William T. Bruce, Sr. Is Dead

first_imgThe Bruce Family announces with profound regret the home going, in his 96th year, of Mr. William T. Bruce, Sr., Liberia’s first modern plumber.  He passed away at his home on 20th Street, Sinkor, Monrovia, on Friday, April 10, 2015.William T. Bruce, affectionately called “Borbor Bruce,” was born on March 5, 1919 in Plebo, Maryland County. He attended the Episcopal High School in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, graduating in 1942.  He later matriculated to Prairie View A&M University in Texas, where he studied professional plumbing.Upon his return home, he became Liberia’s first modern professional plumber with a college degree in the field.He served the Ministry of Public Works as Liberia’s first professional Chief Plumbing Inspector from 1958 to the late 1960’s.  Mr. Bruce was the founder and president of City Plumbing & Construction Services (CPCS), the largest Liberian-owned business of its kind in the 70’s & 80’s, and was the West African Distributor of all plumbing products from the manufacturer, Kohler of Wisconsin, U.S.A.William T. Bruce, Sr. was musically inclined long before his departure to the U.S. to study plumbing and sanitary engineering.  His musical ability was discovered while he was enrolled on St. John’s Mission and the Episcopal High School in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County.  His musical colleagues were Hemmieh Jones, Sylvester Thomas, Alake Williams, and Ernest Jones. Following his graduation from The Episcopal High School in 1942, he left Robertsport for Monrovia, and eventually joined the famed Greenwood Singers; his contribution to the ensemble was his fantastic bass voice.  The Greenwood Singers were prominent in Monrovia, and were managed by Mr. Jacob Brown; they played and entertained at major venues such as the Sack Towers, the Executive Pavilion, and the Pavilion Mamarina.Several years ago President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf decorated him during an impressive investiture ceremony at the Foreign Ministry.His children, Glen Smith, Yatta Smith, Dada Smith and Moses Bruce, predeceased him.Mr. William T. Bruce, Sr. is survived by his wife, Mrs. Myrtle Mason-Bruce; his children, Ernest Bruce, William T. Bruce, Jr., (Watchen) Musu Bruce, Willa Bruce, Alma Bruce, Wilfred Bruce, Johnnie Smith, Roderick Smith and William Gibson; his sister, Dr. Ayele Ajavon Cox; his brother, Moses Bruce; eight grandchildren, Delores Maxwell, Quadayou Bruce-Thomas, William T. Bruce, III, Casandra Bruce-Lawson, Carlos Bruce, Gabriel Bruce, Sadia Bruce, & Kwaku Bruce; six great grandchildren, Taeshana Bruce, Ceecee Bruce, Anna Thomas, Pia Maxwell, Elon Thomas, Peyton Lawson; and many other relatives.The remains of Mr. William T. Bruce, Sr. will be removed from the Samuel A. Stryker Funeral parlor on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. and taken to St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Camp Johnson Rd. for three hours of wake keeping, from 6-9 p.m.The requiem mass will commence at St. Thomas at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2015. Interment will follow immediately at the Episcopal Church Cemetery on the St. John’s Campus in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ViPeE Completes Hand Pumps Costing US$6K in Foya District

first_imgOne of several hand pumps constructed under management of VIPeE in one of the villagesMany towns and villages in Foya have started to benefit from safe drinking water through the construction of hand pumps in the district at a cost of US$6,000, as part of the Village People Empowerment Group (ViPeE) initiatives in Lofa County, according to ViPeE executive director Rudolf Janke.In a dispatch from Berlin, Germany, Mr. Janke noted that since 2010, safe drinking water was agreed upon by all stakeholders as a basic human right. However, he added that there are still numerous villages and settlements in rural Liberia which have not had access to safe drinking water for the past several decades.Mr. Janke said the ViPeE has been supporting the construction of wells with hand pumps in Foya District from 2008 to 2017 but there are still countless villages that do not have safe drinking water.He recalled that in May, 2018 three hand pumps were constructed in collaboration with Liberia Freunde of Germany and the German Embassy in Monrovia.Construction and installation work in Gbongoma, Borma, and Tuladu was organized and supervised by a rural water technician residing in Kolba City, Kolahun District, while the work was carried out by the villagers themselves, said Mr. Janke.He said a water manager will soon be nominated to collect monthly water fees from the beneficiaries and the funds will be used to finance repairs.Mural depicting VIPeE’s transformative activities, especially with providing safe drinking water in Foya DistrictHe also added that such small fees will buttress maintenance costs instead of depending perpetually on external support from foreign organizations.He disclosed that the German Embassy near Monrovia provided US$3,300 and the rest of the financial contribution came from members and associates of the VIPeE in Germany, United States and Liberia.He said everybody is aware that development cannot be sustainable without financial support from the community, district and the county and therefore officials of government in the sector should be aware of it.Mr.Janke said materials such as sand, gravel, and provided manpower to buttress the efforts of the water technician were mobilized in those villages.“Such independence or self-dependence gives everybody a good feeling in the struggle to replace the missing activities on the side of the government, local or regional as well as on the national level as it is in all societies where taxes are collected on a general level to finance the necessary infrastructure of education, health, communication, and mobility,” he explained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Appeal Court reduces jail term for convicted murder

first_imgConvicted: Clive KnightsThe Court of Appeal on Wednesday reduced the jail term of convicted murderer Clive Knights to 30 years imprisonment after the hearing into the case concluded before Chancellor of the Judiciary Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Justices Dawn Gregory and Rishi Persaud.The appeal was filed following his conviction in 2015 by a High Court jury for the murder of 44-year-old Bert Whyte, a former Assistant Secretary at the Guyana and Trinidad Mutual Life (GTM). Whyte was stabbed several times by Knights after he (Whyte), without consent, engaged in sexual acts with the convicted man whilst he was asleep. For the capital offence, Knights was sentenced to 57 years imprisonment by Justice Navindra Singh.The appeal was filled by Attorney-at-Law Dexter Todd earlier this year.The lawyer argued that Knights did not receive proper legal representation throughout his High Court trial which took place in 2015. Todd further contended that the evidence presented in the trial did not disclose any previous actions which prove that Knights intentionally committed the crime, but rather, revealed that his client was defending himself from being sexually assaulted, and thus, the conviction was not suitable.Prosecutor for the State, Sarah Gooding, in her address to the panel of judges, noted that Knight’s previous attorney did advise him that he could exercise the right to remain silent when the prosecution had closed their case against him. According to Gooding’s, Knights adhered to the advice and at no time indicated that he was not allowed to address the High Court in either an unsworn statement or by leading his defence.Police reports indicated that on May 12, 2014, Whyte, formerly of Phoenix Park, West Bank Demerara (WBD), along with Knights, had visited a bar where they began imbibing. Sometime after, the convicted murderer visited Whyte’s motorcar and fell asleep, in the midst of same, Knights was allegedly awaken to the now dead man performing sexual acts on him.Reports are it was then the murder convict armed himself with an ice picker and inflicted several stab wounds about Whyte’s body. Knights, after committing the act, fled the scene, whilst public spirited persons later rushed the victim to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he died while receiving medical attention.The convict was later apprehended and admitted to the crime, for which he will now serve a 30-year sentence term. A Post-Mortem Examination (PME) conducted on the body of Whyte revealed that he died from haemorrhage and shock due the perforation of the heart and lungs as a result of the stab wounds he sustained.Murdered: Bert Whytelast_img read more

Norris nets two as Senior Flyers even up season series with Grande Prairie

first_imgThe chippy game started off well for Fort St. John, as 4:31 into the first, the Flyers scored their first goal of the game, as Mike Lalonde scored on the power-play, producing a 1-0 home team lead.That lead was doubled roughly eight minutes later, as Senior Flyers’ captain, Dave Alexander, scored an even strength goal, producing a 2-0 Senior Flyers lead.Grande Prairie cut that lead in half with 1:38 left in the first, concluding the opening period with the scoreboard reading 2-1 in favour of the hometown Senior Flyers.- Advertisement -It was much of the same in the second, however the scoring came in the opposite order than the first. Grande Prairie tied the game at 2-2 with a power-play-goal of their own, 5:31 into the second.However, the remainder of the game belonged to the Senior Flyers, as Jeff Shipton, who has been on an absolute goal scoring tear lately, scored the go-ahead-goal at even strength 11:08 into the second, a goal that would go on to be the eventual game-winner.It was all Senior Flyers following Shipton’s goal, as Kole Norris scored with 1:45 left in the second, producing a 4-2 score in favour of Fort St. John.Advertisement With the third period beginning with a 4-2 Senior Flyers lead, it was all Fort St. John to close out the final frame. With a single goal from Rick Cleaver, and Kole Norris and Jeff Shipton each scoring their second of the evening, the Senior Flyers emerged victorious in dramatic fashion, beating the top team 7-2, while out-shooting the Athletics 30-23 in the process.Norris’ second goal of the game was described as the goal of the year for the Fort St. John Senior Flyers, going end-to-end, while undressing a number of Grande Prairie players.Troy Hunt got the start in net for the Senior Flyers Friday evening, making 21 saves for the win in between the pipes.The Senior Flyers will now board a bus to Spirit River, as they take on the Rangers Saturday evening.Advertisementlast_img read more

Rainfall warning issued for the B.C. Peace

first_imgHere is the official statement from Environment Canada,B.C. South Peace River 3:35 AM PDT Thursday 07 July 2011 Rainfall warning for  B.C. South Peace River issued Rain at times heavy is expected to develop tonight over the North Columbia, Kinbasket and B.C. South Peace River regions and Friday morning over the B.C. North Peace River.- Advertisement – This is a warning that significant rainfall is expected or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..Listen for updated statements. A low pressure system is forecast to develop over Central Alberta tonight. Moisture associated with the system is expected to spread over the North Columbia and Kinbasket regions tonight where amounts are expected to exceed 25 mm by midday Friday. Moisture will also spread over the Southern B.C. Peace tonight and then over the north on Friday. There remains some uncertainty with respect to rainfall amounts, but current forecasts indicate that southern sections could see 24 hour amounts approaching 50 mm by late Friday night. Rain is forecast to continue on Saturday but is expected to be lighter with additional amounts in the 10 to 20 range. Advertisementlast_img read more

Neymar, PSG left to pick up pieces as transfer saga ends

first_img0Shares0000Neymar is staying at Paris Saint-Germain after failing to get his desired move to Barcelona, but can he make a success of this season? © AFP/File / Lionel BONAVENTUREPARIS, France, Sep 3 – Neymar’s decision to join Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 was motivated by a desire to establish himself as the best player in the world, but a troubled time in the French capital has left the Brazilian at risk of wasting the best years of his career.The closure of the transfer window has finally brought to an end the lengthy saga surrounding the future of the world’s most expensive player, who will stay at PSG having failed to get the move back to Barcelona he craved. His former club could not complete a deal to rescue the 27-year-old from his apparent nightmare in Paris, with Neymar so determined to return that sports daily L’Equipe reported he offered to pay 20 million euros ($22 million) from his own pocket towards the fee.PSG paid 222 million euros ($264 million at the time) for his services, while committing reported wages of 36 million euros a year.Yet he has not done nearly enough at the Parc des Princes in two seasons marred by injuries and interrupted by off-field distractions.In August 2017, the desperation of PSG’s Qatari owners to win the Champions League appeared to fit with Neymar’s own obsession with emerging from Lionel Messi’s shadow and winning the Ballon d’Or.“I would love for us to meet in two years and see what his value will be compared to today. At least double,” said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi at the time.– Missing at key moments –However, since moving to the Parc des Princes, Neymar has appeared in barely half of his club’s matches.When he has played he has frequently been brilliant, scoring 51 goals in 58 games. He has won back-to-back league titles and one Ligue 1 player of the year award.But the Champions League is what really matters, and when it has really mattered in Europe he has been absent. Foot injuries saw him miss three of the four Champions League knockout matches the club have played since his arrival.Without him, they lost in the last 16 to Real Madrid in 2018 and then to Manchester United this year.After suffering a broken foot for the first time in February 2018, Neymar missed the rest of PSG’s season to be ready for the World Cup. Brazil went out in the quarter-finals.In January this year, Neymar fractured the same foot, missing the crunch part of PSG’s season during three more months out.He has since missed the Copa America with an ankle injury and was accused of raping a Brazilian woman at a Paris hotel in May — the case was dismissed in August by a Brazilian judge.Neymar has never learned French and has often appeared too busy with off-field distractions, including throwing lavish birthday parties and making a cameo appearance in his favourite Netflix series.– Good for the PSG brand? –He remains one of the biggest sporting celebrities on the planet, but he must put the last few months behind him quickly and deliver, otherwise there may well be nobody rich enough who is willing to take a chance on buying him next year.PSG supporters have made clear their unhappiness towards Neymar, yet those feelings can still change if he brings success on the pitch.In the boardroom, there is also the realisation of his commercial value — when Neymar arrived, Al-Khelaifi spoke of “a project of two brands: we’re associating the Neymar brand and the PSG brand.”They have since signed major sponsorship and endorsement deals with the likes of Nike, with Neymar’s presence alongside Kylian Mbappe playing a major role.Paris Saint-Germain’s believe that Neymar and Kylian Mbappe can build their brand © AFP / FRANCK FIFE“PSG are a young club who need a big media profile to help them develop. That is what Neymar has brought, just like Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) or (David) Beckham before him,” French sports marketing specialist Jerome Neveu told AFP.Ending the Neymar experiment might have allowed PSG to start afresh, although Mbappe and coach Thomas Tuchel had stated their wish that he stays.“I like Neymar, I want to keep playing with him, with Kylian and with everyone,” said Tuchel recently.Now all eyes will be on Neymar to see if he can put this episode to bed, although his three-game Champions League suspension means it may be some time yet before he makes any genuine impact.0Shares0000(Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgDDTV VIDEO COLUMN: This week Richard poses the question – what can you get for 20 cent? You’ll be surprised.Click to play!   DDTV: COME WINE WITH ME WITH RICHARD FINNEY, THE WINE BUFF was last modified: April 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: COME WINE WITH ME WITH RICHARD FINNEYTHE WINE BUFFlast_img

OFFICIAL! Reported Manchester City target released by Juventus

first_imgJuventus have confirmed the release of Dani Alves, paving the way for a possible reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.The 34-year-old Brazilian right-back, who played under Guardiola at Barcelona, announced earlier this week he was leaving the Serie A champions.City have been linked heavily with the player since releasing right-backs Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna at the end of last season.Alves only joined Juve last summer and leaves midway through a two-year contract. His single campaign in Turin was interrupted by a broken leg suffered last November but he returned to help the club to a Serie A and Coppa Italia double and reach the Champions League final.A statement on Juve’s official website read: “Juventus Football Club is to part company with Dani Alves after agreeing to a termination of the player’s contract.“Alves lifted two trophies in his single season in Turin, contributing to a third consecutive domestic league and cup double for the club before helping the team reach the UEFA Champions League final.“The Brazilian made a total of 33 appearances for the Bianconeri, having a hand in 12 goals (six goals, six assists), seven of which came in European matches.”Alves enjoyed two Champions Leagues and three LaLiga title successes under Guardiola at the Nou Camp.In all, he won 23 trophies over eight seasons with Barca before moving to Juve.A move to the Etihad Stadium would continue City’s summer revamp. The club have already confirmed the signings of goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica and midfielder Bernardo Silva from Monaco.City may also have another right-back on their radar having been linked with Tottenham’s Kyle Walker. 1 The 34-year-old is expected join up with former boss Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium last_img read more


first_imgPortsalon Golf ClubSubscription VoucherOne of the major golfing prizes of the year will be contested by Portsalon golf club members on Sunday 27th April with the main prize on offer of one year’s subscription at Portsalon Golf Club. The prize will reflect the category of the winner in 2014 golfing year i.e full, affiliate, student, country etc) In the event of a family member winning the prize they will be entitled to the equivalent of a single membership in either the full or country status In order to play in this major golfing event, members must have their membership paid or have an appropriate fee payment arrangement made with the club for their 2014 golfing fees Special Fundraising drawThe Portsalon Golf Club’s fundraising draw has been postponed until Saturday 3rd May. The tickets are priced at €20 and on offer are the following fantastic prizes. The winner will receive a four ball golfing trip to sunny Portugal (excluding flights) 2nd prize a year’s membership at Portsalon golf club and 3rd a weekend of golf at our twined Headford golf club. ResultsThe winner of the Wednesday open competition was Colm Mc Conigley (13) 42 points, runner up Ken Sharpe (25) 39 points, gross Pat Boyce (6) Rosapenna 29 points BOT, 3rd Peter Smith (11) Rosapenna 38 points. The CSS was 37 points.Playing in ideal weather conditions throughout the Easter period the there was a large turnout for the Easter open competitions. On Saturday 19th the club staged the Mc Cormick Pharmacy open competition and the winner was Colm Kelly (21) 42 points, runner up Donal Mc Cafferty (12) 41 points gross mick Mc Ginley (1) 35 points 3rd James Mc Cormick (19) 41 points, Visitor Garry Toal (16) 35 points. Best nines went to Fergal Overend and Paul Mc Intyre.The CSS was 36 points.On Sunday the winner of the open competition was Ryan Mc Gettigan (6) 42 points, runner up Hugh Mc Ginley (21) 42 points, gross Eamon mc Conigley ( 6) 33 points, 3rd Joe Harkin (20) 41 points, visitor M Crosley Malone.. On Monday the open winner was Ray Kennedy(28) with 41 points, runner up Martin Blaney (12) 39 points, gross Ryan Mc Gettigan (5) 29 points 3rd Colm Kelly (19) 39 points, visitor Joe Terry. The CSS was 36 points. The Captain Dermot Boyce and members of Portsalon Golf club would like to express their thanks to Mark Mc Cormick of Mc Mc Cormicks Pharmacy Milford for the generous sponsorship.Divot EveningA divot evening has been re-arranged for Thursday 1st May Why not come along and spend an evening with the green keepers assisting them in carrying out some divot repairs. Remember this is your course every little helps.Club MatchplayDetails for this season’s match play competitions singles and doubles has just been announced. Entries for bot competitions are now been taken in office. Terms and Conditions for Singles Matchplay Entry of 64 or more: 1st Prize a year’s subscription (Prize will be for the category of membership held in 2014 to a maximum of €480). If less than 64 entries then a Pro rata Reduction in prizes. Payment of entry fee €15 must accompany your entry. Last Date for Entry: 31st April 2014 @ 6pm. Entry fee for the doubles is €15 per team and again the last date for entry is 31st April 2014.Ulster Cup The Ulster Cup team under the direction of Shane Sandilands lead his team to Co Down and played Malone in the first leg first round match. The travelling team came away with an excellent result of two and half matches.Ulster FourballJohn Fitzgerald will lead his team to Clones for the return leg of the Ulster Four Ball. Following the first leg the match Portsalon will travel with a slender lead of three matches to two matches.Subscriptions The council wish to remind all members that their fees for the 2014 golfing year are now due. An early payment would be appreciated.Club Fundraising ClassicThe Portsalon Golf Club open fund raising classic has been scheduled for Saturday 3rd May. The event is a team of four with two scores counting.Locker RoomsOver the past few months a number of golfers are leaving their clubs and trollies in the locker room. Members should note that the locker rooms do not provide a secure lock up facilities for clubs or trollies and these should be removed. The club will not be responsible for any items stolen from the locker room.PlacingMembers and visitors should note that 6 inch placing on fairways only has been introduced a bit earlier than usual in order to allow the green staff carry out repairs to some of the fairways.On Line BookingMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comDivot BagsMembers and visitors please note that divot bags are now available on entry to the first tee box and should you forget there is another chance to pick up a bag on the second tee box. . Please ensure that you pick up a bag and assist with the course maintenanceGOLF NEWS – PORTSALON MEMBERS ‘SUBSCRIBE’ TO UNIQUE COMPETITION was last modified: April 25th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Portsalon Golf Clublast_img read more


first_imgSome of the cast going through their paces.A feast of music, dancing and comedy is in store at An Grianán Theatre from February 17-21 when Letterkenny Musical Society follow up their recent stunning performances of Annie, Oliver, Calamity Jane and Guys and Dolls with a spectacular production of the comedy musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’Although it features as one of its stars a man-eating plant, ‘Little Shop’ is far from the horror its title might suggest.Instead, with music from the same writing team who gave us Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid, it is a fun-filled comedy packed with terrific music and colourful characters. Famed for their amazing shows, Letterkenny Musical Society (LMS) have again pulled out all the stops with this year’s show and once more they have found fresh and exciting new talent to add to their experienced group of versatile performers.Auditions for the various roles began back in September and since then, the entire cast has been working on the forthcoming production that’s certain to be another show stopping success.Emile Rainey who plays the sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello with comedic genius, gets to grips with Seymour Krelborn played by Niall McDonagh, at a rehearsal for Letterkenny Musical Society’s production of Little Shop of Horrors in An Grianán Theatre from Feb 17-21.Under the keen eye of Director Billy Patterson and Producer Noel O’Donnell, the energetic and talented bunch of singers and actors have put together a stunning show that you really do not want to miss.Having previously played Mr Sowerberry the undertaker in Oliver and Francis Fryer in Calamity Jane, to huge acclaim, Niall McDonagh returns in the role of Seymour Krelborn who works in Mr Mushnik’s Flower Shop on Skid Row with his colleague Audrey. Ciara Gallagher who appeared in both Annie and Oliver and starred in Calendar Girls is delightful in the role of Audrey while Emile Rainey plays her sadistic dentist boyfriend Orin Scrivello with comedic genius.Fresh from his fantastic performance as Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls Chris Duddy is superb as Mr. Mushnik while Nicola Shields, Maria Rushe and Julianna Ayton bring a wealth of talent and experience to their roles as three drop-out school girls.Donal Kavanagh relishes his role as the voice of the plant ‘Audrey II’ and of course there are familiar faces aplenty in the other roles and chorus numbers.The super dancing for the show this time has been expertly put together under the guidance of Maire Kelly as choreographer.As usual the LMS have built the foundations for this superb show on excellent music and nothing has changed under new musical director Denise Roper. Of course early booking is advisable because recent LMS productions sold out in a flash.Tickets for this must-see musical are available by contacting the box office at An Grianán 0035374 9120777 or online at angrianan.comMUSICAL SOCIETY’S ‘LITTLE SHOP’ TO BRING COMEDY AND MUSIC TO AN GRIANAN was last modified: February 12th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:letterkennyLittle Shop of Horrorslast_img read more