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The president of the National Bar Association (NBA) has described as “ridicules” the manner in which Judges approached lawyers in open courtroom.Cllr. Theophilus Gould claimed that it has become habitual on the part of judges to intimidate or demean lawyers in the presence of their clients and the other parties.“They sometimes respond harshly, if they wanted clarity about an issue raised by lawyers,” the Bar Association president furiously claimed on Monday, August 11.He made the allegation when he responded to Judge Johannes Zogbay Zlahn’s address at the opening of Criminal Courts; A, B, C, D and E of Montserrado County at the Temple of Justice. Cllr. Zlahn is the Judge of Criminal Court ‘A.”He spoke on the topic; “The Court as Administrators and Dispensers of Transparent Justice in the System of Government.”However, Cllr. Gould maintained that the Judges’ actions were contrary to administrating and dispensing justice in the system of government. “[The practice of ridiculing lawyers] is not in the interest of justice and fair play,” Cllr. Gould declared.“The party litigant will see it as an expression of interest for the opposite side, which demonstrates that the court is not transparent in the discharging of justice. We must stop it now, if we want to administrate justice and fair play in our court system,” the NBA boss warned.“It is also wrong and unethical because the court is charged with the responsibility of administering and dispensing justice throughout the country,” he further warned.Chapter 3, Article (20) of the Liberia Constitution provides that “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, security of the person property, privilege or any other rights except as the outcome of a hearing judgment consistent with the provision laid down in the Constitution and in accordance with due process of law.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Boxship Kea Trader, which is still stuck on the Durand Reef off New Caledonia, is being affected by a constant, heavy movement of the sea, even in good weather, the ship’s owner Lomar Shipping said.The company’s spokesman added that rough seas are causing further damage and frustrating the re-floating operations on site.A rare ideal weather window and high tide allowed recovery teams to attempt an accelerated re-floating operation in early October. This failed to dislodge the vessel and merely pivoted it by 60 degrees, with the rudder remaining firm in the same position.Four-fifths of the hull are sitting on the hard rock reef, where the ship ran aground almost four months ago, on July 12.“Our recovery team is using every favourable weather window to unload containers to improve buoyancy, but this continues to be a long, slow and painstaking process because of the rough swells,” the spokesperson said.Work is progressing to remove remaining containers from below deck, with only 153 of the original 756 units now remaining board. Further units have been discharged onto adjacent barges in the past three weeks, although poor weather and heavy swells continue to hamper this activity. Once discharged, many of these containers will require specialist treatment when on land.Over the coming weeks, salvage company Ardent will continue with the removal of remaining containers and progress the present re-floating plan.The 2,194-TEU capacity Kea Trader was delivered in January 2017 at the Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China. The ship was on its way from Papeete, in French Polynesia, to Noumea in New Caledonia when it ran aground on the reef.Image Courtesy: Ardent Global
A grand illustrious play, directed by veteran director Bhanu Bharti, Tughlaq closed on a high note with star-studded performances. The life of one of the most celebrated emperors of Delhi comes alive on stage through the magic of veteran director Bhanu Bharti. This extravaganza received an overwhelming response from the theatre lovers of Delhi. The play was performed at the ruins of the historic Feroz Shah Kotla to a fullhouse jam packed with glitz and glamour,. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The miraculous realm of the celebrated king was displayed through persuasive performances, engrossing and riveting dialogues. The spectacular ambience had grabbed the eyeballs of almost all the theatre lovers in the Capital.The organisers of the show – Department of Art Culture and Language and Sahitya Kala Parishad – arranged a 1,200 makeshift sitting arrangement at the vast courtyard of the archeological site where Bharti presented the performance. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCommenting on the response of the audience Bhanu Bharti, Director of Tughlaq said, ‘We were stunned with the startling and mind-blowing response of the audience. The long queues and the large footfall during every show is a great inspiration and boost for me as a director. Such theatre events will encourage a large number of actors and directors to take active part in promoting theatre.’The play was performed on a magnificent scale, at this heritage monument site after a long hiatus of four decades. Last, the play was staged by theatre patriarch Ebrahim Alkazi at Purana Quila in 1970s. The play boasted of a star-studded cast with many eminent theatre, Bollywood and television personalities playing key roles. Bollywood actor Yashpal Sharma, who has films like Gangaajal, Aarakshan and Hazaaron Khwaishen Aisi to his credit, played the main lead of Tughlaq. ‘It has been a great experience for me to play the lead role of Tughlaq. The tremendous response of audience encourages actors like me to work hard for my audience and fans. The audience of Delhi has been very kind to accept Tughlaq with open arms. I would love to play such roles in theatre again,’ said Yashpal Sharma. The author skillfully portrayed the life and reign of Tughlaq through ineresting dialogues and rivetting scenes. The sultan ended his career in bloodshed and political chaos. The play showcased the slow disenchantment felt with the new politics of independent India, the gradual erosion of the ethical norms that had guided the movement for Independence and the coming to terms with cynicism and real politics.’I was awestruck and impressed with the amazing show. The actors have done a phenomenal job and have played their parts well. I would never get tired of watching this show and would love to see it again and again,’ said Priyanka Kapoor, a young theatre enthusiast.