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)
Babita Sarjou’s murderThe estranged husband of Babita Sarjou and his accomplice are expected to be arraigned today for the woman’s murder, after her skeletal remains were discovered in the man’s Seaforth Street, Campbellville, Georgetown,Dead: Babita Sarjouyard on Sunday afternoon – six years after she went missing.Anand Narine, the estranged husband, and his accomplice, who were arrested on Saturday, allegedly confessed to the woman’s murder and later led investigators to the spot where they buried her body back in 2010.It was during the search of the identified spot that investigators came upon what appeared to be a shallow grave. Digging further, they found two bones and a short while after, Police found most of the skeletal remains. Pieces of clothing were also found in the grave.Police made the dreadful discovery some two days after taking into custody the woman’s husband and another close friend of hers, after informing her mother, Champa Seonarine that they were reopening the case.The statutory 72-hour detention period without charge expired on Monday, but Police moved to the courts and were able to secure an extension. Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum had earlier revealed that samples of the woman’s remains will be sent to neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago for DNA testing. However, the woman’s relatives were able to identify some belongings found with her remains, including her bag and clothing.Sarjou, 28, mother of a now 10-year-old son, who used to reside at Timehri Public Road, East Bank Demerara, left her desk and computer unattended at work in November 2010, never to return. Her family and the Police had since been searching for the missing woman.In early April, Seonarine, along with officials from the Caribbean American Domestic Violence Awareness (CADVA) organisation, had again petitioned for the case to be reopened. Seonarine said all she needed was some closure. The dead woman’s mother at the beginning of the investigations had voiced her belief that her daughter’s estranged husband had something to do with her disappearance.It was also reported that there were several instances of domestic violence and reports made to both the Kitty and Timehri Police Stations by Sarjou against her husband.In 2010, during the initial investigations, the Police held her husband for questioning for 72 hours and then released him.
Liverpool new boy Roberto Firmino has been warned he’s made a mistake by signing for the Anfield giants.The Brazilian has completed a £29million move to Merseyside, subject to a medical, but German football expert Jonathan Harding believes he has chosen the wrong club.The Hoffenheim star was also linked with Manchester United, with reports earlier this month claiming a deal had been done, and Harding says that would have been a better move.He told Hawksbee & Jacobs: “Liverpool have done good business in signing him, but I’m not sure it’s good business at that price.“I think he’ll do well for Liverpool, but he might need a bit of time [to settle in]. He’s definitely ready for the next step, though.“Personally, I think Manchester United would have been a better move for him. I think that would have been a better fit for him. They are more in need of a ‘10’, while Liverpool have Philippe Coutinho, who seems to do a pretty good job there. They have more issues at hand and I don’t understand why they have bought another playmaker when they have more pressing issues.“And I don’t think Brendan Rodgers is the man to take Firmino on.”Rodgers knows he must start this season well or the pressure on him will build to incredible levels, particularly with Jurgen Klopp currently out of work and available.And Harding claims the former Borussia Dortmund chief would be perfect for Liverpool.“Klopp would be a huge success at Liverpool,” he added. “He’s charismatic, which is what Liverpool have been missing in recent managers. He’d be a fantastic fit. He loves traditional clubs and is full of passion. He is all about the football and less about the politics, and he knows exactly how to work the media.“But Rodgers is under pressure irrespective of [the availability of] Klopp and I think the signing of Firmino is something he will have to live or die by.”
A large crowd of runners and walkers is expected for the inaugural Glenswilly 5K which takes place on Tuesday, June 19th next.A committee set up for the event is hoping for a good turn-out with all proceeds going directly back into Glenswilly GAA Club’s underage teams. There will be a range of prizes for runners and plenty of spot prizes for walkers on the night.Registration for the race will take place on the night before the race and from 6pm on the evening of the race which starts at 7.30pm.Organisers of the race say the emphasis of the event is fun and they want as many people as possible to sign up.The entry fee for adults is €8 and children are free. Refreshments will be provided on the night and there will be changing facilities at showers available at Glenswilly GAA Club after the race.Organiser Eddie Crawford has promised a flat course will suit all runners and walkers!“This is the first Glenswilly 5K and we are appealing to as many people as possible to come out on the night.“There’ll be a great atmosphere and everyone will be made more than welcome in the Glen.“Most of us are either part-time joggers or full-time walkers. The emphasis will be getting out there on the night and having a bit of fun.“Everyone will be catered for and encouraged to take part. “With the good weather, we are hoping that as many people as possible come out and join us.“The bottom line is that this is for a great cause in our community,” he said.LARGE CROWD OF WALKERS AND RUNNERS EXPECTED FOR FIRST GLENSWILLY 5K was last modified: May 29th, 2012 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:Glenswilly 5K