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Media Veteran, Prof. James Wolo Is Dead

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first_imgBarely have the tears dried from the eyes of members of the Liberian Media community, when they were again hard-hit with the news of the passing of a veteran journalist. The Liberian Media Community had just laid to rest one of its strong, innovative and talented members—Mr. Lawrence Togar Randall—on Saturday when a few hours after the sad ceremony, news began to filter-in that Professor James Wolo had passed. He died at the John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital in Sinkor. The Daily Observer was told that the Late Professor slid into a coma for a week and did not recover. Speaking with this newspaper late Sunday evening, Mr. K. Abdullah Kamara, President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), extended deep sympathy on behalf of the Union for the irreparable loss to the bereaved family. “Professor Wolo was a very resourceful person to media development in Liberia. He was always around the PUL whenever we needed him. He didn’t stop one day giving us good advice on how to run the affairs of the Union,” Mr. Kamara said, adding: “We will really miss him dearly.”The PUL President said that Prof. Wolo, who was a senior faculty member of the Mass Communications Department of the University of Liberia, was so close to the Union that he participated in almost every major undertaking.“As recently as last month, he had agreed to serve as one of the facilitators of a workshop organized by the PUL and the National Peace Ambassador, Rev. William R. Tolbert III. Unfortunately for us, he didn’t take part as he had just fallen ill when the date for the workshop arrived,” the PUL President stated. The Union will release a statement today on Prof. Wolo’s passing.Before his passing, Prof. Wolo, who was in his early 70s, served in many media capacities including Former Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism; Former Director-General, Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS); and Former Executive Producer, LBS.He also served as a former presenter of the LBS post newscast daily inspirational program, “Thought for Today”; Former Community Relations Head, Liberia Rural Communications Network; and Former Producer, ELCM (Catholic Radio now Radio Veritas). Other posts he occupied included Former Administrator, Save the Children, UK; Former Executive Producer, Mercy Corps Peace building Radio Project; Former Head, Media Monitoring and Development Unit, United Nations Mission in Liberia; Former Editor-In-Chief, Liberia NewsAgency ( LINA); CEO, Media 2000, a media training and development firm; Lecturer, Communications and Public Affairs, Liberia National Police Training Academy; Lecturer, Development Communications, Mass Communications Department, University of Liberia; and Chairman of the Board, Association of Liberia Community Radio.Of the many social media users who have been pouring in condolence messages on Facebook, one stated that the late Professor was also a Lecturer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ run Foreign Service Institute (FSI), which trains Liberian diplomats for the field.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ranieri to the rescue as Fulham sack Jokanovic

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first_imgLondon, Nov 14 (AFP) Fulham appointed Italian veteran Claudio Ranieri as manager on Wednesday after sacking Slavisa Jokanovic in a bid to beat the drop from England’s Premier League. Jokanovic led Fulham back into England’s top flight in May 2018 but the 50-year-old Serbian has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League. After 12 games, Fulham sit bottom of the pile with just five points and one win from 12 games. Jokanovic becomes the first managerial casualty of the season in the Premier League. Ranieri, who famously led Leicester to a fairytale Premier League title in 2016, was a free agent after being sacked by French Ligue 1 club Nantes one game before the end of last season. His appointment comes only weeks after his former boss at Leicester, club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, died with four others when his helicopter plummeted into a car park outside the King Power stadium shortly after his side’s 1-1 draw with West Ham. “I was terribly shaken by the news,” Ranieri told Sky Sport Italia two weeks ago in what was his first public reaction since the tragedy. “He was a good man and always had a positive word for everyone.” Italian journeyman Ranieri has previously coached Napoli, Fiorentina, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Valencia, Juventus, Roma, Inter Milan and the Greece national team. But winning the title with Leicester two years ago remains the affable 67-year-old’s biggest career achievement. Although Leicester started that 2015-2016 league campaign on odds of 5000-1 to win the Premier League crown, Ranieri faces a similar challenge if he is to lift Fulham out of the doldrums.advertisement He will take charge of his first game in 10 days’ time when Fulham welcome fellow strugglers Southampton to Craven Cottage. (AFP) ATATlast_img read more