The remains of the late Major David Livingstone M. Bropleh were laid to rest at the Brewerville Cemetery last Thursday, December 19.Major Bropleh died on October 18, 2013 in Ghana. He was born on April 29, 1949.The funeral was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Parish on Bushrod Island, Monrovia.Official clergies were Rev. Fr. Robert B. Korti, Parish Priest, and Rev. Fr. Dominic Y. Sumo, Associate Pastor.Among many of the friends and sympathizers were representatives from the Liberia Football Association, St. Joseph’s Warriors. NDPL, Friends of Bropleh, (UMARCO Compound), Mantus Caucus, The Church and the family.On behalf of former St. Joseph’s Warriors players, Jonathan Armah Baxter, (who played for Warriors in the 1987-88 season), recounted the deceased’s love for football and stressed how his death meant to those Major Bropleh invested into.Representative Munah Pelham Youngblood, whose father, the late Walter Pelham played and coached St. Joseph’s Warriors, recounted her family’s relationship with the deceased.Among sympathizers present were Associate Justice Kabina Ja’neh, George Dweh, and Security Adviser to the President of Liberia, H. Boima Fahnbulleh and Josiah N. Johnson.Meanawhile, Widow Nancy Bropleh has expressed the family’s appreciation to all those who made it their duty to mourn with them in their time of distress, and expressed God’s loving kindness to all.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
OTTAWA – The Ontario Progressive Conservatives’ efforts to leave behind weeks of unprecedented chaos took a hit Wednesday as candidates vying to replace ousted leader Patrick Brown painted a picture of a toxic party culture rife with allegations of corruption, bullying and electoral fraud.With a spring election looming, all four candidates squaring off in the final leadership debate in Ottawa vowed to tighten rules around party nominations, combat sexual harassment, and ensure that the voices of the grassroot members are heard.“We have to address the corruption in our party,” said social conservative advocate Tanya Granic Allen, who is competing alongside former Tory legislator Christine Elliott, Toronto lawyer and businesswoman Caroline Mulroney, and former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford.Brown’s abrupt resignation amid sexual misconduct allegations has exposed cracks in the party’s structure, issues with its nomination processes, and discrepancies in its membership numbers. The Tories’ interim leader has vowed to “root out the rot” and the party has overturned nominations in two ridings.Granic Allen, who trails in various polls but has arguably been the most aggressive at the race’s two debates, repeatedly asked her competitors if they would reopen nomination contests where there have been allegations of interference and bullying.“The three of you have stood idly by as the party was run into the ground by Patrick Brown,” she declared.Ford, who often backed Granic Allen, said he would reopen problematic races and recounted being at nomination meetings where he heard accounts of ballot stuffing.“I’m going to make sure they’re transparent, people are held accountable and there’s going to be integrity here,” he said.Elliott said she would ensure rules were followed for races to be conducted properly, while Mulroney also promised to take action.“We need to make sure our nomination process is as fair and open and transparent as possible,” she said. “We need to make sure we’re as strong as we can be.”Following heated exchanges on the issue, Elliott, who has nearly a decade of experience as a provincial legislator, eventually called for a focus on the Tories’ real enemy — Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne.“I think it’s really important that we remember why we’re all here,” she said. “We all have to come together when this is all over because the star target here is Kathleen Wynne, not each other.”Elliott received some of the most withering attacks of the night as she was forced to defend her appointment as Ontario’ health-care ombudsman under the Liberals, a post she held until jumping into the race.“People want to know which Christine we’re gonna get?” Ford said. “Are they going to get the Christine who wants to replace Kathleen Wynne? Or are we going to get the Christine that took a $220,000 political appointment from Kathleen Wynne?”Elliott turned to Ford, a long-time family friend, and said she was selected by an independent panel and had nothing to apologize for.“I am very proud to have served as patient ombudsman,” she said.Elliott also clashed with Granic Allen over the province’s Green Energy Act. Both agreed it should be repealed but Granic Allen went a step further saying she would cancel all green energy contracts awarded by the Liberals.“I’m going to rip all of those wind turbines out of the ground,” she said.Elliott, a lawyer, argued tearing up contracts will hurt taxpayers, who will have to foot the bill for legal costs as businesses sue for breach of contract.“You can’t just rip wind turbines out of the ground,” Elliott said. “How are we ever going to get people to invest in Ontario if we don’t respect contracts?”Western University political science professor Cristine de Clercy said Elliott was the strongest performer but suggested her attempts to show party unity may have been overshadowed by some of the debate’s nasty attacks.“Ford and Granic Allen in particular seemed to want to often start airing the party’s dirty laundry,” she said. “I think Christine Elliott deliberately tried to move away from that trajectory and also demonstrate she can pull the party together.”Wilfrid Laurier University political science professor Barry Kay agreed Elliott was the most effective, noting she didn’t do anything to directly antagonize supporters in other camps, a key strategy that could help secure more support.“The safest bet for the Conservatives is Elliott and I think she probably reinforced that image,” he said. “She didn’t lose it.”Ford, whose populist message has resonated with the Tory base, nonetheless tried to cast himself as the candidate with the broadest appeal.“People coming up to me everywhere we go saying, ‘I’m a lifelong NDP, I’m not joining the PC party to be a PC, I’m joining the party because of you.’” he told reporters after the debate. “Everywhere I go. ‘I’m a lifelong Liberal, I’m joining the party because of you.’”All four candidates were also grilled on whether they would allow Brown to run under the Tory banner in the election.Elliott and Mulroney said they would let the Barrie, Ont., politician back into the fold if he cleared his name of the sexual misconduct and financial impropriety allegations he has denied. Ford said only that Brown “has to take care of a few things.”Granic Allen was the only one to say unequivocally that Brown would not be welcome under her leadership.Voting for the leader begins online Friday with the winner announced March 10.
The University of Connecticut’s men’s and women’s basketball players won a pair of national titles this week, repeating the feat of their Huskies predecessors in 2004. The championships moved UConn into an indisputable lead as the most successful overall Division I college basketball program, when accounting for men’s and women’s achievements.UConn’s men’s and women’s teams, combined, have the most titles, the most tournament wins, the highest winning percentage and the highest average margin of victory in the NCAA tournament in Division I since 1951. The race was a close one until a few weeks ago, but UConn’s success this year coincided with stumbles by its two closest rivals in the category: Duke and Tennessee. It’s a remarkable achievement for UConn, which two decades ago hadn’t won any Division I basketball titles, men’s or women’s.UConn, Duke and Tennessee all entered two teams into tournaments this March. Four of the six teams were seeded third or better, and the two exceptions — UConn’s No. 7 men and Tennessee’s No. 11 men — were underseeded, according to FiveThirtyEight’s model. UConn went 12-0, while Tennessee’s teams won four games from the round of 64 on (plus a play-in win for the men). The Duke teams combined for just one win.If Duke had run the table while UConn disappointed, Duke would lead UConn in tournament wins and winning percentage. Tennessee could have led in winning percentage if its men’s and women’s programs had won titles, and UConn had struggled. UConn, though, would still lead the trio in titles. Its only real competition there is UCLA, which could have passed UConn with a men’s title.But the Bruins’ success has hardly been balanced: UCLA has won as many titles in the men’s tournament as it has won games in the women’s tournament. In fact, outside of Storrs, Conn., and a trio of Atlantic Coast Conference schools — Duke, North Carolina and Maryland — few of the leaders in combined basketball success have been truly successful in men’s and women’s hoops. Tennessee has a losing record in the men’s tournament even after this year’s run, and Stanford gets most of its wins from the women’s side.Kentucky, Kansas and Florida, meanwhile, have had little women’s success. Nonetheless, they appear on our list of the most successful combined programs, showing the teams with at least 10 wins in the men’s and women’s NCAA tournament since 1951 who have the best combined winning percentage in the tournament during that period. Other programs that have achieved a great deal in basketball didn’t even make the first cut, notably Georgia (little men’s success) and Michigan and Syracuse (little women’s success).Methodology alert: I’m counting the entire history of the women’s tournament, plus the men’s tournament since 1951, which is roughly when it superseded the National Invitation Tournament as the premier season-ending event. Including the earlier games and titles would make little practical difference because the tournament fields were so small — the NCAA men’s tournament through 1950 included just 111 games, compared with an overall total of men’s and women’s tournament games of nearly 5,000. I’m including the so-called play-in or first-round games introduced in 2001 since similar opening rounds counted as official games in earlier tournaments with field sizes that weren’t exponents of 2. Data comes from ESPN Stats & Information and, for this year, from the ESPN.com men’s and women’s brackets.
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The latest obstacle in negotiations over the transfer of the former Umatilla Chemical Depot in northern Oregon is the question of how much of the site’s water rights will be handed over to the Columbia Development Authority.The LRA had hoped to receive about 50 percent of the site’s water capacity, but the Army has proposed allowing it to use only two wells, totaling about 25 percent of the site’s water capacity, reported the East Oregonian.“That is not going to get us where we want to be,” Greg Smith, the LRA’s executive director, said at meeting of the authority’s board. Smith recounted that he told the Army the offer of two wells would not be sufficient to justify accepting the site.The Army wants to retain some water rights for the 7,500-acre portion of the 20,000-acre facility slated to be turned over to the Oregon National Guard. Much of the remaining land will be designated a wildlife preserve, with only a small part dedicated to industrial and agricultural use.Smith also asked the board to consider applying to the state to designate as an enterprise zone portions of the site zoned for industrial use. Alternatively, an enterprise zone could be formed from existing ones in Umatilla County, Morrow County and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.Port of Morrow director Gary Neal favored gaining an enterprise zone designation since other locations in the state most likely would offer similar tax breaks. “I think if you’re not going to have one, you’re not going to be in the game,” he said.The meeting also marked a shift of the administrative functions of the LRA falling under the Port of Morrow to Umatilla County. The change was made in recognition that 80 percent of economic development on the depot land is expected to take place in Umatilla, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Army Secretary Mark Esper last week said one of his priorities for next year’s defense authorization bill was continuing to increase the service’s end strength. “We aim to see by 2028, and certainly sooner than that, an active-duty end strength of greater than 500,000 soldiers with associated growth in the Guard and Reserve,” Esper told reporters while visiting Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The fiscal 2019 authorization bill, which President Trump is scheduled to sign today, calls for adding 4,000 troops to raise the Army’s active-duty end strength to 487,500. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee who accompanied Esper, said Congress is open to adding more soldiers beyond the growth included in this year’s defense policy bill, reported Military.com. Photo by John Martinez Dan Cohen AUTHOR