Misplaced Value: the Crux of Liberia’s Troubles

first_imgDoing our homework for today’s editorial, we relished the rich reporting in yesterday’s issue: UL students threatening “mayhem” over tuition hikes; a judge strengthening his ruling over the FDA case; a commentary on the forestry aspect of the resource curse; the commerce Minister’s announcement of price inspections; and the Ministry of Post & Telecommunications’ briefing on the progress of a postal system. In these stories, we picked up on a common thread that strikes at the heart of our troubles as a nation – and the opportunity before us. What do these stories have in common, you ask? We will explain below. But first, we quote scripture – this is, after all, Africa’s most religious country. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt.6:19-21)While this passage seems restrictive in terms of how one should perceive and handle things of value, it promotes a shift our national paradigm away from materialism, toward investment in the intangible (unseen) treasures around us.Now, for the stories. We were unsurprised that the UL Student Development Alliance (STUDA) would threaten “mayhem” over a per-credit price increase from L$175 to L$440 (US$5). Unruly behavior is LU students’ “usual habit”. But this particular issue is dismally absurd. If those students were to ask their counterparts across the globe for the price of their education – some averaging US$500 per credit – LU hooligans would gladly shut up, pay the US$5, and take fewer courses each semester. But here they are, threatening violence over a nickel. The report and commentary on Forestry hit the issue from two angles. In one instance, a judge had to be strong armed into issuing a sentence befitting of the economic crimes committed by the former Forestry Development Authority boss and his colleagues. In the other, a case was made for preserving Liberia’s forests as a source of revenue, instead of allowing forestry to remain another cursed resource. From these, we gather that Liberians are only just now grasping the value of our forests beyond simply being a logging money maker. Now, countries are offering us money not to cut our trees down, and we are considering these forests as medical, nutritional and touristic assets, ripe for constructive revenue generation. Our Commerce Minister, taking bold steps to encourage fair pricing of commodities, starting with the Greater Monrovia area, shows a turn toward consideration for the plight of ordinary Liberians who are daily being fleeced from the Lebanese, Indians, Chinese and their own dear compatriots. Lastly, our Post Master General – after at least four years in office – laments that Liberia still needs US$7 million for an address system. What draws these stories together is the abiding challenge Liberians have of discerning the true value of things, people, relationships, ideas, and money. To us, money is king, and seeing is believing. So, because they cannot see knowledge, our students have trouble attaching real value to it. Because they cannot monetize the total value of a forest (we see them as just trees, not as a rich ecosystem) our public officials cannot optimally utilize it, and our judges cannot adequately penalize those who exploit it. Because they cannot quantify the value of good customer relationships and a good reputation, our entrepreneurs continue to extort customers to make a quick buck. Because we do not recognize the value of a positive legacy – the lasting impact of an address system on small business needing access to finance – we drag our feet and whine about obstacles. We Liberians seem to be desperately adverse to the efficient investment of resources. How, you ask? Just ask the LU girls shopping for the latest fashion pieces, instead of spending time and money in the pursuit of knowledge; or the Legislators demanding salary increases instead of putting money into county development projects. We prefer to indulge in instant pleasure; rather than working and waiting, forgoing present comforts to receive future gain. This is not sustainable. What we need is a fresh perspective on what real treasure is. What is your treasure covered with? Rust or antirust? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kentucky shocks Louisville

first_imgWoodson completed 30 of 44 passes for 275 yards and four TDs as he beat Brohm, a rival dating to high school, for the first time. The two are among the nation’s top quarterback prospects, so if they meet again, it could be in the NFL. “What a great throw,” Kentucky tight end Jacob Tamme said. “It had to be done, and he did it.” Johnson called Woodson a “big-time player.” Brohm showed he was big-time, too. He was 28-for-43 for 366 yards and two TDs and he led a late drive that put the Cardinals in position to win. But his last-second desperation attempt was deflected and caught by Harry Douglas at the 10, but the receiver couldn’t get into the end zone and time expired. Douglas had a career-high 13 catches for 223 yards, his sixth straight game topping 100 yards. Kentucky was ahead, 33-28, with 6 minutes left when Brohm began an 84-yard drive that ended in Anthony Allen’s 2-yard plunge. It was the second touchdown for Allen, who had 96 yards rushing. “We did give them quite a bit of time to go down and score,” Brohm said. “They made a play and did a great job. We gave them too many opportunities.” Woodson went another game without throwing an interception, extending his streak of passes without one to 257. That broke the Southeastern Conference record set by Georgia’s David Greene in 2004 and is 14 short of Trent Dilfer’s NCAA mark. Louisville’s offensive line was one of only three in the country that didn’t allow a sack through the first two games, but Kentucky got to Brohm three times. Kentucky would have had a fourth sack, halting Brohm deep in his own territory, but a 15-yard personal foul penalty on Wildcats cornerback Trevard Lindley negated that and gave Brohm another chance. He took advantage, firing a 42-yarder to Douglas, who later scored from 3 yards out. Brohm led the Cardinals down the field on their next possession, setting up a 10-yard run by Allen that put them in front for the first time, 21-19. Woodson answered during the first drive of the second half, leading the Wildcats 78 yards. John Conner scored on a 7-yard slant. Kentucky barely had a chance to celebrate regaining the lead. Louisville’s Trent Guy took the kickoff 100 yards to put the Cardinals back on top. Brooks said the victory was relief and he would be shocked if the Wildcats don’t enter the Top 25 next week. “We’ve had our heads slammed too many times in a row,” he said. “I think now the rivalry is back.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Woodson threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Steve Johnson with 28 seconds left, and Kentucky shocked the No. 9 Cardinals, 40-34, Saturday night. It was the Wildcats’ first victory over a top-10 team in three decades – since they beat Penn State in 1974 – and halted Kentucky’s four-year losing streak to Louisville (2-1). It also ended Woodson’s even longer skid against Brohm, a nemesis since high school. “Finally the right team won,” Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said. “It had more twists and turns than a Dickens novel.” Kentucky (3-0) was about to lose its fifth in a row to its in-state rival after being pushed back because of a personal foul penalty. Then Johnson zipped past the Cardinals’ secondary and Woodson nailed him in stride. “The only thing going through my head is, `Stevie, please catch the ball,”‘ Woodson said. “Once he caught it, I knew.” COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Woodson finds Johnson for the winning TD with 28 seconds left. By Jeffrey McMurray THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LEXINGTON, Ky. – With one perfectly thrown pass, Andre Woodson erased years of agony against Brian Brohm and turned Kentucky’s border battle with Louisville into a real rivalry again. last_img

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first_imgNew Delhi: July 31, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALNew Delhi: BJP Parliamentary Party meeting(B+A)Patna: Car falls into Ganga river(B)Patna: Jitan Ram Manjhi at a press conference(A)GUwahati: Former Assam CM Prafulla KumarMahanta addresses press(B)Morigaon: National Register of Citizens releasedin Guwahati(B)New Delhi: Monsoon session of parliament/TVGrab…(B+A)New Delhi: Water level of Yamuna rises(B)Guwahati: Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoiaddresses press(B)Birbhum: Baha tribal dance & song workshop(B)Haridwar: Holy month of ‘Shravan'(B)INTERNATIONALHarare: People wait in a queue to cast their voteat a polling station in Harare(A)Rionegro: Former Colombian President and Sen.Alvaro Uribe arrives for a PC(B)Carthage: Tunisian President shakes hands withnewly appointed Interior Minister(A)Peshawar: Supporters of Pakistan’s National Awami Party demonstration(B)Berlin: German Foreign Minister and hiscounterpart from Albania, Ditmir Bushat (B)Lakeport/Finley: A firefighter battles the River Fire (B)Tegucigalpa: Students clash with security forcesduring protest(B)Westerly: Michael Lorello shows a great whiteshark Lorello(B)Washington: Robert Wilkie is sworn in as Secretaryof the Department of Veterans Affairs during a ceremony in the Oval Office (B)Burbank: Rebecca Ferguson in a scene from”Christopher Robin.”(B)Burbank: Mark Wahlberg in a scene from”Mile 22.” (B)Tel Aviv:Protest against the Israel Jewish nation bill,advertisement in Tel Aviv(B)Frankfurt :A couple watches the sun go down ontop of the Feldberg mountain(B)Tehran: An Iranian woman walks past a muraldepicting members of Basij paramilitaryforce(B)Panmunjom : North Korean Lt. Gen. shakes hands with his South Korean counterpart(A)Washington :President Donald Trump and ItalianPrime Minister(A)Jakarta :Indonesian militant Zainal Anshori isescorted by police officers upon arrivalfor a hearing(B)Wehrheim : A horse and its foal play surroundedby flies(B)Lamiton: Bomb exploded in a van in Lamitan(A)London : Vijay Mallya arrives at WestminsterMagistrates’ Court in London(B)SPORTSWashington: Citi Open tennis tournament(B)Turin: File…Portuguese ace Ronaldo(B)Jakarta:Security preparations for the 2018 AsianGames in Jakarta (B)PTI PHOTO VNA OSOSlast_img read more