first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has acknowledged the tremendous efforts of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador, Orlando Bloom, in rallying international support aimed at addressing the needs of children throughout the world.The President commended the UNICEF Ambassador last week when he met with her at her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia. Ambassador Bloom was accompanied to the meeting by UNICEF Country Representative Sheldon Yett.President Sirleaf used the occasion to praise UNICEF’s role in the fight against Ebola and its partnership in the cash transfer program being implemented by the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection.She acknowledged the spirit of volunteerism and resilience of the young people, many of whom were working with UNICEF, who demonstrated leadership, empowerment and ownership to significantly reverse the trend amid the outbreak of EVD.The President intimated the pivotal role of surveillance in proportion to contact tracing that became a game-changer in the combat against the Ebola virus disease in the country. She had earlier, in an Executive Mansion press statement, praised the efforts of churches, faith-based institutions, doctors, nurses, the technical teams as well as everybody who rose to the occasion in the combat against the epidemic. It was important to recognize and support those that are making every effort to pull themselves out of a particularly challenging circumstance, she said.She then pinned Mr. Bloom with a Brussels Airlines inspired badge with the inscription: “Africa Is Not Ebola” and prevailed on him to continue to serve humanity.Ambassador Orlando Bloom had earlier thanked President Sirleaf and her government for leading the effort in bringing communities together to do so well for their country. He indicated that there is a difference between a war situation and the Ebola outbreak. “In war,” he said, “you can see your enemy unlike Ebola.”He said Liberians had indeed made remarkable progress. His visit was an opportunity to convey to the international community the need for support to keep blazing the trail.Mr. Bloom also visited Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties as well as the Township of West Point.Speaking to locals on the ground, the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador said his field visits to Bomi County brought him into contact with a lady who is a beneficiary of the cash transfer program.  She is currently engaged in the sale of charcoal and has managed to acquire a plot of land.  These kinds of interventions give hope and help to de-stigmatize people.Mr. Bloom praised the courage of young girls in the Township of West Point who have become the torchbearers of inspiration and a sense of belonging. For his part, UNICEF Country Representative to Liberia, Mr. Yett, informed President Sirleaf that the Goodwill Ambassador’s visit to Liberia was to see the incredible work government is doing in the fight against Ebola through social mobilization, community ownership and leadership structures.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgNita Ambani, founder-chairperson of Reliance Foundation, has been nominated as an independent candidate to be a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) based out of Lausanne in Switzerland, it was announced on Friday.The election for membership, which officials say is a mere formality, is scheduled at the 129th IOC Session at Rio de Janeiro between August 2 and August 4. As per the new selection process, Ambani, when elected, will continue to serve as a member of the IOC until she reaches 70 years of age.IOC President Thomas Bach, announcing the eight candidates at a press conference in Lausanne, said: “This is a very outstanding group of personalities that are experts in their respective fields.”The list also includes Anant Singh of South Africa, a film producer who was raised in the country’s apartheid era and wrote a book on late President Nelson Mandela – “Long Walk to Freedom”. He also produced “Yesterday” that was South Africa’s first Oscar nominated movie.Among Indians, Ambani will be the first woman and the third individual to become a member of the IOC after the late Sir Dorabji Tata and Raja Randhir Singh, who is currently an honorary member of the IOC.’HONOURED TO BE NOMINATED BY IOC'”It is truly an honour and a privilege to be nominated by IOC. I believe in the power of sport to shape our youth, to bring together communities and bridge gaps between cultures and generations,” said the 52-year-old social entrepreneur.”I am grateful to IOC for this opportunity, it’s a recognition of India and Indian women. I am looking forward to the opportunity to contribute in meeting the goals of IOC,” she said in a statement.advertisementAmbani spearheads all of Reliance Industries’ initiatives in sports, notably cricket, football, basketball, kabaddi, tennis and golf, either through the company, the foundation or its joint ventures.Sports is also an important component at the 13 schools overseen by her – which educate more than 15,000 students – and at the Dhirubhai Ambani International School and the Reliance Foundation, company officials said.”Her grassroots programmes have reached out to over 3 million children.”Meanwhile, India’s Goodwill Ambassador and Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra has asked Mrs. Ambani if she would sponsor the Indian contingent for the Rio Games. Mrs Nita Ambani to be an IOC member from India ? How about sponsoring the Indian Olympic Team as a good will gesture ! Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) June 3, 2016AMBANI’S ROLE AS IOC MEMBERWhile she will represent the IOC and Olympic Movement in India, she is not a delegate of the Indian Olympic Association, which selects athletes to represent the country at the Olympic Games, Asian Games and other global athletic meets.The International Olympic Committee is the supreme authority of the Olympic Movement.It acts as a catalyst for collaboration between all parties of the Olympic family – from the national Olympic committees, the global sports federations, the athletes themselves and the bodies organising the games, besides partnering with UN agencies.As regards its members, Since December 12, 1999, the number has been limited to 115, which includes a maximum of 70 individual members, 15 active athletes, 15 representatives of federations and 15 representatives of the national olympic committees.The nomination for Ambani also comes ahead of the upcoming Olympics games at in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil from August 5-21. India’s medals count has fallen sharply from 71 at Atlanta and Sydney in 1996 and 2000 to 50 in Beijing in 2008 and 55 in London in 2012.SACHIN, SRK BACK THE MOVEBollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar have welcomed the move and took to twitter to congratulate Nita Ambani. Both stars feel Mrs. Ambani will be able to promote sports at the grassroots level in India now.Congrats 2 Nita Ambani on being nominated to International Olympic Committee.Awesum darling.Now sports to b promoted at grassroots level Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) June 3, 2016Congratulations #NitaAmbani on nomination to #IOC. Her passion for sports development is laudable. Proud moment for India & Women Power! sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 3, 2016last_img read more