Mother Mary Brownell at 86: What Are We Remembering of Her?

first_imgBusiness philosopher, Kevin Kruse said, “Life is about making an impact, not making an income.”It is predicated upon this philosophy that when the name Mary Brownell sounds in their ears, former Chief Justice Henry Reed Cooper, former Central Bank Governor Elias  Seleeby, banker C.TO. King, and many other prominent Liberians, recall their early school days, when they often shouted out, “Teacher Mary! Teacher Mary!”When women in close age range with her hear the name, they are quickly reminded of her bold, forthright approach to public issues, and the popular name, Mary B spills out. Mother Brownell could have no other inscription on her comfortable jeep’s license plate besides “Mary B. 3.”Residents of Brewerville,  outside Monrovia upon hearing the name without any comment following, will tremble because the bearer of that name is the one who initiated a school built in that part of Montserrado to provide free education to children of impoverished parents.Politicians also remember the name Mary Brownell as one who worked for the National Elections Commission (NEC) and left with a clean record.Parents, on the other hand, will sit and wish that they had been as successful as she in raising her children, including the celebrated Liberian musician and social activist, Miatta Fahnbulleh, and her brother, Dr. H. Boimah Fahnbulleh, Jr.Miatta says Mother B’s glittering (impressive) record of achievements remains in the life of her children and those of their generation for whom Ma Mary Brownell is indeed an inspirational figure in Liberian history.Her fellow parishioners of St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Camp Johnson Road, Monrovia, upon hearing the name, often praise God for giving them such a mother who motivates them when they are depressed.Mother Brownell was born 86 years ago today March 12, 1929, in Cavalla, Maryland County.  At age five, she was brought to Monrovia to begin her education. Her educational sojourn began at the Suehn Baptist Mission in the then Bomi Territory, (now Bomi County) in 1937 when women were not yet in the mainstream of education. Following the completion of her primary education, she enrolled at the high school division of Liberia College known subsequently as Laboratory High School and Martha Tubman Academy, where she obtained her high school diploma.With a passion for teaching, she pursued studies in Education and first obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Teacher’s College, University of Liberia, and later a Master’s from San Francisco State College (now University).  She became a passionate and lifelong teacher.  She started at the St. Patricks School and later became principal of the Botswain School.She also served as an administrator in the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS), the Catholic School System and the Bong Mines School in Bong County.Mother Brownell is now retired and is not too often seen in public gatherings. One of the major events Mother Brownell attended in recent years was the University of Liberia’s commencement convocation in December, 2013, where she served as Commencement Speaker.In spite of her age, Mother Mary Brownell’s intellect and voice are still sharp—so sharp that she can perform even the teaching role.Comparing her youthful days to that of today’s generation, she wonders what will become of young people of today and Liberia in general considering the poor orientation of today’s youth.“There are too many differences between your days and my days,” she told a duo of Daily Observer reporters.  “During our days, children, especially girls, could not stay outdoors after 6 p.m., and when any parent of a different family saw a neighbor’s child outside after 6 p.m., that parent would discipline the child and the child would not be a fool enough to complain to his or her parents, lest he or she receive double punishment.” “In our days no single parent disciplined or trained a child, but parents did it collectively.  No different parent will do it for another person’s child today because either the child insults that person or his/her parents take that person to court,” she said.Mother Brownell is of the strongest view that because female children at early ages are used as bread winners and are allowed to be exposed to the streets, cases of rape as well as unwanted pregnancy continue to rise as do children without responsible fathers, found daily on the streets.These circumstances, she said, will also increase poverty and crime in the country.She frowned at gender advocacy groups, including the Ministry of Gender and Child Protection, for doing little to initiate programs that will address the plight of street girls, noting, “They (advocacy groups) are only there to advocate for funds that will not be used to address the purposes for which they are intended.”Mother Brownell said her 86th birth anniversary will, for personal reasons, not be elaborately celebrated.Nevertheless, the invitation is still extended to friends, acquaintances, loved ones and well wishers to pass by and share the affection and joy of the day.For all that Mother Mary Brownell is remembered for in the Liberian society, all who have felt her impact, including the owner of this intellectual property, are eager to wish her a Happy 86th Birthday and 50 more robust years!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Liverpool team news & likely XI vs Newcastle

first_imgPremier League Liverpool Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Newcastle United Goal Last updated 1 year ago 15:19 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Premier League Liverpool Liverpool v Newcastle United Newcastle United Everything you need to know ahead of the Reds home tie against Rafa Benitez’s side on Saturday evening Liverpool are looking to extend their unbeaten home run on Saturday evening, with Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle the visitors.The Reds are still unbeaten at Anfield in the Premier League this season (14 games), their longest unbeaten home stretch since 2008-09.Newcastle are just two points from safety after 28 fixtures and will be determined to separate themselves from the bottom three with a victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of the game.Liverpool injuriesNathaniel Clyne has continued his comeback from injury by playing for the Under-23s, though remains unavailable for first-team selection.Georginio Wijnaldum and Danny Ings were both ruled out for the Reds’ last outing against West Ham but are both recovering from illness and could play a part on Saturday.Emre Can is likely to continue in central midfield, though Jordan Henderson is back in contention. Liverpool suspensionsLiverpool do not have any suspended players ahead of the tie.Liverpool potential starting line-upJurgen Klopp could start with the XI which beat West Ham 4-1 last weekend, with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all finding the net once again.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has started the last two Premier League games and impressed enough to warrant a starting spot once more, though Jordan Henderson’s return may see him drop to the bench.Liverpool XI vs NEWNewcastle team newsJonjo Shelvey will play no part against his former club due to a knee injury, while Islam Slimani is sidelined with a thigh strain.Striker Dwight Gayle faces a late fitness test before the game, and Jesus Gamez has failed to recover from an ankle injury.TV channel & kick-off timeThe fixture will be broadcast live in the UK (United Kingdom) on BT SPORT 1 or BT SPORT 4K UHD from 17:00 GMT.In the United States, the game can be watched live on television on NBC Sports and kicks off at 12:00 ET.Best Opta match facts Liverpool are unbeaten in 21 home league games against Newcastle (W17 D4 L0), since a 0-2 loss in April 1994 thanks to goals from Rob Lee and Andy Cole. Liverpool have scored more Premier League goals against Newcastle than they have vs any other side in the competition (89). All three of Rafael Benitez’s Premier League games against his former side Liverpool have finished as draws, with both at Anfield finishing 2-2. Roberto Firmino has both scored and assisted in six different Premier League games this season – more than any other player. Mohamed Salah has scored in each of his last six games for Liverpool in all competitions – the last player to do so in more was Daniel Sturridge in February 2014 (8). Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more


Crown appeals sentences in case where bodies were found in burned farmhouse

first_imgCALGARY – The Crown is appealing sentences handed to two Alberta men convicted of murdering a family whose bodies were found in the charred remains of their home.Notice of the appeals, filed Monday in Calgary, claim the sentences for Jason Klaus and Joshua Frank of life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years were “demonstrably unfit.”The Crown had argued that the two men deserved the maximum of 75 years without hope of parole for what the prosecution called a contract killing of sorts.The bodies of Klaus’s father, Gordon, and sister, Monica, were found in their burned-out farmhouse in central Alberta in December 2013.His mother Sandra’s body was never found but police believe she also died in the house.In January, Justice Eric Macklin convicted both Klaus and Frank on three counts of first-degree murder, saying each had played a crucial role in executing the plan.There are provisions in the Criminal Code to have sentences served one after the other for multiple murders, but the judge said details of the case were not particularly uncommon compared with other murders and did not warrant consecutive sentences.Macklin also ruled that although their crimes were horrific, delaying parole for Klaus and Frank would be “a decision out of the ordinary.”He also suggested that the two men would have a better chance of rehabilitation if they were not “bereft of hope.”The appeals, however, argued the judge erred by refusing to give effect to Parliament’s sentencing intent. They state that allowing the men concurrent periods of parole ineligibility is “not proportionate to the gravity of the offence or the moral blameworthiness of the offender.”Klaus, meanwhile, has already filed a notice of appeal of his conviction and sentence.During the trial, court heard that Klaus was having problems with his father and offered Frank money to kill the family. Klaus had a cocaine and gambling addiction and forged cheques on his parents account, promising to pay them back.Frank told police after his arrest that he killed the family because he was scared that Klaus would shoot him if he didn’t.last_img read more