Rep. Samah addresses the graduates.Montserrado County District #12 Representative, George Beyan Samah, says education is the most powerful weapon that can reduce poverty and transform Liberia into a better country.Rep. Samah’s statement was contained in his keynote address delivered at the 22nd graduation convocation of the Special Project High School in Barnesville, outside Monrovia, over the weekend.Samah spoke on the theme, “Education-The Most Powerful Weapon, Which You Can Use to Change the World.”In the words of the Montserrado lawmaker, education is key in eliminating gender inequality, preventing needless death, illness and “hence fostering everlasting peace.”He said education is one of the “most serious investments that all parents should embrace to advance their children in the technological world.“According to UNESCO project statistics, in Africa’s poorest nations, of which Liberia is a part, the lives of 1.8 million children could have been improved if their mothers had at least a secondary education,” Rep. Samah said.“Therefore, parents, I would like to use this platform to appeal to you to spend your nickels, dimes, and whatever you may have in helping our children to buy the most powerful weapon on planet earth. With this weapon in their hands, we as parents are sure of their tomorrow,” he advised the parents.Rep. Samah said he cannot imagine a better Liberia without parents committing themselves to guarantee their children’s future by providing quality education.He also challenged the graduates to press forward and seek education at the higher level.“The diploma you received today represents your insurance policy with the premium paid in full by your hard work over the past few years. It is not a guarantee, but it will always be there in time of need to help,” Samah said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Citing security and legal concerns, Odyssey has not disclosed details about the discovery, including the origin of the coins and the identity or location of the site, dubbed Black Swan, but has said it is “beyond the territorial waters or legal jurisdiction of any country.” Phone calls seeking comment were not returned on Friday. The 6,000 silver coins that have so far been conserved are in “remarkable condition,” Greg Stemm, the company’s co-founder, said in the statement. “We are excited by the wide range of dates, origins and varieties of the coins,” Stemm said, “and we believe that the collecting community will be thrilled when they see the quality and diversity of the collection.” The bountiful find is sure to reignite the long-running debate between undersea explorers and archaeologists, who view such treasure hunting as little more than modern-day piracy. Kevin Crisman, an associate professor in the nautical archaeology program at Texas A&M University, said salvage work on shipwrecks constituted “theft of public history and world history.” Anticipating such comments, John Morris, the chief executive of Odyssey, said in a statement: “We have treated this site with kid gloves, and the archaeological work done by our team out there is unsurpassed. We are thoroughly documenting and recording the site, which we believe will have immense historical significance.” Robert W. Hoge, a curator at the American Numismatic Society in New York, questioned the secrecy surrounding the discovery and said that while it might be perfectly legitimate, the findings would have been better preserved in the hands of archaeologists. “Whenever these finds are made by treasure hunters, their first thought is to sell instead of preserving,” Hoge said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MIAMI – Explorers for a shipwreck exploration company based in Tampa said Friday that they had located a treasure estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars in what may be the richest undersea treasure recovery yet. Deep-ocean explorers for the company, Odyssey Marine Exploration, located more than 500,000 silver coins weighing more than 17 tons, along with hundreds of gold coins and other artifacts, in a Colonial-era shipwreck in an undisclosed location in the Atlantic Ocean, the company said in a statement. The retail value of the silver coins ranges from a few hundred dollars to $4,000 each, with the gold coins having a higher value, the company said. “All recovered items have been legally imported into the United States and placed in a secure, undisclosed location where they are undergoing conservation and documentation,” according to the statement.