The death is announced of the Rev. Dr. Walter D. Richards, former Deputy Minister of Education, former principal of Ricks Institute in Virginia, former president of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention and former Chairman of the Board of the Baptist Theological Seminary. This sad event occurred on Friday, May 29, 2015 in his sleep at his home in the Jallah Prall compound on Broad Street, Snapper Hill, Monrovia. He was in his 84th year. Rev. Richards was also instrumental in the coming to Liberia of the Liberia Opportunities Industrial Corporation, which trained thousands of Liberians in many technical and vocational trades. He was also a founding member of the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC) and a member of the Inter-faith Council, later named the Inter Religious Council, which in 1990 intervened along with Roman Catholic Archbishop Michael K. Francis, Sheikh Kafumba Konneh, Canon Burgess Carr and others to help stop the Liberia civil war. Rev. Richards was also former pastor of Brewerville’s Salem Baptist Church and Clay Ashland’s First Baptist Church. He served both churches for extensive periods. A powerful Baptist preacher, his sermons often incurred the wrath of the Samuel Doe government. Indeed, when soldiers loyal to Doe entered the Richards family’s native Clay Ashland one afternoon in June, 1990, they went looking for Rev. Walter Richards, but mistook his brother, the eminent Liberian sculptor R. Vanjah Richards for Pastor Richards. The soldiers arrested R. Vanjah, beheaded him and threw his body into the Po River on the Bomi Hills highway.Family sources say Rev. Walter Richards was on his knees in a state of prayer when at between 12 and 1 o’clock p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015, the household staff went to his room. By that time he had already answered his eternal summons.His wife Mrs. Ora Gibson Richards and their children are in the United States of America. They are due in Monrovia shortly for the funeral.Walter Dossen Richards was born on August 24, 1931. His father was the Rev. David Richards, long time pastor of First Baptist Church, Clay Ashland and former Senator of Montserrado County.Walter’s two brothers, R. Vanjah and the eminent Liberian architect Winston D. Richards, like Walter himself, were all born the same year, 1931.A graduate of the University of Liberia, Walter began his career in eduction as principal of the Student Union at the foot of Benson Street on Crown Hill, Monrovia. The school was run by the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU).He later became the private secretary to the Vice President of Liberia, Dr. William R. Tolbert. It was Dr. Tolbert who sent Walter to the United States for further studies. He obtained a Master’s degree in Divinity and Religious Education.He was twice married, first to a Brooks lady from Harper, Maryland County, to which union a son was born. Walter later wedded Ms. Ora Gibson Richard and to this union several children were born.His brothers R. Vahnjah Richards and Winston D. Richards predeceased him.He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Ora G. Richards, his children Audrey Catherine Richards, Julius Wilfred Richards Sr., Walter David Richards, William Fred Cooper, Ingrid Martha Richards, David Sherman, Walter D. Richards, Jr., Warren Dean Richards and Hadiya Richards; 15 grand children; his sisters Bendu Moore and Louise Richards; nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends. The Home-Going Events are as follow:June 26, 2015 – 1-3 p.m. Prayer Service & Viewing at Providence Baptist Church, MonroviaJune 26, 2015 5 p.m. – Wake Keeping at Salem Baptist Church, Brewerville (All Tributes Will Be Done At The Wake Keeping Except For Immediate Family, Churches, Liberia Baptist Convention, LOIC and Official Tributes)June 27, 20159 a.m. – Viewing at First Baptist Church, Clay Ashland11 a.m. – Funeral Service & Burial at First Baptist Church, Clay AshlandRepast Immediately Following Internment. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“Neymar is the first to want to play every match, he’s very focussed on Real. I think there’s a small chance that he’ll be ready for the match,” added Emery.PSG trail 3-1 from the last 16 first leg in Madrid two weeks ago and the loss of Neymar would be a huge blow to their chances of overturning that deficit at the Parc des Princes on March 6 and reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.Neymar suffered a cracked metatarsal in his foot and a twisted ankle in an innocuous looking incident against Marseille on Sunday night.And while Spaniard Emery said there is a possibility he’ll recover by next week, he was more pessimistic than he had been on Sunday night.“Today, after analysing Neymar, it looks less likely than it did on Sunday that he’ll be ready for this match,” said Emery.However, he was clear in his dismissal of a report published by Brazilian newspaper Globo Esporte on Tuesday morning that claimed a decision had already been reached for Neymar to undergo an operation, and that he would be out until May.– ‘Tranquility and patience’ –“Last night (Monday) the club issued an official statement: it said how the player was medically,” said Emery.“Things (like operations) aren’t decided like that,” he added, clicking his fingers.“You need discussions with the doctor, the player, his entourage.“To make such an important decision you need tranquility and a bit of patience.“Right now, I don’t think you need anything else. There’s a lot of information from outside, but the truth is what I told you, which is what the doctor told me.”Neymar was visibly in pain before he was stretchered from the pitch © AFP / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTWhile PSG’s primary concern is having the world’s most expensive player available for their Champions League match next week, in Brazil it is Neymar’s participation at the World Cup that is most pressing.The 26-year-old captained Brazil to their first ever Olympic gold medal 18 months ago on home soil and is seen as crucial to their hopes in Russia in June and July.Were he to undergo an operation now and return to fitness in May, that would suit Brazil, who could then rely on a fully fit and fresh Neymar for the World Cup. Four years ago, Neymar missed the semifinal against Germany with injury and Brazil were thrashed 7-1.Globo had said Neymar would have a “pin” attached to his metatarsal bone and would be fit to return in May.Recovery from metatarsal injuries usually take weeks, if not months.Just last year, Neymar’s international team-mate Gabriel Jesus was out of action for two months after breaking a metatarsal playing for Manchester City.Former England stars David Beckham and Wayne Rooney spent six weeks on the sidelines with metatarsal injuries in the past.Earlier on Tuesday, AFP spoke to a number of medical experts who all set a downbeat tone.“It would be very risky as it’s a fragile bone in the foot which is difficult to protect,” said Jean-Marcel Ferrat, a former doctor with the France national football team.“(Playing against Real) could compromise the rest of his season.”Parisian osteopath Alain Gosp Server said such injuries normally take “three weeks to heal”.“It will all depend on his treatment but what’s sure is that he wouldn’t be at 100 percent (in eight days),” added Gosp Server.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar still has a small chance of playing against Real, his PSG coach Unai Emery says © AFP / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTPARIS, France, Feb 27 – Neymar still has a “small chance” of playing against Real Madrid in the Champions League and there are no plans for an operation on his cracked bone, Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery said on Tuesday.“For Neymar there has been no decision to have an operation,” said Emery, denying an earlier report in the Brazilian press that the world’s most expensive player would go under the knife to fix the cracked bone in his foot.