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The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Liberia Refugees Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) and with a USD1.5 million funding from the Government of Japan has empowered nearly 200 Liberian returnees through Entrepreneurship Development Training.On January 11, at the William V. S. Tubman High School on 12th Street, Sinkor, Monrovia, a lively graduation ceremony of 193 Liberian returnees, who had completed an extensive 120-hour training in Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP).Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, Education Minister Etmonia Tarpeh, who represented President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as well as LRRRC Executive Director, Cllr. Abla G. Williams, graced this occasion.In her opening remarks, Madam Williams outlined some of the achievements the Liberian Government has made in helping Liberians returning home to resettle; such as the provision of US$250,000 to support the reintegration projects of the Commission, as well as funding the academic education and skills training fees for returnees studying at various institutions. However, she stated that despite these interventions, challenges remain for the Commission.“Against this backdrop, the Japanese Government in collaboration with the GOL, LRRRC, and UNIDO were able to draw out plans that would provide skills to returnees in entrepreneurial development for self-employment,” Cllr. Williams stated.The EDP is the heart of this UNIDO’s intervention and responses to the need of the majority of Liberian returnees, who wish to set up their own businesses.Education Min. Etmonia Tarpeh congratulated the graduates on their achievement and encourage them, with their new skill, to enter the world of work.Liberian trainers, who had been trained by UNIDO in TOT last September, carried out the trainings of 193. This was an important step in capacitating Liberians to train their fellow citizens in how to start and manage a business.Internal Affairs Min. Morris Dukuly, who delivered the keynote speech, praised the graduates: “The fact that you desired to be part of this entrepreneurial development training is evidence that you do not want to be held back. I am commending your courage and decision to return home.” Minister Dukuly emphasized that “If there were a time when Liberia ever needed its people to just begin to believe in themselves, in their country, and in the promise of recovery, reconstruction, and social- economic development of our country that time is now. We have had 10 consecutive years of peace and we must work each of us in small and big ways to advance, nurture, and strengthen peace in Liberia.”The training comes in time, as it is in line with the economic agenda of the Government of Liberia, which identified the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as central focus to foster growth in Liberia.The EDP training is part of a comprehensive UNIDO intervention, which contributes to the efforts of the Government of Liberia in empowering and reintegrating the Liberian returnees. The project will assist more than 800 Liberian returnees through high standard training in Entrepreneurship development and in marked-driven vocational skills. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
New Delhi, May 13 (PTI) Rewarding their good show in the recently concluded I-League, national football coach Stephen Constantine has called up eight talented U-22 players in 35- strong probables list for the AFC Asian Cup Qualifying round encounter against Kyrgyzstan in Bengaluru on June 13. The India camp will commence at the Andheri Sports Complex from May 20. The ones called are Nishu Kumar (Bengaluru FC), Chinglensana Singh (Shillong Lajong), Lalruatthara (Aizawl FC), Jerry Lalrinzuala (DSK Shivajians), Subhasish Bose (Mohun Bagan), Laldanmawia Ralte (Aizawl) and Isaac Vanmalsawma and Vishal Kaith (Lajong) Among the probables, Mohun Bagan goalie Debjeet Majumdar has also made the cut. “We will be having the Camp in two stages and have invited 21 players for stage 1. The stage 2 will kick-off when the remainder of the squad, ie, players from Mohun Bagan and JSW Bengaluru FC join in after finishing their respective Club commitments for the AFC Cup,” Constantine said. “For me, the start of any Camp is another opportunity to see the players. I am very excited and looking forward to working with them again,” he added. Squad: Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Subrata Paul, Debjit Majumdar, Amrinder Singh, Albino Gomes, Vishal Kaith (U-22). Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Nishu Kumar (U-22), Arnab Mondal, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Chinglensana Singh (U-22), Lalruatthara (U-22), Fulganco Cardozo, Subhasish Bose (U-22), Narayan Das, Jerry Lalrinzuala (U-22). Midfielders: Jackichand Singh, Udanta Singh, Laldanmawia Ralte (U-22), Seityasen Singh, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Rowllin Borges, Cavin Lobo, Md. Rafique, Dhanapal Ganesh, Milan Singh, Issac Vanmalsawma (U-22), Halicharan Narzary, Bikash Jairu. Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Daniel Lahlimpuia, Robin Singh, CK Vineeth. PTI KHS KHSadvertisement
In case you missed the Baylor game, here’s all you need to know. #TTUvsBAY https://t.co/Y7lAyAwR5a— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 4, 2015Baylor entered this game as the only FBS team ranked in the top 10 in both passing and rushing offense. Through four games, the Bears are averaging 63.8 points per game.Only one week removed from playing TCU to the final minutes, Texas Tech did not look as impressive in week five. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 415 yards and three touchdowns, but also had two interceptions. After going 3-0 in the non-conference, the Red Raiders are now 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the Big 12.Even though the Bears ended up beating the Red Raiders by a 28-point margin, it was actually their smallest margin of victory yet this season. Tech managed to get 636 yard of offense on the day, but it didn’t matter much with the game of catch-up they were playing.The Bears are now 4-0 for the third straight season, marking the first time that has happened since 1915-17. Baylor will have the easy task of visiting Lawrence to take on the Kansas Jayhawks this Saturday, while Texas Tech will try to get their first Big 12 win when they host Iowa State.Baylor: 63 | Tech: 35Kansas Jayhawks vs. Iowa State CyclonesLastly, in what was the least-exciting Big 12 game of the week, Iowa State hosted Kansas in Ames. Most could have predicted the result of this game before it started.The Cyclones defeated the Jayhawks 38-13, dropping Kansas to 0-4 on the season and 0-1 in the Big 12. The possibility that Kansas may go the entire season without winning a game seems more and more likely each week.After Iowa State finally ended the streak of going 13 years with never winning a conference opener they are now 1-0 in the Big 12 and 2-2 overall. Cyclone fans should have known it was going to be a good day the moment QB Sam Richardson pulled off (maybe) the nicest fake-hand off of the weekend for the game’s first touchdown. (23) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (15) Oklahoma SoonersThe Sooners defeated the Mountaineers 44-24, moving to 1-0 in Big 12 play and 4-0 overall. The Mountaineers fell to 3-1 overall.Sooner quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns, and linebacker Eric Striker recorded a career-high 13 tackles including three for a loss and two sacks. Striker also forced a fumble that would be returned for a touchdown.Striker led the comeback for an Oklahoma defense that allowed their last opponent to muster 603 yards of offense. Overall, the defense sacked West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard seven times and forced a total of five turnovers. The Oklahoma defense had only forced two turnovers all season heading into the game.In contrast to Baker Mayfield’s three touchdown passes, Skyler Howard threw three interceptions and only one touchdown. He also lost two fumbles on the day, not making matters any better for his team.The Mountaineers came in with a defense that had only allowed 7.7 points per game, the nation’s top-ranked scoring defense. They also had yet to surrender any points in the first half. However, the Sooners scored with 8:45 left in the first quarter and didn’t have much trouble finding the endzone after that.Ultimately, it was West Virginia’s turnovers that cost them the game, with three of the five turnovers in the fourth quarter. The Mountaineers had their impressive moments, but couldn’t keep up with the Sooners late.Oklahoma will take on the Texas Longhorns in week six for the Red River Showdown, and the West Virginia Mountaineers will host the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Morgantown.OU 44 | WVU: 24Texas Longhorns vs. (4) TCU Horned FrogsMoving down to Fort Worth, TCU continued their Big 12 title pursuit at home as they took on the sinking ship that is the Texas Longhorns.For Texas, this game is one they would soon like to forget as the Horned Frogs routed them 50-7 and dropped them to 0-2 in the Big 12 and 1-4 overall. The Longhorns are officially off to the worst start they’ve had since 1956 when they began 1-9.As expected, quarterback Trevone Boykin had an impressive performance with 332 yards passing and five touchdowns, all while sitting out the fourth quarter.Both Boykin and star receiver Josh Doctson broke records in the first half, adding more salt to the wounds the Longhorns will be nursing on their way back to Austin. Boykin passed current Cincinnati Bengal quarterback Andy Dalton’s passing touchdown record of 71 as he now has 74 for his career. Doctson also broke a TCU record for career receiving touchdowns with his pair of scores for a total of 22. We predict a lot more for both before the season is over.For the third-straight week, the Texas special teams suffered another costly and humiliating mistake as a high snap on a punt led to a safety. Two field goal attempts also went wide. Sam Richardson faked out everyone on this #Touchdown run. @CycloneFB opens up a 10-0 lead over Kansas. http://t.co/TBeb6owIhE— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 3, 2015Running back Mike Warren rushed for 175 yards, setting a freshman record. Warren gave his team a 24-0 lead in the second half on a 62-yard scoring run, which was the longest of his career.The Cyclones defense was particularly harassing, racking up five sacks and eight tackles for a loss. Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart completed 15 of 21 passes for 150 yards and one score. He was eventually taken out of the game in the fourth quarter due to a left shoulder sprain.It had been 673 days since Iowa State had beaten a conference opponent, but that clock can now reset. The Cyclones will travel to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech, and Kansas will remain in Lawrence to host the Baylor Bears.It’s safe to assume that game won’t end well for the Jayhawks.ISU: 38 | Kansas: 13If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! TCU has now beat Texas for consecutive years for the first time since 1958-59. This game was essentially over about 10 minutes in, and the Horned Frogs carried a 30-0 lead into the second half. Even though this TCU defense was missing mix starters due to injury, they still managed to contain Jerrod Heard and limit the Texas offense to only 313 yards of offense and seven points.Things aren’t looking good for Texas, and don’t seem to be on the upside anytime soon. They have the tough task of taking on Oklahoma this Saturday, while TCU will go to Manhattan to face the Kansas State Wildcats.TCU: 50 | Texas: 7Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. (5) Baylor BearsThe offensive firepower that is the Baylor Bears met the Texas Tech Red Raiders at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and once again Baylor was firing on all cylinders.The No. 5 Bears put it to Texas Tech, beating them 63-35 with a balanced attack both through the air and on the ground. Quarterback Seth Russell threw for 286 yards and four touchdowns, and running back Shock Linwood rushed for a career-high 221 yards along with two touchdowns. The Bears finished with 680 yards of offense, and have now scored 538 points in their last 10 games. Fans of the Big 12 were given a treat when all 10 teams faced an opponent within the conference for the first time this season. And nothing says Big 12 play like the offenses we saw on Saturday, so let’s take a closer look at the winners and losers.
March 21, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Like Target and Amazon, Walmart is trying to figure out what the future of retail looks like. The company already bought startups such as Jet.com and clothing store ModCloth to better compete online, but Walmart’s next move will invest some of its sizable coffers directly in the next generation of retail technology startups through its own tech incubator.According to Jet.com founder Marc Lore — now CEO of Walmart’s ecommerce division — the group will be called “Store No. 8” and will focus on investing in companies that cover all the buzzwords from virtual and augmented reality, to machine learning, robotics and artificial intelligence.As Bloomberg reports, the new tech incubator was named after a shop in Arkansas where Sam Walton used to experiment with store layouts and will be based in (where else) Silicon Valley. While Lore didn’t reveal how much Walmart would be investing in the project, Store No. 8 will be headed up by Walmart SVP of Digital Store operations Seth Beal and VP of Incubation Katie Finnegan, who also came from Jet.com.While the companies at Store No. 8 will operate independently of Walmart corporate and its research company @WalmartLabs in San Francisco, the end goal here is to create new tech that will help Walmart’s bottom line — whether that be through new online boutiques like ModCloth or new ways to skip the checkout lines in the store. Plus, when your competition is riding robots and planning a delivery service for the moon, the only smart move is to respond by opening a tech incubator. This story originally appeared on Engadget Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »