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Piety

In spiritual terminology, piety is a virtue which may include religious devotion, spirituality, or a mixture of both. A common element in most conceptions of piety is humility; the word piety comes from the noun form of the adjective pius. Pietas in traditional Latin usage expressed a complex valued Roman virtue. In its strictest sense it was the sort of love a son ought to have for his father. Aeneas's consistent epithet in Virgil and other Latin authors is pius, a term which connotes reverence toward the gods and familial dutifulness. At the fall of Troy, Aeneas carries to safety his father, the lame Anchises, the Lares and Penates, the statues of the household gods. In addressing whether children have an obligation to provide support for their parents, Aquinas quotes, Cicero, "..."piety gives both duty and homage": "duty" referring to service, "homage" to reverence or honor." Filial piety is central to Confucian ethics. In Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy and Anglicanism, piety is one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

"It engenders in the soul a filial respect for God, a generous love toward him, an affectionate obedience that wants to do what he commands because it loves the one who commands."Piety belongs to the virtue of Religion, which the concordant judgment of theologians put among the moral virtues, as a part of the cardinal virtue Justice, since by it one tenders to God what is due to him. Pope Francis described piety as recognizing "our belonging to God, our deep bond with him, a relationship that gives meaning to our whole life and keeps us resolute, in communion with him during the most difficult and troubled moments" in life. Heavenly intercourse is to live a life in God in our daily lives. To live a life of piety is to live it with a conscious grace, a grace to be shared with others. Inwardly renewed by the humility of true penitence and reconciliation, where errors, misjudgement, transgressions are turned to an inward voice. Discernment is the bountiful benefits arising in asking why. We are serving, with devotion and belief in divinity of god, yet to be remembered or lived is made conscious and given voice.

Our judgement isn't centered on outdoing someone else, placing trust or yielding in deference, like in anyone's judgement of another. Inward renewal brings us closer to equanimity, compassion and humbleness, fellowship is to place higher appreciation and care in diligence in serving an authority, neither an self-abasement, nor severe; the word of god is obeyed because we honor himself, that provides us with lasting joy. "Everything you do or say should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus as you give thanks through him to God the Father.". Disciplined life is part of honoring himself, the right motivation makes the difference between spirituality as a fellowship and outwards acts of piety as idolatry; the Mass, or Divine liturgy, the Mass of the Eastern Orthodox Eucharist of the Byzantine rite, was a liturgy of good pious acts endowing the laity and faithful. "My preaching was not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power", furthermore believers must seek "the wisdom that comes from heaven".

Every determined action should be decided with the intention that the public where to write the history books and relate those actions to the public's discrimination and respect. Every offering given as a message to all the earthly messengers that they relate to the Lord and every message be given to those who won't relate it to God. Honor that has vested powers in any process must be first presided over before it is a legitimate exercised power and must have a place to put its use, blessed by the most respected members of a congregation. Disciplined life starts with adhering to a few simple exercises. Rather the faith and practice of a fellowship like an authority which observes Christs kingdom, using His authority and is providing more honor to the teachers and loyal communion, doesn't wither and punish the body and won't slow down the spirit. Discipline can begin and end with "self-interest." Paul said, "They discipline themselves for an earthly crown, but we discipline our self for a heavenly crown".

Discipline is easier. Inward resoluteness should include setting a priority

Vanessa Brady

Vanessa Brady OBE is an English interior designer and businesswoman with commercial interests spanning property, furniture and academia. The Founder and owner of the SBID International Design Awards, eSociety magazine and the International Design Yearbook. Vanessa is one of the three equal shareholders of the Nation’s Quiz. Born in Dorset where she grew up, Vanessa’s Uncle, her cousin. Studying Fashion at Bournemouth Technical College in 1976, Vanessa learned quickly that a life in Fashion was not for her as she did not fit in with women as well as she did with men, she moved into construction and design. In 1982 she established her first Design Showroom at Marble Arch and in 2002 she launched Interior Design Services Ltd, an ISO 9001 design practice based in central London. Since her clients have included Hard Rock Cafe, the Design Council, the Kabaret Club, British Luxury Club, high-security government offices, state palaces such as Saudi Arabia Crown Princess and King and the private residences of diplomats.

Vanessa has an interest in the financial protection of the creative industries intellectual property theft and copyright for design. From 2006 – 2015 she became the Finance Director at the apolitical Diplomatic Security Service. Licensed by the Office of Fair Trading 2003 and Corporate Governance qualification, Vanessa represents the interests of interior design at cross-party meetings at the House of Commons and the House of Lords, she is a regular visitor to the Bank of England where she represents risks and current trading conditions of the interior design industry for SMEs. Vanessa is the British Ambassador for Design to France for the hospitality sector and continues to work with the Department for International Trade in Europe, she is an advisory board member for the International Council for Caring Communities which has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Through educational programs, technical support and international student architectural competitions, the ICCC aims to promote a “Society for All Generations.”

In 2009, Vanessa founded the Society of British International Design as the standard-bearer organisation for professional British interior design. Under her direction, SBID has grown to become one of the largest professional membership interior design organisation in Britain and the second largest in Europe among the 16-member countries in the ECIA. In 2010 she launched the SBID International Design Awards to recognise and celebrate talented businesses and individuals in the industry and the awards have since continued to be regarded as one of the most prestigious acknowledgment of design excellence. Following this, SBID launched its International Design Awards which recognise and celebrate talented businesses and individuals in the industry and the awards. In 2014 she received an honorary degree from Southampton Solent University. In 2013 she was awarded an OBE in recognition of her services to the interior design industry and the UK economy in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, she has been acknowledged for a number of business and design awards, including the 2013 Woman in the City, Woman of Achievement Award for the Built Environment.

In both 2010 and 2013 she was nominated for the NatWest Women in Business Awards. She writes for various trade publications London Property Magazine and Yacht Investor contributes to other international and national publications such as SKY NEWS Paper review, she is an inspirational speaker and a public spokesperson for interior design and appears around the world as an awards judge in the design profession. Irish Fit Out Awards, KBB Awards, Leaf Awards etc, she is the founder and a trustee of the Vanessa Brady Foundation, a charity that brings business and industry leaders together to promote emerging creative talent. She fundraises and champions improvement for disability in design for the Soldiering On Through Life Trust and Help for Heroes, she created a national shared programme addressing adaption of homes for the needs of injured military personnel, has worked in partnership on events for students with Be Open Foundation Vanessa Brady British Plaque Trust

Ebenezer Oduro Owusu

Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu is the vice chancellor of the University of Ghana, a position he assumed on August 1, 2016. He is the principal administrative officer of the university. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu is a professor of entomology at the Department of Animal Biology and Conservation Science and prior to his appointment as vice chancellor, he was the provost of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences at the University of Ghana. Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu started his elementary school education at the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana primary school, Akim Tafo from where he proceeded to St Peters Secondary School, Nkwatia Kwahu for his Ordinary Level School Certificate, he did his advanced level at Ghana Secondary Technical School, Takoradi. He gained admission to the University of Ghana to read BSc Agriculture and graduated with a Second class Upper Division in 1987, he served as a teaching/research assistant in the Department of Crop Science for two years. Professor Owusu was awarded the prestigious Japanese Government Scholarship in October 1989 and left Ghana to pursue his Master of Science degree at Kochi University, Japan.

He completed his Masters in 1992 and was awarded another scholarship to pursue a PhD in entomology. Professor Owusu completed his PhD in 1995 with a gold medal award, has researched extensively into insect pests of agricultural and medical importance, as well as carrying out monitoring and evaluation assignments. Professor Owusu has an Executive Master of Business Administration. After completing his PhD, Professor Owusu was appointed assistant professor at Kochi University in April 1995, associate professor in September, 1995. In March 1996, Professor Owusu was appointed a research fellow at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics and was posted to Niger as an entomologist. Significant among his achievements was the development of a system for the management of the millet headminer, Heliocheilus albipunctella based on indigenous plant species, the host interactions. In 1998, Professor Owusu was appointed lecturer at the Department of Zoology, University of Ghana.

He was promoted to senior lecturer in September 2000 and to associate professor and professor in June 2005 and March 2010 respectively. He has mentored several students to obtain their MPhil and PhDs. Prof Owusu has edited several research articles for many journals, authored over hundred scientific papers in the area of entomology, he has served as consultant to many agencies in the areas of pesticide science, pest management and project management and evaluation. Professor Owusu served as Head of Department of Animal Biology and Conservation Science, from 2008 to 2010 and followed that with tenure as the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science from 2010 to 2014, he served as the Dean of the School of Biological Sciences from August to September in 2014 and Acting Dean, School of Biological Sciences from September, 2014 to June, 2015. Outside the University of Ghana community, he served as Country Director of KANEMATSU Corporation, Japan from July, 2001 to December, 2004 and Country Manager, SIRUS Corporation, Japan from 2005 to 2009.

Professor Owusu is touted as a scholar of international repute with proven knowledge and experience in university administration and governance in addition to commendable fundraising ability. In 1999, he was behind the building of a laboratory at the University of Ghana for use by staff and students. Professor Owusu has served on numerous university boards and committees as well as serving as Hall Tutor of Jean Aka Nelson Hall, the University Teachers Association of Ghana Secretary as well as Editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Ghana Science Association, Regional Editor for the UNESCO African Journal of Science and Technology and a reviewer for a number of other international journals, he became the one who would replace former vice chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ernest Aryeetey, who left office in July, 2016. The shortlisted candidates for the position of Vice Chancellor included Professor Samuel Agyei Mensah, Professor John Gyapong and Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo.

Prof. Owusu has worked extensively on millet and urban insect pests in the areas of insecticide resistance and use of indigenous plant materials for management of major insect pests, he has attracted some funds for research, in 1999 built a laboratory at the University of Ghana for use by staff and students. He was responsible for the acquisition and installation of a Scanning Electron Microscope through a grant from the Government of Japan. Prof. Owusu has served the University of Ghana in various capacities and is a member of numerous boards and committees. Prof Owusu is a member of the University of Cambridge African Research Partnership team. In August 2008, Professor Owusu was decorated as a “LIVING LEGEND” by the People of Kochi Japan for his contribution to Science and the Internationalization of Kochi city. In 2010, he was named the Tourism Ambassador of Japan. On August 29, 2013, Prof. Owusu was awarded the prestigious Japanese Foreign Ministers commendation award for his immense co