The government of Liberia has announced with profound regret the death of Dr. Edward B. McClain Jr., Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Chief of Staff to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Dr. McClain died on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 2:55 a.m. at the Wilgers Life Hospital in Lynwood, Pretoria, South Africa. He was in his 72nd year.Dr. McClain was a product of the College of West Africa (CWA), a renowned high school in Monrovia, run by the United Methodist Church since 1839. Most of his siblings attained their secondary education at CWA. His eldest brother, John Weseh McClain, graduated from CWA in November 1955 as the dux of his class, along with several classmates who became outstanding Liberians, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Leaving CWA, Edward, affectionately called “Bobby,” matriculated to Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University), where he took the BSc degree, majoring in Chemistry and Biology. Among his Cuttington classmates were his best buddy, Dr. Taylor Neal, a prominent Liberian dentist; Dr. Foday Kromah, a geologist and former Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy; Mrs. Gwendolyn Gooding Wilson; Samuel Butcher, who became a mathematician and served as principal of high schools in California, USA; Henry Baker, who became a lawyer; and ThomasBrima, former Superintendent of Lofa County, former Minister of Internal Affairs and former Liberian Ambassador to Sierra Leone.Leaving Cuttington, the brilliant Bobby entered the University of Besançon, France, where he qualified as a Doctor of Psychiatry. Following his graduation, he spent some years in Abidjan, La Cote d’Ivoire, where he became a close associate of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whom he later came to work for as Minister of State for Presidential Affairs. Before then he served as a key member of her political campaign for the presidency.Since his return from Abidjan, Dr. McClain did not practice his profession as psychiatrist, though he was one of only two Liberian psychiatrists in country, the other being Dr. Benjamin Harris, who is engaged with the John F. Kennedy Medical Center. Dr. Harris confirmed to the Daily Observer that Dr. McClain never really practiced psychiatry in Liberia. Dr. Harris, however, recalled that he consulted with Dr. McClain on a number of occasions, and that the two of them on few occasions did joint consultations with prisoners in Monrovia.Minister Dr. Edward B. McClain Jr. was born in Monrovia on November 18, 1944, unto the union of Mr. Edward B. McClain Sr. and his wife, Mrs. Florence McClain, daughter of Mr. William R. Tolbert Sr. She was the eldest sister of Senator Frank E. Tolbert, President William R. Tolbert Jr. and the eminent Liberian business tycoon and former Agriculture Minister Steve Tolbert (during the Tubman administration). Mr. Edward B. McClain Sr., father of Dr. Bobby McClain Jr., hailed from the Mhanwruune Quarter of Picnicess, in Grand Kru County. The McClains are related to the Nelsons, of which former Internal Affairs Minister Blamo Nelson is a prominent exponent. Being from the same Quarter in Picnicess, the Nelsons consider the McClain males as uncles. Mr. Edward B. McClain Sr. came to Monrovia as a very young fellow and was raised by the McClain family in the capital city. In appreciation to that family that afforded him a sound education, Edward adopted McClain as his surname. However, the real name of his father was Boka Worjloh. While in Monrovia, Edward B. McClain Sr. fell in love with Ms. Florence Tolbert, eldest daughter of Mr. William R. Tolbert Sr., a onetime Chairman of the True Whig Party, a staunch Baptist and a farmer and landholder in his native Bensonville, Montserrado County (now known as Bentol).Edward and Florence McClain went on to bring forth many highly talented children, at least two of whom became medical doctors. Their eldest daughter Genevieve became the first Liberian female Accountant and rose to become Chief Accountant at the Department (now Ministry) of PublicWorks. At least two of the McClain children, eldest brother Weseh and youngest sister Vashti, are also Harvard graduates, and several of their siblings hold doctorate degrees. The former President of the National Oil Company of Liberia, Dr. Randolph McClain, a product of Ricks Institute, took the PhD degree in Chemical Engineering.Dr. Edward B. McClain Jr. chose as his wife Ms. Gwendolyn Pierre, daughter of the late former Supreme Court Chief Justice James A.A. Pierre. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.According to an Executive Mansion release, the State and Presidential Affairs Minister, and Chief of Staff to the President of Liberia died on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at about 2:25 am Central African time at the Wilgers Life Hospital in Lynwood, Pretoria, South Africa.Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Vichai died with four other people when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed near the King Power Stadium shortly after taking off.Ranieri — who was out of work at the time — travelled from Italy to pay his respects at a shrine set up outside the ground.“I think we spoke a lot about the fairytale,” said Ranieri at his eve of match press conference.“Now the chairman, Vichai, has died the fairytale has finished but the memories remain and the achievement too.“I am very sad for what happened and we have to continue with our lives.”Ranieri is held in great affection by the Foxes fans and those supporters who travel to London for the match are expected to give him a warm reception.“It will be very strange. A very emotional moment, but it’s OK, that is football,” he said.“It will be a good moment, for sure, but we have to win.”Ranieri, who replaced Slavisa Jokanovic after the Serbian was sacked last month due to a terrible start to the campaign, has guided them to a win and a defeat in his first two games in charge.They are presently bottom of the table, two points adrift of fourth from bottom Huddersfield.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Claudio Ranieri won the Premier League title as Leicester manager in the 2015/16 season © AFP/File / ADRIAN DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 4 – Claudio Ranieri said on Tuesday the Leicester fairytale which he played such a pivotal role in came to an end with the death of Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash in October.Ranieri is preparing to welcome Leicester to bottom club Fulham on Wednesday, the first time the amiable 67-year-old Italian pits his wits against the club he guided to the title in 2016 but was sacked from in February 2017.
Ireland North West MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has said the political agreement brokered this week by the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Irish Presidency on the Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will have major implications here.Mr. Gallagher said today: “I am pleased that a political agreement has been finalised under the Irish Presidency as this Reform will have major implications for farmers, their families, the agri-food sector and rural communities throughout the North West and Donegal.“As the dust settles on the agreement it is clear that significant aspects of the new CAP including its implementation and interpretation will be down to the Irish Government and the Minister. “Member States will be afforded the necessary flexibility under the new CAP to work with the specificities of their individual sectors. This must result in equality and fairness in the distribution of direct payments and it is essential that the Minister fully engages with farmers over the coming months to ensure that this is the case.The political agreement includes the following provisions of importance to farmers in the North West:1. A new system of direct payments including a move away from historical references to an area based payment and greening of 30%.2. Flexibility for Member States to implement internal convergence whereby every farmer reaches a minimum payment of 60% of a national or regional average by 2019, with losses capped at 30%. 3. Up to 30% of basic payments under pillar one will be dependent on compliance with new Greening measures.4. The introduction of a mandatory scheme for young farmers (those under 40) including a top up payment of up to 25% for the first five years of installation.5. A streamline menu of rural development measures under Pillar 2 which will be co-financed by the State. Under the menu of options the State can support activity such as the LEADER programme, mountain areas, forestry, farm modernisation, farm safety, farm advisory services and innovation in the agricultural sector. CAP REFORMS HAVE MAJOR IMPLICATIONS FOR DONEGAL FARMERS – PAT THE COPE was last modified: June 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:CAP REFORMS HAVE MAJOR IMPLICATIONS FOR DONEGAL FARMERS – PAT THE COPE