88 Graduates Urged to Seek Virtue for Productive Future

first_imgLGM Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel J. Giddings addressing graduates, parents and others at the Harriette E. Bailey Methodist SchoolThe eighty-eight (88) graduates of the Harriette E. Bailey Memorial United Methodist School have been urged to seek the virtue of excellence for a productive future. Rev. Emmanuel J. Giddings, chief executive officer of the Liberia-Ghana Mission, gave the admonition on Thursday, August 3, at the fourth commencement convocation held at the HEBMUMS Auditorium in Duahzon Community, Margibi County.Rev. Giddings told the graduates that they have taken the first step in their quest for education, and that there are huge challenges that could either serve as barriers for their elevation to another level in pursuit of higher education, or as a motivation to persevere. He, however, frowned on indecent dress codes on the part of some of the graduates and urged them to be what they are and not someone else as they pursue their educational goals. “I want to encourage you to consider yourselves as the future generation of Liberians that are expected to steer the affairs of the nation,” Rev. Giddings stressed.He further reminded the graduates that although Liberia is 170 years old as a nation, she is yet to be on par with the nearest countries of Ghana and Ivory Coast in socioeconomic and infrastructural developments. He urged the graduates to aim high and not be content with what he described as “good enough,” adding that there is nothing like luck in the search for solid education and building a solid foundation for the future. “Work hard and always study your lessons at a meticulous pace in order to reach the marks of excellence and good moral standards in your quest for marketable skills,” Rev. Giddings said.Rev. Giddings, meanwhile, announced a scholarship for the valedictorian, B. Felix Zeekeh, to pursue higher education at the United Methodist University, and a two-year scholarship for the salutatorian. For his part, valedictorian Zeekeh pointed out that he had a remarkable experience at HEBMUMS, working along with teachers and the administration. He urged his fellow graduates to always endure and consider themselves as people on a journey to be productive for the country.Zeekeh congratulated his colleagues for their hard academic work and expressed gratitude to their parents, sponsors, and scholarship providers for their support over the years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jose Mourinho has no issues with Arsene Wenger ahead of weekend meeting

first_img The pair have endured a combustible relationship since the Portuguese arrived on English soil in 2004 1 Jose Mourinho says there is no need to make peace with old foe Arsene Wenger as there are no problems between them.As the Premier League heads towards a fascinating conclusion, Arsenal need victory against Manchester United on Sunday to bolster their ailing top-four hopes.To do that, under-fire Wenger will need to finally beat Mourinho in a Premier League match at the 13th time of asking on an afternoon when cameras are sure to be trained on the dugouts.The pair have endured a combustible relationship since the Portuguese arrived on English soil in 2004, but the Arsenal boss says he is willing to make peace with his old rival.Mourinho once labelled Wenger a “specialist in failure” and the United manager believes talk of a truce is unnecessary.“He doesn’t need to (make peace),” Mourinho said. “He doesn’t need to because there are no problems.“In the last match at Old Trafford, we shook hands before, after. I remember that I still met him in the corridor for the press conferences, we shook hands again.“He doesn’t need to make peace. When there is peace, I don’t have to have (a) problem.“I am a big boy, I’m in football for all my life. I know that a problem on the pitch, the next day is not a problem anymore.“So for me, no problem at all and I think he will be very, very pleased with me that I am going to change my team to play against Arsenal, so I think he’ll be really happy with me!”United’s team selection on Sunday should be interesting given Mourinho will rest some players with an eye on Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo.The United boss was pleased with the first-leg performance in Spain but the narrow 1-0 win was not enough to kill the tie in a competition that offers both a trophy and Champions League return.The Europa League is now Mourinho’s main focus as he believes their top-four tilt is all but over, despite sitting fifth and a mere point behind Manchester City.“We are going to try (to win),” the Portuguese said of the trip to north London.“We are going to try, we are not going to Arsenal to say ‘beat us’, or ‘beat us 5 or 6-0’. We are going there to fight for a result.“But it’s impossible like I cannot do it in another way.“If Celta was playing with their best team, if Celta was fighting for important things in LaLiga, we would go in the same circumstances.“But I cannot now play with the same team that played here, and then repeat again on the next Thursday.“So, we have to be human with the players, we have to be sensible and common sense in relation to our situation in the Premier League.“And I think the last match against Swansea was last our last chance to fight for top four, so I am going to rest players, yeah.”The only player Mourinho confirmed would start at Arsenal is David De Gea.The coveted Spain goalkeeper was reduced to a watching brief in Vigo as back-up Sergio Romero produced yet another solid display.De Gea will return to the line-up on Sunday and Mourinho has given him hope of starting the Europa League final should they make it.“I don’t like to say this competition is for one goalkeeper, that competition is for another one,” he said.“Sergio played one match in the Premier League, David played two matches in the Europa League against Fenerbahce and against Feyenoord.“Sergio played also one match in the League Cup, David played the other matches and played the final. I don’t like that complete separation.“Sunday plays David. We have two fantastic goalkeepers, we have a third goalkeeper that I think will be the best Portuguese goalkeeper of the next generation (Joel Pereira).“We have great goalkeepers, and (against) anyone in the world I trust completely.”last_img read more