the future President of Tubman University, keep focused on that dream; regardless of whether you are going to bed today with an empty stomach,” he noted.Corruption and self interest are destructive customs in Liberia that many current students plan to engage in when they find themselves in public office.This brings a popular saying to mind that says, “Just as our predecessors handled Liberia with massive corruption, so will I; because I alone cannot change everything.”Minister Ngafuan’s cautioned students to oppose this belief that many upcoming Liberians hold, and if the advice is to be adhered to, the Minister and others with patriotic spirits and good morals must take the message to other universities including the state run University of Liberia. Tubman University is the only university in the south-eastern region granting degrees from the five colleges contained therein.It was formerly called the William V.S. Tubman College of Technology but became a full university in 2009 during the first term of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.It currently runs under the leadership of Dr. Elizabeth David-Russ, with instructors from Liberia and abroad, and has an enrollment of over 1,000.  Its first graduation is expected in June of this year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Beautiful game open to women

first_imgGirls and Football South Africa give women the opportunity to participate in Africa’s biggest sport. The organisation conducts workshops that combine life skills training and football at a grassroots level, to empower girls between the ages of nine and 18.(Images: Girls and Football South Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS• Jos DirkxGirls and Football South Africa Tiisetso TlelimaA new non-profit organisation, Girls and Football South Africa (GFSA), promises to kick down gender barriers in the beautiful game and give more South African women the opportunity to participate in Africa’s biggest sport.Founded in April 2012, GFSA encourages the development of girls in South Africa through sport, media and education.GFSA involves both the local and global community by encouraging sport as a developmental tool for girls and by raising awareness about important issues that influence the lives of girls in South Africa.“We believe football is a source of empowerment for girls, equipping them with a strong sense of body ownership and promoting self-esteem,” said director and founder of GFSA, Jos Dirkx.Frequently, leadership qualities highlighted by access to sport are allocated solely to the development of boys, explained Dirkx.“This significantly impedes the development of girls, resulting in an imbalance in South African society.”The organisation conducts workshops that combine life skills training and football at a grassroots level, to empower girls between the ages of nine and 18.“By linking our participants with strong role models such as the players of the South African national women’s team, we inspire the young girls to build a better future,” said Dirkx.The GFSA has five different programmes including drills and skills for coaches; One Day girls programming, safe spaces and making media work. These programmes are based on resources from leading health, sport and gender equality organisations such as Women Win, the UN, Filles d’Action and the World Health Organisation. Getting women into football stadiumsThe initiative was partly inspired by the hype surrounding men’s football leading up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which was held in South Africa. Following the football extravaganza, GFSA decided to conduct research on women’s football on the continent and South Africa in particular.Through informal key informant interviews with female football players, the organisation investigated reasons behind the exclusion of women from the sporting arena.Its research findings revealed that, across the board, female footballers shared similarly worrisome stories such as lack of access to funds and limited resources for women’s sports. The organisation also learned that women faced stigma as players and were discouraged to play football because it is seen as a “man’s game”.Disappointed but undaunted by its findings, GFSA contacted Banyana Banyana, the South African national women’s team, to gain deeper understanding of their position on the field as female footballers and to learn more about the challenges female football players face.In addition to interviewing professional footballers, the organisation also conducted an evaluation in two Western Cape communities, Kayamandi and Lynedoch, inquiring of principals, teachers and girls about the state of football and their access to the sport. Raising awarenessSince its launch in April, GFSA has used various media channels and social media networks to raise awareness nationally and internationally on women’s sports in South Africa.In 2011, the organisation produced a documentary Can I Kick It?, which won Best Documentary at the international Festival du TV et Cinema in Beirut, Lebanon.Produced by Dirkx, the documentary tells the untold story of women’s football in South Africa, and features interviews with amateur and professional female and male footballers in the country. It highlights the challenges faced by the female footballers, particularly those in Banyana Banyana.GFSA has also produced a variety of short videos on other topics important to women’s football – including its video on corrective rape – where the role of football in creating a safe space for girls and women in South Africa is explored with a specific focus on the prevalence of corrective rape in the country.last_img read more

World leaders’ Twitter tributes to Nelson Mandela

first_img“I will never forget my friend Madiba,” said former US president Bill Clinton. “I have lost a dear friend. Nelson Mandela stands as an inspiration to us all,” said Kofi Annan. Twitter has collected tweets from major world leaders expressing their sadness at his passing and appreciation of his life. Read them here.#RIPMandelalast_img

Where do Short URLs Go When They Die?

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts dana oshiro A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img In late October, after Bit.ly had firmly established itself as Twitter’s service of choice, it looked like URL shortener service Cligs would close down. As of today, the company will see a new management team as social bookmarking service Mister Wong has agreed to acquire it for an undisclosed sum. Says Clig’s founder Pierre Far, “I’m very happy with Mister Wong as they have an excellent track record of building large communities and keeping them happy. They also have the resources to continue the development of the service and keep it competitive in the market. Cligs has always been a side project, but the service grew too big to take care of in my spare time.” Far began his quest for a buyer in early October. In August ReadWriteWeb covered the commercial demise of URL shortener service Tr.im and its subsequent resurrection as an open source release. A number of services have failed to find exit strategies in this crowded space so it appears that Far’s deal with Mister Wong is fortunate one. When we asked Far where short links go when they die, he pointed to 301works.org . 301works is an Internet Archives initiative created to preserve short URL links in the event of a shutdown. If a short URL company faces closure 301works takes control of shortening domain services and ensures that links remain intact. While the technical side of the program has not been completely laid out, a number of companies have agreed to show the 301works seal including Bit.ly, Cligs, Twurl, Awe.sm and AppsFire. To apply check out 301works.org here. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#startups last_img read more

India Today Woman Summit: Who said what

first_imgIndia Today Woman Summit and Awards on Saturday saw crackling sessions with achievers ranging from politicians and filmstars to sportswomen and entrepreneurs.Session 1: Harsimrat Kaur Badal , SAD MP and Union Minister for Food Processing Industries- “As a person used to talking, keeping my silence was difficult. But, as a politician, we have to make our work talk.”- “Punjab does not grow or manufacture drugs. However, from two sides, we are surrounded by countries where drugs are available and legal as well. As a result of the porous borders, more than 35% of the drugs caught are from Punjab.”- Cartoons in the media that deride politicians indiscriminately affect the children’s mindset adversely. Instead of portraying politicians as nasty people, we should teach them to choose between good and bad ones. Otherwise, it cannot bode well for democracy.- “We don’t come from a party that teaches us how to swim. We get thrown in, and learn how to swim to survive.”Session 2: Manisha Koirala , filmstar and cancer survivor- When you get something like this and face your own mortality, and you realise whatever you have till now can go in a snap of a finger you start reflecting a lot. -My mechanism was the spiritual journey I had taken a few years back. I could deal with the fears, stay with the fears. I did check out everybody who suffered from cancer and how they dealt with it. Lisa, Yuvi… -Oneness University that I go to one of the principle teachings is, any hurt, any fear, anything that makes you feel uncomfortable you don’t run away from it, you don’t watch TV, have a conversation with somebody on the phone. If you want to cry, cry, if you want to shout, shout. It’s a mind game, stay with the fear. Listen to the story fear is going to tell you.advertisement- A friend was telling me he entered the apartment expecting to see me on the bed, bald, medicines on the side, a bleak atmosphere. But when he entered, I was cooking, my niece was running around, someone was laughing. He was taken aback. It wasn’t easy for my family to be laughing but we made the effort to be positive.- I had to let go of the ego of Manisha Koirala the beautiful actress. I don’t have the picture right now but when I was shaving my head at the salon, the hairdresser was Indian and had seen my movies. I think she was pitying me. I have looked terrible. I didn’t have eyelashes, eyebrows, my head was shaved, my eyes sunken in, my face puffy… it’s a horrible sight. But that’s how you learn that looks are transient. You use this to go deeper into yourself. You ask who am I if I am not this face. Who am I? Lot of identification of the body, the face, the image you have of yourself, that others have of you.Session 3: Jwala Gutta and PV Sindhu, badminton players, and Dipika Pallikal , squash playerDipika: “There is discrimination against women in sports. My mother was captain of Indian cricket team. When they toured West Indies,? 15 of them were kept in one room.””We are yet to receive half of our TA DA from IOA for Commonwealth Games.””Except Dinesh Karthik I hate all cricketers because they steal all the limelight and endorsements.”Jwala: “We expect a little bit of acknowledgement and respect. If we were here to make money, we would have picked up other sports, not badminton and squash.””It’s commendable how BCCI has promoted cricket played only in 12 countries. Other sports must learn from BCCI.”Session 4: Rashmi Shetty , cosmetic physician; Sara Abdullah Pilot, entrepreneur and yoga teacher; Chhaya Momaya, image consultant and Tapasya Mundhra, nutritionist and health counsellorSara Pilot: “There is no right or wrong in beauty. Figure out what you love and can live with about yourself.”Chayya: “Age is just a number…Women shouldn’t drink, they should sip.”Rashmi: “Age is not a number you can freeze forever.”Tapasya: “Everybody wants to be 50 kg to be beautiful…Look good, eat fresh and it will have an impact for the rest of your life.”last_img read more