The title sponsor for the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) is hopeful that other corporate entities will hop on board its player development programme which enters into its second year this season.The RSPL Player Development Programme was initiated last season when the brewers signed a five-year deal with the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) to be title sponsors for the most prestigious league in the land.So far, more than 70 players have passed through the programme – developing their off-field skills – which are expected to help them become more rounded individuals. The plan is to have as many as 350 players exposed to the training before the deal expires.”Last year was a great start and the players and the PLCA were happy with our commitment and interest in them,” said Toni-Ann Reid, assistant brand manager, Red Stripe.This year, another set of players is to be selected over the course of the next month by Red Stripe and the PLCA’s coaches to participate in the programme that involves training in the social graces to financial management.”We are looking at a set of 72 players again, six from each club,” said Reid. “We are sticking to the core modules we had before – conflict resolution, social media management, grooming and etiquette, financial planning and public speaking.”Reid revealed that the company would welcome other companies willing to partner with them for the undertaking.”We want them to become just as involved as we are. We all have assets we can bring to the table to get the players what they need, we just need to commit,” she said, pointing out that last season Citizen Security and Justice joined the programme to assist players to hone their skills in conflict resolution.Training modules”They did a phenomenal job through owning the conflict resolution training module and we hope to see more of that.”As part of the continuous tweaking of the respective modules, the players participating in this season’s programme will be required to do more media interviews. This, Reid said, will come about through the fostering of more robust relationships and partnerships with the media.”We want the media to get involved with the programme. Without the media, they won’t get the exposure or the experience they need,” Reid reasoned. “What we’ll be doing is trying to put the players to practice; dong more interviews as well as mentoring at-risk young adults in their communities. We are committed to giving the players meaningful training that will help set them up for the world stage.”Reid insisted that this season, the programme should be even better as the company tries to add greater value to what the players are exposed to during training.”Red Stripe as usual will always try to improve through better partnerships, better training programmes and getting the entire clubs involved,” she said.The players too, seem to have bought into what the programme is about. Kevaughn Frater, who last season played for Harbour View FC, said he found the programme quite relevant.”It’s good for the players. It’s a learning process because it’s not all about football, it’s teaching us how to be more respected. How you are is what defines you,” he said.
Baha’i s and friends after the indoor program. SRSG Farid Zarif saysFarid Zarif, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General (SRSG), over the weekend hailed the teachings of the Baha’i Faith, saying it would be “good if all humankind become Baha’is.”Zarif made the statement when he served as keynote speaker on the occasion marking the celebration of the 200th birth anniversary of the founder of the Baha’i Faith – Baha’u’llah, which was observed in Monrovia.He said that the teachings of the faith of the new manifestation of God are unique, “because they present hope and solutions to the world’s problems.”Founded in 1844 in Persia, now Iran, the Baha’i Faith is the latest of all independent world religions whose teachings call for the unification of mankind and religions, and the recognition and respect for the unique singularity of God, the Almighty.It discourages discrimination in all forms and manners and promotes universal peace, universal education, equality of men and women, justice for all and the advancement of civilization at all levels of human existence.“I am not really a good scholar of Baha’i, but considering the little I know about its principles, I believe we should all be Baha’is,” Zarif noted amid rousing applause.“Baha’is belief does not seek supremacy over any other faith neither does it alienate people of other religions or even those who up to now think that there is no God. The followers of Baha’u’llah do not believe in the exclusion of others but their inclusion and participation in working for the betterment of the world,” he said.Zariff speaks to audience at the commemoration of the 200th birth anniversary of Baha’u’llahZarif noted that peace, justice, hard work, honesty and education are the very foundations on which today’s model civil society is also established. “We are all trying to promote these principles regardless of whether they are religious or not. We are all doing this across the world through our constitutions or laws, teachings at universities and several schools and this unique model of our time is eventually becoming a teaching for a way of life,” he pointed out.The religious advisor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Reverend Sando E. Townsend, said the President and the government are aware of the “many impacts the Baha’i Faith is making in the country and will continue to make in the revival of the souls of Liberians and others.”Baha’u’llah was born on November 12, 1817 in Tehran. His father was a renowned and respected government minister. But with all the wealth and comfort at his disposal, Baha’u’llah chose to champion the cause of justice and work for the redemption of humanity from hate, malice, and disunity. In 1863, after several years of exile and incarcerations, he declared to the world that he was the promised one of all ages.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)