Fun Facts About Liberia – The Second Black Republic in the World

History

Did you know…Liberia and Haiti were the first black republics in the world…In the early 1940s Liberia formally declared war on Japan and Germany… While Liberia was one of the most prosperous black republics in the early 1950s, South Korea was one of the world’s poorest nations…

 

World-Famous Liberians

Did you know…South Africa’s leader Nelson Mandela -one of the world’s icons- admires George Weah, who was born in Liberia. Mandela once said, «George Weah is the pride of Africa». Who is Weah? George Weah, whose original name is Manneh Oppong Weah, was one of the world’s outstanding football players in the 1990s. This former athlete was discovered by Fernando Shitoli,an expert on Brazilian soccer.In 1995 he was selected the best player in Africa, Europe and the world. Under his leadership, A.C. Milan (Italy) and Paris Saint Germain (France) won the national championships in the 1990s. During his sports career, he also played in Cameroon, England and the United Arab Emirates. From 1997 to 2004 George became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

 

In September 1969, Angie Elizabeth Brooks became President of the Twenty-Fourth Session of the United Nations General Assembly. She said, «The United Nations could and should remain the best means of international cooperation that has been at mankind’s disposal since the beginning of its history, and we have to nurse it and cherish it and cultivate it, or else we shall one day perish and not even the moon or the knowledge of space will save us».

 

National Symbol

Did you know…The pygmy hippopotamus has become a national symbol of Liberia…

 

Tourism

Did you know…The Sapo National Park has been chosen as one of the 261 natural wonders of the world. The Park’s spectacular scenery has made it one of country’s most popular attractions. This sanctuary contains one of the richest ecosystems on the African continent, and it has long been famous for its pygmy hippopotamus. Animals in the park also include elephants, Liberian mongooses, African golden cats, leopards, African civets, zebras, grey parrots, chimpanzees, African fish eagles and monkeys. This park -an area the size of Los Angeles, California- is one of the largest and most intact natural areas in West Africa.

 

Women & Power

Did you know…Lady Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf -the «Mother of Democracy in Liberia»- is the second female President in the country. This nation -one of the world’s poorest nations- has more female leaders, Presidents or Prime Ministers, than Norway, Sweden and South Korea. Liberia’s President is a well-known campaigner for women’s rights in Africa. She has ambitious projects for women and children. The Liberian leader once said, «Sensitivity to human needs. Maybe that comes from being a mother and interacting with other women, many of whom carry the biggest burden in times of both war and peace…»

 

Ruth Perry had the opportunity to become Liberia’s first female President in 1996.

 

Democracy

Did you know…Like Canada, Spain and Ireland, Liberia is a democratic country.This tiny country held its first multi-party election in 2005.

 

The United States & Liberia

Did you know…Many of the people of Liberia are of American origin…Washington supports the democracy in Liberia. In 2008 America’s President George Bush arrived in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, for an official visit. This visit gave the Liberian government an air of respectability. Liberia has always maintained close diplomatic ties with Washington. Several American leaders have visited Monrovia. In 1943 Franklin Delano Roosevelt went to Liberia. At the invitation of American president Dwight D. Eisenhower, President William Tubman (1944-1971) visited the United States in 1954…Edwin Barclay, Liberia’s President, was the first black president to spend a night in the White House…

 

Geography

Did you know…Liberia (43, 000 sq mi) is bigger than Tennessee (42,146 sq mi).

 

Entertainment

Did you know…Sebah Esther Tubman was one of the «most beautiful girls in Africa» in the late 1990s. Sebah, Miss Liberia, was third runner-up at the 49th Miss World in London in 1999. She defeated 90 delegates, including Miss United States, Natasha Allas, and Miss United Kingdom, Nicola Willoughby…

 

Human Development

Did you know…The human development in Liberia today is considerably better than it was before the democratic government came to power in the mid-2000s…

 

Anti-apartheid Policy

Did you know…In the 20th century Liberia fought against apartheid in South Africa. In July 1976 the Liberian government supported the anti-apartheid boycott in Montreal ’76. Between 1976 and 1977 Liberia protested against the presence of Miss South Africa at the Miss World…

 

Economy

Did you know… More than 70 per cent of the country’s trade is with the United States, Belgium, Japan and South Korea…This nation is one of the biggest exporters of iron-ore in Africa…Curiously Liberia has one of the major merchant fleets in the Third World…

 

The Capital City

Did you know…Monrovia, country’s capital, was named in honor of James Monroe ,one of the first Presidents of the United States (1817-1825).

 

The United Kingdom and Liberia

Did you know…Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited the country in the early 60s…

 

Political Leaders

Did you know…William Tubman was one of Africa’s best Presidents. During his government, Liberia became one of the most stable countries in the Third World. His government strongly supported that women should participate in political life… Former President William Tolbert (1971-1980) was a close friend to Billy Graham, an evangelist leader in America.

 

The United Nations and Liberia

Did you know…This African nation signed the United Nations Charter in San Francisco in 1945…

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Test Your Fancy Nancy Trivia

Do you know Fancy Nancy? Well, if you are a 4 to 6 year old girl, you surely know who she is. Nancy, the creative brilliance of author Jane O’Connor, is a young girl who loves everything fancy. The original story book in the series, suitably titled «Fancy Nancy» spins the tale of Nancy, a pint-sized curly-auburn haired girl who loves to speak using fancy French words, dresses in fancy clothing, and loves just about any else that is fancy. Even Nancy’s favorite doll is tres fancy – her doll’s name, Marabelle, is short for Marabelle Lavinia Chandelier. Unfortunately the rest of Nancy’s family is very plain. Nancy even goes so far as to give her family lessons on the differences between plain and fancy. Glasses…plain, sunglasses…fancy! Nancy’s signature clothing is a cow print leotard paired with a poodle skirt, fairy wings, cat-eye sunglasses, leg warmers, ballet slippers and a tiara. The unique and whimsical illustrations, by Robin Preiss Glasser, add to the delightful nature of these books.

In subsequent picture books in the Fancy Nancy series, including «Bonjour Butterfly», the «Posh Puppy» and «Explorer Extraordinaire», you meet Nancy’s dog Frenchy and her best friend Bree.

Jane O’Connor’s inspiration for all of her books,, including the Fancy Nancy series, comes from her own life experiences, or those of her family. Every Sunday afternoon, when Jane was about 4 or 5 years old, her grandmother and great aunts would come to visit Jane and her family. «As soon as I heard the doorbell ring,» Jane says, «I would race to my room, jump in my pink tutu, wrap a satin red cape around me, and come galoomphing out to greet my guests in a pair of my mom’s high heels. I wasn’t a girlie-girl, but I felt it was important to look fancy for company.» O’Connor was Fancy Jane long before she wrote Fancy Nancy.

What does being fancy mean to Nancy? It means frilly toothpicks in sandwiches, eating with your pinkies up, lace trimmed socks while playing soccer, and do-it-yourself canopies over her bed.

Jane O’Connor’s Fancy Nancy hysteria has blossomed into a growing series of picture books, I can read books, as well as Fancy Nancy gifts and merchandise such as dolls, doll clothes, puzzles, games, birthday party supplies, bedroom accessories and of course Fancy Nancy dress up clothes for little girls. You can find a Fancy Nancy gift for all occasions.

Check out our Fancy Nancy Trivia to see how much you know about this remarkable little girl:

A. What word is written on the pillow that rests on Nancy’s bed?

B. What is Nancy’s favorite color?

C. What is the name of the restaurant where Nancy and her family go out to eat?

D. What’s the name of Nancy’s best friend?

E. What is the full name of Nancy’s doll? (hint: We mentioned it above)

F. Who are Nancy’s next door neighbors (on each side of her house)?

G. What does Nancy think she will be when she grows up?

H. What is the name of Mrs. DeVine’s dog?

I. What breed is Nancy’s dog?

J. What is Nancy’s teacher’s name?

K. What is Nancy’s middle name?

L. What is Nancy’s last name?

M. What is Nancy’s dog’s name?

N. What does she use to hold up her bed canopy?

O. What is the name of Fancy Nancy’s sister?

P. What was Mrs DeVine’s profession?

Q. What breed is Mrs. DeVine’s dog?

R. In what city did Mrs. DeVine live as a child?

S. What is Nancy’s baby sitter’s name?

Answers: A: Sublime; B: Fuchsia; C: The King’s Crown; D: Bree; E: Marabelle Lavinia Chandelier; F: Bree (her best friend) and Mrs. DeVine; G: A lepidopterist (that’s a fancy word for a scientist who studies butterflies); H: Jewel; I: La Salle spaniel; J: Ms. Glass; K: She doesn’t have a middle name; L: Clancy (yes…that makes her Fancy Nancy Clancy!); M: Frenchy; N: A broom and a mop; O. JoJo; P. Beauty care professional (she worked at a hair salon); Q: Papillion; R: Hollywood; S. Alex

O’Connor quotes excerpted from her interview with National Public Radio

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Ronaldo to Replace Brand Beckham?

Experts feel there is currently a need for a central soccer brand. Beckham's 34 years of age and current career phase doesn't exactly make him a hot youth icon anymore. Sure, no one can deny his good looks and knee weakening ability among adults, but he's past the stage of driving 13 year olds crazy. And that's where Ronaldo can step in and fill Beck's shoes. The 24 year old Portuguese has all the right qualities to appeal to kids and teens – he's a looker, has a great body, plays well and is part of an extremely popular and successful team.

If Becks raked in $ 42.5 million through product endorsements last year, Ronaldo earned $ 19.6 million. But now that this 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year has become the world's most expensive player after his transfer from Man U to Real Madrid, his worth has sky rocketed. When Ronaldo was 'unveiled' on the 6th of July at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium wearing Real's soccer uniforms, nearly 80,000 screaming teens and young adults were there to greet him!

Actually, Ronaldo seems to be following in Beckham's footsteps in more ways than one! Becks left Man U for a successful stint with Real, so did Ronny boy! Becks wore the number 7 soccer shirt at Man U, as did Ronaldo after him! Becks was the ultimate youth icon, as Ronaldo is slated to be! If there's anything that can go against this young man, it's his lack of 'family life' and the accusation that he's not much of a team player. This could bring his appeal down among advertisers. Beckham continues to shine in that arena with his image of a happy family man and his reputation as a great team player. For this reason, some experts would like to see Ronaldo settled and married to a nice girl!

But, at the end of the day, it's his on field performance that will determine his success as brand Beckham's successor. After all, you're only as good as your last match … And companies are looking for endorsements from soccer stars so they can associate their product with the star's phenomenal success. As far as veteran football agent, Jon Holmes, is concerned, "Ronaldo is a good looking guy and I would say his level of articulateness is about the same as Beckham's … He is probably a better player than Beckham in that he is more Beckham is a workhorse of a player, Ronaldo seems to be a more natural player. "

Well, let's see if Ronaldo is going to be the next big clothes horse after Becks! Time will tell …

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Football Cleats – Speed Demons

Some football cleats are designed for speed! You may argue that you can’t go wrong with a pair of good sturdy football cleats for in any sort of action on a football pitch, but there is so much research in materials while making shoes that it is becoming quite popular to recommend certain types and brands of shoes for certain roles in the field and speed is one requirement for quite a few player positions on a football field.

What are the some of the characteristics of football cleats designed for speed?

· They are low-cut cleats. They do not offer ankle protection, but facilitate better cutting, movement and speed. The mid cut cleats offer some amount of ankle protection, but also allow for speed running and are used by running backs, quarterbacks, etc. It is up to the player which one he feels comfortable in.

· They are lighter. Uppers are in a single layer, and the shoe is built to help players accelerate. The triangular studs at the front of the shoe give more traction while accelerating. Minimum materials are used to maintain the lightness.

· There are filaments which are placed strategically across the topside of the foot, like a suspension bridge, which offer greater support to the foot. Such features are patented technologies of manufacturers. It gives a tight fit, but flexible because it takes on the natural shape of the foot.

· The material for uppers is also an advanced polyester yarn whose weave allows a single, seamless upper that gives greater tenacity. Combined with an injected outsole, this offers speed with lightweight comfort.

· There are insert foams which are shaped exactly like a wearer’s foot, giving a more comfortable fit. This is also a proprietary feature, like the molded tongues which add to the comfort fit in the said models.

Which positions should wear these sorts of cleats and why?

· Quarterbacks moving out of their traditional roles of making accurate passes are having to play the ball more. They need speed and agility, so these cleats are good for them.

· Running Back – where you must get out onto the field and outrun your opponent. They come in handy here as well

· Defensive Back – needs speed and traction

· Tight ends are players who can switch their roles between wide receiver and offensive lineman. Instant speed is required when the catch a pass.

What should a player do before a big game in preparation for it?

· Get a good eight hours of sleep the night before the game.

· Do not have a heavy meal at least a couple of hours before the game

· Mentally get into the week’s game a few days before, stay positive and talk to the coaching staff about strategies along with your teammates.

· On the day of the game, reach at least three hours before. Many players recommend reading the game-day program in detail to calm the mind! Get taped up per your needs with your favorite staff member, after any pregame massages or treatment you may need. Acupuncture works wonders at this last minute of preparation, for nagging pains and aches.

· Jogging round the field and making small cuts to test the cleats for traction and whether they are suited to the surface of the ground and soil conditions is a ritual most footballers can’t do without.

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Using Outdoor Enclosures For Fun In the Backyard

No matter if you are installing an outdoor TV in your backyard to watch the 2014 world cup, or putting a monitor into a factory environment, the monitor or screen needs protecting, without suitable protection the flat panel display will have to be replaced sooner than expected.

Cost savings using an outdoor LCD enclosure.

We all work harder than we did a decade ago, so we try and spend quality time, kicking back in our backyard with the folks. With the price of regular domestic grade screens falling to an affordable level, this makes putting a TV outdoors in almost every household’s reach.

Previously, expensive dedicated outdoor TVs were and still are available, but the problem is apart from the cost, if anything goes wrong with the components within the sealed display, you will find the replacements are usually on a long run in period, so you will certainly be without your backyard TV.

Businesses looking to attract new customers.

With businesses vying for every single customer, the more people that see your product or service will increase your chance of increasing the bottom line. So business owners are now installing outdoor digital signage enclosures, these accommodate a commercial grade screen that can run 24 hours a day, every day! The display an be mounted in portrait to showcase products better while a TV designed for home can only display content in landscape.

Industrial Monitor housing.

Used in factories to display production targets for employees, sometimes these can be interactive so the operator can input data without too much trouble and without having to remove gloves etc.

Waterproof LCD housing.

Designed to be outdoors or washed down, these provide the best all year round solution, so you do not have to be concerned if you have a sudden rain storm.

Outdoor projector enclosure for home use.

These are made from steel as are the above units, but specifically designed for projectors, with the new 4K projectors being used more and more in high end homes, these protective housings will certainly protect the hardware from the weather and potential vandalism. These units even have a separate compartment for media players and DVD players to be fitted. Putting an outdoor projector enclosure in a backyard will certainly add value to the home as well as allowing the home owner to spend more time outdoors with family and friends, just kicking back.

Simple to install and fully protected, these protective outdoor units are the most affordable solutions compared to purchasing dedicated outdoor hardware, that requires special installation and servicing. The dedicated hardware components will also be on a lengthy lead time.