FLOW’s Miller urges athletes to grasp opportunities at Relays

first_img FLOW Foundation has been donating funds to schools that make requests for help for more than 20 years, and Miller said that makes the event one of the highlights of the foundation’s yearly activities. “It’s one of the highlights of our year’s activities, one which we look forward to with a great amount of anticipation because of what it is doing. It is helping youngsters to showcase their talent, which also has the potential to showcase their talent to the world,” he said. Miller also encouraged the youngsters who compete at Penns to pay equal, if not more, attention to their academics even if they are excelling in track and field. “They are goodwill ambassadors for Jamaica and they can erase a lot of the negative perceptions out there with regard to Jamaica,” he said. In addition to the Penn Relays fund, FLOW Foundation also supports free Internet access to all primary schools across Jamaica that request free Internet as long as the company has the facilities in the area. The association also donates funds from its 6K road race to assist with the paediatric cancer fund in tandem with the Bustamante Children’s Hospital and provides scholarships for a final-year student of engineering studying at a local tertiary institution. FLOW Foundation executive chairman Errol K. Miller says his foundation looks forward each year to being part of something that gives young Jamaican student athletes the opportunity to display their skills on a stage such as the annual Penn Relays. FLOW Foundation on Tuesday presented high schools and tertiary institutions that will participate in this year’s event at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field in Philadelphia with sponsorship cheques totalling more than $4 million to help offset expenses to attend the track and field meeting. “Penn Relays would be attended by all kinds of scouts and coaches. It opens up the athletes to visitors in terms of athletics, but if there are people who are also doing well in academics, it also opens that door, too, in terms of scholarships to tertiary institutions abroad,” Miller told The Gleaner in an interview following the presentation at FLOW’s Carlton Crescent headquarters. LONG-TIME SUPPORTERlast_img read more

‘Outstanding Soldier’

first_imgThe Government of Liberia (GOL) last Friday paid respect to the fallen Nigerian General Suraj Alao Abdurrahman, former Commanding Officer-In-Charge (COIC) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), who died on January 28 after a brief illness in New York while undergoing medical treatment.The Nigerian General served the AFL from June 2007 to February 2014 at which time he was instrumental in the formation of a new disciplined AFL, which subsequently produced a Liberian Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Daniel D. Ziankahn.The well-attended memorial service by the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of National Defense (MOD) served as a sign of appreciation and respect to the late General Abdurrahman for the work he did for the AFL. The GoL invited his family from Nigeria to attend the Memorial Service where several institutions were in attendance and also paid tributes to the fallen African soldier.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as head of the government and partners were also present at the Memorial Service held at the Monrovia City Hall.President Sirleaf who is also the Commander-in-Chief (C-I-C) of the AFL, while paying a tribute to the late Abdurrahman, told the families of the late soldier that it was with heavy hearts that Liberians gathered to pay homage to a great friend; stressing that the country remembers him for the quality of leadership and regimentation he imbued in personnel of the AFL.C-I-C Sirelaf described the late General Abdurrahman as an exemplary officer of Nigeria and acknowledged that he will be missed for his enriched military experience, exceptional leadership and unmatched commitment he brought in the discharge of his time-consuming assignment.She emphasized that this won him the respect of the Government and people of Liberia as well as the Chief of Defense Staff of the sub-regional organization, ECOWAS, at the same time bringing honor to his country, Nigeria; adding, “He was a dedicated public servant, an outstanding soldier.President Sirleaf expressed the hope and prayed that the wife of the late General Abdurrahman, Haja Fatima Wali-Abdurrahman and his beloved children will find solace in the collective prayers of all. They were all present at the occasion of Friday in Monrovia.Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai recalled that, “As a military man, he was very hard working, prepared, always willing and ready to teach his colleagues and always told us that the best self-esteem that you can give a soldier is adequate training, which at his turning over last February to the newly promoted Chief of Staff (COS) of the AFL, Gen. Abdurrahman said he was happy to have helped the new Army, and has no doubt that, as a ‘force for good’, it can carry out its duties well.”Nigeria Ambassador to Liberia, Chigozie F. Obi-Nnadozie, indicated that the late Gen. Abdurrahman’s services to Liberia as the COIC of the AFL was one that made her proud as her country’s Ambassador to Liberia.She thanked the Liberian Government and people for the opportunity and support given the late general and his family.In special remarks of appreciation, the widow of the late Gen. Abdurrahman, Haja Fatima Wali-Abdurrahman, thanked President Sirleaf, the Government and people of Liberia, Defense Minister Brown Samukai, AFL Chief of Staff Ziankahn for the massive support her husband received when he served as AFL COIC.She also thanked them for organizing the memorial service in her husband’s honor, saying, “we will forever remember this event as we live on with our grief and Liberia will continue to be my second home,” she noted.She stressed that the family considers Liberia as their second home and expressed joy that her husband could contribute to the country’s recovery through his service to the AFL at the time his service was most needed.The late Abdurrahman assumed command of the AFL in June 2007, succeeding fellow Nigerian, the late Lieutenant/General Luka Yusuf, who also died shortly after leaving his post as COIC of the AFL.Several personalities and institutions including the Diplomatic Corps; United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL); Chief of Defense Staff of the Nigerian Army; Ministry of National Defense led by Minister Brownie J. Samukai; Armed Forces of Liberia led by the Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Daniel Zeahnkan; Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan; River Gee Senator Conmany Wesseh; and Montserrado County Representative Munah Pelham Youngblood as well as politician Dr. Togba Nah Tipoteh, among others, paid tributes to the fallen Nigerian solider.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more