first_imgBy Duro IkhazuagbeManaging Director/CEO of the Nigerian Breweries Plc, Jordi Borrut Bel, has described the five-year partnership between the brewery giant and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as an opportunity to celebrate the true Nigerian spirit. Speaking at the weekend when NB Plc and the football federation sealed a five-year partnership worth N450million a year, Bel insisted that his company was inspired by patriotism and passion.“We are indeed delighted about this partnership between Nigerian Breweries Plc and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). This relationship provides us an opportunity to celebrate the true Nigerian spirit that is fuelled by patriotism, passion and desire for victory, through the platform of Football,” observed Bel at the event which took at the Lagos brewery bar.The agreement makes Star Lager the ‘Official Alcoholic Drink of the Super Eagles’ while Amstel Malta is now the ‘Official Malt Drink of the NFF and the National Teams,’ including Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup-bound Super Eagles.President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick, restated his position that NB Plc is “an organisation that has been a torch-bearer of excellence and corporate social responsibility for the several decades it has operated in Nigeria,” whilePinnick said: “There were other companies that were interested in these categories but once Nigerian Breweries landed, they landed with conviction, with panache and with finality.“We are happy to be involved with them, and I must praise Pamodzi Sports Marketing Chairman Mike Itemuagbor, as well as Mitchell Obi and Ejiro Omonode for the roles they played in actualising this wonderful relationship.“The NFF is delighted to be in this relationship, and we want to assure you that Nigerian football will meet your expectations all round,” pledged the NFF chief.With 10 former Nigeria captains watching and the crème de la crème of Nigerian football administration seated, it was no surprise when NB Plc’s Marketing Director, Franco Maria Maggi declared: “We are not thinking of five years for this partnership. We are thinking of eternity. It is a dream that we have nursed for a long time. It is the ideal thing for Nigerian Breweries to partner Nigerian Football. We are keen to win with Nigeria.”Pinnick, alongside NFF 1st Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi, 2nd Vice President Shehu Dikko and Deputy General Secretary Emmanuel Ikpeme signed a Nigerian jersey which was handed over to Bel, while Bel, Maggi and NB Plc’s Corporate Affairs Adviser, Kufre Ekanem signed another which was handed to Pinnick. The NFF later presented customised jerseys to NB Plc’s triumvirate. Former Nigeria captains Olusegun Odegbami, Henry Nwosu, Peter Rufai, Augustine Eguavoen, Samson Siasia, Daniel Amokachi, Mutiu Adepoju, Garba Lawal and Ann Chiejine, as well as award-winning former Super Falcons’ forward, Okunwa Igunbor witnessed the occasion. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgThis weekend, the Wisconsin women’s and men’s teams will travel across the country to compete in two different, but equally important, tournaments.The women will travel to the ITA All-American Championship at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., and will be represented by top singles player senior Elizabeth Carpenter, who has qualified to compete in the pre-qualification draw. Joining her to form the Badgers’ top doubles team will be Badgers’ No. 4 singles player, sophomore Jessica Seyferth.  The singles tournament begins on Friday; those competing must win three matches to earn a spot in the qualification draw. From there, they must win three more matches for a spot in the main draw, after which six more match victories are needed to win the entire tournament.Carpenter has simple goals for herself and for her partner entering the tournament.“I just hope to get through the first three matches of the pre-qualifying draw,” Carpenter said. “I would like to move onto the qualifying draw and then go from there. Jessica and I have the same goal in doubles.”As the fall portion of the tennis season does not include dual matches, the team component is still in flux, with squads around the country attempting to decide what their best and most balanced lineups will be come January. Thus, players are put to the test in individual tournaments like the one Carpenter will be competing in this weekend. “I’m using this tournament to get ready for spring and don’t want to lose to anyone bad because it could come back to haunt me in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings later on,” Carpenter said. “I want to get out there and get some good wins.”  While the women are sending two players to Malibu, the men’s team has three individuals competing at the prestigious Baylor Invitational in Waco, Texas. Competing in singles will be juniors Moritz Baumann and Michael Dierberger, along with sophomore Marek Michalicka. Baumann and Michalicka will be teaming up to compete in doubles, while Dierberger will be playing alongside a player from Oklahoma State University in the exhibition doubles draw. Baumann, who last year was the first Badger to qualify for the singles draw of the NCAA Championships since 2002, has high expectations going into this tournament. Last year at the same venue, he caught fire early and rode that momentum all the way to the final, defeating a handful of seeded players along the way. The ITA ranked Baumann as No. 28 in the country going into the season.“I made it to the final in last year’s Baylor Invitational and expect nothing less of myself this year,” Baumann said. “I have been hitting the ball well and training hard, and I want to use this tournament to earn a high individual ranking going into the spring portion of the season, which will hopefully help me become a seeded player at nationals.”Though Baumann and Michalicka haven’t teamed together in a single match, their individual accolades have garnered national respect, and as a result they have been ranked No. 38 in the ITA Preseason Doubles Rankings. “We have yet to play doubles together in a big tournament but have played well as a unit in practice and in practice sets and matches and hope to establish ourselves as a force to be reckoned with on the national scene,” Michalicka said.Assistant coach Evan Austin has cautious optimism for his players going into the tournament but sees the challenge as an opportunity for his players to improve as the season gets underway.“[There’s no doubt] that this is a tough tournament,” Austin said. “The No. 1 and 2 players in the country will be there, along with many other nationally ranked players. But these guys have been working hard and hitting the ball well and see the tournament as a great opportunity to get some quality wins.”last_img read more

first_imgA disturbing development with unprecedented consequences in Education ever since Minister Werner took the realms of office is looming and if caution is not taken, the doors of public schools will be shut until something is done about it. He came into the Ministry with the tacit belief that he alone knows the answers to all the problems in Education. He ignored the National Education Plans put together by previous Ministers who are distinguished Educators-Dr Kandakai, Othello Gongar, Dr Korto and Mrs Tarpeh. All of these people did their best to revamp the system but the bottom line was always the lack of funds to do the job to bring about change.Our current Minister, having returned from USA believes he has all the solutions and can move Education from what he describes as FROM THE MESS TO THE BEST. How presumptuous is he?It is always a good thing to aim at the sky and to be ambitious; but Education is so important that no individual can claim the monopoly of knowledge to manage it.Since his tenure in office, Minister Werner has waged a war of words on teachers who can make the best of plans fail or succeed. Instead of encouraging and mentoring them, he has targeted them for humiliation, dismissal, outsourcing of pre-primary and primary schools in order to reduce the wage bill and handover public education gradually to business companies in USA and UK. Due to pressure, he has roped in local providers and faith-based institutions who have always been running schools in Liberia. Mr Minister claims the teachers are illiterate, some untrainable. The Ministry has developed a code of ethics for teachers without the involvement of teachers on the assumption that teachers are the only people responsible for all the failures of Education in Liberia. Reading through the Code of Ethics, one is prone to believing that teachers in Liberia are a bunch of criminals, involved in gang raping, gangsterism, school girl pregnancies, chronic absenteeism without good cause etc. Indeed this man must be coming from another planet.In his problem analysis, Minister Werner admits that 30 percent of teachers are without training. In Nimba, he posits that 48percent of teachers are without certification. In rural areas he claims a third of teachers are illiterate. Teacher attendance in school is poor with some teachers unpaid, names deleted on payroll, unapproved volunteer and community teachers, ghost teachers ostensibly recruited by the very Ministry of Education, teachers travelling long distances to get pay cheques. He also admits that his Ministry does not have the capacity to monitor and evaluate teacher and school effectiveness. Furthermore, the Minister admits that teachers are demotivated with no incentives to attract and retain qualified ones.Instead of tackling these problems, Minister Werner, under the influence of business organisations and the World Bank who pose as messiahs of Privatisation, have chosen the easier but unsustainable option of an unprecedented whole sale outsourcing of pre-primary and primary education, because of the number of students involved for profit making.With a United Kingdom adviser to Minister Werner, provided by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Minister has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bridge International Academies. We understand that Bill Gates and other billionaires are supporters of enterprises such as Bridge Academies and other education service providers whose motive is not philanthropic, but purely profit making. The fact that they provide already made lessons, encrypted in tablets and supplied to teachers, majority of whom are ill-trained or non- professionals, does not guarantee the intended educational objectives. Their sole emphasis is on literacy and numeracy but these alone cannot guarantee effective educational outcomes. Education goes beyond reading and writing and Minister Werner should know that.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more