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The Critical Relevance of Stability to Development

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first_imgIn her address at the opening of the new Coca Cola Bottling facility in Paynesville Monday, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf reminded Liberians that there was “no way that the Liberian economy or businesses operating in the country will boom amid the destruction of properties and businesses by demonstrations that have engulfed the country.”“Meaningful investments that are supposed to improve the lives of the Liberian people and the economy,” she added, “cannot come to the country when investors feel insecure.”This newspaper, the Daily Observer, has in just the past week published two editorials in this connection. The first was about the demonstrations in Ganta, Nimba, during which the thriving hotel as well as the homes of Mr. Prince Howard, a progressive Ganta entrepreneur, were looted and destroyed. Several people have since been arrested and, as usual, the parents of some of the youth involved have come asking for forgiveness.Well, that is the same thing some youth of the same county, Nimba, did to ArcelorMittal Liberia last year, resulting in damages costing millions of United States dollars. Then the parents of the youth came begging President Sirleaf to “forgive.” Have we forgotten what the 1980 coup d’état, staged by the People’s Redemption Council, did to Liberia? It started the brain drain that saw tens of thousands of our educated people leave the country, most of them—and their children—never to return. Then there was the civil war that drove into prolonged, largely interminable (endless) exile the remnants of the educated class. We are talking of medical doctors, nurses, engineers, technicians, teachers, priests and people of every imaginable profession.In his book on Albert Porte, the author, Kenneth Y. Best, quoted Dew Tuan Wreh Mayson, a founding member of the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA), and one of the leading advocates for change in the 1970s. Mayson told the author, “The day I meet President William R. Tolbert, Jr. in the Great Beyond, I will tell him, My man, you got best,” – a Liberian way of saying I’m sorry. What did Mayson mean? He saw what came after the violent overthrow of Tolbert. Samuel Doe and the PRC not only murdered thousands of innocent people, leading the country through 10 years of terror. They also looted the public treasury. How many people know of the US$21 million mansion President Samuel Doe built in Zwedru and another plush dwelling in his home town, Tuzon? Is it necessary to ask where he got the money from? Remember, too, that one of the prime reasons for the April 12 coup was “rampant corruption.”Doe and the PRC’s excesses led the country to civil war. This led us to Charles G. Taylor who plundered not one, but two countries, Liberia and Sierra Leone.For Mayson, Liberia was clearly better off with Tolbert than without him. There is a popular saying, “Be careful what you ask for.”That is precisely what our second editorial on violent demonstrations, instability and chaos was trying to say. And that is why we are still pleading with those in government who identify with the Student Unification Party (SUP) at the University of Liberia (UL) to go talk to them. This business of disrupting classes at UL is bad for the university, bad for Monrovia, the nation’s capital, and bad for Liberia. Fortunately for us, there are not too many places around the country where youth and students think and behave that way. The UL campus and Nimba County are the woeful exceptions. One of the world’s leading multinational corporations, Coca Cola, which happens to be headed by a young Liberian, Alex Cummings, insists on expanding its operations here and even going so far as to build a first class School of Technology in its Paynesville neighborhood. This is despite the economic downturn which Liberia suffered because of Ebola.What the UL students and the Nimba youth do not understand is that the world is watching. Capital (money, especially those who have a lot to invest) loves peace and stability. Anything else will drive investors away, and where will Liberia be without jobs?With our educational system still “in a mess,” the youths of the country, led by UL students who definitely should know better, should be the first to help fix the problem by doing all they can to maintain peace and stability, and give government and other stakeholders a chance to improve the situation. They should find peaceful means to resolve differences and disagreements. Are UL students truly interested in improving the academic standards of their school, which is at an all time low? We pray that they will heed the voices of reason and not those of recklessness. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tiger Woods says ‘not physically ready’ to play in Masters

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first_imgTiger Woods will miss the Masters for only the second time since his tournament debut in 1995, saying he is “not physically ready” for the year’s opening major next week.The former world number one has been sidelined from competition since August as he continues his recovery from back surgeries, and was never likely to tee it up at Augusta National for the April 7-10 event.”After assessing the present condition of my back, and consulting with my medical team, I’ve decided it’s prudent to miss this year’s Masters,” Woods said in a statement on his official website (www.tigerwoods.com).”I’ve been hitting balls and training daily, but I’m not physically ready. I’ve said all along that this time I need to be cautious and do what’s best for my long-term health and career.”Unfortunately, playing Augusta next week wouldn’t be the right decision,” said Woods, a four-times Masters champion.Now aged 40, Woods has not won a major title since he clinched the 14th of his career at the 2008 U.S. Open and his form has slipped dramatically in recent years due to injuries and the mastering of a new swing.A tie for 10th at the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship in August, following a dismal season in which he missed three cuts in the majors, gave him encouragement before his health again intervened.Three weeks later, he had a second microdiscectomy surgery to alleviate pressure on a disc in his lower back, before needing another procedure on Oct. 28 on the same area due to discomfort.advertisementHe has since been recuperating and in late February he posted a video of himself swinging a golf club in an effort to shoot down reports that suggested he had endured setbacks during his rehabilitation.”I’m absolutely making progress, and I’m really happy with how far I’ve come, but I still have no timetable to return to competitive golf,” said Woods, who won the Masters in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005.He missed the event for the first time in 2014 after undergoing a microdiscectomy.”I’d like to express my disappointment to (Masters chairman) Billy Payne, the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons that I won’t be competing,” said Woods.”It’s a very important and special week to me, and it’s upsetting to miss it. I do plan to attend the (Wednesday) Champions Dinner and see a lot of old friends.”last_img read more