A Beautiful Vision for Tomorrow

first_imgIf there were ever a time when we needed hope for the nation of Liberia, it is now. At a time when corruption is so rampant at every level of society; when the economy is as tight as a contraction; when a general air of hopelessness just hangs over the country like a dark and menacing cloud; when survival is the name of the game. We need hope now. We need a vision we can believe in and work towards. The perfect time to deliver such hope was at the marking of Liberia’s 168th Independence Day. And the orator, Ambassador Charles Minor, delivered.While he dealt at great depth with the entrenched problems facing the nation, he delivered a message of hope that every Liberian can hold on to at this hour in our beloved Liberia. Minor’s message of hope cut across societal class lines – from the Executive branch to the yanna boy – and covered every facet of the nation – the governance factor, the economic factor, the human resource factor and even the personal development factor. He envisioned a leadership that is people-focused and not self-centered or graft driven. The former Liberian ambassador to the United States envisioned a Liberia that is self-sustaining. A Liberia that grows its own food in sufficient amounts to consume and export; a Liberia that produces value-added products for its local and export markets. A Liberia whose mindset has changed gear from the idea that the best job is in the office doing practically nothing, to the realization that the best job is one that makes a tangible, positive impact on the development of the nation. Minor envisioned an educated Liberia that dominates the job market in its own country; a highly developed Liberia as a direct result of a highly educated populace.What is so powerful about Minor’s vision is that it is home grown – Made in Liberia. Not a one-size-fits-all dream imported from elsewhere and super-imposed on an African nation that can barely walk in it. It is contextualized and custom made to fit our particular needs and environment. It is achievable and absolutely sustainable. But he even went further to address those who may have fallen between the cracks despite their best efforts and lost hope. Indeed, hopelessness can drive people to the depths of vice; and when the hopeless outnumber the hopeful, as the case may be, that is dangerous for the stability of a nation-state. The Independence Day orator offered hope to those who, although they would rather work than steal, are nonetheless eking out a living on the margins of society, selling chewing gum and expired biscuits on the streets: “And to you, strong young men and women, who are walking up and down the streets of our main cities and towns selling chewing gum because you have yet to cultivate the skills to attract a remunerative wage paying jobs, offer to become an apprentice and accept a minimum wage today so that tomorrow, you will have acquired some skills to improve your capacity to obtain a decent job…“…Poverty need not be in your future. As human beings, we are endowed by our maker with great gifts of self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. And our imagination is extremely powerful. It transforms lives, it has sent man to the Moon and today man is planning to vacation in outer space. Our endowments also provide us boundless energy and enthusiasm… They enable us not to be constrained by circumstances. Do not retain the attitude of hopelessness. Knock it off…“We can work within our circle of influence and, with a sense of personal worth and self-assurance, our inner drive and our creative imagination can catapult us from being street vendors to becoming merchants of Greenville and Barclayville, with our own stores and inventories; from being market woman selling tomatoes grown in Cote d’Ivoire to becoming vegetables and fruits producing farmers…“I vision car loaders with imagination and vision one day becoming owners of taxi cabs. Achieving those lofty goals, however, depends upon ourselves, not on our Government; achieving such goals depends on our own self-image; our creative imagination, our ability to be transparent and accountable, our willingness to re-pay our loans; and our taking advantage of pivotal opportunities in our lives.”Ambassador Minor’s vision for a new Liberia should give hope to every Liberian; and every Liberian should take courage, be inspired and join forces to build the developed nation we wish to see in our lifetime.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgRed Hughs GAA News: Senior MenThe lads kicked off their season with an away trip to Burt on Sunday. The game was played in very difficult conditions with strong winds and heavy showers to contend with.The lads got off to a good start and lead by 2 points to no score after 10 minutes. The home side then got on the scoreboard to reduce the gap to a single point.The Reds added another point before the Burt lads scored the only goal of the game to put them two in front.The lads rallied and finished the half strong scoring two unanswered points to go in at the break one point up. 0-5 to 1-1 With the Burt lads now playing with the strong wind on their backs for the second half. They used the wind to their full advantage and scored 2 point to take the lead. The Red Hugh’s lads had a really tough task and were finding shooting into the strong wind very difficult and registered a number of wides. Burt tagged on another three points before Calvin Bradley got the Reds only point of the second half and the last score of the game. The final score was Red Hughs 0-6 Burt 1-6ReservesThe reserves also played Burt in their first game of their season. Low on numbers they due to work commitments etc the lads started the game well and were taking the game to the Burt lads with the score at 2 points each after 10 minutes. Two bad and very costly defensive errors seen the Burt men scoring 2 goals to give them a real boost. But the lads to their credit never gave up and kept battling away. The home side played with the strong wind in the first half and took full advantage of it and put up a score of 2-10 to Red Hughs 0-2 at the interval.With a mountain to climb in the second half the Red Hughs boys chipped away at the Burt lead and out scored the home side 1-5 to 1-0 in the second half. Unfortunately the gap proved too big to overcome before the final whistle. The lads can be happy with their second half performance and take some positives from it. The final score was Red Hughs 1-7 Burt 3-10The lads now face another away trip this weekend this time to Downings. Reserves throw in at 4.00pm and seniors throw in at 5.30pm Minor BoysThe minor lads host Glenfin this Tuesday evening at Pairc Aodh Rua with a 6.30 throw in. Come out and cheer the lads on.Under 16 BoysThe lads training continues on Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm. Their next game is away to Letterkenny Gaels this Friday the throw in 12 noon. Under 14 BoysTraining continues for the boys on Fridays from 7-8pmUnder 12 & u-14 Girls​Training for the girls has now changed to a Wednesday from 6.15 to 7.15pmSaturday Morning CoachingRed Hughs underage training on Saturday mornings from 11am to12noon. This will be for all boys and girls from u6s up to u10s and u12 boys. This year we will be collecting €2 per child and no more than €5 per family for the use of the facilities to train. This money will go straight back into the underage training funds.Any parent/guardian that may be willing to help out on Saturday mornings please don’t hesitate to contact any of the coaches on the morning of the training.​Ceile DancingThe Ceile dancing continues every Tuesday at 8pm in the club house . Everyone welcome​Lotto & 100+ Club ResultsNumbers drawn were 2,6,1,8,7,4,5,3​2 Winners matched 3 numbers and receives €25 eachMicheal Mc Menamin Dreenan & Patsy Byrne BelaltNext weeks jackpot is €5,100Number 93 Jean Doherty Mullaghaneary wins €100Thanks to everyone for your continued supportOther NewsClub MeetingThe monthly club meeting is on this Wednesday the 1st of April in the clubhouse. Future development of the club grounds is top of the agenda. Please make a big effort to attend this very important meeting.Well DoneIt was a very proud day for Red Hugh’s underage girls.We had four girls and a coach involved with Donegal U14 League team who played Down in Muff on Saturday were very unlucky with the result.Next game away to Antrim in two weeks time. Well done to coach Sabrina White players Nicola Callaghan,Zara Gibson,Aimee Callaghan and Maddison White who got herself on the score sheet with a few points. Keep up the good work everyone.Sympathy​The club extends their sympathy to the Family of Fred Gallen Meenreagh and Lizzie Bradley Ballinaman on their recent bereavements may they rest in peace.GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS DEFEATED BY BURT IN LEAGUE OPENER was last modified: March 31st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANoticesRED HUGHS.Sportlast_img read more