President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf broke down in tears yesterday at the funeral of Dr. Edward McClain Jr., who served as Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Chief of Staff. He was also a long-time personal friend and confidant of the President. Dr. McClain died on Saturday, July 23, at the Wilgers Life Hospital in Lynwood, Pretoria, South Africa, following a period of illness.Fighting back tears, President Sirleaf described Dr. McClain as a dedicated, humble, selfless, efficient and loyal public servant to his country and people.She said her relationship with Dr. McClain was extraordinary because they worked together for more than 18 years in the interest of the Liberian people, with Dr. McClain instrumental to her rise to the presidency.“We worked together until the 1977 election separated us, and we later met in Abidjan. He devoted his time to work along with me in serving the people of Liberia and he showed a great sense of dedication as a servant when we returned to Liberia in 2003, which resulted to my success in 2006 when I took over as President of this nation,” she said, still in tears. President Sirleaf said their relationship grew effectively and further when Dr. McClain kept his promise and commitment by putting his country first. She lauded Dr. McClain for his contribution because he was one minister of government for whom no task or job was too big or small. Dr. McClain ignored his major health problems, she said, when he should have placed more focus on himself and did everything to work for his country and people.“We can never have someone like you Bobbin,” President Sirleaf said, sobbing, “We can never match what you represented as a true friend… surpassed by your loyalty, selflessness, dedication, and as a humble public servant.“I deeply regret your unexpected departure, which came too soon, and left to go and rest. Bobby I wish you a peaceful journey, and may your soul rest in peace.”Giving the funeral discourse under the Theme: ‘My Duty While in the Valley’ from Job 1:6-22, Rev. Charles Diggs said that Dr. McClain lived an exemplary life that impacted society, friends and family.“I urge those in higher positions to follow the example of Dr. McClain and serve your country to the end,” Rev. Diggs said. “McClain’s life was a clear picture of a humble servant, because at times he had problems with his boss, President Sirleaf, but it was never seen in the press, but was handled properly because of his diligent service to his country.” Rev. Diggs urged the family to take solace in the Lord, not to lose hope, but continue to represent the life that Dr. McClain lived, for his name to live on.The bereaved family expressed appreciation to the government of Liberia, as well as the President of Ivory Coast, who sent a representative to convey last respect to the fallen minister. The funeral brought together several government officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps, former officials of government and well-wishers, who paid glowing tributes to Dr. McClain’s memory at the Providence Baptist Church on Ashmun Street in Monrovia.The late Minister of State, Dr. Edward B. McClain, was interred at the Jake Melton Family Plot, in Caldwell. The Pierre matriarch was a Watts, who are close cousins of the Meltons. Dr. McClain was married into the Pierre family, most of whom are buried there.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Defensive lineman Corey Peters grabs Kerwynn Williams’ jersey during training camp. (Photo: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Peters, 27, appeared in 70 games, including 55 starts, during his five seasons in Atlanta. A year ago, however, he started only two games while playing 14 as he made his return from a torn Achilles suffered late the season prior.The Cardinals landed Peters with a three-year, $9.1 million contract, $5.75 million of which was guaranteed.Arians has long praised the depth along both lines of scrimmages, depth that now will be tested.“Obviously you don’t want a rash of (injuries) in the same positions, knock on wood,” he said. “You plug in a 17-game starter at left guard until Mike comes back and you’ve got some guys who’ve shown a lot of promise in what we’re trying to get done by the nose guard now on defense.” – / 28 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo GLENDALE, Ariz. – Meeting the media only 24 hours earlier, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians remarked how the team’s injury list was “getting shorter and shorter”. A list that once contained as many as 14 names was down to five, and none of them serious.Uh, Coach, you spoke too soon.The injury list grew by two on Thursday with the addition of left guard Mike Iupati and nose tackle Corey Peters, a pair of starters the Cardinals targeted early in free agency and ultimately signed to multi-year contracts. Top Stories Iupati, according to Arians, “will have a meniscus repair” in his left knee and will be out indefinitely.“It’s nothing serious,” Arians said, “but each guy is a different timetable, so it could be three weeks, it could be eight weeks, but normally with a meniscus it’s nothing serious.”Peters’ injury is serious.“The bad news,” Arians said, “Corey Peters tore his Achilles in his other leg yesterday just running against air and will be out for the season.”In 2013, Peters suffered a torn Achilles in his right leg.“Obviously he’s devastated,” Arians said. “He’s bounced back from it kind of like Carson (Palmer) has, the second time around. It’s really devastating because he was having such a great camp. He should be able to bounce back mentally quicker.”Arians elevated rookie Rodney Gunter, a fourth-round pick out of Delaware State, to fill Peters’ spot in the starting lineup.Meanwhile, sixth-year veteran Ted Larsen will replace Iupati, who may miss up to five regular season games.The Cardinals lured Iupati, 28, away from rival San Francisco with a five-year, $40 million contract which included $22.5 million guaranteed.In five seasons with the Niners, Iupati, a three-time Pro Bowler, missed just five games, four because of a knee issue and one due to a concussion sustained last season. He began his career with 58 straight starts before a sprained left MCL sidelined him four weeks in 2013. Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. (WSVN) — Cameras captured a pilot’s dangerous maneuver along Florida’s West Coast.A seaplane got into a close call with some boaters over the weekend in Treasure Island.Tourists and residents were left shaken after they saw the video.The plane at first boated in between dozens of boats. Then, the pilot’s next move could’ve been disastrous.“I did hear the plane zooming out, and then I looked right over and saw him taking off really close to the boat,” said a witness.“He almost hit the top of someone’s watercraft himself,” said another witness.Now, the search for the pilot is on. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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