LACE to Provide Business Start-Up Grants for Youth

first_imgLove thanked LACE and other stakeholders of the project for putting smiles on her face-Launches House Hold Enterprise Sub-component of YOP; targets 15,000A project intended to provide business start-up grants for youth in 10 communities in Montserrado County has been launched by the Government of Liberia (GoL) through the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) and House Hold Enterprise (HHE) sub-component.The HHE, which was launched on Monday, April 16, is a sub-component of the Youth Opportunities Project, which will provide business start-up grants for youth and life-skills training to select beneficiaries to properly manage their own businesses.Joseph Williams, LACE Executive Director, said the initiative is part of the government’s plan to help create an enabling environment for young people between the ages of 18-35 and to create their own revenue through household enterprise and agriculture-related activities.“This sub-component is targeting 3,000 beneficiaries over the 5-year implementation period of the Youth Opportunities Project (YOP),” he explained.He added that the project is being sponsored by the World Bank to the tone of US$10 million. Mr. Williams commended the World Bank for the support, which he noted will go a long way for the young people of Liberia and the benefiting communities.The LACE Deputy Executive Director further noted that the project is placed into several components but LACE is focused on two components to include: The Household enterprise and the Productive, Public Works and life skills support.The ministries of Youth and Sports, as well as Gender, Children and Social Protection, and the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment are the sole implementing partners under the YOP program.After the transparent lottery process, Williams said, 80 beneficiaries will be selected and they will go through a three-week youth orientation training by the service provider Education Care. After the training, the group will be divided into eight and each group will receive US$2,500 as a start-up.At the completion of the training, Education Care, the service provider, will identify the line of businesses for the beneficiaries and will place them in a group of eight and subsequently work with them for its effective establishment.In a symbolic style to show the transparency of the lottery exercise, Williams shook a white bucket in front of the participants and picked one of the tickets that identified Ms. Love Kromah as the first lucky winner. In a brief interview with reporters, Ms. Kromah thanked LACE and other stakeholders of the project for putting a smile on her face.She promised to utilize wisely whatever she will receive from the project, in a move to sustain herself. West Point, Sonewhein, Logan Town, Clara Town and many others are part of the communities benefiting from the project.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp apologises to West Brom boss after Anfield fallout

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp offered an apology to West Brom manager Tony Pulis for his behaviour during and after last weekend’s heated encounter.The pair interacted with each other on a number of occasions during the feisty 2-2 Premier League draw at Anfield and Klopp did not exchange the customary handshake with his opposite number.Speaking immediately after the match, Klopp said he had not shaken hands because “it was not a friendly game” and also criticised West Brom’s style of play.Pulis clearly was still stewing over the incident when he spoke to the media on Friday and argued Klopp’s criticism was to deflect attention from the Reds’ failings.Klopp learned of Pulis’ comments just before his press conference ahead of Sunday’s clash with Watford but chose to extend an olive branch.The German insisted he had simply forgotten to shake hands in the heat of the moment as he went to his players to celebrate their late equaliser and thank the fans.Klopp said: “I can easily say sorry for everything I said during the game because I am very emotional, I think Tony Pulis is similar, and there were a few words.“We were very close together.“For me it was not a big problem but it was very intense and after the game I wanted to go to my team.“Really I forgot to shake hands. That’s all.“If we meet today, it would be no problem to say sorry and to shake hands, to have a talk about whatever.“I have big respect for his work, no doubt about this.“In that situation it was not easy to switch on the lamps and switch them off.”On his comments after the match, Klopp added: “It was not a game where five minutes were enough to come back to a normal situation.”The 48-year-old, though, denied the relationship with other managers is more heated in the Premier League than the Bundesliga.“Only the coaching zones are closer, that’s the only difference,” he said.“We are all emotional and best friends in the league.“We talk completely normal before the game, we ask about our families after the game and during the game.“We are coaches of different teams and we say things you never would usually.“That’s how it is on the pitch. But it was not that serious.”last_img read more