first_imgSome of the students from the Martial Arts Department.-Chinese Ambassador FuThe Embassy of the People’s Republic of China near Monrovia in collaboration with the Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia (UL) on Saturday, November 10, hosted the traditional Chinese Arts performance, with some of the main performers coming from the Hunan University of Chinese Medicine in China.The event, which was hosted at the Monrovia City Hall, was intended to strengthen China-Liberia relationship, highlighting culture exchanges between the two countries. Some of the performances comprised a series of China’s traditional sport-oriented health maintenance practices, including Martial Arts, Tai Chi, Qigong (a popular Chinese song) about unity, and some Chinese folk dances.It brought together visiting students from the Hunan University of Chinese Medicine, foreign guests, government officials and students from the Confucius Institute. The Art tour is an international program launched by the headquarters of China’s Confucius Institute and undertaken by the artistic troupes of Chinese Universities.Chinese Ambassador Fu Jijun, who spoke at the occasion, underscored the importance of the event. He said it helps foreign students to appreciate the colorful Chinese culture, which enhances mutual understanding between people, promoting friendship and people to people bond between China and foreign countries.According to the Amb. Fu, both China and Africa, including Liberia, are proud of his country’s splendid cultural performance.“With more people to people exchanges in culture, arts, education, sports and media, we can further strengthen the bond between the people of China and Africa, and Liberia is of no exception,” he said.According to Amb. Fu, it was based on such cultural exchanges that President George Weah launched the “People to People exchange Initiative”  at the FOCAC Beijing Summit held last September.During the next three years, according to the initiative, 50 joint Africa and China cultural sports and tourism events will be organized in Beijing.“China welcomes Africa’s participation in the Silk Road International League of Theaters, the Silk Road International Museum Alliance and the Network of Silk Road Arts Festivals,” the Envoy said.He said a China-Africa media cooperation network will be established to allow more African culture centers to open in China and more Chinese culture centers will do likewise in Africa.Amb. Fu used the occasion to welcome qualified African education institutions to host the Confucius Institutes just like it is at the University of Liberia.“I am confident that with the implementation of the initiative, there will be more bilateral exchange visits of cultural arts, education, sports, and media groups between China and Liberia. Therefore, I have the honor to welcome Liberian friends to actively join the initiative,” he declared.Saturday’s event marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia. In the past decades, the Confucius Institute has played a significant role in carrying on the Chinese language teaching and spreading the Chinese culture in Liberia.Geegbae A. Geegbae, vice president for Institutional Planning and Development at the University of Liberia, lauded the Chinese Government for giving Liberian students the opportunity to learn the Chinese language.Geegbae said as China remains one of Liberia’s greatest development partners, it is important to take advantage of the Confucius Institute, in order to become marketable upon graduation, because there are some  Chinese companies operating in the country and need Liberians who speak the Chinese language fluently.“So, if our children can learn the Chinese language, I strongly believe that they will be able to regularly interact with their Chinese counterparts,” he said.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_imgDespite a seventh straight Serie A title last season the Turin giants plunged into the red with a 19.2-million-euro ($22.4m) loss as a result of their European quarter-final exit.Serie A returns after a two-week international break with former Real Madrid player Ronaldo having skipped Portugal duty to focus on his new club, just as his teammate, Croatia’s World Cup runner-up Mario Mandzukic, did.During the break the 33-year-old was pictured relaxing on board his yacht off St Tropez on the French Riveria.“Vitamin D,” wrote the five-time Ballon d’Or winner under a photo of him lounging on the deck of his yacht.“As my teammates say, back to reality, work done,” he later posted. “Feeling good!! Let’s go.”Coach Massimiliano Allegri says he is not concerned that Ronaldo has failed to find the net despite 23 shots at goal in three games.AS Roma’s head coach Eusebio Di Francesco prepares for trip to three-time European champions Real Madrid. © AFP / Cooper NEILL“It takes time. We’ll all be fresher after the break and that’s when the real season starts,” said Allegri.Ronaldo had to wait until his fourth game for Real Madrid last season to get his first league goal.Germany midfielder Sami Khedira pointed out in an interview after his contract at Juventus was extended this week that the Portuguese star was brought in not to rack up goals but to make the difference in the Champions League and turn “dreams into reality”.Juventus beat Sassuolo 7-0 in their final match last season, but the club from Modena have made a strong start this campaign and are just behind the champions in the table after two wins and a draw.Allegri will be keen to rotate his side with a crowded schedule of seven games in 21 days, and defender Andrea Barzagli sidelined with a calf problem.Argentine Paolo Dybala — Juventus’s top Serie A scorer last season — and Brazilian Douglas Costa look set to start on the bench.Despite being overshadowed by the arrival of Ronaldo, Dybala insists he feels fortunate to play in the same team as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.“I told myself after I was lucky to play with Lionel Messi in the national team, I have now had the opportunity to play alongside Ronaldo,” said Dybala.Napoli, Roma and Inter Milan also have Champions League games on their minds.Roma host Chievo on Sunday after their loss to AC Milan before the break, and ahead of a trip to Spain to take on holders Real Madrid.Inter Milan play at home against Parma on Saturday before playing Tottenham Hotspur in the San Siro in their first European game since the 2011-2012 season.Luciano Spalletti’s Inter — with last year’s star forward Mauro Icardi fighting to shake off a muscular injury — are coming off a 3-0 win over Bologna after taking just a point from their first two games.Still waiting – AC Milan’s Argentinian forward Gonzalo Higuain has still to score this season too © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOCarlo Ancelotti will look to put his first defeat as Napoli coach behind him when last season’s runners-up host Fiorentina before playing Red Star in Belgrade on Tuesday.Fiorentina have won two games with their first match against Sampdoria postponed because of the Genoa bridge disaster.AC Milan head to Cagliari in Sardinia with former Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain also waiting to score his first goal for his new club.Fixtures (all time GMT)SaturdayInter Milan v Parma (1300), Napoli v Fiorentina (1600), Frosione v Sampdoria (1830)SundayRoma v Chievo (1030), Genoa v Bologna, Juventus v Sassuolo, Udinese v Torino, Empoliv Lazio (1600), Cagliari v AC Milan (1830)MondaySPAL v Atalanta (1830)0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo will hope his first Juventus goal comes in his fourth game © AFP / Andreas SOLAROMILAN, Italy, Sep 14 – Cristiano Ronaldo faces Sassuolo on Sunday still chasing his maiden competitive goal for Italian champions Juventus before he returns to Spain for the first time in the Champions League.Bolstered by five-time winner Ronaldo, Juventus begin their quest for the Champions League title which has eluded them since 1996 in Valencia next Wednesday.last_img read more