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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De Gea hails ‘real Man Utd’ after starring against Spurs

first_img0Shares0000Unbeatable: Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea was in superb form against Tottenham at Wembley © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 13 – David De Gea said the “real Manchester United” had been on show after his brilliant goalkeeping display secured a 1-0 win over Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday.Victory gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his sixth successive win in all competitions, and fifth in a row in the Premier League, as United’s caretaker manager since replacing the sacked Jose Mourinho. It also meant the former United striker had broken the record of the legendary Matt Busby, who won his first five games as the Old Trafford club’s manager.Marcus Rashford scored the only goal shortly before half-time but credit for the win belonged primarily to De Gea whose 11 saves were the most he had made in a top-flight match without conceding a goal.But the 28-year-old played down his contribution to United’s latest victory, a win that saw them draw level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal and instead praised the “happiness” Solskjaer has brought to the dressing room.“We won the game against a top team, we controlled the first half but in the second half they had chances,” De Gea told Sky Sports.“I was feeling very well with the first two saves, it was a great game. I don’t even remember some of the saves so I can’t pick a best.“The manager brought some happiness, the players are playing well and the team is very strong now.“This is the real Manchester United.”Meanwhile, Rashford was in no doubt about how much De Gea had done against a Tottenham side who remained nine points adrift of league leaders Liverpool.“It’s a good responsibility to be the main striker but everyone has chipped in,” said Rashford. “It was the keeper (who won us the game) today.”Meanwhile Tottenham defender Ben Davies said Mauricio Pochettino’s men should not be disheartened by a defeat that was largely down to De Gea’s ‘dream match’ between the posts.“David de Gea has pulled off three or four brilliant saves, and on another day, they go in,” Davies said.“It is disappointing but it wasn’t the worst performance. The boys up front are slotting them away most weeks, but today it wasn’t their day.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Cruz Releases Country Jingle Deriding ORourke

first_imgMarjorie Kamys Cotera: O’Rourke/Robin Jerstad: CruzU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s newest ad targeting his Democratic challenger is a country jingle that warns, “If you’re going to run in Texas, you can’t be liberal, man.”Cruz tweeted the 60-second radio ad Tuesday night, shortly after he and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke advanced to a closely watched November matchup.The ad says O’Rourke “wants to take our guns” and calls him “liberal Robert,” referring to his given first name, and says he “changed his name to Beto.”Cruz also uses a nickname for his given name, Rafael Edward Cruz.O’Rourke is raising more money than Cruz so far but remains very unlikely to win in November. Texas has not elected a Democrat statewide since 1994.FIRST LISTEN: our new 60-second statewide radio ad introducing our liberal opponent, Congressman Robert O’Rourke, to Texas voters.Help #KeepTexasRed: https://t.co/PVsiCtbbyL #CruzCrew #TXSen pic.twitter.com/OxK61gZ0ek— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 7, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

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