Salas Says Colo Colo Job a Dream Come True

first_imgSantiago: Mario Salas said he is living out a dream after being selected as the new manager of Chilean club Colo Colo, the Andean nation’s most popular and successful club.Salas said during his official presentation at Estadio Monumental here on Thursday that it was a special moment to walk on the club’s field in the morning, enter the locker room and see his name on the head coach’s chair, reports Efe.Colo Colo’s management confirmed Salas as new head coach on Tuesday, saying he was a Christmas gift for the team’s fans.“The challenge is to come to the country’s biggest club and for things to go well,” he said.Salas, a former player for Chile’s national team and ex-coach of the country’s U-20 squad, has returned to his homeland after leading Sporting Cristal to the 2018 Peruvian league title in his first foreign head coaching job.The goal is to launch a process that is conducive to success, he said, adding that could take time but that he is hopeful the club can quickly deliver positive results for the fans.Colo Colo, winner of a record 32 Chilean-league titles, hired Salas after deciding not to renew the contract of previous coach Hector Tapia. El Cacique are looking to rebound after stumbling to a fifth-place finish (with a record of 12 wins, seven draws and 11 losses) in their 2018 domestic season and failing to qualify for the 2019 Copa Libertadores.Colo Colo, who had to settle for a berth in the Copa Sudamericana, will face Ecuadorian club Universidad Catolica in April in the first stage of South America’s secondary club soccer tournament. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

YPLS Begins 4th Semester of Youth Political Leadership Program

first_img– Advertisement – Mr. Jarwolo: “Our effort is to encourage the youth to define their role in society” Mr. Jarwolo: “Our effort is to encourage the youth to define their role in society”The Young Political Leadership School (YPLS), a one week capacity-building semester program designed to build the political leadership and organizational skills of young people who have chosen to pursue a career in politics begins its fourth semester on July 31 at the Monrovia Christian Fellowship Church in Monrovia.The program is expected to bring together 100 young political leaders from various political parties, university student organizations and other youth-led groups as well as youth candidates in the upcoming October elections. Young professionals who are passionate about improving democracy through effective youth leadership and participation are among the participants.The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General, Farid Zarif, and United States Ambassador Christine Elder will address the opening ceremony.Despite evidence that young people constitute about 65 percent of the nation’s population and those between 18-32 constitute 55 percent of registered voters in Liberia, the dividends of youth participation in national decision-making and political processes are inadequate.Excited students celebrate the opening of the semesterTo compound this malaise, the youth face increasing challenges ranging from the lack of basic social services to unemployment and multiple forms of inequalities as well as exclusion.Eddie Jarwolo, NAYMOTE executive director, who is in charge of the YPL School, said the school is intended for young people who have chosen to pursue a career in politics to transform their communities for the better.The program, Jarwolo said, further intends to expose young people to electoral politics, the campaign process, public speaking, and leadership skills.  “The youths will also learn about campaign communications, press relations, research, polling and voter targeting thereby preparing them for transformative political leadership to serve their communities,” said Jarwol.After the one-week training, the 100 who are expected to graduate will undertake a 12-week citizen engagement program, working on campaign teams, facilitating community forums, bringing voters face to face with the candidates, documenting campaign promises and serving as community leaders and volunteers.“Indeed, the YPLS is dear to our hearts as an institution because we believe that it is more than just a school. It is part of a revolution to transform our political system for the good and ensure that solutions to problems in communities and passion for development remains a major component of the framework within which political parties can compete, so that the voters of Liberia can reap the benefits of their participation in decision-making,” he said.The YPLS has graduated 230 students since April 2016, with six graduates being legislative candidates in the ensuing presidential and representative elections. Many others are part of their political party’s campaign teams, while others are playing leadership roles in their communities and institutions.“The young political leaders are inspirational for the future hope of Liberia. If you get young people like these into leadership roles in five, ten to fifteen years, you will have a better country,” Jeff Fox, political communicator and facilitator of semester three YPLS, said.The institution has received 357 applications, and the vetting process is ongoing by an independent team. Only 100 will be qualified for enrollment for the semester four program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more