Kandakai Awarded Olympic Scholarship

first_imgThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) through the Olympic Solidarity has awarded a 7-week scholarship in “Tennis Science” to the Technical Director of Liberia Tennis Federation (LTF), Coach Alfred Kandakai.The scholarship was offered to Coach Kandakai owing to recommendation from the LTF and the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) as the only Level 2 International Tennis Federation (ITF) certified coach in the country.The specialized tennis training will be held at the Centro de Tenis Altur/Alvarino in Valencia, Spain from 7th September to 25th October.The training will provide him experience and knowledge to serve in other areas in the structures of the sport’s development.Olympic Solidarity will provide a return travel cost, boarding and lodging (meals and laundry only) and pocket money of US$100 per week.Some of the items, which will not be covered, are the scholarship holder’s personal sports equipment and extras such as telephone calls, amongst others.In an exclusive interview with Coach Kandakai yesterday, he disclosed that he would depart the country on Monday for La Cote d’Ivoire to obtain the visa and thereafter fly from the Abidjan to Spain.He expressed thanks and appreciation to the LTF and the LNOC for the recommendations and IOC for the scholarship.“I am happy to go and increase my knowledge and experience and come back to impact the lives of others,” Coach Kandakai said.He also thanked Mr. Stefana Eleno of the EU for the purchase of his ticket and Tani Hana of the Oceano Casino at the Mamba Point Hotel for U$1,000 for sponsoring his trip to La Cote d’Ivoire.Coach Kandakai, 41, has been with the LTF for over 18 years.Besides providing volunteer training to kids and the aged, he also has extra classes for interested individuals in and around the Monrovia.As a tennis coach and trainer, he nurtured his son, Saah Kandakai, who is currently in the USA – the top single male player for the Trenton High School.LNOC Secretary General Joseph F. Willie, said the LNOC has also applied for technical training for tennis and taekwondo coaches for 2016.“If the two applications are accepted, the total persons to benefit from the LNOC will be 16,” Mr. Willie 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

HapagLloyd KLU Open Center for Shipping and Logistics

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has joined forces with compatriot Kühne Logistics University (KLU) in opening a new research center in Hamburg that specializes in maritime logistics.Inaugurated on November 22, 2018, the Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping and Global Logistics (CSGL) will be an integral part of KLU.As informed, the new center will promote the ongoing discourse between international research and the shipping industry.Specifically, its purpose is to combine academic research with practical experiences and insights in the area of shipping and container transport, increase the competitiveness of the sector and contribute to the development of Hamburg as an international maritime knowledge hub.“International container shipping is facing major challenges, such as ongoing digitalization, the upcoming IMO2020 fuel regulation, and possible restrictions of free world trade due to new customs barriers,” Rolf Habben Jansen, Chief Executive Officer at Hapag-Lloyd, said.“We expect the CSGL to provide us with a multitude of scientific research which will benefit the entire industry,” Jansen continued.“No matter how well established a company is in the logistics and maritime industry, they must actively seek a dialogue with young talents and innovators,” Karl Gernandt, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at KLU and Executive Chairman of Kühne Holding AG, emphasized, adding that only in this way the economy will be able to meet the challenges of the industry.last_img read more