first_img“Liberians can look up to other countries and even consider quick fix solutions from others who are determined to help them, but any lasting solution rests on Liberians.”That statement was made by Brazilian Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Andre Luiz Azevedo dos Santos, during a press conference at a local resort in Monrovia.He said in contrast to Brazil, Liberia has a plantation style of agriculture which did not work for Brazil because the concentration was not on producing food to feed the people but to develop commodities that are eventually exported abroad.“We therefore changed our focus since we realized that we had a huge population to feed and as a result Brazil concentrated on helping the poor to learn how to do business in their various localities,” he said.Liberia can learn from Brazil, by examining its mistakes in developing its agriculture or any other venture, but he said that Liberians must understand that they need to examine that experience and take only what benefits Liberia.Ambassador dos Santos said Liberians should be cautious of ‘ready-made solutions’ from abroad, under the direction of individuals chosen by their governments.Meanwhile, Ambassador dos Santos said he is inviting a Brazilian artist to visit Liberia to share his experiences with his Liberian counterparts.“It is intended to help Liberian artists to focus on their artistic development,” he said, “because more often, the Liberian artist is tempted to direct his energy to become a businessman, instead of concentrating on his talents.”Ambassador dos Santos said for the last two and a half years he has been in Liberia, he has discovered that promising Liberian artists suffer stagnation in their growth because once their drawings are bought by some expatriates they concentrate on drawing to sell, as businessmen.He noted that such artists become businessmen in their focus and they weaken the part of them that wants to develop and find a pathway to grow.The Brazilian artist’s visit, he said, will help to refocus Liberian artists to the most essential elements in their development in order to continue to grow as artists in pursuit of their dreams.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img Wayne Rooney applauds the fans as he leaves the pitch Wayne Rooney was the star attraction as Manchester United and Jose Mourinho continued their pre-season preparations with a goalless draw against Everton.United and England captain Rooney played 52 minutes at Old Trafford as his testimonial against his former club doubled up as a stern Premier League warm-up.Rooney got the chance to play alongside new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a promising attacking formation that also featured Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial. The front pair linked well, with Ibrahimovic often dropping deep.“I said many years ago the perfect partner for a striker is Wayne Rooney,” said Swede Ibrahimovic in an interview aired before the game by MUTV. “He works not only for himself but for the striker and the whole team. I’m absolutely happy to be one of the guys beside him.”Seeing them together was certainly a tantalising prospect for the fans but, despite some fluid moves, chances were few and far between.The work of new manager Mourinho may take some time to bear fruit at United. Attention will now turn to preparations for Sunday’s Community Shield against Leicester and – presumably – the pursuit of Paul Pogba.When or if a deal for Pogba, heavily linked with a world record £100million return to United from Juventus, materialises remains to be seen.For now United are a work in progress under Mourinho. There was little to excite other than the promise of the forward line and the return to action of a rejuvenated Luke Shaw, but nor did Everton expose many weaknesses.Ross Barkley tested David de Gea and Romelu Lukaku headed a gilt-edged chance wide, while Shaw saw an effort deflected past the post and Ibrahimovic shot at new Toffees goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.In the second half, former Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini headed at Joel Robles.Other than that it was a chance for fans to pay tribute to Rooney, who was donating all proceeds from the fixture to charities.Rooney joined United from Everton 12 years ago and has since scored 245 goals for the club. He will equal the club best of Sir Bobby Charlton – whose England record he has already taken – with just four more.“While I cannot deny it is disappointing I will no longer hold either honour, it was always going to happen one day and I am glad they will belong to Wayne,” said Charlton in the programme.There were plenty more tributes to Rooney in the matchday magazine, including from Mourinho and former managers Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.“I am sure he will provide many more memorable moments for United in the coming years,” said Mourinho.Rooney himself spoke briefly at full-time, saying: “I have spent 12 seasons here and had a lot of success, and there’s hopefully a lot more to come.”Mourinho stuck by his plan to use 22 players, making six substitutions at half-time and the rest as the game wore on. Bastian Schweinsteiger, whose United future is uncertain, was conspicuous by his complete absence from the teamsheet.New Everton boss Ronald Koeman also made a host of changes, including one enforced by injury when Muhamed Besic hobbled off. 1last_img read more