Boakai Gives L$1.9m to County Sports Teams

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakia has donated L$132,000 to each of the 15 counties, totaling L$1,980,000, in appreciation for their participation in the 2015/2016 County Meet.The donation was done on Friday, January 23, in the offices of the vice president on Capitol Hill.The vice president’s donation was owing to the “level of sportsmanship showed by counties” during the preliminary and finals of the Meet.For instance, during the preliminary, Grand Cape Mount County almost boycotted the game owing to an alleged complaint from the match official and Gbarpolu dropped their protest against Lofa for fielding an alleged foreigner.In Monrovia, Nimba County nearly went back to the mountains and hang their jerseys in the kickball version owing to their dissatisfaction over the Appeal Board ruling upholding the result between Nimba vs Bassa; and Lofa County dropped the protest against Montserrado County for allegedly fielding more than three players from a 3rd division team.In a brief but heartfelt statement in expressing his appreciation Vice President Boakai said the funds was in fulfillment of his promise during the quarterfinals of the football and kickball categories in Monrovia.Vice President Boakai stated that the “love of county” and the “oneness in spirit” showed that the country is moving forward. He added that the County Meet produces “good quality players” and if players who played for Nimba and Grand Gedeh in the 2012 finals were kept they would have represented the country in international tournaments.An ardent fan of Arsenal, Vice President Boakai also said there are also some quality players from the just ended Meet.Earlier, outgoing Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe thanked the vice president for his continued support to the Ministry and the county teams.Bomi County Sports Coordinator, Rev. Stephen C. Kollie said “Vice President Boakai has filled our mouths with laughter” because of the donation.On behalf of the Counties Rev. Kollie described the donation as a “worthy cause” and said the vice president helped them during the County Meet.Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton, Jr. said besides uniting Liberians through sports, the games also provide temporary employment for the youthful players and technicians and develop sports infrastructure across the country with funding from the government.He indicated that since 2006, the annual event has been decentralized and combined with other sports disciplines.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Decision Makers Need to Encourage Liberians in Technology, Sciences

first_imgALU executive director Dr. Daykeay – Advertisement – Dr. Emmanuel Bravy Daykeay, executive director of the Association of Liberian Universities (ALU), says in order to achieve the cravings of Liberians for infrastructural and human resource development, decision-makers in the education sector must step up the standards of their programs and encourage students to venture into technology and the sciences. Commending President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the strong efforts she has made towards educational advancement, the Liberian educator said he is optimistic that the goal of making Liberia’s education sector “viably competitive” can be realized.Providing recommendations on how that can be achieved, he said it can be done through universities and colleges promoting innovative means of reforming the current weak system. According to Dr. Daykeay, there is a clear possibility for Liberia’s education to rank competitively high among her counterparts in Africa by firstly making sure there is no place or accommodation for grossly incompetent teachers. The ALU executive director said there is no other time better than now for government to exercise stern measures against unqualified teachers roaming classrooms of tertiary learning institutions, who he believes are instead ruining the future of the country’s next generation of leaders “by the obvious inability to impart knowledge by passing on the requisite instruction.”When the right teachers and educational administrators are given appropriate placements in learning institutions, Dr. Daykeay said Liberia can rise up from the current slow pace of advancement and establish a strong system that prepares the youth for job readiness in the world of work. “Other nationals who have attained the best quality of education do not owe it to Liberia in terms of putting in place the best system that works positively for society’s advancement, they owe it to their respective countries. So, we have to employ the right people to get the right things done,” he stressed.Dr. Daykeay emphasized that other nations whose education systems are ‘well on course’ are not waiting for Liberia to grapple with all of its challenges, but are continuing to advance further. He observed that Liberians need to take more action and talk less about strategic and serious policy matters by tackling head-on problems debilitating Liberia’s education.According to him, with qualified and competent instructional staff, universities can play significant leadership and stakeholder roles by partnering with government through the Ministry of Education, the Commission on Higher Education and international funding organizations to ensure school advancement, curricular reviews and amendment to meet current realities, and effective advisement programs to produce professionals based on job market demands.It may be recalled that in President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s recent reshuffling of the Grand Bassa Community College Board, she appointed Dr. Daykeay as a member. In the four-month period since his return home, Daykeay has been providing volunteer services to some learning institutions in Liberia through his non-governmental organization, ‘Education for Liberia.’ He has also provided professional capacity building services to secondary and primary schools including Maretha Preparatory School. He currently serves at the University of Liberia Graduate School and AME University as professor at the senior level.Prior to his return to the United States of America recently, where he is defending his dissertation for his second doctoral degree in education at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Daykeay served Starz College of Technology as Associate Dean for Research and School Advancement. Reports say he is an applicant for the presidency of the Bong County Community College located in Gbarnga, although he has neither confirmed nor denied this tip-off.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FRIDAY COOKING – A CURRY IN A HURRY WITH NO SALT CHEF BRIAN McDERMOTT

first_imgWe all love a good curry.But what if we’re in a hurry (that rhymes!)Well this is my simple Chicken Curry ideal for your weekend stay at home food !! It’s deliciously tasty and serves six people.INGREDIENTS4 boneless chicken breasts50 g plain flour 4 tblsp oil1 red pepper1 red chili pepper1 red onion2 cloves garlic crushed 1 tblsp tomato puree20 g medium curry powder400 ml coconut milk (1 tin)100 ml chicken stock 50ml crème fraichefresh coriander leavesINSTRUCTIONS1.Dice the red pepper, red onion, chilli and set aside.2.Cut chicken into mouth size pieces and toss in the flour.3.Heat pan really well then add oil followed by the chicken and seal chicken well on all side. Add curry powder and allow powder to work into the chicken for few minutes then add the chopped onion, pepper, chilli pepper and garlic and cook until vegetables are soft then add coconut milk and chicken stock.4.Cook for approx 8 minutes on low simmering heat and sauce will thicken during this process then add Crème Fraiche for a smooth consistency.5.Serve with Basmati Rice and sprinkle with fresh coriander.* Brian’s Weekly Top Tip: Try some leftover Curry with a baked potato over the weekend.FRIDAY COOKING – A CURRY IN A HURRY WITH NO SALT CHEF BRIAN McDERMOTT was last modified: February 26th, 2015 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:Brian McDermottchefcurrylast_img read more