Poetry February 19, 2015

first_imgEfficacy for JusticeA Poem in Tribute to Former Chief Justice Johnnie Naustedlau LewisBy Togba-Nah Tipoteh, PhDWith a name like NaustedlauNo wonder he embraced the Rule of LawFor as Chief of Justice Struggling to remove InjusticeHe looked and stood tallWith no slip and fallLooking straight as an arrowSeizing Due Process to followHe was one person to know Being a Strong Brain from SinoeBringing wisdom from the EastTo render spineless the corrupt beastThat thrives on injusticeWhile the people thirst for justiceThis then is the legacyOf the Man Johnnie Naustedlau LewisOut of the Heritage of Susana LewisBearing Liberia’s Flag of Justice As Liberia’s Chief of JusticeMy Body is Gold{Poem to end violence against women}By: Lekpele Nyamalon Ever tried to break gold?With your own bare hand?Did you feel the stiff?Would you trade gold for brass?Or try to sweep it like some grass?Gold is a precious shiny stone-not a strawMy body –this body you see, is goldI may be short, small or hugeWith my lappa stained with red palm oilSwamped by crying babies in the kitchenOr, I may be carrying my bucket,Filled with pepper, okra, and cornBut with these, I put food on that tableCan’t you see my courage shines like lightening?I may be walking in mud down watersideBut I smile like the bright morning sunDoes that make me a cow that you beat to move?Why do you knock me down and gang rape me like hungry thirsty leopards?Am I sweeter than honey?And you laugh like its funny?You are a coward, cruel and shamelessWhy do you keep me dirty, barefooted and broken?Are you afraid of the radiance in my eyes?Do you fear the glamour of my beauty?Are you struck by the size of  my hips?Are you intimidated by the glow of my breasts?Now, hear me young manThis body you beat is goldAre you a beast, built to beat a woman?If you’re Hercules, why not jump on a lion in his den?Is your prowess fixed for women?But, you don’t know goldSomeday, you’ll see a real manA man with arms thicker than yoursAnd chest wide for my bodyWith voice that vibrates like thunderAnd hands stronger than oxenBut, he, like a knight, guards me like a queenAnd guess what?This man, my man, is a real manLike a miner, he knows gold, even in dirtAnd he cleans it up and sets it in a jarAnd marvels at the splendor-enjoying his treasureBut, you poor manYou were blinded by a ghostNever knew the gold you hadAnd boy, oh boy, when you know thisI’ll flee like a bird and be goneWhen it hits your door, you’d be doneLeft with your over grown egoChained in a cageStuck with your rageDid you think you could dim my bulb?And blow my lambI’ll still be on fireWhen we pass you byRolling your wheelbarrow on the outskirts of dualaYou’ll hide your face behind the mountain’s backWith your torn-out trouseurs, asking in your coloqua-da my woman there?This face you bruise is goldThis nose you punch is goldThis arm you twist is goldThis leg you sweep is goldThis body, my body is gold.Salute to the Armed Forces of LiberiaVARNEY L. S. GEANSuch was that moment they were so despisedSuch was the time they had no familiar friendSo dire it was many wished that they vanishedBut in time they will unearth their truth bearingsIn time they will mount from that era of trivialitySalute to our National ArmySuch was the instance many would laugh at themSuch was that time death was greeted with smirksAwful it was many wished they never ascend againBut in time all that will change for the greater goodIn time they will once again be our nation’s prideSalute to our National Army The Lieutenants the Generals the CorporalsThe Majors the Colonels the Sergeants the PrivatesFive stars three stars and all those honors bestowedVibrant men and women of our dear motherland In time we will sing sonnets about their greatnessSalute to the Armed Forces of LiberiaSHACKLEDVARNEY L. S. GEANI feel so bordered by revulsionI feel so bounded by indifferenceI feel so enclosed by blasphemiesI feel so imprisoned by humiliationI feel the aloof eyes staring deeplyPungent breathes against my cheeksInfinite hands fervently waitingTo inflict the worst grief I can abideFew are thus far but it seems so nearerSome nearness strike the instant fearBounded I am will sure suffocate soonerThis draws closer a time I can’t escapeIn such moment I ponder for the longestQuestions asked but retorts I bare notNevertheless the truth I boldly defendFor being the virtuous persona I truly amI Saw Liberia RiseBy Lekpele M. NyamalonI sat on the top of a treeAnd saw the sky blazing with scrapersHooping for the skiesI saw lights beaming from the slums of west pointAnd the corners of rock spring valley to the ghettoes of capitol by passI heard the grounds vibrating, making way for the bulldozersTo rebuild our cityI closed my eyes and found a town deep in the belly of the southeastAnd found pipes buried under the dirtPumping clean water to the shoresI sat from afar and saw kids going to schoolWalking in disbelief at the glamour of their cityI sat near a palm tree and looked through my binocularsAnd saw roads paved from redlight to LoguatuoFrom Buchanan to GreenvilleStretching from Harper to BarclayvilleI saw Marshall springing with buildings and birth given to a cityI saw leaders leading with honesty and parents guiding their childrenI saw a nation booming with hopeThat was my Country, the land of the freeSmiling with passion of a birth renewedI was there, I saw the lightI saw Liberia rise!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Lebanese Sues GOL for US$10.7m Debt for Vehicles

first_imgLawyers representing Lebanese businessman, George E. Haddad, seeking US$10.7M debt lawsuit against the Liberian Government, yesterday left the Commercial Court disappointed, after state lawyers argued that the court lacks jurisdiction to handle the matter.The Sherman & Sherman law firm representing the legal interest of Haddad, in 2012 filed a lawsuit against the Liberian Government. The lawsuit contends that from the year 2000 to 2008, Mr. Haddad sold and repaired vehicles and also supplied spare parts amounting to U$10.7M to several government institutions. Unfortunately, government is yet to pay the debt, despite Mr. Haddad’s persistent negotiation.They named some of the vehicles for which GOL owes Haddad as Cherokee, Land Rover Leon, among others.Haddad is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Prestige Motor Corporation and Alliance Motor Corporation.During yesterday’s hearing, government lawyer Cllr. Augustine Fayia asked the plaintiff to drop the case, claiming lack of jurisdiction.  He did not deny that government owes Haddad.Before Cllr. Fayia’s contention, the parties presented all their legal documentations and the court’s scheduled appointment of Monday, February 16, as the date to start the case.Interestingly, while the court was in session, Cllr. Fayia asked for the dismissal of the entire matter on grounds of jurisdiction.Justifying their argument, Cllr. Fayia said, “The Commercial Court was established in 2010, which means the law that created it prevents the court from hearing cases prior to its establishment.”He further argued that, if the court continues with the matter, it would be a complete violation of the Constitution and the Act that created it.He pleaded that the court should advise Haddad’s lawyers to file their complaint to the appropriate court, but he did not mention the name of the court. In a counter argument, the Sherman and Sherman law firm maintained that the court has jurisdiction over the matter.They argued that the Act that created the court gives it progressive authority, meaning it can hear cases that even existed before its establishment.Haddad’s lawyers further argued that the government’s request was “unreasonable” because the court is a specialized court established with the intent to fast track matters relating to commercial transactions.They also contended that the government lawyer’s argument was contrary to the Act that established the Commercial Court.Immediately after the argument, the Resident Chief Judge, Eva Mappy Morgan declared that “Matter is suspended and it will resume following an issuance of a notice of assignment to the lawyers.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Maradona: playing genius but coaching misfit

first_imgWith a cultured left foot and mesmerising dribbles he was twice signed for a world record fee, first by Barcelona and then Napoli.He played for some of Argentina’s biggest and most prestigious clubs: Boca Juniors, Newell’s Old Boys and Argentinos Juniors, while also representing his country 91 times and scoring 34 goals.“If I die, I want to be born again and play football to give the people joy,” he once said.Father time has long caught up with the 57-year-old, though, as he wryly notes: “I have shorter legs than a picture frame, if I want to train I get torn all the way up to the shoulders.”After the glittering playing highs, his coaching career, barring a two-year stint in charge of the Argentine national team, has been largely spent far away from the glitz and glamour.– Unmitigated failures –This is not the first time he’s taken charge of a second-division side — he left Al Fujairah of the United Arab Emirates in May after failing to guide them to promotion despite seven wins in 11 matches.Other spells at Deportivo Mandiyu and Racing Club in Argentina and UAE’s Al Wasl were unmitigated failures.During the first two, from 1994-95, he won a combined three out of 23 matches and subsequently resumed his playing career, albeit briefly.In this latest quest he can only improve the team’s performances given they have yet to win a game this season.The club’s fans seem unperturbed by his poor coaching record, with one holding up a placard proclaiming: “Welcome golden god!” as Maradona arrived at the Culiacan airport on Saturday.One teenage fan, Bryan Felix, has faith that even at 57, Maradona can still improve.“His other coaching experiences weren’t good but that’s the same for other coaches when they started,” he said.Diego Maradona says he has happy memories of Mexico where he scored two famous goals against England in the 1986 World Cup © AFP / STAFFMaradona’s first coaching experience was five years before Felix was even born.Dorados president Jose Antonio Nunez is another beating the same drum, attempting to find a positive twist on his high-profile signing’s record.“He knows what it’s like to start from the bottom, he knows the value of a lower league,” he said.– ‘Happy memories’ –Maradona has a special affinity for Mexico as it was there that he enjoyed his finest hour, leading Argentina to a 3-2 victory over West Germany in the 1986 World Cup final.At the weekend he wrote on Instagram that he was “happy to return to the land where I was world champion and where I retain very happy memories”.He will do so while retaining his other official positon, as honorary president of Belarusian outfit Dinamo Brest, a post he only took up in July, but to great fanfare as he was paraded around town to cheering crowds and given a diamond ring.That would have come in handy for someone who has suffered financial difficulties in recent times, not least with a multi-million euro unpaid Italian tax bill hanging over his head.It might explain his need to take up a coaching position in such a relative backwater.It’s also an ideological fit for a man who was friends with two of Latin America’s most famous socialist leaders: Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Hugo Chaves of Venezuela, and sports a tattoo of revolutionary icon Che Guevara.Diego Maradona is also acting as honorary poresident of Dinamo Brest, who unveiled him to their fans in July © AFP/File / Sergei GAPONMaradona sent a welcome message to new Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador while hitting out at “imperialism” in a clear reference to the United States.He has changed little over the years but, if his coaching fortunes don’t experience a dramatic upsurge, this could be another brief footnote in a career that will always be remembered more for his on-field skills than any off-field antics.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Diego Maradona was mobbed at Culiacan airport after he flew in to be presented as coach of Mexican second-division club Dorados © AFP / PEDRO PARDOBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Sep 10 – As much as he was a genius with the ball at his feet, Diego Maradona’s coaching career has been far from distinguished and took a curious turn when he joined Mexican second-division outfit Dorados.The man who led Argentina to just their second World Cup crown — according to many almost single-handedly — and whose brilliance inspired Napoli to the only two Serie A titles in their history, has ploughed a less succesful coaching furrow.last_img read more

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