Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Liberia’s Ambassador to Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg and the European Union, Isaac W. Nyenabo, has called on his African colleagues in the diplomatic service to remain supportive of the continent and its respective countries.During his recent induction in Belgium as one of the new diplomats in the European belt, Nyenabo, urged his colleagues to be true representatives of their people in order to see the continent uplifted.Reminding his colleagues that poor infrastructures, poverty and disease remain problems on the continent, he admonished Africans representing their countries in Europe and the Carribean to exert all efforts to pull their people out of poverty and spurr economic and infrastructural development on the continent.He further challenged his African colleagues to seek support from partners through whom resources could be mobilized to help with the development of the African continent.The African Union Group of Ambsassadors comprises16 with 52 representatives. The African Carribbean Pacific Ambassadors number 52. The African Carribbean Pacific Ambassadors at the European Union are made up of representatives from 79 countries, 15 organizations and 28 European Union Countries, respectively.Ambassador Nyenabo, prior to the 2014 Special Senatorial Elections which he did not contest as an incumbent, was named by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Ambassador to Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg and the European Union.He remained in Liberia during the peak and decline of the Ebola disease and took up his assignment recently after being confirmed by the Liberian Senate.Commenting on the epidemic, Ambassador Nyenabo said Liberia had been making tremendous gains before the outbreak of the Ebola virus which caused a significant setback to the country’s economy. He called on friendly countries to support the post-Ebola recovery programs of affected countries, including Liberia.He said the post-Ebola recovery plan of Liberia, will require regional and international support, noting that the country has not experienced any new cases of Ebola for over three weeks.
Valere Germain slotted home the third in the 89th minute before Florent Thauvin added the fourth in injury time to secure a comfortable three points on a night which saw the World Cup trophy shown off to the crowd who also warmly welcomed back their world champion players Adil Rami and Steeve Mandanda.“We can say that it is a perfect evening even if we can always do better,” said Marseille coach Rudi Garcia.“Four goals without conceding, all scored by the attackers and in a full Velodrome — it was very good.”The VAR (Video Assistant Referee) system had debuted at the World Cup in Russia and it made its entrance in the French top flight on Friday just before the half-time whistle.Referee Ruddy Buquet had originally signalled for a corner after a header from Germain had come off the arms of Toulouse defender Kelvin Amian.However, after a VAR consultation, the offcial awarded a penalty instead and captain Payet stepped up to beat goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet from the spot.Payet hit a spectacular second after 62 minutes with a volley which dipped under the crossbar before he was eventually replaced to a standing ovation by another World Cup winner Thauvin in the 83rd minute.Germain tucked away the third goal after being set up by Morgan Sanson before Thauvin completed the rout.“The World Cup win has given us wings, strength and confidence,” said Thauvin.Toulouse coach Alain Casanova said that the scoreline flattered Marseille although he welcome the addition of the VAR.“Two days ago, I said I was for VAR. I will not deny what I said, even if it was against us tonight,” said Casanova. “It will be important in the future.”Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain, with Neymar and French World Cup star Kylian Mbappe in tandem, begin their campaign on Sunday against Caen at the Parc des Princes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Up and running: Marseille’s Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring the first goal of the new Ligue 1 season © AFP / Boris HORVATMARSEILLE, France, Aug 11 – Mercurial star Dimitri Payet scored twice, including a penalty courtesy of VAR, as Marseille opened the new French Ligue 1 season with a 4-0 demolition of Toulouse on Friday.Payet, who missed France’s World Cup triumph through injury, opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time and added his second just after the hour mark at the Stade Velodrome.