In an effort to further boost the educational needs of students in Zota District, Bong County, citizens from the district residing in the United States, under the banner, “Kponyekpoyah Development Organization (KDO),” recently donated 24 cartons of textbooks to two schools in the district.The consignment included English, Mathematics, General Science, and Geography books, and different types of dictionaries.The presentation was made to the Belefanai Peace Lutheran Mission and the Gorpudolo Boi schools in Belefanai Town by Livingstone Johnny Gbellai, who served as proxy for KDO president, Harry J. Diggs.Mr. Gbellai told the gathering that the books were sent to Liberia by KDO to buttress efforts the Liberian government has instituted to revamp the country’s education system. He said the books were sent to assist schools in that part of the country to build the students’ respective reading skills.He said the main focus of the group was to assist school-aged children in Liberia to improve in their quest to attain quality education. Mr. Gbellai acknowledged challenges in the education sector, but said as a result, members of KDO were very grateful to the government for its initiative to transform the sector.He then commended the schools’ administrators and parents in the district for the level of support through which the schools have been maintained over the years. He urged the parents to attach seriousness to their children’s education by assisting the teachers in preparing them for the larger society. Receiving the donated items, the administrators of the two schools, Johnson Flomo of Gorpudolo Boi and Reverend Emmanuel Todd of Belefanai Peace Lutheran Mission, commended the organization for the items and promised to use the textbooks for the intended purpose. The two encouraged KDO officials in the US to continue assisting schools in rural Liberia for the growth and development of the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The contract gives workers raises of 2 percent in the first, third and fifth year of the contract. In the second and fourth years, workers each would receive a $1,000 lump sum bonus. Pensions would increase above previous rates. Workers at nine Rexam plants across the country have been on strike since talks broke down April 9. The contract expired Feb. 24 but was extended twice. The strike hurt Rexam’s can production and forced the company to make a good offer, Warner said. A Rexam spokesman said the company was able to fill all its orders even though production was not at 100 percent. “We think we’ve reached a tentative agreement that is fair to our employees and the future viability of the company,” said Rexam spokesman Greg Brooke. He declined to share details of the contract. CHATSWORTH – Union workers striking at a soda can-making plant are expected to approve a new contract that would give them better wages and pensions. A vote on a five-year contract with Rexam Beverage Can North America Co. that would cover 105 United Steelworkers at the Chatsworth plant plus 800 other members nationwide is slated for today and Saturday. If it passes, workers will return to work Sunday. The union has already voted down two contracts, but some say this time may be different. “I have a good feeling it’s going to go through this time,” said Mike Warner, president of USW Local 8433. Rexam makes more than 50 billion cans each year at 49 plants across the globe. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!