The Renault corporate showroom on Capitol Bye Pass Mayor Mvogo asserts, dedicates showroomAt the dedication of the new Renault showroom in Monrovia on Thursday, July 20, the Mayor of the City of Monrovia, Madam Clara Doe-Mvogo, said “The city of Monrovia is much honored to have a showroom of this caliber. It adds to the city.”The Mayor said, “When business people invest in the city of Monrovia on a boulevard such as this, it gives a facelift to the city. People visiting Monrovia now can leave and say, ‘when you go to Monrovia and drive along the boulevard, you see another French company who has added to the beauty of the city.’”(Right to left:) Together, Monrovia City Mayor Clara Doe-Mvogo and Mr. Elias Antoine cut the ribbon to the new Renault showroom, as Rudolph Antoune and his wife Lisa, look on.She recalled, “My mother had a relationship with her car. But I have a relationship with the Antoune family. When Mr. Elias Antoune started this car dealership on Bushrod Island, I was a little girl and my mother’s first car was bought from him. But, I felt sorry for him. And this is because my mother went to him for every little issue on her car. As such, Mr. Antoune always stopped at our home every time he passed by to see whether she was alright.”The managing director of Elias Antoune Motors, Mr. Rudolph Antoune, lauded his father Elias for bringing the automobile brand to Liberia in 1955. According to Mr. Antoune, the showroom was designed and constructed in keeping with Renault’s modern standards applied in France and throughout the World.“Despite the civil war and Ebola epidemic, we never stopped believing in Liberia. So, we are extremely grateful to all of our clients, suppliers, and partners for the confidence reposed in us and the commitment to stay with Renault,” he said.The Renault area manager for Anglophone Africa, Mrs. Anne Leprun, expressed joy to have been a part of the event. She noted, “It is an honor to address you in this new showroom tonight, where a new step of Renault and Elias Antoune Motors is beginning. Renault was created more than 100 years ago and is currently in over 120 countries. Renault has been expanding all over the world. Our strategy in Africa is very ambitious and clear. We rely on robust and attractive models built for Africa. We also rely on strong importers such as Elias Antoune Motors, a very good partner.”Also speaking was France’s Ambassador to Liberia, Joel Godeau, who showered praises on the Antoune family noting, “Rudolph and his father Elias have never given up in running the company and have demonstrated their confidence and fidelity to both Liberia and the Liberian people, and Renault.”Ambassador Godeau continued, “This marvelous realization located in such an elegant building has to be considered as an important milestone in the development of the French company Renault in Liberia. I also see it as a marking symbol, among others, of the dynamism of French companies who are all committed to contributing to the recovery and development of Liberia.”Established in 1955, Elias Antoine Motors remains the official dealer of Renault vehicles in Liberia. Situated at the corner of Capitol Bye Pass and Bassa Community, the elegant structure housing the new showroom is a unique venue where customers can easily go and purchase Renault vehicles.Last Thursday’s event was graced by senior Liberian clergymen, foreign diplomats, senior Liberian government officials as well as foreign and local corporate executives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Hero Caribbean Premier League 2018…St Lucia Stars produced yet another dominant performance with the bat as they took on the clinical Barbados Tridents on Friday evening at the Darren Sammy Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia.Andre Fletcher and Kieron PollardStars once again treated their supporters batting first and registering the highest Caribbean Premier League (CPL) total of 226-6 in 20 overs. An impressive feat after equaling the record a day ago against the defending champions, and somehow not being victorious.They were led by a solid captain’s knock of 104 from Kieron Pollard and an aggressive attack from Andre Fletcher.Fletcher launched his assault very early taking 20 off of Mohammed Irfan in the first over, but Tridents struck right back with some offence of their own as captain Jason Holder removed the dangerous David Warner with scoring on his second delivery.Wahab Riaz and Martin Guptill celebrate the dismissal of Lendl SimmonsNicholas Pooran made no mistake in taking the catch behind the stumps, but unlucky for Warner who hit a crafty unbeaten 72 against TKR on Thursday at the same venue.The big man, Rahkeem Cornwall, entered at three and was once again effective with the bat smashing three maximums and two fours in an 11-ball 30.Cornwall and Fletcher assaulted Irfan and Holder to bring up the first 50 in 3.5 overs. However, it was a good show to back up the 53 scored against TKR by Cornwall before he held out to Holder off Wahab Riaz. Stars were now 57 – 2.Riaz struck the very next ball as Lendl Simmons was trapped leg before wicket for a duck to leave Stars looking vulnerable at 57 – 3.That meant the entrance of the captain Kieron Pollard, coming off a brilliant 65 not out. Of course he had enough experience to survive the hat-trick ball and keep the board ticking.Andre FletcherFletcher and the skipper put on a dazzling show as Stars did not miss a step with the bat. The opener reached the half century mark in 34 balls while it took Pollard one ball less to achieve his 50.Their 148-run fourth wicket partnership ensured a commanding end to their first innings. The partnership was broken in the 19th over when Fletcher was caught off Riaz for 80 after hitting sixes fours and an equal number of sixes in his 52-ball stay. Stars were 204-5.Pollard’s triple was constructed with six fours and eight sixes in 53 balls – the 54th one, he was caught by Dwayne Smith off Raymon Reifer in the final over. It was an eventful final over which cost 10 runs and saw Darren Sammy being caught by Ashley Nurse for 0.Riaz finished with 3 – 35 while Reifer was expensive with 2 – 67 and Holder accounted for the other wicket. He went for 42 in his four overs.Up to press time, Tridents were 44 for one from 5 over in reply.