A non-governmental organization, Mineke Foundation over the weekend launched its Women’s Club aimed at building women’s skills in the country to ensure that they support themselves.The national coordinator for Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women at the Gender Ministry, Dominic Massaquoi said such a program needs the full support of the (Gender) ministry to decentralize its activities. “It is the obligation of women to take this project into their hearts as it will usher them into a marketable state in the future,” Massaquoi told them. He told the women that the institution is helping them to take advantage of the job market.“Women are potential people not quantity, but [you all] need to put more time to your training,” he urged them.He promised the women the ministry’s full support to extend the program across the Barnesville Community to benefit more residents, especially the women. Also speaking, Coordinator of the Mineke Foundation Bukola Ayoola said lack of women’s empowerment across the Gardnerville Township is a major problem.“We will invest more resources to make women contributors in the homes, and in their society through this skills training program,” she assured the participants.She said since the beginning of the women’s club more people have benefitted and the interest is growing among the community of women. Ms. Ayoola further said the increase in economic hardship has made it difficult for many women, especially the unskilled to succeed easily in Liberia.“We will tackle these hardships with vocational training courses, giving our women a brighter future and skills to start their own businesses,” she said, adding that courses offered focus on self responsibility, learning skills and teamwork.She noted that building the skills of women with the right economic approach and entrepreneurial knowledge makes them accountable to transform their lives.“An optimistic, practical and independent woman positively impacts her community, nation, family which is the basis for every developed country,” she emphasized.According to Ms. Ayoola, the women’s club was initiated this year with more them 60 women benefiting in soap making, pastries and vocational courses.She disclosed that currently there are about 40 women undergoing career training in the three-month soap making and nine month pastries course in the vocational school. Gardnersville Township Commissioner, Vamba F. Kenneh appreciated the foundation for the good work and appealed that they should extend it in other parts of the township.“I hope that these women will make this project as their first life priority in order to improve their own livelihood,” he added. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal 1 Manchester United may have handed under-pressure manager Louis van Gaal a stay of execution as a much improved Red Devils side outplayed Chelsea, although they were unable to end their winless run in another frustrating goalless draw.Having suffered perhaps their lowest point in Van Gaal’s reign with a Boxing Day defeat to Stoke, reports leading into today’s Bank Holiday Monday clash suggested the Dutchman would be sacked if they lost against the below-par Blues at Old Trafford.But The Red Devils bounced back to put in one of their most spirited performances of the season which saw the hosts twice denied by the woodwork from Juan Mata and Anthony Martial, while both goalkeepers pulled off some fine saves in an entertaining encounter.The primary cause of fan unrest under Van Gaal’s regime has been the lack of attacking football, but they were not left wanting this time around in an electric opening period at the Theatre of Dreams.An invigorated United moved the ball well and enjoyed a lot of freedom down the flanks in the early stages which allowed Juan Mata the first sight of goal against his former club.Latching onto Wayne Rooney’s clever dink, the Spaniard’s arrowed effort beat the leaping Thibaut Courtois but thumped against the crossbar.Chelsea – who started without a regonsied striker – were disjointed in midfield but, powered by the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro, proved a real threat on the break, and Ashley Young was in the right place to clear as Chelsea soon hit back on the counter, with David De Gea pulling off a brilliant one-handed save to deny John Terry’s header from the resulting corner.United, meanwhile, were more composed with the ball and a neat sequence of passing on the left saw Anthony Martial run into space and deftly cut in on his favoured right foot, only to see his fizzing low shot also clatter the woodwork. After a lively opening 20 minutes, the game soon transformed into a scrappy battle, with both sides suffering from a lack of creativity in the fina third as the majority of attacks broke down around the box before a chance could be conjured.The forward breaks which did result in a goal attempt either produced a fine save from in-form goalkeepers De Gea and Courtois or saw a good chance escape through wasteful finishing.Chelsea came quickly out of the blocks in the second-half and De Gea was soon forced into a fine double save, first denying Pedro from range with a stretched palm before blocking Cesar Azpilicueta’s quick follow-up.Courtois then did the seemingly impossible at the anther end to deny Ander Herrera what looked a certain goal; the Belgian scrambling back to block on the line as the Spaniard slid in to prod a teasing cross goalward.Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic was then guilty of a howler as he fired wildly over the bar under no pressure after bursting free from another swift Blues counter-attack.But it is captain Rooney who will be kicking himself the most as he missed a gilt-edged chance for the winner late on. The England striker was perfectly placed to nod in 18-year-old substitute Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s whipped cross at the back post, but instead decided to go for the volley and fired inexplicably over from close-range.There was little doubt United’s performance deserved all three points against a poor Chelsea side, but despite their improvement there is an undeniable air that their efforts may just be delaying the inevitable for an out-of-luck Van Gaal.