In a scene in the last act of the ‘The Merchant of Venice’, Shylock, the money lending Jew pursues Antonio before the Venetian court for breach of contract. Shylock prays the court to enforce the provision of the contract which entitles him, in the event of a breach, to a live pound of the defendant’s flesh. Intransigent, inflexible and vengeful, Shylock will accept nothing less than his pound of Antonio’s flesh. Portia, however, lover to the defendant’s best friend, assumes the advocacy of Antonio. And in one of Shakespeare’s favorite dramatic devices of disguise, Portia proposes to Shylock, in the hurly burly of argumentation, not so many juridical arguments as she does a moral option. A moral option based in the faith of God! And this is what she says:“THE QUALITY OF MERCY IS NOT STRAINED, IT DROPPETH AS THE GENTLE RAIN FROM HEAVEN UPON THE PLACE BENEATH. IT IS TWICE BLEST. IT BLESSETH HIM THAT GIVES AND HIM THAT TAKES. TIS MIGHTIEST IN THE MIGHTIEST, IT BECOMES A THRONED MONARCH BETTER THAN HIS CROWN. THE SCEPTRE SHOWS THE FORCE OF TEMPORAL POWER, THE ATTRIBUTE TO AWE AND MAJESTY WHEREIN DOTH SIT THE DREAD AND FEAR OF KINGS. BUT MERCY IS ABOVE THIS SCEPTRED SWAY. IT IS ENTHRONED IN THE HEARTS OF KINGS, IT IS AN ATTRIBUTE TO GOD HIMSELF”. Act IV, scene 1 William ShakespeareAnd so, the conclusion of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ turns for outcomes upon this ‘OPERATION OF MERCY’ to resolve the central conflicts: The conflicts of money, the conflicts of love, and the conflicts of law. And it was also by this self-same ‘OPERATION OF MERCY’ that Gyude Bryant emerged on the Liberian scene in 2003, charged with the responsibility to draw a million bellicose Liberian parts into one accommodating whole. But before the ‘OPERATION OF MERCY’ was a skillful political tool, it was in Chairman Bryant’s effortless compassion and accommodation guided by principle and faith. Bryant’s ‘OPERATION OF MERCY’ was possessed of the understanding that the greatest need of men and women everywhere is the recognition and affirmation of their humanity, irrespective of their station in life. It was thru Bryant’s ‘OPERATION OF MERCY’ that the nation and people were set upon roads not taken, in a direction of better choices, to new places and paradigms of possibilities. It was Bryant’s ‘OPERATION OF MERCY’ that created the discipline to deliver to the Liberian people without variation and delay. And Gyude Bryant shone on the national stage because -MERCY- the one quintessential quality missing to Liberian political and civic life was enthroned in his heart.In its vicissitudes, the hits and misses, the zeniths and nadirs, in the munificence of God’s wisdom, we need accept that Bryant accomplished here on earth what his Maker put him here to do. In the munificence of God’s wisdom, we need accept that God repossessed Bryant’s life according to HIS plan. And it is ALSO in this munificent wisdom that the charge and responsibility of his legacy is bequeathed to us.Gyude Bryant is motionless. His life is extinguished, and yet, there is a great unfinished national business at hand. A business to bind the nation’s wounds, a business to untangle truth from strangulating lies, a business to lather justice to a million wrongs, and a business to produce prosperity and happiness for the people. Bryant’s tenure started THIS process which now ebbs more than it flows. The good is not the enemy of the perfect, and where we continue to throw the patriots and their industry onto the great Liberian bonfire of ingratitude, we burn the hopes and heroism, the health and happiness of millions born to this land. We wallow in the cinders of confusion and defeat when Mercy is absent. Bryant’s sacrifices, however, were not for a nation of merciless qualities, but for a nation of merciful life.That is the contribution and character of Bryant’s life. It is incumbent upon us to seize it. For nothing that we do or say has meaning or tenure, or use in the absence of mercy, mercy towards each other, and mercy for Liberia’s life. We can only do ourselves and our country honor in saluting an icon in the new Pantheon of the Patriots; one who might be called ‘A Liberian Worthy’.“I am a part of all that I have metTho much is taken, much abidesThat which we are, we are —One equal temper of heroic heartsStrong in willTo strive, to seek, to find,And not to yield.” -Alfred, Lord TennysonShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Obasanjo Farms Liberia, incorporated (OFL), a multi-million dollar poultry project established to help revamp Liberia’s poultry industry, on Saturday, May 10, launched a hatchery program in Gbah Town, Grand Cape Mount County.The program is expected to benefit several potential Liberian poultry farmers.Over 100 participants including top government officials, agriculture stakeholders and local farmers graced the ceremony.OFL is a private investment of former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo. The farm was established in 2013, upon the request of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Giving an overview of the program on Saturday, the general manager of the farm, Adeyemo G. Jamiyu said that the intention of the hatchery program is to promote the revival of poultry industry in Liberia that would help reduce the importation of day-old chicks by Liberian farmers.“The essence of today’s gathering is to commission Obasanjo Farm’s 95,050 capacity hatchery. The average weekly egg capacity of this hatchery is 36,680. We are expecting 22,000 to 24,000 broider chicks per week or at least 1000 pullets (layer chicks) depending on the demand,” he said.He further said that there was the need to inaugurate poultry farmers’ organizations, which would work with the government at all levels to identify feasible projects for growth of the poultry industry in Liberia.According to Mr. Jamiyu, OFL was committed to ensure that poultry farmers in the country are provided with all of the necessary inputs to enhance productivities.“We have put into place the necessary facilities for rearing of commercial layers for the production of table eggs and hatchery for quality day-old chicks,” he disclosed.“Feed mill equipment for the production of poultry rations and veterinarian medicines will also be provided,” he added.The Obasanjo Farm manager further disclosed plans for the training of poultry farmers in the country.“There is also a plan to commence a broiler project (Chickens raised for marketing) in a very soonest possible time,” he further added.“Our next priority task is to develop a broiler processing plant that will enable us to accommodate out-growers, who will raise the birds for marketing,” he disclosed.Out-growers are outsiders, who would be engaged into production of the chicken from one-day old and would sell the chickens back to OFL. They are separate poultry farmers outside OFL.Mr. Jamiyu stressed the need for Liberian farmers to collaborate with financial institutions in the country in order to access loan for the establishment of small businesses in the poultry sector.Meanwhile, he has called on farmers in the country to work harder toward the production of maize (corn) as the poultry farm will largely depend on such inputs.Montserrado County Representative Josephine Francis, who attended the program, said the Government of Liberia was pleased about the investment in the country.Rep. Francis stated that the time has come for Liberian farmers to attach seriousness to agriculture in order to make the country food-secured.“There is no need for Liberia to continue to spend millions every year for food importation. We have the potential to change this particular trend considering our fertile soil and favorable climate. All that we need to do is to develop more interest in agriculture,” she said.Madam Francis, who is the House’s Chairperson on Agriculture, mentioned that the Liberian legislature was in support of agriculture in the country. Their support, according to her, is through the ratification of agriculture loans.“We have been able to ratify several loans for the past years to help improve agricultural production,” she said.For her part, Liberia’s Agriculture Minister, Dr. Florence Chenoweth said that there was a need for Liberia to put an end to the importation of poultry products.“It is a serious fight to ensure that we make sure that these imported eggs on our market cease. This we are able to do through the investment of the Obasanjo farm and other initiatives by Liberian farmers,” she asserted.She said that small holder poultry farmers working in the rural parts of Liberia were improving their lives through the production of poultry but needed help to improve their capacities.“We are thankful for the initiative of President Sirleaf, who has helped some women farmers in Lofa County to increase their production,” she said.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a Congratulatory message to her colleague, the President of the Republic of Djibouti, Ismail Omar Guellah, on that country’s 40th Independence Anniversary on June 27.June 27 is celebrated each year as Djibouti Independence Anniversary, which it obtained from France in 1977 and became the fifth newest country in Africa after South Sudan (July 9, 2011); Eritrea, (May 24, 1993); Namibia (March 21, 1990); and Zimbabwe (April 18, 1980).Known as French Somaliland, Djibouti was France’s last hold on the continent. The third referendum led to a landslide victory of 98.8 percent for independence.At the first and second referendums held in 1958 and 1967 respectively, people voted to remain with France rather than join neighboring Somalia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –
Charter Oak Youth Baseball and Softball Association has scheduled its opening day at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, at Charter Oak Park. For information visit www.coybsa.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The lawsuit also claims that a picture of Buckwheat, the African-American character from the kids’ TV series “Our Gang,” was taped onto Cobb’s computer. When he removed the photo, it reappeared in the form of a screensaver on his computer’s desktop, according to court documents. Monrovia spokesman Dick Singer said in December that the city had launched an investigation into Cobb’s claims, but that he filed the lawsuit while the inquiry was still ongoing. Charges of racial discrimination, harassment, retaliation and failure to investigate were originally lodged in the form of a lawsuit against the city and its police department on Aug. 23. Lawyers defending the city subsequently filed a motion to dismiss the suit. On Dec. 27, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James E. Satt said the lawsuit contained insufficient evidence to support its claims, Meneses said Wednesday. But an amended complaint was filed in January, and Meneses said his firm did not dispute the more thorough suit. LOS ANGELES – A judge Wednesday set a Sept. 10 trial date for an African-American Monrovia police officer’s lawsuit against the department for racial discrimination. Glenn Cobb, a 10-year department veteran who is currently on leave, claimed he suffered verbal harassment at the hands of a sergeant – his superior – beginning in October 2005. G. Arthur Meneses of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore – the Los Angeles-based firm that represents the city of Monrovia and its police department in the case – has said Cobb filed no formal complaint with the department and offered no facts to support his claims. Allegations range from a sergeant telling Cobb, 40, that rather than celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on the third Monday of each January, people should instead praise James Earl Ray, the civil rights leader’s assassin. After the Dec. 27 status conference, Terrell said he purposely filed a “skeletal complaint,” or one that contains minimal information, as part of a strategy to see how far the city’s investigation into his client’s claims had progressed. Wednesday, Satt sent the case out for mediation, where both parties attempt to settle the case out of court before a trial. A post-mediation status conference is set for May 16 in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, 111 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, Dept. 40. A final status conference will take place Sept. 6. email@example.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Yellowhead Road & Bridge will be conducting cable inspections on the Hudson’s Hope Suspension Bridge, located 7 km south of Hudson’s Hope on Hwy 29, starting today until ThursdayDrivers are told to expect delays of up to 60 minutes each day between the hours of 9 AM to 12 PM, and 12:30 PM until 4 PM.The bridge is open to traffic from 12 PM to 12:30 PM.- Advertisement -YRB would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.For updates, check DriveBC and YRB North Peace on Twitter.
The Director of Public Prosecutions will today appeal the sentence of Shaun Kelly in connection with the horrific Inishowen crash which killed eight people in 2010.Shaun Kelly appearing at a previous court sitting. Pic copyright Northwest Newspix.Kelly was found guilty of dangerous driving causing the deaths and sentenced to four years imprisonment in December last, with the final two years of the sentence suspended. The case is listed for today at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Dublin as part of an undue leniency application.The 26 year old truck driver had pleaded guilty to the charge last July and was sentenced by Judge John O’Hagan at Letterkenny Circuit Court in December.Four of the families whose relatives perished in the crash at Clonmany in July, 2010 had asked Judge O’Hagan not to jail Kelly.But passing sentence Judge O’Hagan said it was sometimes difficult to be a judge.He said “The consequences in the community are insurmountable and it is beyond description. It is a terrible, terrible tragedy.”Those killed in the Inishowen crash.He sentenced Kelly to four years, suspended the final two years and banned the accused from driving for 10 years.A representative from the DPP recently contacted Gardai to inform them of their decision to appeal the sentence.The families whose relatives were killed in the crash have since been informed.The crash on July 11th, 2010 had resulted in the biggest single loss of life in a single road accident in the history of the state.Judge O’Hagan had asked for victim impact statements from each family.Harrowing accounts were given by family members about how their lives had changed forever since the crash.One man, Anthony Friel, had revealed how he had tried to take his own life after the death of his brother Hugh, 66, in the crash.Mr Friel was driving home from bingo when he was struck by the Volkswagen Passat being driven by Kelly on his wrong side of the road.All of Kelly’s seven passengers perished in the crash.The men had been socialising at the High Stool Bar in Clonmany and had been watching the World Cup Final on TV but Kelly had not been drinking.Witnesses told how they heard the screech of tyres when Kelly pulled off and drove in the direction of Buncrana from Clonmany.Moments later eight people were killed in the crash.The men who died in the crash were Hugh Friel (66), Urris,Clonmany, Eamon McDaid (22) of Ballymagan, Buncrana; Mark McLaughlin, (21) of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Meenaduff, Clonmany and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana.DPP TO APPEAL SENTENCE GIVEN TO INISHOWEN DEATH CRASH DRIVER TODAY was last modified: July 12th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:crashdonegalDPPGardaiInishowenShaun Kelly
Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 22 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 23 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 1 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 14 25 25 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 5 25 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 20 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 11 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 3 25 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 6 With Lionel Messi turning 30 and Cristiano Ronaldo already 32, both of the best players of their generation are now entering the latter stages of their careers.Since the pair started competing for the Ballon d’Or a decade ago, Messi and Ronaldo have been constantly compared with one another, but we’re going to go back even further than that.This gallery features pictures of the players, side by side, from childhood all the way up to the age of 30.Take a look at a picture comparison of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo aged 1-30 by clicking on the right arrow on the image above. Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 26 25 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 12 25 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 16 25 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 18 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 27 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 8 25 25 25 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 19 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 29 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 25 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 10 25 25 25 25 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 28 25 25 25 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 24 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 7 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 17 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 21 Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo – Age 30
With a smoky coal ban in place in Letterkenny since 2013, the Asthma Society is calling for support of an all-island ban that would see it extended to all of Donegal.Asthma Society wants smoky coal ban extended to all of Donegal.In anticipation of an all-island ban, the Asthma Society has also launched its campaign for Clean Air calling on householders across Donegal to ‘be a lifesaver’ and burn smokeless coal or an alternative clean fuel to reduce asthma symptoms and save lives.Niamh Kelly, Asthma Society of Ireland said, “With 470,000 people affected, Ireland has the fourth highest prevalence of asthma worldwide. The dangers of smoky coal on public health are well documented and it is also a commonly known asthma trigger. “In advance of an all-island ban, we are calling on fuel consumers across Donegal to burn smokeless coal or an alternative fuel, to reduce asthma symptoms and save lives.”While many lives have been saved with the provincial bans, Dr. Dermot Nolan of the Asthma Society of Ireland’s Medical Advisory Group, estimates that almost 2,000 lives could be saved annually with the implementation of an all-island ban on the sale and distribution of smoky coal.Dr. Nolan said, “While we have made significant strides in recent years with many urban areas now covered by a smoky coal ban, until an all-island ban is implemented, policing these regional bans is difficult and hundreds of thousands of people still breathe pollutants from smoky coal every day.“I see the effects of smoky coal on the most vulnerable in society on a daily basis- in particular patients of chronic lung diseases such as asthma. With the implementation of an all-island ban, we estimate that 2,000 lives would be saved each year.” A representative member survey conducted by the Asthma Society also revealed that poor air quality affects asthma in 78% of members and smoke from coal fire affects asthma in 55% of members.Furthermore, 1 in 5 Asthma Society members surveyed reported to have had an asthma attack as a result of breathing smoke from coal fire.Join the Clean Air Campaign by visiting www.asthma.ie. ASTHMA SOCIETY DEMANDS SMOKY COAL BAN EXTENDED TO ALL OF DONEGAL was last modified: April 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:asthma societydonegalletterkennysmoky coal ban
Coach-loads of Celtic fans from Donegal are currently en-route back to Donegal after another thrilling night of European action at Celtic Park.Hundreds of supporters from Donegal departed early yesterday morning for the Europa League last 32 clash between Celtic and Inter Milan.Some will now be nursing headaches after a sensational six-goal encounter that rekindled memories of old. The fixture between these two sides represents Celtic’s greatest day when in 1967 the Lisbon Lions defeated the Italian giants to become the first British side to win the European Cup.Celtic Park was provoked with nostalgia prior to kick-off when surviving members of that Lisbon Lions side were paraded around the pitch before kick-off.Inter raced into an early two-goal lead, but Celtic stormed back and had the stadium rocking.Inter regained the lead just before half-time, but John Guidetti scored in the 94th minute to send Celtic fans into delirium. Both clubs have suffered a fall from grace recently and don’t always compete in the group stages of the Champions League.However, Celtic’s performance has brought renewed hope and optimism back to their supporters that they can enjoy more nights like this in the future.Life-long Celtic fan Jamie Sweeney from Dungloe posted the following on his Facebook timeline, “And people wonder why I love this football club. What a nite in Paradise!!“Deserved so much more than a draw, but we will go to the San Siro next week and put them out on their home turf!!“God bless Ronny our leader and god bless the Celtic family!! When I see the Celtic!!! Jim McGuinness took his place in the dug-out alongside the rest of the management staff and he will head off to the San Siro with the rest of the squad for the return leg next week.COACH-LOADS RETURN TO DONEGAL AFTER YET ANOTHER FAMOUS EUROPEAN NIGHT AT CELTIC PARK was last modified: February 20th, 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:celtic fcceltic parkdonegalfansInter MilannewsSport