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ALFALIT Graduates 60 Tailors

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first_imgALFLIT Liberia Inc. last weekend graduated 60 persons – 59 females and a male – in tailoring after they completed a Skills Training Program that started in 2013 without any significant break in continuity except for the Ebola outbreak in 2014.Since its founding in 2006, ALFALIT has been involved in literacy programs. However, three years ago the entity decided to incorporate the Skills Training Program in response to appeals from students of the literacy program from across the country.After learning to read and write, the students pleaded with ALFALIT for the addition of life skills development that would enhance their acquired literacy and enable them to fully participate in and contribute to the country’s economy.“It was as a result of these appeals that ALFALIT decided to launch ‘Sew and Sell’ as a pilot project,” ALFALIT Program Coordinator Jerome Williams recounted during the graduation ceremony held at the organization’s headquarters in Congo Town. Williams indicated that the request for hands-on skills came out of every literacy intervention in both rural and urban communities. “Literacy skills for adults are almost needless if they are not applied or help to improve the recipient’s standard of living,” he said.As a result of the appeal, Williams said tailoring was chosen in 2013 as an easy and viable business venture needed in all communities.“Sewing is indeed a beneficial skill because a mother could make the outfits for her family members, while at the same time sew and sell to the rest of the community. Tailoring is still effective and useful as an income generating activity. So we think we made no mistake in choosing the skill as the start of this program,” he added.The center, said Williams, operated smoothly with every student accessing a tailoring machine, monthly supplied practice materials and experienced tailors and seamstresses facilitating the learning process.The guest speaker, Etheline Nah, urged the women to be committed to what they have learned. She urged them to be steadfast in their efforts to improve the lives of their family members. ALFALIT’s Executive Director Rev. Emmanuel Giddings said his organization recognizes literacy as an essential first step to any form of further education and provides access to the many programs being offered in the country, which can lead to better health, freedom from abuse, self-sufficiency and an enhanced quality of life.ALFALIT is governed by a Board of Directors comprising ten members – all of whom are Liberian citizens – which is supported and operated by an all-Liberian staff. The organization also provides educational assistance and scholarships to thousands of disadvantaged and marginalized school-aged youth, including high school graduates.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wenger downplays Pep’s influence

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first_img0Shares0000“We are maybe underdogs but we have to believe in our quality. The history, the fact we have done it before, shows why not do it again?”LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 24 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger suggested that aggressive player recruitment, more than Pep Guardiola, makes Manchester City favourites in Sunday’s League Cup final.Asked if Guardiola had raised the bar, Wenger said “no, because you look at Barcelona and they are still the best team in Europe”. “You have to accept that the modern game has changed with the recruitment of the best players in a short number of clubs,” the Frenchman said.“We, as managers, can maybe impart our philosophy but this game belongs to the players because the importance of the players has become bigger than ever before.”The Gunners have won the FA Cup in three of the last four seasons, 2014, 2015 and 2017, but Wenger still considers City to be the favourites at Wembley.“When you come through such a long way, you go to the final, you don’t want to lose it,” he said.“You want to win it. At the end of the day, you have to be cool. Because Manchester City is dominating the league ahead of everybody and so maybe we are more underdogs than in the FA Cup semi-final [last season].“We are maybe underdogs but we have to believe in our quality. The history, the fact we have done it before, shows why not do it again?”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Congress approves children’s health-care bill

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In a situation of unusual political complexity, Republicans dictated the decision to pass the legislation speedily. It appeared their goal was to short-circuit attempts by supporters of the bill to reach a compromise that could attract enough votes in the House to override Bush’s veto. Attempts by Reid to delay final passage of the bill until next week or longer drew objections from the GOP. “I believe a deal is within reach,” said Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, a participant in meetings with two senior Senate Republicans, Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Orrin Hatch of Utah, and several members of the House GOP. Rep. Judy Biggert, R-Ill., who supported Bush’s first veto and is involved in the discussions, said “we are pretty close” to an agreement but that several issues remain. For example, she said, the two sides had narrowed their differences on the issue of insuring maximum coverage of poor children before those in slightly higher-income families can be brought into the program. Baucus said the negotiations would resume next week. The veto-threatened measure would add an estimated 4 million beneficiaries to an existing program that provides coverage for children from families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford private insurance. The program currently provides benefits to roughly 6 million children. At a cost of $35 billion, the bill would be paid for through an increase in tobacco taxes, including a 61-cent rise on a package of cigarettes. Bush vetoed an earlier children’s health bill this fall, and Republican critics said it failed to give a high enough priority to covering poor children, marked a Democratic attempt to expand government-run health care, and did not take sufficient steps to prevent the children of illegal immigrants from receiving benefits. Democrats failed to override his veto on a vote of 273-156, 13 short of the two-thirds majority they needed. In response, Democrats launched a replacement measure, incorporating changes they said were designed to meet Republican objections to their first offering. But Bush dismissed those efforts this week, telling a business audience, “If Congress sends this bill back to me, I’m going to veto it again.” He predicted his second veto would be upheld. A day earlier, the president told House Republicans in a private meeting that he would veto any measure that raised tobacco or any other taxes, a significant hardening of the administration’s public position on the issue. Political polls show the children’s health issue enjoys widespread support, and Democrats and their allies have moved quickly to exploit it for their advantage with television and radio commercials attacking Republicans who opposed the legislation. The result has been a growing nervousness among House Republicans looking ahead to the 2008 elections. The party’s top leaders, Reps. John Boehner of Ohio and Roy Blunt of Missouri, joined the compromise negotiations in recent days. It is unlikely either of them would support a bill that raises taxes. Rather, officials said their intention was to coax as many concessions as possible from the Democrats so that the next measure would be one that other Republicans among the rank-and-file could comfortably support. As an example of the unusual political maneuvering on the legislation, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced shortly after the vote that Democrats would not immediately send the measure to the White House. And Reid said that out of deference to rank-and-file House Republicans who are involved in the talks, he would ask Speaker Nancy Pelosi not to call for an immediate attempt to override a veto. Whether it succeeded or not, such a vote would only add to the political discomfort of GOP lawmakers who have supported the president so far on the issue. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – A defiant Democratic-controlled Congress voted Thursday to provide health insurance to an additional 4 million lower-income children, and President George W. Bush vowed swiftly to cast his second straight veto on the issue. The legislation cleared the Senate on a vote of 64-30. It passed the House last week, but supporters were shy of the two-thirds majority needed to override Bush’s threatened veto. “We’re convinced that the president has undermined an effort to protect children,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said shortly before the vote. “Congress has known for weeks that the president would veto this bill,” White House press secretary Dana Perino countered in a statement shortly after the vote. “Now Congress should get back to work on legislation that covers poor children and stop using valuable floor time to make partisan statements.” last_img read more