Pres. Weah Meets African University Heads

first_imgPresident Weah with heads of various African Universities – Advertisement – President George Weah has called for greater unity and cooperation amongst African governments, institutions and peoples in every sector of development in order to overcome growing diversities and surmount both internal and external challenges facing the continent, an Executive Mansion has said in a release.According to the release, Weah indicated that the advancement of the continent rests solely on the shoulders of Africans, not external partners, who often come with preconditions.The President recalled how the African Continent and its people endured difficulties towards their emancipation and development, noting that it is high time Africans came together to tap their rich potentials.He spoke on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at his Jamaica Resort during a meeting with heads of several African Universities, who are in Liberia as part of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM).RUFORUM is a network of 105 universities in 37 African countries. It was founded to galvanize joint efforts by African Universities to contribute to efforts to reduce poverty and improve food and nutrition security in Africa.The Forum also aims to develop human capital for Africa, especially at graduate and post-doctoral levels so that Africa has the requisite capacity to drive its development agenda.At the meeting, the release said, President Weah (a football legend) reflected on collaborative efforts some African footballers made against racism, which was at its highest peak in the 1980s and 1990s.He called on African leaders to stand together to confront common threats, adding that the forum was essential for Liberia in its efforts to attain growth.The President promised to do his best to promote the ideals of RUFORUM. “I will encourage my peers to promote this idea, because it is good for the growth of the African Continent,” he said.“I will do anything that will help our young people to develop,” he added.Weah then welcomed the delegation of university professors, and informed them that research in agriculture, which RUFORUM seeks to advance, was at the core of his government’s development agenda.On behalf of the visiting African professors, George Kanyama-Phiri, vice Chancellor of Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Malawi, congratulated President Weah on his election as President of Liberia, and for maintaining and strengthening good governance and institutional processes.“We want to congratulate President Weah for his government’s focus on strengthening agriculture, and promoting science, technology and innovation for economic development,” Dr. Kanyama-Phiri said.He also commended Weah for organizing a Liberia Higher Education Day to galvanize support and action for the development of the higher education sector. The visitors particularly recalled President Weah’s distinguished (soccer) awards, which they said made Africa proud, and made him a role model for sports and youth development on the continent.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Michael Kors Holdings Announces FurFree Policy

first_imgMichael Kors Holdings Limited – a global fashion luxury group – will end its use of fur, with production phased out by the end of 2018.The policy will apply companywide, including for Michael Kors’ Jimmy Choo brand. With this announcement, Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo have joined the international Fur Free Retailer Program.Humane Society International applauds the effort, which is the latest in a series of announcements by major fashion brands to move away from using animal fur and substitute other products to create stylish and functional clothing.Designer Michael Kors said: “Due to technological advances in fabrications, we now have the ability to create a luxe aesthetic using non-animal fur. We will showcase these new techniques in our upcoming runway show in February.”Humane Society International’s President Kitty Block, said: “Killing animals for fur is cruel and outdated, and so it’s hugely exciting to see forward-looking fashion designers such as Michael Kors take fur out of their collections. It’s clear that consumer demand for ethical fashion includes a strong desire for an end to fur, and so we are delighted to welcome Michael Kors as a fur-free leader in luxury fashion alongside the likes of Gucci, Armani, Yoox Net-a-Porter, Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss.”PJ Smith, senior manager of fashion policy for The Humane Society of the United States, who worked with the company on its fur-free policy, said: “Today’s consumers want fashionable, luxurious clothing and accessories that also align with their social values and Michael Kors’ fur-free move makes it a leader in that regard.”last_img read more