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first_imgThe Florida Supreme Court Historical Society will conduct its 19th oral history program in Jacksonville February 20, honoring former Jacksonville resident Major B. Harding, who spent the last 11 years of a 34-year judicial career on the Florida Supreme Court before retiring in August.The Supreme Court will meet in ceremonial session February 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the Duval County Courthouse to recognize Harding for his many contributions during his career. Judges and lawyers from throughout the state will take part in the ceremony, which will chronicle Harding’s most significant court decisions and contributions to the Florida judiciary.Later in the day, festivities honoring Harding will shift to the Omni Jacksonville Hotel for a 5:30 reception and 6:30 p.m. dinner and roast, where some of the area’s best known jurists and attorneys will take turns firing verbal jabs at the affable Justice Harding.Invited guests include members of the Historical Society and the Jacksonville Bar Association, which is helping coordinate the event, as well as members of the judiciary, friends of the Hardings, and sponsoring law firms. Harding and his wife of 43 years, the former Jane Lewis of Jacksonville, reside in Tallahassee in retirement.The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society began its series of oral history programs, which are videotaped for posterity, in 1985 when Florida’s legendary senator and congressman, Claude Pepper, was honored. The society is a non-profit organization that works to preserve Florida’s judicial heritage and educate the public about the important role of the third branch of government.Harding’s judicial career began in 1968 when Gov. Claude Kirk appointed him a juvenile judge in Jacksonville. After he served for many years as circuit judge and chief judge in the Fourth Judicial Circuit (comprising Clay, Duval and Nassau Counties), Gov. Lawton Chiles appointed him to the state Supreme Court in 1991. He served as the Supreme Court’s chief justice from 1998-2000. Harding to be honored by Historical Society February 1, 2003 Regular Newscenter_img Harding to be honored by Historical Societylast_img read more

first_imgBishop Donyen distributes the pre-packed money to some of the marketeers.Several marketeers in District #2 Montserrado County on Saturday, August 18, 2019, benefited from L$1.2 million micro-finance loan from Bishop Nimely Jarboklay Donyen, Head of the Independent Catholic Church of Liberia in Lower Johnsonville.The beneficiaries are expected to pay back the loan in six months, at the interest rate of ten percent. This is the second time Bishop Nimely Donyen is giving out a microloan to marketeers in Montserrado County District#2 after disbursing about L$700 in June 2019.Bishop Donyen added that the disbursement is partly a ‘goodwill gesture’ to justify the biblical teaching that “cheerful givers are cheerful receivers.” The program was also held on the campus of the Cheerful Givers School System in Lower Johnsonville on Saturday, August 18, 2019.He said that in the midst of the prevailing economic hardship in the country, the micro-finance credit loan will empower the ordinary people to fight poverty.Donyen said that his partners abroad, who are sponsoring his programs were impressed with the payment of the first loan, and are therefore willing to increase the amount, depending on how the marketeers will respond to the first payment.“Those we gave the first money to should pay back and on time, to encourage the people, who are giving me the money to help you. By that we will keep the money so they can add some to the first amount. This is the money we are giving out to you,” he said to the elated marketeers.He continued, “The first time we said three months; the amount we brought is little over L$1 million. It is not enough, but we will make sure that everyone gets some of the it to help themselves, but don’t forget to pay back.”According to him, the amount will increase if those benefiting from cycle be honest in paying back to allow others in the District to also benefit from the Bishop Donyen micro-finance credit loan.About seven market groups benefitted from the gesture, including the Jacob Town Rehab Market, Pepperwo Town Market in Johnsonville, the Barrobo District Marketing Association of Monrovia, Kalluway District Marketing Association of Monrovia, Jleybo Marketing Association and the Yinnebo and Dorobo District Marketing Association.Following the disbursement of the loan, Donyen reaffirmed his commitment to empower community dwellers; provide educational opportunities to the young people of District #2 in Montserrado and Liberia at large through his Free Education Tent (FET) program at the Cheerful Givers School System.One of the beneficiaries, Wubu S. Newton of the Rehab Market, praised Bishop Donyen for the loan program and promised to pay in time to attract more support.Mrs. Newton also called on other beneficiaries to be sincere in paying back the loan to encourage Bishop Donyen and his partners to continue the initiative.“Since the inception of this loan program, we no longer take sell-pay before making our businesses. We are now able to buy any item we want for our tables,” Madam Wubu Newton noted.Also, Madam Susan Yeene of the Pepperwo Town Market in Johnsonville explained that the loan program is hugely improving her business.“Before when I go out of town I used to buy only three bags of gari, but since Father Donyen started this loan program, I can now buy six to seven bags of gari and it is really helping my business,” Madam Yeene said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more