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Add Vo-Tech Ed to Todee Military Training

first_imgJust last week the Daily Observer called in its editorial on the new Armed Forces Liberia for the training and deployment of AFL soldiers into the fields of agriculture and highway engineering to accelerate nation-building. We argued that the nation is desperately in need of technicians to assist in particular with agriculture and road building. So we were particularly pleased when the keynote speaker at Tuesday’s Armed Forces Day celebration, Governance Commission Chair Dr. Amos Sawyer, called in his address for upgrading the academic capacities of the nation’s armed forces.  He said this would definitely be part of the implementation of the government’s Agenda for Transformation (AfT).Dr. Sawyer is right.  Long gone are the days when most of our men in arms were illiterate or semi-illiterate at best.  Up until the 1950s and beyond our men in arms were still saying “Gormen gi me gun; it no gi me Inglae.”  Many Liberians took this as a remark uttered in jest (as a joke).  It turned out, however, that it was not a joke but a mild rebuke of the government to which the soldiers were devoting the lives, but which offered them no education except military training and instruction in Band Music.  Remember also that the 27 enlisted men who staged the 1980 coup d’etat that overthrew the Tolbert government were mostly illiterate or semi-illiterate.It is indeed remarkable that this administration can boast that it has since 2006 produced the most intelligent army in our history. That is since 1908, when President Arthur Barclay created the Frontier Force of Liberia (FFL).Thanks to Defense Minister Brownie Samukai and the American trainers of the newly created AFL, all new recruits for training were required to be of a minimum high school graduate level.  That thus makes the army the most educated in history.Now Dr. Sawyer is calling for even more training for our men in arms, and we are proposing that the first step in this new training endeavor should be in Vocational and Technical Education. This proposal is based on the fact that the occupation in which most Liberians are engaged is Agriculture, and there is always a need for people trained in the vocational and technical fields.  These include Agriculture, including Poultry and Eggs and Animal Husbandry, Accounting and Business Management, Arts and Crafts, Auto Mechanics, Building Construction, Cabinet Making, Carpentry, Ceramics, Drafting, Electricity, Glass Works, Home Economics, Machine Shop (Machinery), Masonry, Music, Plumbing, Refrigeration, Tailoring, etc.The Todee Military Academy has a strategic advantage: it is off the Kakata Highway, just a few miles down the road from the Booker Washington Agricultural and Industrial Institute (BWI), which administers training in most of these technical and vocational areas.BWI could be a good starting point for the Todee military trainees, which could begin with a program that BWI offered during the war–Accelerated Training in the various vocations.  In time, Todee could develop its own vocational and technical training shops.Our friends from the neighboring countries, including Nigeria and Ghana, may have experience in this area of vocational training for the military. But we are sure that our American friends, too, can help, because they, too, have short-term pilot programs for training in high-demand career fields called “Voc-Tech”. This program equips soldiers not only to serve when disaster strikes various parts of the United States; it also prepares Army retirees find employment after they transition out of the Force.  According to Wikipedia, Army Education is working with technical and community colleges throughout the United States to build upon existing programs and develop new pilot re-training programs in high demand career occupations, such as rehabilitation, nursing, medical technology, and other health care occupations. We suggest that the Defense Ministry should draw up a comprehensive plan for training in these areas at Todee, which can be started in close collaboration with BWI.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nuno, Yanks, Rocked By A’s, 10-5

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — Carlos Beltran rediscovered his power stroke. One inning later, the Yankees slugger forgot how many outs there were.It was that kind of day for New York, which takes a two-game losing streak into a key series with division-leading Toronto this week.Beltran homered for the first time since coming off the disabled list in the Yankees’ 10-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics on June 15. But the veteran also was called out on a strange play in the eighth inning when he lost track of the outs.With one out and the A’s ahead 10-3, Beltran hit a grounder to short that was turned into a forceout at second. After crossing the bag at first, Beltran trotted toward New York’s first-base dugout. He got halfway there before heading back toward first, but was tagged in foul territory.“I thought there were two outs,” said Beltran, adding it was the first time in his big league career he’d been called out after losing track of the outs. “It was too late to go back.”Umpire Dan Iassogna made the call and Yankees Manager Joe Girardi came onto the field for a brief discussion. By rule 7.08, Beltran was out for “abandoning” the base.“It’s an embarrassing play,” Girardi said. “It’s probably happened to all of us. A lot of times it’s more that you slow up running to the bag as opposed to peeling off. It’s a lot more glaring when that happens.”Derek Norris and Coco Crisp hit early three-run homers off New York starter Vidal Nuno (1-3). Nuno, who had allowed only three earned runs total over his previous two outings, allowed eight runs and eight hits in three-plus innings.“It was pretty much not making adjustments,” Nuno said. “They got some little hits here and there and then it was just one pitch, bang. Those two innings, it was a little frustrating not getting ahead of the count and they took advantage.”The A’s had been held to one run or fewer in four of their previous nine games before taking a 10-0 lead in four innings.Yoenis Cespedes drove in two runs and Josh Donaldson snapped an 0-for-33 slump with an RBI single. Jessee Chavez (6-4) carried a shutout into the sixth.With the second-best record in the majors behind San Francisco, the A’s have won three of four and are off to their best start in nearly 25 years.Chavez blanked the Yankees until Derek Jeter doubled in the sixth and scored on Mark Teixeira’s two-out single. Oakland’s right-hander was stellar otherwise, allowing five hits over six innings with four strikeouts.Beltran homered off reliever Ryan Cook in the seventh. “I felt good, I felt rhythm at the plate,” Beltran said. “It was pretty positive the way I felt. Hopefully I can build from that.”Brett Gardner also homered for New York, hitting a two-run shot in the ninth. The Yankees put two more runners on base after that against struggling reliever Jim Johnson, and Luke Gregerson came on for the last out.Jeter played his last scheduled game at the Coliseum and received a lengthy ovation from the sold-out crowd that included several thousand fans decked out in Yankees jerseys.The retiring shortstop was given a bottle of Northern California wine during a pregame ceremony and received a financial donation from the A’s for his Turn 2 Foundation.The Coliseum is the site of one of Jeter’s most memorable plays, the backhanded flip to the plate that helped save the Yankees in the 2001 playoffs. Jeter hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the seventh before being replaced by Brendan Ryan in the bottom half of the inning.(MICHAEL WAGAMAN, Associated Press)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more