The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, went out of her way last Saturday to present to 750 graduates of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) a handsome purse, US$16,780, for their achievements in vocational and technical training. As the spiritual says, He didn’t have to do it, but He did—so we say about the President. She did not even have to be there but she was, we think mainly to demonstrate how seriously she values vocational and technical education.The President must cringe (become embarrassed, recoil) every time she learns that companies, locally and foreign-owned, must bring in expatriate engineers and technicians to undertake technical assignments. That is why she did not rest until she got the Chinese to agree to rehabilitate, at the cost of US$10 million, the MVTC. Last Saturday’s marked the first graduation since the rehabilitation of the Center was completed.So she felt she had to show up and do something tangible to demonstrate her appreciation not only to the Chinese, but to the Liberian students who took seriously the opportunities afforded them to learn trade skills that will elevate them from idleness to positive engagement in vocational and technical fields, to make them highly marketable.We pray that more of our young people will be recruited to enter MVTC, study hard, learn and attain the vocational and technical skills that will land them into well paying jobs or empower them to be self-employed. Vocationally and technically speaking, we believe there are two things more on the President’s mind. The first is the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), which she has committed herself to turning into a “center of excellence.” The second is the thousands of young people on the streets of Monrovia and other urban centers around the country minimally engaged—loading taxies, selling water, candies or towels or doing nothing at all but pick-pocketing. Ellen must go to sleep every night wondering how she can change that. MVTC and BWI are part of the answer. But with rampant illiteracy afflicting many of these very people and many more in the country, how can most of them be made ready to benefit from MVTC training of any kind? Can there be created an agricultural enterprise to which they can be assigned to learn on the job and become gainfully employed and earn decent wages?This has been done in many other countries and it can be done in Liberia. We suggest the President appoints a roundtable to discuss this issue. We are sure something tangible can be done in the near future to put some smiles on the faces of our tens of thousands of idle young people. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
O.J. Simpon sided with President Trump over Colin Kaepernick when it comes to protesting the national anthem. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)/Julie Jacobson-Pool/Getty Images/)O.J. Simpson doesn’t think Colin Kaepernick made the best decision when he decided to kneel during the national anthem two NFL seasons ago. While the formerly incarcerated football star initially gave the ex-San Francisco 49er credit for standing up for his beliefs, he admitted he felt Kaep made a “mistake.”“I think Colin made a mistake,” Simpson told Buffalo News Friday, March 16. “I really appreciate what he was trying to say. I thought he made a bad choice in attacking the flag.“I grew up at a time when deacons were in the KKK,” adds Simpson, who generally sides with President Donald Trump on his stance on NFL players protesting. “I don’t disrespect the Bible because of those guys. The flag shouldn’t be disrespected because of what cops do. The flag represents what we want America to be.”Trump has voiced similar support for the flag and last year he called for players who exercise their first amendment right on the field to be fired.Ahead of Trump’s statement, Kaepernick left the 49ers and became a free agent. He hasn’t been signed by an NFL team ever since.Still, other athletes have protested the anthem too and his movement has spread beyond football and into leagues like the NHL.“When he did it the first time I thought, ‘Well, you took a gamble, and I give you credit,’” Simpson said, reflecting on Kaepernick. “But it was him continuing to do it where he made the biggest mistake.“I’m a firm believer of doing what you think is right, but I would always stand for the flag.”
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Tags Share your voice Game Developers Conference Comment Game Developers Conference Now playing: Watch this: Apr 30 • Facebook’s new Oculus Rift S vs. Oculus Quest: Which VR headset is for you? reading • Oculus Quest may have its first killer app with Beat Saber Oculus What will it take for people to want to put Facebook’s upcoming portable VR headset, the Oculus Quest, on their face? A killer app would help. Beat Saber seems like a good start. Beat Saber is one of the smash hits of the virtual gaming world, relatively speaking. The musical fitness game is one of CNET’s favorite VR games for good reason: it’s addictive, active and wonderfully tuned. It’s even an arcade game. It’s also going to be a launch game for the Oculus Quest when it arrives later this spring, Facebook revealed on Monday.The Oculus Quest is a fully wireless, standalone VR system that allows full six degrees of freedom (6DoF) room motion. That’s a perfect pairing for the arm swinging of Beat Saber. My early experiences with the Quest were promising, and it seems to be aiming for a Nintendo Switch-like gaming focus at launch. As to how well it works on a mobile system? We’ll follow up when we can. Meanwhile, check out the trailer below. Oculus Quest is a full-motion, self-contained VR headset… 16 Photos Oculus Quest virtual reality headset revealed See All • Mar 21 • Google Stadia puts Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC gaming on notice 1 Apr 30 • How to preorder Oculus Quest and Rift S right now Video Games Wearable Tech 1:34 Mar 21 • Intel intros 9th-gen Core H mobile CPUs, Graphics Command Center Oculus Virtual Reality Facebook
US president Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump stepped off Marine One and make their way to board Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on 2 June. Photo: AFPBritain will roll out the red carpet for US president Donald Trump on Monday as he arrives in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit.Queen Elizabeth II will welcome Trump and his wife Melania to Buckingham Palace, where they will be treated to a guard of honour, a private lunch and later, a glittering state banquet.But beneath the pomp and ceremony, Britain is in turmoil with prime minister Theresa May due to step down within weeks over her handling of her country’s exit from the European Union.True to form, Trump ripped up the diplomatic rule book before he even touched down by saying former foreign minister Boris Johnson would make an “excellent” choice to succeed May.He also recommended May’s successor walk away from talks with Brussels, refuse to pay Britain’s agreed divorce bill and leave the EU with no deal.The much vaunted UK-US “special relationship” was already under strain over different approaches to Iran, China and the Paris climate change accord.Opposition politicians are boycotting the banquet over what London’s mayor Sadiq Khan called Trump’s “divisive behaviour” and large protests are expected across the capital.But May and Trump are expected to emphasise the wider benefits of the old alliance when they hold talks at Downing Street on Tuesday.On Wednesday, they will join other world leaders in the English port of Portsmouth to commemorate 75 years since the D-Day landings, which changed the course of World War II.”Our relationship has underpinned our countries’ security and prosperity for many years, and will continue to do so for generations to come,” May said ahead of the visit.No-deal BrexitMay announced her resignation last month after failing to get her Brexit deal through parliament and twice delaying Britain’s EU departure.She will formally quit as her Conservative party’s leader on Friday, but will stay on while they find someone to replace her.Three years after the referendum vote for Brexit, Britain remains divided and anxious about its place in the world.Trump recommended the new government “walk away” from talks with the EU if it cannot get a good deal, and refuse to pay the £39 billion (45 billion euros, $50 billion) divorce bill May agreed.In an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper, he emphasised that there was “tremendous potential” for Britain to trade with his country after Brexit.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, a veteran socialist, denounced the president’s “entirely unacceptable interference in our democracy”.He earlier condemned putting on a show for a world leader who “rips up vital international treaties, backs climate change denial and uses racist and misogynist rhetoric”.Strained special relationshipTrump’s first official visit to Britain last year was overshadowed by criticism of May’s approach to Brexit, as well as large demonstrations.Protesters are planning another big turnout this week and are hoping to once again fly their inflatable balloon showing Trump as a baby over the streets of London.But the president’s itinerary, which also includes a tea with heir to the throne Prince Charles, will keep him away from the public.He is not due to meet prince Harry and his American wife Meghan Markle, who has previously been highly critical of Trump.Asked about Markle’s comments in his weekend interviews, Trump said: “What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty.”May was the first foreign leader welcomed to the White House after Trump’s election victory in November 2016, but their relationship has not always been rosy.They have clashed in the past over his migration policies, while Britain still backs the Iranian nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord, both of which Trump has abandoned.Washington has also been putting pressure on Britain to exclude Chinese tech giant Huawei from its 5G network over security concerns, suggesting it might harm intelligence sharing.