Ngafuan Warns of Illiteracy Threat to Nation

first_imgForeign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan has warned that if Liberia does not put an end to illiteracy, it will be illiteracy that will instead put an end to the country.The Foreign Minister used his Commencement Convocation speech at the Salvation Army-run William Booth High School’s 15th Graduation Exercise to caution the nation about the risk of illiteracy.“We must dedicate more and more of our nation’s resources to education, because of a simple and somber truth, if Liberia does not put an end to illiteracy, illiteracy will put an end to the country,” Minister Ngafuan stated amidst applause at a jam-packed ceremony that took place over the weekend at the school’s premises in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.He stressed that schools must build libraries and research centers that are conducive for learning to enable Liberian students compete with the cinemas and the beaches.The Minister then emphasized the need for schools to build ‘fantastic’ reading rooms, and recreation centers that can compete with the ‘fantastic Fridays’ that see Liberian students flood the beaches and alcoholic beverages-filled bars expending their youthful energies and exuberance on things that will accrue little benefits to them in the future.To the graduates, 192 of them styled, ‘Pa-Da-Stra-A-Da-Stra (a German expression meaning, ‘From difficulties to success’), the Foreign Minister said, “My advice to you is to read, read, read, and read. Your commencement today is the first step…My first advice to you is to move on with your education, because acquiring a high school diploma is no guarantee for success in the new Liberia. Do not allow this little success to make you drunk. He added that no one ever finishes book.”He urged them, upon leaving the high school of William Booth, to venture into the ‘hard school of life’.To the parents, he urged them, “never to refrain from engaging their children at all levels of their development, especially during their formative years. Any responsible and caring parent would like to know what kind of peers your children mingle and interact with.”The Valedictorian for the graduates, Reggie Feahn, urged his fellow graduates to match expectations with their level of education.Student Feahn who built his speech on the topic, “Education, The Instrument for Nation Building,” appealed to the government to increase its subsidiaries to private schools, noting that education is the light in darkness, and the foundation on which Liberia will be built.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GTT promotion kicks start Mashramani activities

first_imgGTT on Wednesday commenced the drawing of its “Valentine Mashment Promotion” at the Blackberry Office, Brickdam, in which 70 customers were winners of many colourful costumes.Representatives of GTT conducting the drawingThis Promotion is also in light of the company’s 23rd anniversary celebrations. The 70 persons who purchased unlimited data plans were the recipients of these costumes and would be featured in the company’s costume float parade contingent, which is themed “Amazon Gems”. They are expecting to see a huge turnout of approximately 400 persons.GTT Public Relations Officer (PRO) Nadia De Abreu, when asked about the celebrations, stated that it has been a while since the company has participated in the Mashramani parade, so this would be a big comeback. This is also the company’s gesture of giving back to valued customers and providing them with an unforgettable experience.There are many ongoing and scheduled activities slated for this period in which persons can get a chance to win costumes and participate in the GTT Mash band. There is an ongoing fitness campaign on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Everest Cricket Club Ground that will conclude on February 21, with the fitness finale.“Activation giveaways” were also conducted, in which 20 persons who applied for service during the anniversary period also won costume prizes. The number of combined winners from these promotions will add up to over 90 winners. There will also be a limited number of costumes available at Pulse Entertainment, who has partnered with GTT and online, for those who would like to be part of the company’s float.last_img read more

Former Stoke star praises Pulis’ appointment as West Brom boss

first_imgJames Beattie believes West Brom are in good hands with Tony Pulis at the helm.The former Crystal Palace and Stoke manager has signed a two-and-a-half year deal to succeed Alan Irvine as head coach of the Premier League strugglers.Pulis takes over a Baggies side sitting just a point above the relegation zone after a run of just one win in nine games, but Beattie, who played under the 56-year-old during his time at Stoke, reckons his arrival is likely to spark a turnaround.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the ex-England striker said: “He has never been relegated as a manager. What he did when he went into Crystal Palace last year and what he did when he was at Stoke – consolidating them as a Premier League team – his reputation has gone before him.“At Palace he was named Premier League Manager of the Year having done a great job for them and West Brom believe he can do something similar for them. His record certainly speaks for itself.”last_img read more

KCB FC beat Zoo to climb second in KPL

first_imgThe hosts netted a consolation two minutes after the restart after a goalmouth melee saw KCB fail to defend well from a corner.The slim victory saw the Bankers under the tutelage of former Harambee Stars head coach and Gor Mahia assistant coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno sit second in the standings on 14 points, one behind leaders and defending champions K’ogalo who have two matches at hand.-Homeboyz win-In Awasi, hosts Chemelil who resumed to play after dishing out walkover last weekend, lost 1-2 to visitors Kakamega Homeboyz to rise third on the log.Shami Mwinyi and David Odhiambo were the scorers for the Kakamega based side with David Simiyu scoring the lone goal for Chemelil.In other results, Sony Sugar dew 1-1 with Kisumu All-Stars at the Awendo Green Stadium, Nzoia Sugar picked a 1-1 draw against Kariobangi Sharks while Ulinzi Stars edged out Tusker 1-0.0Shares0000(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000KCB FC beat Zoo to climb second in KPLNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 26 – KCB Football Club saw off Zoo FC 2-1 at the Kericho Stadium to climb second in the Kenyan Premier League as the league entered the seventh round on Saturday.Former Sony and Gor Mahia forward, Enock Agwanda opened the scoring two minutes after kick-off before winger Ian Motanda doubled the lead in the 48th minute that proved to be the winner.last_img read more

Bert Habets and Cecile FrotCoutaz FremantleMedia

first_imgBert Habets and Cecile Frot-CoutazFremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz is leaving the RTL Group-owned production and distribution giant to lead YouTube EMEA.Her exit comes after 23 years at Fremantle and its predecessors, and a process is already underway to find a successor.Frot-Coutaz (above right) is understood to have a twelve-month notice period, but is unlikely to work all of that. RTL said its executive committee was in “constructive talks” with her about “a smooth transition at the helm of the group’s global content arm”.RTL CEO Bert Habets (above left) credited Frot-Coutaz for putting “creativity back in the centre of the company” since her reign began in 2012, when she succeeded Tony Cohen.“With its expanding slate of high-end drama series and iconic entertainment shows, FremantleMedia is strongly positioned to grow significantly in the future,” he added. “I regret, but understand Cécile’s decision. All of us wish her the best in her future endeavours.”Frot-Coutaz’s appointment at YouTube will likely be confirmed officially today. At the Google-owned business, she will work closely with YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl on growth strategies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.“I’ve always said that two things would need to be the case for me to consider leaving,” she told Fremantle staff in an internal memo seen by TBI. “First, and most importantly, Fremantle would need to be firing on all cylinders – brimming with creative excellence and unstoppable momentum. Second, it would take a unique challenge that offers me something completely new and different.”“Both of those conditions have been met, and it is therefore with a heavy heart but unshakeable confidence in the future that I have decided to leave Fremantle and open a new chapter in my professional life.”She added that she would not be exiting until a successor was picked, and said: “I go on to explore new challenges safe in the knowledge that Fremantle’s best days lie ahead.”French-born Frot-Coutaz’s relationship with Fremantle goes back to 1994, when publishing company Pearson bought Grundy Television and established Pearson Television Group.At that point, she was named corporate strategy officer, and next shepherded the integration of All-American Fremantle into the Pearson TV.Later, after a spell working on online and interactive strategies, she joined the newly rebranded FremantleMedia in LA as executive VP of commercial and operations. By 2005, she had been appointed CEO and was then named as Cohen’s London-based successor for the wider group in 2012.Since then, she has focused on investments in new companies, and high-end scripted dramas to sit alongside reality format stalwarts such as The X Factor, Idol and Got Talent in the Fremantle stable.The company recently moved out of children’s TV production, selling the assets of its FremantleMedia Kids & Family unit to Boat Rocker Media.The news comes less than four months after Habets became RTL’s sole group CEO, with Guillaume de Posch stepping down. Anke Schäferkordt had left the other co-CEO spot twelve months ago.Those changes are separate, however, and sources have described Frot-Coutaz’s exit as “entirely amicable”.last_img read more