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


Politicians change laws to suit themselves – Ram

first_img…calls for two thirds of parliamentarians to monitor oil fundPolitical analyst and Attorney Christopher Ram on Friday weighed in on matters relating to the Natural Resources Fund (NRF) at the inaugural Energy forum hosted by the Guyana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) at Duke Lodge, Georgetown, where he raised concerns over the fact that Government officials draft laws to benefit themselves.It is because of this concern, Ram noted that NRF, previously called the Sovereign Wealth Fund, should be monitored by two thirds of the National Assembly to protect its content.“First of all, this legislation that is proposed or as it is, we have a difficulty with the Constitution. Article 216 of the Constitution which says that all the money must goPolitical Analyst and Attorney, Christopher Ramtowards to Consolidated Fund unless…(but) Article 216 of is not protected. It is not entrenched as you call it. This act, the Natural Resource Fund act, you pass it one day and you can unpass it the next day. Where is the protection? Where is the guarantee that no, even one-seat majority, will take all kind of politics that we have in this country that we’ve had for so very long, whenever they feel like they change the law to suit themselves,” Ram said.According to him, changes to the law to suit governments have happened in the past and continue to happen under the present Administration.It is against this backdrop that Ram pointed to the need for the SWF to be monitored by parliamentarians. “The Natural Resource Fund should be protected by a two thirds majority in the National Assembly,” he stated.Should this come to pass, the analyst said certain laws would have to be amended such as Article 164, which requires a referendum.His fellow panelist, Attorney Charles Ramson Jr, chimed in saying both the Opposition and Government should play a role in drafting this specific legislation as it may have negative impacts on the booming oil industry.According to him, “The protection that Chris (Christopher Ram) was referring to is getting a two thirds majority but how do you get a two thirds majority if you’re doing it and creating your ideas and creating the policy and creating the framework and the legislation all on your own?”Ramson indicated that when the other party is excluded from such matters, when it is time to vote on the legislation, regardless of it is good or bad, the other party will vote against it.The ‘Green Paper’ which details the doings of Government with the earnings from not only the oil industry, but several other areas related to natural resources was released back in August.The Government said in its Green Paper that it would be an unwise decision to spread the limited expertise and experience in fund management in Guyana across two separate funds. The costs of managing two funds would be much higher than those of managing a single fund.As such, the Government considers that it is most efficient to have a single fund (the Natural Resource Fund).last_img read more


Watch: Sudanese community bring protest to Letterkenny

first_imgMembers of the Sudanese community in Letterkenny staged a protest on Monday afternoon calling for freedom, peace and justice in Sudan.The demonstration was led by 2019 local election candidate Thoiba Ahmed in response to the ongoing conflict in her native Sudan. She was joined by the Sudan Revolution support committee and Donegal TD Thomas Pringle for the protest on Main Street.Protest for the missing in Sudan, Letterkenny Main Street, 2nd September 2019Ms Ahmed, who has lived in Letterkenny for over four years, is protesting as a show of solidarity with the Sudanese mission to achieve democracy and transition to a civil government. Sudan has been facing a political crisis since April when the dictator Omar Al Bashir was ousted. A deadly attack was carried out on sit-in protesters outside an Army Headquarters in June, with at least 100 people killed and 400 injured. A large number of people went missing after the attack, but the total number is not known.The Sudanese community of Letterkenny protested on Monday evening for those young people who have disappeared.They also protested to show support to the March for Sudan – a six day walk taking place from London to International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, calling for an international investigation into alleged crimes against humanity in Sudan since 1989.Here, Thoiba Ahmed and Deputy Pringle talk about the importance of bringing the issue to Letterkenny:  Watch: Sudanese community bring protest to Letterkenny was last modified: September 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:protestsudanlast_img read more


Latest: PSG 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgThibaut Courtois, back in the Chelsea side, kept out two early headers in the Champions League round-of-16 first leg in Paris. Courtois dived to his right to save Blaise Matuidi’s powerful header after Edinson Cavani had lifted the ball into the penalty area.Cavani then headed straight at the Blues keeper after Matuidi turned provider, drifting out to the left and serving up an excellent cross towards the PSG striker.As well as Courtois, Gary Cahill, Diego Costa and the fit-again Cesc Fabregas are back in the Chelsea starting line-up.David Luiz is playing for the home side, featuring in midfield for the first time since joining them from Chelsea last year. Chelsea Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa. Subs: Cech, Filipe Luis, Zouma, Oscar, Cuadrado, Drogba, Remy. Paris St-Germain: Sirigu; Van der Wiel, Silva, Marquinhos, Maxwell; David Luiz, Verratti, Matuidi; Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic, Cavani..Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


Teaching jobless how to find jobs

first_imgJennifer SternAccording to the latest Afrobarometer survey, released in early March, South Africans believe unemployment is the country’s most pressing problem. Some 59% of those surveyed put joblessness at the top of the list – far more than the 39% who cited crime as the biggest problem.At 21.9%, South Africa’s unemployment rate is high. And as the global economic cataclysm gradually makes itself felt here, it’s only going to get higher.Obviously, joblessness is highest among those who lack skills. But the problem is that they not only lack the skills to carry out work, they lack the skills to get the work in the first place. And that’s where Cape Town-based employment agency DreamWorker steps in.Run by Ronald and Tania Bownes, DreamWorker operates from Athlone, an excellent base to access the most of the Cape Flats – the sandy expanse of flat land to the east of the city where the apartheid-era government created a huge ring of townships. With three year’s funding from provincial government, they work with the bottom quartile of the employment pyramid – people that commercial employment agencies are not interested in.With Ronald’s background in project management, brand building and management consulting, and Tania’s in advertising and marketing, the couple were previously responsible for reviving  the dormant Community Employment Initiative, which they joined in 2006.The venture took off pretty quickly and, within two years, it had attracted the attention of the provincial government, and was ready for serious expansion. But not everyone wanted to expand, so Tania and Ronald left CEI, which was rebranded as WorkNow! and started DreamWorker.One of the first things the Bowneses noticed when they started working with relatively unskilled unemployed people was that the lack of skills extended further than work skills. These people also had limited work-seeking skills.“We teach them the softer skills,” Ronald says. “Body language, how to prepare themselves for an interview, how to open up, or not be too cool. We teach them how to present themselves.“We don’t do formal training, but each person leaves a bit more savvy and bit more confident.”“I know they’re in a desperate situation,” Tania adds. “I know they’re helpless. We give them a sense of empowerment.”What makes DreamWorker so different from commercial employment agencies is that it’s free – to both the work seeker and the employer.“We don’t charge a fee, because we are funded by the government,” says Tania.Face to faceWhat sets DreamWorker apart from other organisations that help the unemployed find jobs is their focus on the individual.“Every single person gets a one-on-one with an interviewer,” says Robert. It’s a simple but time-intensive system.“We connect physically with each person,” says Tania. “We make eye contact, shake hands.”Each job-seeker has to register by filling out a form. Some of them have to be helped to complete the form.“We want them to give us as much info as possible to sell them,” says Tania. “We want to know them fully. We ask them for certified copies of relevant documents and written references if possible. And a typed CV if they have. Anything we can use to sell them.“We then have a chat. We don’t call them interviews.”Ronald explains: “Unemployed people often have no confidence. They come across badly. Sometimes they exhibit a false bravado. This is more an issue with the men. They hide the pain and desperation with bravado. The ladies tend to lack confidence, so they undersell themselves.“We give them homework.  We send them home with a piece of paper and ask them to write what their skills are, what they can offer.The applications are then graded on a points system. “We grade according to education, references and experience,” Ronald says. “On the one hand it’s qualitative, but it’s also quantitative.  We also give negative points, for example, for attitude, social difficulties, or a history of alcohol abuse.“A lot of people come here very disempowered, but we say, ‘Start again. Help us to help you.’”But the compassion is tempered with a healthy dose of pragmatism.“We can’t help everyone,” Tania says. “It’s not fairyland, if they have a background of alcohol or drugs, we won’t jeopardise our programme unless we know they’ve been fully rehabilitated. Same for criminal records.”Here Ronald laughs, and tells a story. A man came to them and, up front, told them he had a criminal record. Asked for details, he told a story of when he was returning from a football match with some friends. They’d had a few drinks, and really needed to – well, get rid of a few of those drinks. They were caught urinating on the side of the road, and arrested.“We decided we could overlook that,” Ronald says, smiling. “He didn’t seem like a big security risk.”The big questionDuring the interviews, they always ask their “big question” that helps overcome people’s reticence. Ronald says some people close up; they look away, they seem depressed. So one day, he asked someone, “What is your dream for your life?” And the response was amazing. The person just opened up.“I sometimes sit with ladies of 40 years old, who can’t speak English,” he says. “As soon as I ask them the question, ‘What is the dream you have for your life?’ their body language changes, their voice changes. They become eloquent.“Some of them come up with the most amazing things, but the most common theme is educating their children.”Tania adds: “And there is such gratitude to people who have helped them – a sense of giving back. There is a sense of helping those who have helped them.  It’s not just about me, me, me.”Ronald relates one woman’s particularly touching response.“Actually, I would like a bakkie,” she said. “It must be an open bakkie that I can put a mattress in the back.”She went further to explain that, in the townships, there are many people who get sick or are injured over weekends or after hours, and they struggle to get to hospital. She would like to use her bakkie to drive sick people to hospital. During the week, she’d sell vegetables from it. That was her dream for her life.“You know that the small income they are going to get they will share with someone else – their granny or someone. It’s a common theme. Help my cousin, help my granny, educate my kids,” Tania explains.Round pegs and round holesDreamWorker takes a lot of trouble to place people carefully.“We deal with a lot of domestic workers,” Tania says. “We find out what they enjoy and what kind of person they are. Do they like children, are they chatty or quiet? And then we give prospective employers a few people to interview. They can employ them just for one day; try them out.“It’s really important, especially with domestic workers, that you match people by temperament. One person wants a domestic worker to be a friend and to be involved in the family, while another might want somebody quiet and independent who will just get on with the job.”But they also deal with corporate clients, the biggest of which is food and clothing retailer Woolworths. It started off when they were working in Hout Bay with the EIC. They had a really good relationship with the local store manager, Fuad Cassim, and have supplied Woolworths with a lot of cashiers and shelf packers.“It’s a personal connection,” Tania says. “Fuad is a good supporter and marketer. He gave us a break, rather than using commercial employment agencies. And it’s paid off.”She tells of one of their success stories.“Lance Geswindt. He was a sweet guy, very shy, very reserved. He’d had a job cleaning kitchen extractors. He went to the Eastern Cape, and when he came back the company had closed.” With the country’s history of migratory labour, many black South Africans regularly return “home” to the rural areas to visit family.“He was shy and didn’t have a great sense of self, but he had potential. He worked for us, just for a day, moving furniture. Ronald gauged his personality. He was young and hungry.“So we got him a job in Woolworths as a shelf packer and he took to the training, the system. He took to everything. He learned cashiering as well, and he became a controller in the Hout Bay store.“He’s supporting his mom. She’s a single mother, and a domestic.“Not every story is a Lance. But we are here for the Lances. Without this process Lance would not have got into Woolworths. Fuad knew us, and trusted us. All the various bits worked together.”“We close the gap between a relatively unsophisticated employee and a relatively sophisticated employer,” says Ronald. “It’s not rocket science.”Changing consciousness“First and foremost, we’re in the consciousness-shifting business,” Ronald explains. “Secondly, it’s about empowerment, and then about finding a job.“We have to shift people’s perceptions about themselves. “But if goes further than changing the way unemployed people present themselves.“We need to get people excited about employing people,” Tania says “We need to change that mentality. Let people be part of a new process, a new consciousness of employment.  If you can just employ someone for one day a week, that makes a huge difference to their lives.”There are three levels of employment, all equally important, explains Tania. DreamWorker helps people to find work for a day, for example, clearing a plot of land, or regular work one day a week, such as domestic work or gardening or – the big prize – permanent full-time employment.The dream“[Provincial] government’s goal is to halve unemployment in the Western Cape by 2014,” Ronald says. “Our 2020 vision would be no unemployment in South Africa by 2020.”“If 1-million families employ one person for R100 a day that would be amazing,” Tania says. “If you just employed one person for one day a month, it would make a difference. Just to wash your car, mend your clothes, whatever.”Although DreamWorker is about helping people, it is built on solid business principles. When they first got into the game, Tania and Ronald spoke to Charles Maisel, the founder of a similar employment project, Men on the Side of the Road. They asked him how they could extend the model, and he gave them a simple answer.“Give it away,” he said.“So whoever wants to start it up, we’ve got the model,” says Ronald. “You’ve got to find funding, of course, but we’re available. We’ll help you set it up. We’ve produced a tight admin system. All the forms, processes everything. We can hand over the model and mentor you. That’s what we did in Hermanus.”The Hermanus satellite office is funded by the Western Cape Department of Social Development.“They’ve been going for nine months,” Ronald says. “Now we’re doing it again in Somerset West. “He explains the simple arithmetic behind the dream. “In Hout Bay we created 25 000 work days in one year. And that translates into excess of R3.5-million worth of wages recycled through the community, money that wasn’t there the years before.“So each office has the potential to facilitate approximately 30 000 work days a year, or more, resulting in excess of four million rand of wages back into the hands of the previously unemployed.”DreamWorker is a lean, mean operation, Tania explains.“Our office is tiny but the influence is immense. For every R1 the funder has given us, we create R10 worth of wages. That’s a 1 000% return.  It takes a while to get there. But once an office is fully operational that’s what we expect.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.comRelated articlesEating, earning from city farms Finding jobs on the roadside Paprika farming boosts economy Amamjobjob for the people Cagey crafts from cage diving Useful linksDreamWorker Men on the Side of the Roadlast_img read more


Collaborative programme to drive SA agenda at WEF 2010

first_imgIn a year where the world’s attention is already focused onSouth Africa, a unified and focused South African delegation to WEFhas been a major focus for the International Marketing Council(Brand South Africa) as it works towards raising the South Africa’s role ininfluencing the global economic agenda and building thecountry’s reputation as a trade and investment destination 26 January 2010, Johannesburg: The positioning of South Africa as both a globally competitive trade and investment destination and dominant developing economy forms the backbone of the formation of a public private partnership spearheaded by the International Marketing Council (Brand South Africa) at this year’s World  Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.Business and government has partnered to form “Team South Africa” at Davos and the amalgamation aims to position South Africa as “the next big thing”, while taking advantage of the world’s focus on the country as host to the FIFA 2010 World Cup. The partnership also aims to drive dialogue on the African agenda and will be encouraging WEF delegates to “look South for fresh solutions to a better world”, by experiencing the magnitude of the country’s trade and investment offerings.The emergence of the BASIC group-or-G 5 puts South Africa at the cutting edge of a new global paradigm which could help reach consensus on key issues such as trade, poverty reduction, the global financial system and the growing tensions around limited resources in a finite world and ease fundamental changes in the global order with minimum disruption.“This is a conversation we want to engender and seed at the World Economic Forum said IMC Chairperson, Anitha Soni.  With the rise of China, India, and Brazil among others as economic powerhouses, the global order is fast becoming more democratic. South Africa may not rank with these countries in GDP terms, but based on its track record, experience and position within Africa. Its voice is an important and influential one”She said, “Business and government coming together to optimise the country’s investment in this global event is a demonstration of the IMC Board’s inclusionary approach. Benefits of an innovative and collaborative approach are fruits of a strongly driven vision during the planning phase of this initiative,” Soni said.Represented in the partnership is the South African Presidency, International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), Government Communication and Information Service (GCIS), Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), Discovery, Old Mutual, ABSA, Telkom, Nedbank, MTN, Sasol, Investec, Transnet and First Rand. The South African delegation includes members of the newly appointed IMC board.“Collaboration is undoubtedly a critical ingredient of our success at this year’s World Economic Forum. South Africa can influence the conversation amongst the twenty percent influencers with eighty percent of impact only when working together at WEF, especially given the importance of the constituency,” said Business Unity SA (BUSA) chief executive Jerry Vilikazi.Fresh solutions for a better world“In order to engender a significant impact beyond discussions seeded at WEF itself, participants in the forum are confronted with the question as to which solutions will alter the global economy and bring a positive impact to all. Addressing new ways of doing things is expected to have a direct bearing on how countries will be able to improve their global competitiveness.  It is therefore important to ensure that any global solutions are developed by all stakeholders with the inclusion of a strong African representation. This is unashamedly the South African agenda at Davos,” said Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies.He added that these so called “fresh solutions for a better world” are more often than not simple concepts with a tangible impact and require nothing less than thinking defined by seeing solutions and not barriers.“South Africa is playing an increasingly significant leadership role in global decision-making, having recently contributed to easing consensus on pressing global sustainability issues during the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit,” Davies said.Team SA to drive growth for all at WEF“As active participants in the WEF agenda, South Africa is aware that in a changing, divided and uncertain world, we begin to matter more because we are a proven connector; a bridge not just to Africa, the last great investment frontier, but between old and emerging powers,” said BLSA CEO, Michael Spicer.A successful delegation will help create the springboard for South Africa’s growth, simultaneously improving the country’s overall reputation at the highest levels of global decision-making. According to Spicer, the partnership is the beginning of a long-term public-private collaboration that delivers results-led dialogue between business and government.South Africa’s tenacious, yet diplomatic experience is placing the country in an advantageous position to take on a leadership role through which it offers meaningful, fresh solutions to challenges facing the world today.“It is the aim of this partnership to increase our global competitiveness rating by contributing to the setting of the global agenda, which is, in essence, firmly aligned to the goals of the IMC. Both business and government is well poised to exploit this focus towards profiling the sound economic fundamentals of a country, and one that is ready to play a vital role in the economic growth and development of the region,” concluded Spicer. For further information:Margaret DingaloDirector: Stakeholder RelationsInternational Marketing Council of South AfricaTel: +27 11 483 0122Web: Brand South AfricaTrevor ChueuAccount Manager: International Marketing CouncilMS&LTel: +27 82 446 1831last_img read more


‘Putting in work, believing in yourself’ still keys to LeBron James’ success

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LeBron James is arguably the greatest basketball player of his generation with a resume of godlike proportions that include four MVPS, three NBA titles, and countless All-NBA nods.And it’s not just his 6-foot-8, 250-pound frame that has helped him achieve such sporting legacy, but also a belief in one’s self that no other force on earth could ever shatter.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img “Sometimes you’ll feel that you’re not doing enough and if you get to that point just look at the mirror,” said James. “At the end of the day you’re the one who’ll control your destiny.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “For me, it’s all about believing in yourself, uncertainties will come to your mind but you cannot stop believing especially if you put in the work,” said James during his private session with the Gilas players and members of the media for his Strive for Greatness tour.“If you put in the work then I believe it takes care of itself.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonJames have been the subject of heavy scrutiny since his decision to skip college and go straight to the NBA from St. Vincent St. Mary and his controversial move to Miami from Cleveland catapulted him to super villain territory.Still, James triumphed and won two titles and two MVP trophies with the Heat before he returned to Cleveland to steer the Cavaliers’ to the city’s first championship since the Browns ruled the NFL in 1964. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more