Monday 25 September 2017
(Voice of America 09/22/17)
Democracy is strengthening not just in Liberia, but across West Africa, the president of Liberia says. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who made history by becoming the first elected female head of state in Africa, now is intent on making history again: by ensuring that Liberia's election next month succeeds and, for the first time in 73 years, one elected leader hands off power to another. Johnson Sirleaf spoke to VOA's Peter Clottey on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly this week. She said she is confident the election will be free and credible. "Our elections commission have already established their credibility in three by-elections that have taken place, which the citizens accepted," she said...
(The Newdawn Liberia 09/22/17)
The House of Representatives has passed a Financing Agreement Act between the Government of Liberia and the International Development Association. The US$40,000,000 agreement seeks to upgrade and rehabilitate a 4.5km ELWA to Redlight Road, including the construction of an intersection at ELWA, thus completing the Monrovia through Gbarnga to Ganta Highway. Speaking in session Thursday, 21 September, the House’s Chairman on Ways, Means and Finance Rep. Prince K. Moye reported that the instrument is also geared towards ensuring that there is constant maintenance of the Monrovia - Gbarnga - Ganta Highway over the period of ten years. He says in addition, it is intended to support the government of Liberia’s effort in reducing the cost of road transportation from Monrovia...
(Daily Observer 09/22/17)
The bad condition of the road leading to the landfill dump site in Wein Town, Bernard Farm in Paynesville, is affecting the regular collection and disposal of garbage, according to the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC). This has led to garbage literally taking over the city of Paynesville, which could cause serious sanitation problems and health hazard if not attended to promptly, an official said. Deputy site manager Suluteh Horace told journalists on Friday that reaching the site with their dump...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will...
(The Newdawn Liberia 09/20/17)
Opposition Liberian People’s Party (LPP) presidential candidate Dr H. Boima Fahnbulleh claims that the basic problem facing Liberia today is not corruption, but the high wave of indiscipline in society. He told a crowd recently in Montserrado County District #8 that most of those that are talking about corruption are people who have not been tested, or exposed to the country’s money. Yet he vows to set up a commission of inquiry to prosecute corrupt officials for stolen wealth from...
(The Newdawn Liberia 09/20/17)
Coalition for Democracy Change or CDC is rallying partisans, supporters and sympathizers for a complete lockdown of Liberia to mark the close of its political campaign here on 9 October.Coalition Vice Chairman for Operations, Mulbah Morlu says serious mechanisms are being put in place for a total lockdown of the country. The National Elections Commission sets October 9, for the close of campaign across Liberia for the ensuing October 10, 2017 Presidential and Representatives elections. Morlu, who is seeking the...
(Gnn Liberia 09/20/17)
Ms. Monica Bhatia, Head of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes is visiting Liberia as guest of the Liberia Revenue Authority. (LRA While in Liberia Ms. Monica Bhatia is expected to meet with the Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai, Coordinator of the Cabinet, Minister Fredrick Cherue, President of the Liberia Bankers Association, Hon. John Davis and other key stakeholders. The meetings will centered around Liberia’s Roadmap for preparing for the second round of the...
(The Patriotic Vanguard 09/20/17)
This report is a continuation of the coverage of the Liberian presidential election, which is scheduled for October 10, 2017. On July 31, the Liberian National Elections Commission, (NEC), announced the opening of campaign for political parties and independent candidates certified to contest the 2017 elections. On August 19, the Coalition for Democratic Change, CDC, had its official launch in Montserrado County, the nation’s largest county. That rally, as reported, was an Amanda for change. Like CDC, the respective rallies...
(Liberian Observer 09/19/17)
Nimba County District #7 lawmaker Worlea S. Dunah has predicted that the opposition Liberty Party (LP) will finish 6th place at the October polls. Dunah, a lawmaker loyal to the Unity Party (UP), made his prediction on the grounds that Liberty Party finished 3rd in 2005 and 4th in 2011, for which Senator Prince Johnson at the time referred to the LP as a “backward movement.” Sen. Johnson went on to say the 2011 elections results showed that the Liberty Party is not progressing, which indicates that the party has lost relevance in Liberian politics. Representative Dunah said apart from the Coalition for Democratic Change
(Liberian Observer 09/19/17)
The USAID-Land Governance Support Activity (LGSA) chief of party has said that Liberia’s land sector needs to be addressed in an appropriate manner in order to prevent potential land conflicts. Dr. Yohannes Gebremedlin said government also has to put in place adequate policies and a proper legal framework to peacefully handle land related crises. Dr. Gebremedlin, who has worked in the land sector in many countries around the world, made the assertion last Friday in his address during a one-day...
(Daily Observer 09/18/17)
Barely days after a high-level delegation from the United States-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) concluded a robust observation mission in the country — commending election stakeholders as well as proffering many recommendations to ensure a peaceful and transparent electoral process — another international election observer mission has made its presence known in the country. The European Union (EU) last Thursday deployed an Election Observation Mission (EU-EOM), comprising 20 long-term observers to the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for October 10. The EU-EOM deputy chief observer, Alessandro Parziale, said at a press conference in Monrovia that
(AfricaNews 09/18/17)
Libya’s rival leader Khalifa Haftar has met with Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso in Brazzaville where he expressed faith in the African Union to solve Libya’s crisis. He visited the Central African country on Saturday, a week after the 4th African Union high level committee meeting on Libya chaired by Sassou Nguesso. “The AU has conducted mediations which I consider a duty to help the Libyan people, unlike other mediations by Western countries who intervene only for their own interest...
(Gnn Liberia 09/18/17)
Liberian leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has departed the country to attend the main and marginal activities relating to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the United States of America. According to an Executive Mansion release, the President departed the country on Sunday, September 17, 2017 and is expected to be away from September 18 – October 2, 2017. Meanwhile, the Hon. Attorney-General and Justice Minister, Cllr. Frederick Cherue will serve as Coordinator of...
(Daily Observer 09/18/17)
The cross-border security personnel of two countries known to be hubs for Trafficking in Persons (TIPs) have recommitted themselves to be more effective in the fight to prevent human trafficking. The border joint security of Liberia and Sierra Leone have also vowed to collaborate with the National Task Force on Human Trafficking from both countries, along with civil society organizations, to build an operative multi-lateral response to shutdown the networks of the TIPs, including when a victim is recruited by...
(Front Page Africa Online 09/18/17)
The High Level Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (TGF) Delegation has concluded an eight day official mission to Liberia. The mission occurred, from 6 to 13 September 2017, in the context of negotiating, and finalizing new grant allocations for the country intended to accelerate progress towards building Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health (RSSH). For this, the Global Fund has allocated US$65.7 million for response to HIV/TB, Malaria and Health System Strengthening. The High level Global Fund...
(Gnn Liberia 09/18/17)
A young Liberian communications professional, Johnetta Arthur, is on a mission to ensure that Liberian children born unto parents who are not married or have separated or divorced are fully supported and protected by both parents, and in cases where there is one absentee parent, a legal or biding obligation for child support should be established. One of the kid assisted by the organization in ensuring her father supports her Over the past few months, Ms. Arthur has been working...
(Front Page Africa Online 09/18/17)
The Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) in a time sensitive manner on Thursday, September 14, 2017, through a deployed section of the Liberian Coast Guard (LCG), successfully ferried approximately 200 trapped individuals, mainly children, women and the elderly, who had been cutoff in a flooded Dennisville Community in Central Kakata City. According to the LCG Commander, water and food are urgently needed for those trapped in the flooded areas. The move by the rescue team was an immediate intervention in...
(The Guardian 09/18/17)
Anna Jones says that, through selling its cocoa cheaply, Africa is exporting its wealth overseas; while Sue Banford claims that the soya moratorium in the Amazon has done nothing to halt deforestation. Only the final paragraph in your article on cocoa farming causing deforestation in Ivory Coast (Forests pay price for world’s taste for cocoa, 14 September) mentioned the most fundamental thing – the farmer’s livelihood, or lack of it. The low value of his (or more likely her) crop...
(APA 09/15/17)
The European Union (EU) has deployed an Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to observe the October 10 Presidential and House of Parliament elections. Presently, the EU EOM has deployed 20 long-term observers, consisting of election, political, legal, human rights and gender, finance and data analysts, in the 15 counties of Liberia. “This election is a historic moment,” said the EU, noting that it will “monitor the process without interfering or supervising”. The EU Election Observers come from 20 different Member States of the Union. They will stay in Liberia beyond the election day.

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