Dr. Edward B. McClain Dies

first_imgThe 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)last_img read more

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City to pay $60,000 in search of home

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Beyond the $60,000, the city has not determined its legal costs related to the case. But James S. Muller, Mena’s attorney, said his fees add up to more than $200,000. He estimates the city will have spent up to $1 million defending a case his client would have settled for $20,000. “It’s a product of an arrogant attitude on the part of the Simi Valley city attorney and City Council that their police officers can do no wrong,” Muller said. “The bottom line is they were wrong. They treated her as if she were just completely without any rights … like she was nothing.” The question before the high court was how far police can go in searching homes and questioning occupants without violating their civil rights. The ruling gave police nationwide more direction on how they can conduct searches. The lawsuit stemmed from a February 1998 search of a Patricia Avenue home for a weapon believed to have been used in a gang-related shooting. SIMI VALLEY – After spending eight years and hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight a case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, the city has agreed to pay a $60,000 judgment to a woman who claimed police violated her civil rights during a search of her home. While the Supreme Court ruled that police could detain residents with handcuffs during a search, it sent the civil case back to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to determine whether Iris Mena remained handcuffed too long after the search concluded. The appellate court ruled last month in favor of Mena, and city officials said Tuesday they decided not to appeal the $60,000 judgment awarded by the original jury. “The city clearly was the victor in terms of the protection of rights of the police officers to defend their community,” City Manager Mike Sedell said. “After almost eight years of legal frustration and winning at the Supreme Court, it became a business decision.” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 angie.valencia@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Is This Frog Marrow Really 10 Million Years Old?

first_imgLiveScience reported finding intact bone marrow from fossils of frogs and salamanders.  Without blinking an eye, reporter Ker Than croaked that the marrow is ten million years old.  He compared it with the intact soft tissue and blood cells found in a T. rex specimen last year (see 02/22/2006, 06/03/2005, 03/24/2005), and said,The discovery raises hopes for finding soft tissue in other regions and from other animals, including mammals, [Maria] McNamara [University College, Dublin] says, because the amphibian bone marrow was discovered in an environment vastly different form the one in which the T. rex soft tissue was found.The article also surmises that many more examples of soft tissue and marrow may lie undetected in museum specimens.  See also the report on National Geographic News which says the marrow is organically preserved and even maintains the original color.Never question what the scientists say; that’s how symbiosis between the media and the Gurus of Knowledge is maintained.  It helps preserve the social order.  Imagine the chaos that might ensue if unbelievers started finding soft tissue in fossils from different environments all over the world; it might throw the whole evolutionary dating scheme into a cocked hat and start a revolution.  Enforced conformity may subvert freedom of thought, but it keeps the peace.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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MTN-Qhubeka invited to Vuelta a Espana

first_img Team MTN-Qhubeka, which prides itself on developing and supporting African athletes, supports Qhubeka, a non-profit organisation, which uplifts rural communities by enabling children to get to school in time and return home with enough time to study and do their homework through the provision of Buffalo bicycles, which are purpose-built for African conditions. SAinfo reporter 3 April 2014 Africa’s first Pro-Continental cycling team, Team MTN-Qhubeka, is going from strength to strength following a successful international debut season, and has now been invited to participate in the Vuelta a Espana. The Vuelta, Spain’s most prestigious race, is one of the three Grand Tours, the others being the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia. Team MTN-Qhubeka will join 21 other teams at the Vuelta, which takes place from Saturday, 23 August to Sunday, 14 September, and will cover a total distance of 3 181 kilometres over 21 stages.‘Our dream and ambition’ After receiving the news of the team’s inclusion, Team Principal Douglas Ryder said in a statement: “It was always our dream and ambition to take an African registered team to the highest level in world cycling, be that the biggest one day races, the Monuments, and the Grand Tours. To be accepted into the Vuelta is the beginning of the realisation of that dream. “Our dream goes way beyond riding and performing well in these races, which is the enabler to bring thousands of people in communities in South Africa onto Qhubeka Buffalo bicycles to further their lives. “MTN has supported this dream to move Africa forward and with millions of eyeballs focused on the team in the Vuelta this dream will start to become a reality.’Focus Detailing the team’s approach, Ryder added: “The team will focus on stage wins as well as the points’ jersey with Gerald Ciolek, who is a strong rider who can climb and sprint, and the stages might suit his style of riding, so this will be a focus. “Sergio Pardilla and Linus Gerdemann will aim for a top GC [general classification] result and they will be ably supported by our African riders, who will animate the race in the 13 mountain stages. “For the Vuelta the goal is to have at least 50 percent of our start list representing riders from the African continent. Riders from the African continent make up 70 percent of our team’s total roster. This is a significant contribution we are making in developing talent and providing world class infrastructure for African riders to compete in the World Tour,” Ryder concluded.‘Big goal’ The experienced German rider Linus Gerdemann commented: “As a team we were hoping for the Giro d’Italia, but now the Vuelta becomes my big goal and the team’s big goal for the season. “To be a part of the first African team to ride a Grand Tour in cycling is an honour. The African riders are incredibly talented and great climbers, so the Vuelta will suit their riding style and I know by then they will be super-motivated to be a part of the team and make cycling history.”‘Great pride and jubilation’ MTN South Africa Chief Marketing Officer Brian Gouldie heaped praise on the team: “As proud sponsors of Team MTN Qhubeka, it is with great pride and jubilation that we see the team secure a berth at the Vuelta a Espana. “To witness the first African cycling team accepted to participate in such a big, international cycling event is testament to the capability of the team and the talent among the riders. Hard work has paid off in only the second year of this exciting team cycling on the international arena. “We wish everyone at Team MTN Qhubeka well for the Vuelta and we will continue showcasing our support and commitment towards the team and the development of cycling as a whole in Africa.”Fan favourite The Vuelta a Espana announcement comes after both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France controversially declined to offer a place to MTN-Qhubeka in favour of local European teams. The team has grown massively in popularity since making its debut as a professional Continental team in 2013 and the Vuelta will be an opportunity for the team to garner more fans and showcase their ability to compete with the world’s best.last_img read more

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Falcons TTC beat Shaze Challengers, win inaugural Ultimate Table Tennis

first_imgFalcons TTC emerged champions of the inaugural CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) after beating Shaze Challengers 14-9 in the final at the NSCI in Mumbai on Sunday.In the first match of the day, world No. 42 Li Ping put Shaze Challengers ahead with a 2-1 victory over Mumbai boy Sanil Shetty in the men’s singles.All the games of the match were very closely fought and though Li Ping edged out Shetty in the first two games, the second one being in the golden point, Shetty scooped one important point for his team winning the third game.Falcons TTC bounced right back in the second match of the tie after in-form Wu Yang brushed aside Mouma Das 3-0 in the women’s singles to put the Falcons ahead 4-2.The match of the tie was mixed doubles and Falcons’ pair of Sanil Shetty and Lee Ho Ching trumped Soumyajit Ghosh and Petrissa Solja 3-0 to extend their team’s lead to a massive 7-2.Highlights: @ShettySanil & Lee Ho Ching were just too strong for @TTChallengers, as they won the Match 3-0! #UpTheGame #CEATUTTFinal pic.twitter.com/E85qKwWF91- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 30, 2017The last time these two teams met in the league stage, Shaze Challengers had beaten Falcons TTC in the mixed doubles but this time around, the tables turned drastically.Shaze Challengers team captain Andrej Gacina then stepped the Challengers up by beating the pumped up Liam Pitchford 2-1 in the men’s singles to reduce Falcons’ lead and put the tie score at 8-4.advertisementNext up was the marquee clash between two top choppers, Wu Yang (Falcons TTC) and Hang Ying (Shaze Challengers). In their previous meet, world No. 9 Han Ying had toppled Wu Yang 3-0 with three golden points.In the final though, Wu yang completely turned the table and beat the undefeated Han Ying 3-0 in the women’s singles to help Falcons race ahead with the tie score being 11-4.?????Highlights: Wu Yang defeated the undefeated, as she beat Han Ying 3-0!#UpTheGame #CEATUTTFinal pic.twitter.com/MlWYYWCWCC- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 30, 2017Liam Pitchford came back for a match against Soumyajit Ghosh and rallied from a game down to beat the Indian Olympian 2-1 in the men’s singles and Falcons were now one step away from victory at 13-5.Highlights: @liampitchford helped extend @falconsttc’s lead by winning the Match 2-1!#UpTheGame #CEATUTTFinal pic.twitter.com/14z0YpJ7VF- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 30, 2017However, Han Ying came back to brush aside Sutirtha Mukherjee 3-0 to make the wait longer for Falcons TTC.It boiled down Falcons’ captain Par Gerell who lost the first game to Li Ping but sneaked the second to seal the title 14-9 for his team. There you have it! The moment we crowned the first CEAT UTT champions!#UpTheGame #CEATUTTFinal pic.twitter.com/lleoeFrU6w- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 30, 2017AWARDS:MVP Male: Liam PitchfordMVP Female: Wu YangUltimate One: Wu Yang (456 Points)FINAL RESULTS:Shaze Challengers 9-14 Falcons TTC.MS – Li Ping beat Sanil Shetty 2-1 (11-9, 11-10, 7-11)WS – Mouma Das lost to Wu Yang 3-0 (6-11, 2-11, 3-11)MD – Soumyajit Ghosh/Petrissa Solja lost to Sanil Shetty/Lee Ho Ching 0-3 (9-11, 3-11, 8-11)MS – Andrej Gacina beat Liam Pitchford 2-1 (11-3, 10-11, 11-7)WS – Han Ying lost to Wu Yang 0-3 (10-11, 4-11, 8-11)MS – Soumyajit Ghosh lost to Liam Pitchford 1-2 (11-5, 10-11, 7-11)WS – Han Ying beat Sutirtha Mukherjee 3-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-7)MS – Li Ping – Par Gerell 1-1 (11-8, 9-11)last_img read more

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