Support Creative Children

first_imgParents urged, Ambassador Cooper promises to make the institution vibrantBy David A. Yates and Robin Dopoe Jr.The founder and chief executive officer of the Liberia-Ghana Missions and Alfilit-Liberia, Rev. Emmanuel Giddings, have encouraged parents to support their children who have interests and talents in the creative and performing arts. Rev. Giddings, who served as guest speaker yesterday at the closing exercise of the MacDella Cooper Foundation Academy’s (MCF) annual performance and talent show, said culture is what makes Liberians who they are today; and as such, it should be taken seriously by all.The foundation houses 80 students between the ages of 5-18 years, 11 faculty members and 10 support staff at the school’s campus.Giddings said at a time like this when Liberia’s culture is dying away and different cultures are invading the nation, “especially when western culture and national leaders are selling our culture away to nations, Liberians need to stand and promote their culture. It is refreshing that a school can still find space to include the culture of our nation in these activities,” he said.Rev. Giddings, who spoke on the theme “Discovering Your Talents, Developing Your Talent and Sharing Your Talent,” said if the natural given talents of young children are not discovered and prioritized, they will die.He also called on others to develop strategies to promote young people’s diverse talents to enable them to earn income and generate employment from their talents.The program was marked with youth performances in music, poetry, comedy among others.“We all have roles to play…when [parents] feel like their children are not getting quality education, let them intervene. If they don’t do that, then they are not playing their role,” Giddings said further.He challenged parents to start off by playing their role of providing quality education by ensuring that the children get the best education.Ambassador Macdella Cooper, who is aspiring for the nation’s highest seat, expressed gratitude to the teaching staff for successfully ending the 2016-17 academic year.She said as a philanthropic Liberian, her dream “is to see every child in this country to be educated.”The MCF ambassador promised to make the institution more vibrant and to take it to the 15 counties.According to her, the vision of the MCF was launched in December 2010 as a non-profit institution to provide quality services to underprivileged children and women in Liberia.She said the school was established as Liberia’s first boarding school for orphans and the needy.“This noble institution was established to transform the lives of less fortunate children, break the cycle of poverty by providing quality education, good healthcare, food, shelter and clothing for abandoned children.“So, with these dreams it is my hope to make Liberia better for all children,” she said.The MCF, which is located in Charlesville, Margibi County, was established to also help create a middle class between the poor and the rich and to help refashion and redesign the minds of young people traumatized during the civil conflict.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – Rev. Giddings: “It is refreshing that a school can still find space to include the culture of our nation in these activities”last_img read more

GAA NEWS: DONEGAL MINORS UPSET THE ODDS AGAINST ANTRIM

first_imgDonegal Minor Hurlers Surprise Antrim.It doesn’t happen too often which makes it all the sweeter: a Donegal county hurling team deservedly beat their Antrim opponents. Admittedly the Saffrons fielded their U17 team but it must be remembered that the majority of the North West squad are also U17. A good day for manager Tom Clare and his boys; a good day for the support underage hurling is enjoying from the County Board; a great day for the teenage hurlers who are gradually coming of age.The writing was on the wall from the early minutes: a point from Tom Clare followed by a goal from Conor Griffen set the tone. Antrim kept in touch, mostly from forays towards the Donegal goal. Further points from full forward Clare, half-back Jack O’Loughlin and a brace from mid-fielder Eddie Lynch left the home team leading 1-05 to 1-03 at the break. The loss of the influential Kyle McGrath midway through the opening half due to a shoulder injury was eased by a high quality substitution in James Doherty. The only other sub used was Macauley Carr (for Mattie Porter) whose speed on the wing impressed. In passing it might also be noted that the squad had several of the starting 15 unavailable due to injury. Donegal started the second half with a flurry of scores. Goals in quick succession from Paul Nelson and Conor Griffen as well as points from Griffin, Clare, Sean Curran, Justin McBride and Sam Doherty ensured a well-earned victory. Antrim had a purple patch in the final quarter which kept the locals on their feet but it proved too little too late. The end result was: Donegal 3-10, Antrim 3-06.The home team and management may be happy with the overall balance of the squad. The fact that eight Donegal names were on the scoresheet, that the bulk of the scores came from play, that six different clubs figured in the starting fiveteen and that the Antrim keeper had a busy and productive day promises well for the future of this young squad. This was their third game of the season and the first ever victory at Ulster ‘A’ level. Manager Tom Clare was particularly pleased that his squad put two good halves together.The Donegal team was: David Ireland (St.Eunans), Kiaran Rami (Aodh Rua), Kyle McGrath (Burt), Eugene Drummond (Aodh Rua), Stephen Doherty (St. Eunans), Jack O’Loughlin (Buncrana), Justin McBride (Setanta), Eddie Lynch (Aodh Rua), Paul Nelson (Buncrana), Conor O’Grady (St.Eunans), Sam Doherty (Buncrana), Sean Curran (Mac Cumhaills), Conor Griffen (Mac Cumhaills), Tom Clare (Buncrana), Matthew Porter(Carndonagh). The subs used were James Doherty and Macauley Carr, both from Buncrana.Referee Alan Nash, from Derry, kept the game flowing from start to finish.  GAA NEWS: DONEGAL MINORS UPSET THE ODDS AGAINST ANTRIM was last modified: April 1st, 2014 by John2Share 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:AntrimdonegalMinor Hurlerslast_img read more

Minister Creed continues to dither on fodder crisis measures – McConalogue

first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture and Food Charlie McConalogue TD has said that Minister Creed must honour the passing of the Fianna Fáil Private Members Business motion on the fodder crisis in the Dáil last week.Deputy McConalogue said Minister Creed must immediately bring forward the proposals outlined in this motion that the Dáil voted for.“These include the introduction of a hardship fund, a meal voucher scheme, the delivery of outstanding 2017 payments and low-cost loans. “The minister has taken a hands-off approach to the crisis as it escalated over the last 6 months.“Despite the calls of Farming Organisations and the passing of a Dáil motion on the issue, he continues to refuse to listen to the difficulties being experienced by the farming community and to support them appropriately.“The time for dithering is over. The Minister and Government must act swiftly as laid out in the Dáil motion.”Minister Creed continues to dither on fodder crisis measures – McConalogue was last modified: April 26th, 2018 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)last_img read more