Ellen Dishes Out US$16,780 to 750 Graduates

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has given US$16,780 to 750 graduates of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) to express how impressed she was about their achievements in several technical and vocational training professions.She gave out the cash prizes on Saturday, June 27, during the 10th graduation exercise of MVTC.The President gave the over-all dux of the entire class, Dogba Kollie – US$200 as “cash of appreciation” for his achievement under the tough, 18 month training program.The amount of US$100 was given to each of the 20 students who were certificated for “excellent performance.”The remaining students, 729 of them, were given US$20 each also to appreciate their efforts.This is the first time since the outbreak and eradication of the Ebola virus that the President has dished out such an amount of money to graduates.The President’s appreciation of the students was buttressed by Madam Cyvette Gibson, the Mayor of Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) with the immediate employment of Dogba Kollie, an auto mechanic technician, and Madam Otilla Nimely, the only female and one of the duxes of the air-condition and refrigerator department.President Sirleaf expressed thanks and appreciation to the management and staff of MVTC and donors for the improvement thus far.“I am happy for you all – technocrats, because before I became a politician, I was once a technocrat,” the President said to a round of applause from the audience.“I am only disappointed on the low enrollment of females and I hope the Minister of Gender and Children Protection and Social Welfare will strategize for more women to attend the MVTC. Well done, well done,” the President waved and smiled.According to statistics, out of the 750 graduates, 664 students or 89% are males, while 86 students, 11%, are females.The statistics further indicated that in three departments- mechanical, building trades and electrical, there were more students in the electrical department, followed by mechanical and building trades. The keynote speaker, Madam Sheila Paskman, called the predominantly male graduates – as the fabulous future leaders of the country.On behalf of US Ambassador Deborah Malac, the Deputy US Ambassador said the graduates are essential in the building of the country’s social and economic fabric.She urged them to be innovative to serve as agents of change.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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A 75-year Harvard study found the one secret to a happy life – and it’s fascinating

first_imgWhat’s the secret to happiness?It’s not an easy question to answer.Some people say it’s feeling highs like excitement and joy. Spiritual gurus say it’s about inner peace.But a 75-year Harvard study on happiness draws a different conclusion.This study followed the lives of two groups of men and it now follows their baby boomer children to understand how childhood experiences effect subjective feelings of well-being and happiness.So, what did the study found?If you think that fame or money brings happiness, you’re wrong.According to the lead professor of the study, Waldinger, it’s the connections in our lives that make life worth living:“The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier.”In other words, the one thing we need to live a happy life is each other.Relationships are the backbone of humanity. Sure, they have evolved and changed over the years, but the essence of why we turn to each other is still there. We build relationships for safety, security, love, acceptance, tribe, community, and contribution.According to Robert Waldinger, director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, says that there is no denying that relationships, in particular, “good” relationships, contribute to our lifelong happiness.You might be inclined to think that money can make you happy, but the truth is that money is only fun if you have someone to spend it with or spend it on.If all we needed in life was money, we might be hard-pressed to enjoy what life is really all about.The quality of your life is the quality of your relationshipsIn our social media driven world, it can be easy to fall for the illusion that having millions of followers on Youtube or Instagram means you have good relationships with a lot of people.Some of the most liked and applauded internet celebrities will tell you that it is lonely at the top. So even fame and fortune doesn’t rival a great cup of coffee with an old friend.This epic study found that when we have people we can rely on, we are more relaxed and more confident in our lives.Sure, there are ups and downs in any relationship, but the knowledge that you can always turn to someone when you need them gives you a sense of community and belonging that you can’t get from money or Instagram.The quality of the relationships you have seems to be the key to living a happier life.So it’s not just about the numbers here. If you have only one friend in the world, but that friend would lay down in traffic for you, then that is all you will need in your life.If it’s just you and your wife for the rest of your lives, and you are happy in your relationship, that is all you will need.Of course, the more quality relationships you have, the more supported you may feel, but it is not necessary to be surrounded by a large number of people to have a lasting impact on your happiness and life.Good relationships take hard workIt’s important not just to seek out and achieve good relationships though. You need to be willing to put the work in so that you can maintain those good relationships for years to come.This is where most people lose the opportunity to be happy in the long term. They run from short-term pain looking for relief, when the real answer might have been to ride out the storm and see how things fair later in the relationship.There are many studies done that say that couples and even companions are happy into their old age when they are empathic, understanding, and open to each other. Isn’t that what we all look for in a relationship?So it turns out that being alone is not good for our health. It turns out, that the more people we surround ourselves with, the more likely we are to find these “good” relationships and find lasting happiness in life.The next time you find yourself fighting with your partner, ask yourself if this fight is going to matter in 5 years.If it’s not, let it go. There’s no need to throw away a relationship that could be meaningful if you just put a little work into it now.Humans tend to run from things that are uncomfortable, but what if we all just took a moment to consider the lasting impacts of sticking around and supporting one another through the rough times.How would life be different? According to this 75-year long study, it turns out, we might be happier in the end.Sourcelast_img read more

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