‘Do Not Use Your Acquired Education for Corruption and Destruction’

first_imgThe Episcopal Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. Jonathan B.B. Hart has challenged the 577 prospective graduates of the Cuttington University (CU) in Suakoko, Bong County, to make wise use of the skills the university has imparted unto them over the years.Of the prospective graduates, 340 are undergraduate students and 197 post graduate students, while 40 of them are from the Cuttington Junior College based in Kakata, Margibi County. The Episcopal Prelate strongly admonished members of CU’s 53rd graduating class not to use their education to practice corruption and destruction.Preaching on the theme, “Make Use of Your Education,” Bishop Hart cautioned them against behaving like the tenant in the 25th chapter of St. Matthew’s Gospel, who buried his talent and failed to make wise use of it upon receiving the instructions. Bishop Hart’s Sermon was greeted with applauses from the congregation, among them, an array of parents, other family members and government officials.An important part of using their education wisely, he told the prospective graduates, is to make sure to work hard to improve the livelihood of fellow Liberians. The Episcopal Prelate drew particular attention from the congregation when he called on the prospective graduating class to be good ambassadors of Cuttington, and keep the light and image of their Alma-mater burning and high wherever they are called to serve. “I pray that the years you spent at CU in your academic sojourn have made you to become holy and wise, and prepared to use your acquired skills toward building a better Liberia.” He challenged them to go all out and impact society positively, rather than to destroy or corrupt the system as others have done over a period of time in the country’s history. To the administration headed the president, Dr. Henrique Tokpa, faculty and staff, Bishop Hart expressed gratitude for their “sacrifices and enormous contributions” to the institution despite the many challenges.  As the chairman of Cuttington’s Board of Trustees, Bishop Hart admitted that he was aware of the administration’s need for better incentives for the sacrifices they make in service to the university. According to him, he was aware of the delay of the university to paying their “just wages.”“I am also aware how these challenges affect the smooth operations of the university, but true, how these situations are brought about to our university by many of us, who award scholarships to students here without making payments of the funds needed to address these challenges,” said. Despite all these challenges, he, however,   encouraged them to continue to do their best and remain dedicated and committed to their duties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Golf: Howell won’t throw in towel

first_imgWhile Howell has worked on his mechanics, his putting has lagged. He has ranked in the top100 on the PGA Tour in putting just once in the past fiveyears, and that was a 97th-place finish in 2003. He has improved his work on the greens this season, and currently ranks 38th. “The one thing I did (this offseason) is I made sure I stayed really disciplined in the amount of time I’ve spent on every area of my game,” Howell said. “I’m a range rat; I love to hit balls. I love the mechanics of the swing. So I can spend seven or eight hours on the driving range pretty easily. And then you go, `Well, there is 30 minutes left for chipping and 30 minutes left for putting.’ I did a lot better job this offseason of dividing my (practice) time. Putting is something that you take for granted, being that it’s an 8-foot putt. But it counts just as much as a 300-yard drive.” He also attributes the improvement in putting to his equipment. “One thing I’ve done, which I haven’t since I turned pro, I haven’t switched putters in four months now,” he said. “I didn’t even tinker with one this whole offseason.” With that, he returned to the driving range to chase the most elusive of his goals. “I’m ranked No. 45 in the world,” he said, “so I’ve got to keep getting better and better.” gene.warnick@dailynews.com (818) 713-3632 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Chasing the perfect swing, chasing the perfect thing that you never quite catch,” Howell said Friday after shooting a 6-under 65 at Riviera to move into third place in the Nissan Open at 8-under 134. “You know, if I get my golf swing perfect, I will never hit a bad shot. Chasing that … it’s a helluva goal.” For most of his professional career, Charles Howell III has been like a puppy chasing its tail. Always trying to catch up to his potential, yet not quite able to. center_img Since his lone PGA Tour victory, in the 2002 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill, Howell has had nine second-place finishes, including a playoff defeat to Mike Weir at the 2003 Nissan. Howell already has two runner-up finishes this season, at the Buick Invitational and Sony Open. “I take it like I’m getting closer (to winning),” Howell said of his near misses. “The best thing I can do is keep giving myself chances.” Howell, who is three shots behind co-leaders Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington at Riviera, admitted he has had a tendency to worry a bit too much about his mechanics while chasing that perfect swing. “I was one of the first of the generation that grew up with mechanics, and grew up with a video camera,” said the 27-year-old from Augusta, Ga. “I remember when I first went down to Orlando (Fla.) to get a golf lesson, my dad called David Leadbetter. “They said, `I’m sorry, sir, David doesn’t teach 11-year-old kids that just call up. We can put him with an assistant.’ I went in and got a lesson and the first thing they did was videotape my swing. So from the very beginning, I have taken everything someone has told me and I’ve been able to see it because I’ve done everything with video cameras.” last_img