Swedish Ambassador Nordstrom’s Critical Charge to BWI Grads: “Value Yourselves”

first_imgMadam Lena Nordstrom, Swedish Ambassador to Liberia, last Saturday challenged the graduates of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) not to take lightly their accomplishments after attaining secondary diplomas in technical and vocational skills. They should rather see themselves as shining examples to other Liberian youth. “You are now challenged,” she told the 314 graduates, “to put your skills to work for the advancement of your communities and society as a whole.”This profound and challenging advice from Ambassador Nordstrom was given on her behalf by the Swedish Embassy’s Head of Development Cooperation, Ms. Elizabeth Harleman. For reasons unknown to herself, Ambassador Nordstrom’s charge to the BWI grads starkly reminded Observer Publisher Kenneth Y. Best of one line he remembered from the Valedictory Address of St. Teresa Convent’s dux in 1950, 66 years ago.Kenneth, then a bare-footed St. Patrick’s third grader, legs shining with palm kernel oil, had accompanied his older sister Muriel, a Convent junior clad in white, to the graduation.Standing in the crowded Convent auditorium (who would offer a poor, barefooted lad a seat?), Kenneth heard the brilliant 16-year-old dux tell her wildly clapping audience, “Today, I am no longer a mere school girl, but a responsible woman in the Republic.”Cora Ann, however, did not say which “republic” she was referring to. For immediately upon graduation she entered Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University), where she soon earned her Bachelor’s degree, then went on to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she took the Ph.D in Education. While atHarvard, she met and married a Nigerian chemical engineer and shortly thereafter he took her to Nigeria, where they found immediate employment. But during the Nigerian Civil War little over a decade later, the couple returned to the United States with their children. So Cora Ann was perhaps referring in her Valedictory Address to “the Republic of the World,” in the same way so many BWI and other Liberian graduates, following the 1980 coup d’état and our own civil war, are today rendering professional services all over the world. She became a senior official in the New Jersey School System.But “responsible woman in the republic”—is that not what the Swedish Ambassador told the BWI grads last Saturday? Urging them to take themselves seriously, just as Cora Ann Phelps took herself seriously 66 years ago, Ambassador Nordstrom told them: “You are a great example to other Liberian youth, and you are [challenged] to put your skills to work for your communities and your society as a whole.”Without knowing it—how could she? She is new here— Ambassador Nordstrom was telling them to follow the footsteps of such BWI graduates as Samuel Burnett and Harry Yuan, both Electricity graduates of BWI, the former in 1957, the latter in 1961, who went on to study Electrical Engineering in the USA and returned to head the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), each in his time, as Managing Director. There are so many other Liberian technical institutions that have been headed by BWI graduates. We know of several who have served as Ministers of Public Works, among them Joseph Boayue, Class of 1938 (eighth grade), Yudu Gray, and arguably the most celebrated of them all, Gabriel Johnson Tucker, Class of ‘54. Tucker ran the Ministry with considerable success. The bridge linking central Monrovia to Bushrod Island, built under his watch, is named for him.Gabriel’s classmate, Edwin Dunbar, for many years ran a successful civil engineering firm in Texas, and Gabriel joined his classmate there during exile in the USA. It is because so many old BWI boys and girls, having left their alma mater and pursued advanced training in their various technical and vocational fields, are doing so well and making money because of it in the Diaspora, especially in North America, that the strongest of all Liberian alumni associations in that part of the world is the BWI Alumni Association of North America (BWIAANA).We pray for continued peace in Liberia that will allow these and other BWI graduates to travel to Sweden, other parts of Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa for advanced training to return and help rebuild Liberia. May some of them also return to Kakata and accelerate the expansion and refinement of Agricultural, Business, Technical, Vocational and Industrial training at their beloved “Dear Booker T.” Such a patriotic initiative, on the part of BWI Alumni, here and in the Diaspora will be an important contribution towards the realization of that most encouraging and laudable pledge by Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, to make the Booker Washington Agricultural and Industrial Institute (BWI) “a center of excellence.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Diski Dance: rhythm of SA 2010

first_img24 December 2009In less than six months, the event that has focused South Africa’s energy for over five years will kick off, and the country will find itself in the global spotlight as never before. It was with this in mind that South African Tourism set out to capture the nation’s spirit in a dance. And so the Diski Dance was born.‘Our own township football style’“Diski” is common South African slang for the game of football, and the Diski Dance is a uniform routine that showcases the country’s passion for the sport. The dance is based on what Wendy Ramokgadi, the choreographer of the Diski Dance, calls “our own township football style”.“The whole idea was that we needed to come up with something that is truly South African,” says Ramokgadi. “Our country’s football is rhythmic, and so all the moves that we use in the dance are those same moves that are used on the South African football pitch, moves you can only find in our country.“The Diski Dance is one of the things I am most proud of, I really am excited about it,” says Ramokgadi. ‘When these people come to our country, let them come and feel the rhythm of Africa. We must just work, wear, eat, sleep the Diski Dance.”Getting the country dancingFor Sugen Pillay of South African Tourism, the Diski Dance is about preparing to host the world next year.“The concept of the Diski Dance is to show our welcoming spirit as a nation,” said Pillay.The aim is to mobilise the country through the dance, from corporate organisations and schools to government and the general public.The Diski Dance featured large at Football Fridays’ launch in Tshwane/Pretoria on 30 Oct 2009. Lesego Madumo chats to choreographer Wendy Ramokgadi about South Africa’s signature 2010 dance – watches the Deputy President try out the moves – then gets on the other end of the camera!During the friendly international between Bafana Bafana, the South African national football team, and Jamaica in Mangaung/Bloemfontein in November, the Diski Dance was taught to the whole stadium during half time.Bafana Bafana have learnt the dance, Cabinet ministers have learnt the dance and, most recently, one of South Africa’s most popular musical acts, Goldfish, performed the Diski.Goldfish; viral advertisingThe live electronica act, incorporating Dominic Peters and David Poole, have opened for stars like Fatboy Slim, Mr Scruff and Stereo MCs, and hence are no strangers to the best of dancefloor culture.“We travel the world, excite and unite millions, but for us the biggest fish of all is showcasing South Africa, its people and its dynamism,” says Peters. “We challenge all SA to learn the Diski Dance, showcase their pride and shout to the world ‘bring it on’”.Through a viral advertising campaign, the Diski Dance has sparked a revolution, as people from all over the country are starting learning to do the Diski – and are finding the experience intoxicating.“It rocks,” says Colleen Dacruz, an advertising sales executive. “It captures the essence of Africa, and gets deep into its spirit and soul.”Chantal Lourens, who works in real estate, thinks the dance is fantastic. “When I first saw the Diski Dance, it made me very proud. It’s very contagious, l can see people trying to do it all over.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Roger Federer comeback halted by Tommy Haas in Stuttgart

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Federer claimed his last grass-court title in 2015 in Halle, where he is an eight-time champion.Also Wednesday, Philipp Kohlschreiber upset fifth-seeded Steve Johnson of the United States 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-6 (6), while sixth-seeded Mischa Zverev, another German, defeated qualifier Yannick Hanfmann 7-6 (1), 6-2 to secure his place in the quarterfinals, where he next faces Haas.No. 4 Lucas Pouille of France came back to eventually beat Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8) for a quarterfinal against Kohlschreiber.Pouille, like top-seeded Federer, had been given a bye to the second round. View comments ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken “I’ve even shocked myself a bit,” said Haas, who is ranked 302nd and was given a wild card for the grass-court tournament. “I’m a bit speechless. It’s hard to find words.”Haas, who hadn’t beaten his good friend since the 2012 final in Halle, improved to 4-13 against Federer, who hadn’t played since winning the Miami Open in early April.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“If you don’t take your chances like I didn’t, leading a set and a break, you really only have yourself to blame at the end,” Federer said. “You’ve got to acknowledge the fact that he was a bit better. It’s quite frustrating, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.”The 35-year-old Swiss had skipped the clay-court season to recuperate from a busy start to the year that saw him capture his 18th Grand Slam at the Australian Open. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Germany’s Tommy Haas during their match at the Mercedes Cup tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany. APSTUTTGART, Germany — Roger Federer was beaten on his return from a two-month break, losing 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4 to German veteran Tommy Haas in the second round of the Stuttgart Open on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).The 39-year-old Haas, who is playing his last season before retirement, saved nine of the 12 break points he faced and converted two of his three chances to deal the Swiss great just his second defeat of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Mayweather, McGregor agree to August super fightlast_img read more

Suicide Nation

first_imgSuicide Nation”In a country where democracy is a distant cry and is not allowed to bloom on one pretext or the other, the assassination of Salman Taseer by his trusted security guard was not unexpected.”K . R . Srinivasan, SecunderabadDeath WishWith its army functioning as a shadow government, Pakistan today stands at a dangerous threshold, where the weak government may lose the battle against Islamists (“Suicide Nation”, January 24). Such a volatile neighbour is a cause of concern.R.D. Singh, HaryanaThe killing of Salman Taseer raises fears about the future of Pakistan more than the killing itself. Pakistan faces a siege of terror laid by Islamic fundamentalists.Motupalli S. Prasad,ChennaiTaseer’s murder has really disclosed the cruel picture of Pakistan and its rigid mentality. The people of the country really need to indulge in some introspection.S. Rocky, Manipur.Politician Imran Khan and Islamic spiritual scholar Wahiduddin Khan are interestingly juxtaposed in the story. They not only expose double standards but also boldly talk about Islamic thinking.Anjum M. Samel, MumbaiThe Real PowerThe present crisis in Pakistan and the assassination of Salman Taseer by a member of the Elite Force (“The Praetorian Guard has Risen”, January 24) have brought to fore the popular contention that the real power that guides political events in the country is its military that manipulates all other powers.C. Koshy John, PuneThe Money TrapThe Citibank fraud has shaken the confidence of investors to a great extent (“Is Your Money in Safe Hands?”, January 24). We should not fall into the trap of these exotic schemes floated by such wealth managers.Bal Govind, NoidaLayered Crisis The rising price of onions is bound to leave consumers in tears. This has made life miserable for the aam admi, who survives on it (“The Great Onion Coverup, January 24). The Government needs to take punitive action against hoarders.P. ARIHANTH, SecunderabadThe Government should really pull up its socks and do something about this whole onion mess-up. It is very important for a country like ours to tackle shortage of such items. More so because vegetables like onion, potato and tomato constitute the staple food in India.Swati Gupta, PatnaPack TreatmentCabinet reshuffles over the years have proved to be exercises undertaken in compulsion (“Politics of Reshuffle”, January 24). Such reshuffles have been akin to the shuffling of a pack of cards, without actually considering the ability and suitability of an individual for a certain portfolio.P.K. Srivastava, New DelhiThe prime minister no longer picks his cabinet colleagues as per his own wishes but has to consider the recommendations of the leaders of other parties as well. In this scenario, the only real maneuverability a leader may enjoy is primarily with his own party within the framework of a coalition.advertisementK.S. Jayatheertha, BangaloreMystery MurderI am alarmed at what your magazine considers to be a story (“The Untold Story”, January 24). Rather than focus on the CBI’s failure, your story assists the coverup. Aarushi’s case is one that has disturbed many people, not because of the ‘sexual twist’ you suggest or the neatly manufactured speculation that endeavours to pronounce the parents guilty but because it shows yet again that the premier investigating agency cannot be relied upon. The CBI now says it has no evidence to prosecute, but the failure to gather evidence is not theirs. Your story buffers this coverup with an expert psychologist’s opinion, relying upon leading questions that prompt simplistic matching answers. I strongly protest the ‘sexual twist’ and the grotesquely voyeuristic use of photographs of the deceased girl. I am extremely disappointed.Madhu Mehra, Executive Director, Partners for Law in Development, New DelhiThe Aarushi story gave a graphic description of the murder scenario. It is totally unacceptable that the CBI has not been able to solve the case and wanted to close it. The agency could not prove its suspicions but left the Talwars in the glare as probable murderers, which has increased the agony of the parents of the deceased.Ashok Kumar Ghosh, KolkataThe infamous Aarushi-Hemraj murder case, instead of being solved by the CBI, has actually proven to be a riddle. Now the people have been left to wonder as to who is giving the clear picture. The facts have allegedly been tampered with and the story of Aarushi remains untold.Anu Roy, via www.intoday.inBeing a HinduIt is a known fact that Hinduism is a “way of life” and not a religion. So let us not confuse Hinduism with the rituals performed by Hindus (“A Dangerous Ploy”, January 24). Also there is no such thing as a “non-Hindu”.U.K. Jayadev, BangaloreGame Gone WrongadvertisementCalling a spade a spade was commendable (“The End of Dadagiri”, January 24). How could Dada delude himself so much for so long over his past performances? Only a stoic silence can redeem Sourav Ganguly. Anything else would be counter-productive and humiliate him further.Sant P. Gupta, AgraThe recently concluded IPL auction was a demonstration of how money is being foolishly splurged by rich Indians. Our hopes for the World Cup have been shattered following the IPL auction tamasha.A.A. Bhimaiah, KarnatakaThe game of cricket is no longer the sport that would drive the nation crazy. The IPL has made it a mere money-making machine for players. A great way to get yourself auctioned and pompously sold off for a few crores. This is just a cheap way of grabbing eyeballs.Garima Tyagi, via www.intoday.inlast_img read more

Rookie hotshot

first_imgMOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening In the second game, Phoenix survived Meralco in overtime, 93-92, behind superb play by Justin Chua, who finished with a game-high 24 points.Meanwhile, San Miguel Beer gets to unveil its souped-up roster when it battles Columbian Dyip on Friday.The two teams tangle at 4:30 p.m. at Cuneta Astrodome with the Dyip all set to unveil top overall pick CJ Perez.Terrence Romeo will make his debut in a San Miguel Beer uniform, adding depth to an already potent Beermen roster.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Broner feels one punch can turn Vegas into block party Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “He (Bolick) really complements the team,” said NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio in Filipino.“He’s made for the PBA. He’s a winner and coachable; he listens,” Jarencio added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe former San Beda ace hardly missed as he hit 10 of his 12 attempts from the field.Paolo Taha added a career-high 21 points while Sean Anthony and Stanley Pringle, who is coming off his best PBA season where he finished second in the MVP race behind five-time winner June Mar Fajardo, had 19 and 16 points, respectively. But Pringle’s biggest achievement may have been giving Bolick the confidence to settle into his game.“He’s a scoring champion and an MVP type of player but he’s very humble and simple. He keeps telling me to ‘just play your game,’” said Bolick.“We want to surpass our performance in each of the three conferences this season,” said Jarencio, whose squad wound up second to the last in the standings last conference with a 2-9 mark.Another rookie in Abu Tratter, who was the seventh pick by NLEX before being traded to Blackwater along with Paul Desiderio in exchange for talented big man Poy Erram in the offseason, showed up with team-highs 18 points and nine rebounds.But the Elite had no answer for the firepower flashed by the Batang Pier, who moved Bolick to the point to allow Pringle the freedom to look for his shots.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRobert Bolick made quite a good first impression in his PBA debut after leading NorthPort’s rout of Blackwater, 117-91, in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Bolick, the third overall pick in last month’s draft, wasted no time in announcing his arrival in the pros, scoring 10 of his game-high 26 points in the first six minutes of the game.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

11 days agoChelsea whizkid ​Mount content with different England role

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea whizkid ​Mount content with different England roleby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea star Mason Mount was content with his position in the team for his first full England international start.Mount played in the 2-1 loss to the Czech Republic on Friday in Prague, admitting that he found it a little difficult playing in a central role, as he is used to playing off the left flank for Chelsea.But the 20-year-old knows that he must adapt to different positions to be successful.He told reporters: “Obviously, I am more used to playing off the left and coming in. It was not too much different – but obviously I was a bit more central.”A couple of days before the game we were working on shape and how we wanted to play – me being central but Jadon coming in as well off the line and trying to combine. But the Czechs made it difficult for us.”It is something you learn from. We will look back on the game and take a lot of negatives which we can improve on, but we will also take some positives. We can improve on that.” last_img read more

Rapper GEazy joins criticism of HM cancels partnership

first_imgCOPENHAGEN – American rapper G-Eazy has cancelled a partnership with H&M after the Swedish clothing retailer was accused of racism over a promotional image of a black child dressed in a hoodie reading “coolest monkey in the jungle.”The rapper, whose real name is Gerald Earl Gillum, tweeted that he decided “our partnership needs to end” after seeing “the disturbing image,” joining singer The Weeknd, who has said he would end his ties with the company where he has a clothing line.H&M reiterated Wednesday its “humble apologies,” adding “we have got this wrong.”The retailer said in an email that “we completely understand and agree with the reactions by The Weeknd, G-Eazy and others.”NBA star LeBron James and rapper Diddy were among those who earlier had responded with outrage.last_img read more

Drivers expected to see delays as Site C work continues

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro is advising drivers that they can expect some traffic delays as part of the ongoing work for the Site C Dam Project.Currently, Hydro is moving large penstock segments from a manufacturing facility in Fort St. John to the Dam.According to B.C. Hydro, due to the size of the penstocks, there will be minor traffic delays along Old Fort Road as the equipment is moved on oversized trucks. The moving of equipment will be taking place now until June 2021.Another delay that drivers can expect is a short detour on Old Fort Road.As B.C. Hydro constructs a conveyor belt system, a section of Old Fort Road will need to be dug up as they lay the system under the road.This will be taking place at Old Fort Road and Shaman Industrial Way and is expected to last until the end of June.For more information, you can visit SiteCProject.com.last_img read more

Pak appoints its envoy to India as new foreign secretary

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood has been appointed as the country’s new foreign secretary, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Sunday. Qureshi, while talking to reporters in Multan, said that the decision to appoint Mahmood as foreign secretary had been made following discussions with Prime Minister Imran Khan. “Sohail Mahmood is being appointed as new foreign secretary,” he said. Incumbent Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua will retire on April 16. It was so far not clear who will replace Mahmood in India. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Qureshi said that he talked with Mahmood on the telephone on Saturday and congratulated him over his new appointment. “He is a seasoned diplomat Even now, after the Pulwama incident took place, he came to the headquarters for consultations and I benefited from his experience,” Qureshi said, describing the deadly terror attack on CRPF soldiers as “incident”. Mahmood was appointed as high commissioner to India in August 2017. He was serving as ambassador to Turkey when sent to India. He previously also served at Washington and New York in addition to other posting in his long career. Qureshi also thanked Janjua for her services. “She always handled things with courage, bravery, clarity, and with a smile,” he said.last_img read more

Algeria’s Bouteflika nominated for 4th term: party

first_imgALGIERS- Algeria’s 76-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was on Saturday designated his party’s candidate in the 2014 presidential election, his National Liberation Front (FLN) said. Bouteflika, in power since 1999, had been largely unseen for months because of health problems before he presided over a cabinet meeting on September 29 for the first time this year.Since 2005 he has been honorary president of the FLN, which has 208 seats in the 462-seat national assembly. “The central committee has chosen the president of the party, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, to be the FLN candidate in the next presidential election,” said a party statement issued after a meeting in the capital.“The choice was a natural one given the positive assessment” of his three terms as Algerian head of state, FLN head Amar Saidani said in a speech at Saturday’s meeting.Bouteflika returned home in July after nearly three months in France recovering from a mini-stroke, and critics have said his health concerns should rule out extending his time in office.But the president’s allies had indicated they would back him should he seek re-election next year.One of the few remaining veterans of the war of independence against France, Bouteflika came to power after helping to end the country’s civil war in the 1990s.But in addition to health concerns in recent years, his rule has also been dogged by corruption scandals implicating members of his inner circle.last_img read more