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Willis, Williams win FLOW Ultimate Experience

first_imgRomario Willis of St George’s College and Tyrese Williams of Kingston College will represent Jamaica at the FLOW Ultimate Football Experience Final in Trinidad and Tobago on May 7. Willis won the top spot, while Williams was second at the event staged at Ballaz Liberty Park, located at Devon Road in St Andrew, on Saturday. They won from of field of 67 boys and one female competitor. All 68 persons received certificates of participation. Sean Porteous and Dwight Merrick of Jamaica College received special awards. They were presented with Manchester United jerseys. Two winners from several Caribbean countries will advance to the two-day skills session in Trinidad next month, to experience one-on-one training with Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and Manchester United Soccer School coaches. There, they will participate in a series of drills, designed by the coaches for the for the two top finalists to win a trip to Old Trafford in Manchester, England to watch Manchester United against Crystal Palace in the English Premier League on May 21. Willis who is a 15 year-old and in third form says that he was highly confident in winning the top prize for a chance to go to the final in Trinidad. “I came here expecting to win because I put in a lot of work. It is an overwhelming feeling. I am going to Trinidad and then I will be in Manchester next month,” he said confidently. Manchester United’s past player and academy coach, Quinton Fortune says it was a good experience in his first visit to Jamaica. “It is a good experience been here for the first time in Jamaica. I enjoyed the experience with the kids, they have talent and are wonderful,” Fortune who represented Manchester for six years said. Carlo Redwood, LIME vice-president of marketing and television said the kids aged 13 to 16 were selected from across the island. “It is good to see the kids here who were selected from across the country. FLOW is continuing to develop football in association with the CFU,” Redwood said. HIGHLY CONFIDENTlast_img read more

‘ArcelorMittal Here to Stay,’ CEO Assures Liberians

first_imgIn spite of the slump in iron ore prices on the world market, Mr. Michel Prive, chief executive officer of ArcelorMittal Liberia has assured the nation that the company is here to stay.Mr. Prive made the remark at the company’s club house in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County last Saturday during the certification of the second batch of five Liberians who have qualified as locomotive drivers. Mr. Prive said the company is more determined to ensure that Liberians are trained to fill positions to assist in government’s Liberianization drive. The five newly qualified employees bring the total number of Liberian locomotive drivers to nine. The five are Jackson Tingban, Don Hayes, Harris Luke, Willie Horace and Lawrence Wilson.The first group was also comprised of five trainees but one is deceased. The eighteen months training cost ArcelorMittal US$100,000. (US$20,000 per student), an official said.Mr. Johan Bekker, one of the manager’s in the Rail Department, said the training included theoretical and practical skills followed by a series of tests.“The training is of world class standard for train crews. The instructors are expatriates with years of rail experience in South Africa and the United Kingdom,” he stated.“Despite the bad market experience, ArcelorMittal is still here because we are here to stay and develop Liberia together,” Prive declared.He said the five Liberians have demonstrated that having completed eighteen months of intensive training and tests to be qualified as locomotive drivers, means they are prepared to accept added responsibility to move the company forward.“I urge you to apply the knowledge from your training to take care of yourselves and your colleagues and you must ensure that you accept responsibility for your safety. We count on you to grow with your responsibility,” Prive told them, as their family members and a cross-section of workers cheered.He added: “The training is in line with ArcellorMittal Liberia’s succession planning, which is intended to create more opportunities and build the capacity of Liberian employees while preparing them for higher roles and responsibilities.”Mr. Erich Katzke of ArcelorMittal’s HR Business Partner, said the company has two objectives, “To do mining and to develop Liberia.”He urged the graduates to accept the challenge, reminding them of the higher responsibility that is now on their shoulders, as well as the pivotal roles that they must play in the company.Katzke said the five Liberians must accept the responsibility to be the role models for future Liberians as the company reassesses its priorities but with a focus to develop the capacity of Liberian workers.Mr. Denis Foulds, ArcelorMittal’s head of Rail and Port, encouraged the five Liberians to take the mantle and run with it.On behalf of the newly certificated locomotive drivers, Lawrence Wilson recounted the eighteen months of training in three phases since 2013.“It was initially difficult but we were determined to follow through and despite the challenges we encountered we made it and therefore we thank ArcelorMittal and our families for their wonderful support,” Wilson said.He also assured ArcelorMittal, their families and Liberians in general that having completed the very difficult training they are ready to be responsible on their jobs to encourage the management of ArcelorMittal to do more for Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more