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

Rose expects to remain at Tottenham after ‘shock’ start against Man United

first_imgTottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has revealed he expects to remain at the club this season, following his ‘shock’ recall to the team.Rose, out-of-favour and linked with a loan move to Paris Saint-Germain, was handed a surprise start in Monday’s Premier League clash against Manchester United. 4 Danny Rose impressed manager Mauricio Pochettino with his overall performance against Manchester United Rose had a difficult start in his first match since playing in England’s third-place play-off in Russia.You could see the player curse himself after nearly handing United a goal with a wayward backpass, but he improved as the match went on and spoke of his joy of being selected for such a big game.“It was amazing,” he added.“I was nervous to see if I was going to be in the squad and I really didn’t see myself playing.“I was so shocked in the meeting before we arrived. I thought there was going to be a change but never did I think that it was going to be me coming in.“It was a massive shock. I’m over the moon that I’m able to be part of this win.“I just felt that we won last week, had a very good performance. 4 4 “We all have to start again trying to impress him and that’s great. We all go again.“I’m good. I’m not listening to the speculation about my future.“If I’m here past Friday, which I’m expecting to be, which will be great, I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve at the end of the season.“Me and the manager have had a conversation over the phone, as well as two one-hour meetings over the last couple of weeks.“We’re both aware of the situation. (Monday) was massive for me that, even though there is speculation, he still trusts and believes in me to put me into such a massive game, a game where he didn’t need to change anything.“For me, over the last four or five years we’ve worked together, that is probably the biggest thing he has done for me.“I have to thank him for that. I have to thank because it would have been easy for him not to play me given the speculation that is going around.” He did not feature in Spurs’ first two games of the season and, by his own admission, he was rusty at Old Trafford.But after a poor first-half, where a sloppy back-pass almost gifted United a goal, he improved and began to show signs of the player who was considered England’s best left-back a few years ago.Rose’s Tottenham career looked all-but over after falling down the pecking order during a spell which saw him struggle with injury and his mental health – openly talking about his struggles in an interview with talkSPORT last November.But having featured against United, the defender has thanked manager Mauricio Pochettino for giving him an unexpected boost of confidence and says he hopes to reclaim his spot as Spurs’ first-choice left-back this season.“The manager has spoken to us all a couple of weeks ago and said everybody starts from zero,” Rose said. 4 Rose celebrates Tottenham’s 3-0 victory over Manchester United with team-mate Kieran Trippier Danny Rose battles with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba during Spurs’ 3-0 win at Old Trafford Rose has hailed Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino for his support “I just thought the manager would have stuck with the back line that played the last few games. It was a surprise and I’d like to think it’s one that’s paid off.“I had a very poor first half but I felt I got better in the second half.“We got a clean sheet, we scored goals and we forget about it, go to a difficult game on Sunday [at Watford] and look to keep going with the momentum that we’ve got now.”last_img read more

51 of employers view mental health as biggest threat to staff health

first_imgAround half (51%) of employer respondents believe that mental health conditions are the biggest threat to their employees’ health over the next five years, according to research by Axa PPP Healthcare.Its study of 1,000 managers in organisations employing 50 or more staff, also found that 78% of respondents feel they have some responsibility for their employees’ health.The research also found:44% of respondents believe obesity or a high body mass index is the biggest threat to employee health over the next five years, while 30% feel high blood pressure poses the greatest risk.74% of respondents work for a business that has an employee health and wellbeing strategy in place.67% of respondents think that technology will play an increasingly important part in their organisation’s health and wellbeing strategy over the next five years.58% of respondents which do not currently have a health and wellbeing strategy in place are planning to introduce one within the next few years.Chris Horlick (pictured), distribution director at Axa PPP Healthcare, said: “Employee wellbeing is one factor employers can do something about; and [it is] well worth doing so [because] employees who are mentally and physically well will have the resilience to drive better business performance.“To achieve this, it’s important for employers to consider their workforce as a whole and introduce health and wellbeing strategies that also tackle any specific health needs.“It’s essential to provide solutions that support healthy, active lives and, for employees who should become ill or injured, provide early access to investigation and treatment for an early recovery and return to work.“The extent of employers’ interest in employee health and wellbeing and their acknowledgment that they have some responsibility for employee health are both welcome findings. The challenge is to turn this goodwill into meaningful action through a more strategic approach to health and wellbeing management programmes that deliver measurable, sustainable benefits to employees and employers alike.”last_img read more