Despite retiring several years prior to his demise, the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) has eulogized the late former Ad Hoc Supreme Court Justice William B. Metzger, Sr., as a devoted member of the ‘black robe family.’Reading a tribute on behalf of the LNBA during wake-keeping over the remains of the fallen former judge at the Trinity Cathedral Catholic Church on Broad Street last Friday, a spokesman of the Association, Cllr. James Verdier, recalled the role the late Judge Metzger played to help inspire him and others to reach where they are today.Cllr. Verdier, who was recently nominated as Chair of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), further recalled that Judge Metzger—even in his retirement years— remained a staunch member of the LNBA and travelled with the Association to several parts of the country to attend annual conferences.Rt Rev. Hart Funeral DiscourseIn his funeral discourse last Friday, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Jonathan B.B. Hart, Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Liberia, challenged the bereaved family and friends of Judge Metzger to emulate his good Christian virtues.As a devout Christian, Bishop Hart remembered how many Sundays; he left Bomi Hills where he spent the better part of his life, to come to Monrovia for service whenever a Priest was unavailable to conduct Mass at the St. Paul Episcopal Church where he served as deacon.Supreme Court BenchThe Supreme Court Bench was led by Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor and Associate Justices, who in their tribute, expressed sadness over the home going of Judge Metzger, whom they described as a brilliant legal mind.Family TributeThe family tribute, read by one of Judge Metzger’s younger siblings, Mr. Clarence B. Metzger, narrated how close his brother was to the family, saying it did not matter how far apart they were, he was always in contact; and as such, important news about him was relayed from the United States where some of the family members reside.Judge Metzger died November 26, 2013 at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia after months of illness. He was in his 89th year.Attendees Among those who attended his funeral included members of the Cape Mount and Bomi Counties Legislative Caucus, Trial Judges of Liberia, and the Chairman of Unity Party, Cllr. Varney G. Sherman, among many others.He was buried in his hometown of Damballa on Saturday, after a night of wake-keeping.The late Judge Metzger was born on October 1, 1925 unto the union of Mr. Boima Kelkeh Metzger and Mrs. Jembeh K. Metzger in Damballa Town, Porkpa District, Grand Cape Mount County.“Bill”, as he preferred to be called, attended elementary schools in Damballa, and the Mambo Episcopal Elementary in Tewor, District and later the St. John’s Episcopal High School in Robersport as well as the Laboratory High, now William V.S. Tubman High in Monrovia, where he graduated with a Diploma.He later matriculated to the University of Liberia for a semester under the watchful eyes of Dr. T. Ebenezer Ward.From 1955-1962, he joined the former Liberia Mining Company (LMC) where he served as Mail Clerk and later Accounts Clerk. He served as Justice of the Peace and Associate Magistrate from 1962-1964, and from 1964-1970, the late Judge Metzger was appointed as Traffic Court Judge in then Bomi Territory; and was again promoted as Circuit Judge for Bomi County in 1978.He finally served as Ad Hoc Chief Justice for a Special Court Constituted at the Supreme Court of Liberia from 2003 to 2004.Judge Metzger was joined in holy matrimony with Marsay Manobah in Bomi Hills in 1955 and was blessed with several children; his wife predeceased him. Later in 1962, Judge Metzger and Bernice Stubblefield tied knots in Monrovia and the union was again blessed with several children.The late Judge was a member of several fraternities, including poro society, Grand United Brothers of Friendship (UBF), Grand Order of Odd Fellows (GUOOF), and Grand Junior Warden and Honorary Deputy Grand Master, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Masons, Republic of Liberia.He is survived by his widow Mrs. Bernice Stubblefield Metzger; his children William Jr., Wayne and Wilmot (USA), Winifred, Wilhelmina, Maima, Kula, Jenneh and Wilfred. Siblings: Dr. Kanda Golafale, Mrs. Miatta Metzger Sherman (USA), Momodu and Dao; several grand and great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and host of other relatives, including the Dagosehs, Konuwas, Mabandes, Sheriffs, Simpsons, Teahs, Shermans, Kamaras, Dunbars, Kannehs and friends in Liberia and abroad.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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At the end of the eight weeks, the kittens are returned to the shelter for adoption. But foster parents can adopt their charges if they choose, she added. The $60 adoption package includes either a spaying or neutering procedure, a microchip implantation, vaccinations, deworming and a prescription flea ointment. If the kitten is over four weeks old, it also receives a rabies shot at no extra cost, shelter officials said. “We look to get them out of here as quickly as possible, because the longer they’re here, the more likely they are to get sick,” Hernandez said. Miller said community outreach programs such as off-site adoption clinics and constant advertising have helped increase cat adoptions in recent years. “We’ve reduced the euthanasia rates in part because of these types of programs,” Miller said. “We try to make people aware. It helps if we can get people in here. When you see those eyes looking up at you, if you have any heart at all, you’ll want to save them.” Anyone interested in providing foster care for a kitten can call (562) 803-3301, Ext. 223. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Every year, it seems, the number of stray kitties climbs, said Charles Miller, SEAACA’s assistant director. “Kitten season is expanding largely because of irresponsible pet owners,” he said. “We end up with a huge intake of stray animals with litters or who are abandoned, with no people to adopt them.” At the height of kitten season, SEAACA’s shelter can have as many as 150 unwanted kittens and cats, officials said. The shelter’s fostering program is a temporary commitment of about seven to eight weeks, about the time it takes for the baby felines to be able to eat on their own, officials said. Foster families are provided with kitten formula and any veterinarian care needed prior to weaning, said Vicky Hernandez, an animal technician at the shelter. DOWNEY – Never heard of “kitten season?” You might be ankle-deep in it in the next few weeks. Unless sterilized, female cats go into heat in the winter. If they get pregnant, their litters are born in early spring. Hundreds of litters. So many, in fact, that officials from the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority in Downey are looking for volunteer “foster parents” to care for the hundreds of abandoned kittens they expect to turn up at the shelter over the next few weeks and months.
IPL 2017 COMMENT television industry Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL advertising cricket Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), the official broadcaster of the VIVO IPL said the cumulative reach of 363.9 million viewers with just 32 matches vis-à-vis last year’s cumulative reach of 361 million viewers for the entire 2016 tournament.The tournament’s viewer ship is at 22.3 million average impressions over last year’s 17 million average impressions after 32 matches, the company said in a statement.VIVO IPL 2017 continues to grow and has achieved a cumulative reach of 363.9 million in the 4th week of the tournament as compared to last year’s reach of 314 million after 32 matches.The tournament enjoys higher engagement with 64 minutes’ average time spent per viewer vis-à-vis 53 minutes last year for 32 matches.So far the top performing markets are Maharashtra, AP/Telangana, Gujarat, Karnataka and West Bengal and amongst metros, Mumbai and Delhi take top spot.The Vivo IPL 2017 matches are being broadcast on Sony MAX, Sony SIX and Sony ESPN. May 04, 2017 SHARE COMMENTS
APTN National NewsWith the Poundmaker First Nation leadership facing charges of fraud and allegations of intimidation, an uneasy silence has fallen over the community.One band member, however, is breaking the silence. APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo spoke to him.
APTN National NewsA positive learning environment and a sense of belonging are important to all students.But if you’re First Nation, Inuit or Metis in an urban environment it could be tough to feel connected in place without culture.That’s why the Ottawa District School Board and Aboriginal community are making changes in local schools.APTN’s Annette Francis has that story.