Thursday 17 August 2017
(APA 08/17/17)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has acknowledged the impressive partnership between Liberia and Carter Center, noting that the American institution has been a great friend to Liberia and its people. The Liberian leader made the commendation on Wednesday, when she received in audience the Chief Executive Officer of Carter Center, retired Ambassador Mary Ann Peters at her Foreign Ministry Office in Monrovia. Madam Peters, who is on a week-long visit to Liberia as guest of Carter Center Liberia Office, led a seven-member delegation to the office of the Liberian President. According to an Executive Mansion statement, President Sirleaf welcomed the delegation to Liberia and assured that her government was keen on helping to make their mission...
(Gnn Liberia 08/16/17)
Since it was rumored a week ago, that the Liberian President and former standard bearer of the ruling Unity Party (UP), Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was against the presidential bid of Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, and that the President was supporting the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of Senator George Weah, this rumor was denied by the Presidential Press Secretary, Mr. Jerolinmek Piah recently during a news conference. But this time, the standard bearer of the CDC, Senator George Manneh Weah has loosen ‘The Cat from The Bag’, saying the President is totally in support of his presidential bid, and that he and the President (Ellen Johnson Sirleaf) has what he called, a “Cordial Relationship”, and further said the Vice...
(Gnn Liberia 08/16/17)
In my line of work, it is all too rare to observe great progress. But that is what I found in Liberia two weeks ago. The previous time I had visited, in 2004, the effects of the terrible war were everywhere. I was moved to see what has been achieved since then, which is largely due to the government and people, with vital support provided by the United Nations Mission in Liberia. However, the progress notwithstanding, there is a great...
(Front Page Africa Online 08/16/17)
Liberia’s former Minister of Finance and Economic Planning has warned that Liberians could pay a high price for tribal bigotry being exhibited ahead of the upcoming Presidential and legislative elections. Addressing a Conference of the Federation of Liberian Mandingos in the United States of America at the weekend, Amara Konneh, currently the Manager of Global Fragility, Conflict, Violence and Forced Migration Hub at The World Bank Group in Nairobi, Kenya said those pushing the tribal and ethnic line could face...
(The Newdawn Liberia 08/16/17)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a condolence message to the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma following heavy overnight rains that triggered a mudslide and flood on the outskirts of Freetown, that led to the deaths of over three hundred persons and injury to several hundred others early Monday morning, August 14, 2017. Hheavy overnight rains triggered a mudslide and flood in the Regent area on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown early...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/10/17)
A British explorer for mineral resources in Africa will on Thursday become the first venture of its kind to be listed on London's AIM market for growing companies, its CEO said. Following the recovery of the mining sector from a commodity price crash in 2015-16, a handful of new companies have listed. But smaller exploration companies known as project generators, which find assets but sell them on or agree joint ventures to develop them, have generally preferred the Canadian or...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal...
(The New Republic 08/08/17)
The National AIDS Commission (NAC) launches HIV testing and counseling awareness as means of combating the fight against the virus. The awareness targets Montserrado, Bong, and Grand Bassa counties because these counties are highly at risk constituting 2.7 percent of the HIV prevalence. Speaking Monday at the commission's office in Monrovia, NAC communications director Lincoln Reeves said the commission is launching awareness on HIV testing and counseling because it is the gateway to all HIV and AIDS services that are...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be...
(APA 08/03/17)
The warning to the election outfit and President Sirleaf pledging to campaign for female legislative candidates dominate the headlines of Liberian newspapers on Thursday. The local NGO, Election Coordinating Committee (ECC), has called on the National Elections Commission to execute all phases of the electoral process in a transparent manner in order to instill confidence in the overall electoral process. Addressing a press conference in Monrovia on Wednesday, the Chairman of the ECC, Oscar Bloh, commended the NEC for releasing...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year,...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys...
(The Associated Press 08/01/17)
Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is urging peaceful elections as candidates begin campaigning to replace the Nobel Peace Prize winner who has led the West African country through the Ebola crisis and recovery from civil war. Among those running in the Oct. 10 election are her vice president and two of the men she faced during Liberia's last vote in 2011. In a radio broadcast late Monday, the 78-year-old Sirleaf urged political leaders to put Liberia first and control the...
(Front Page Africa Online 08/01/17)
The Defense Attaché to the Chinese Embassy in Liberia, Senior Colonel Zhang Gan, says the China-Liberia military relations has been growing in recent years and his country will continue to strengthen the friendship in taking the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) to a higher level. Col. Zhang recalls that the National Defense of China has been providing AFL with some necessary assistance such as training, personnel engineering technique training and logistic support. The Chinese Defense Attaché spoke Friday, July 28,...
(Vanguard 08/01/17)
Liberia’s 20 presidential candidates, including a former warlord, footballer George Weah and a former fashion model, started campaigning Monday to succeed Africa’s first female head of state in October’s election. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is stepping down and there is no obvious frontrunner to lead the fragile west African state. The Nobel Prize-winning Sirleaf was elected to run in 2005 following a long civil war which left deep scars on Liberia’s economy and social fabric. Elections for the presidency and House...
(Front Page Africa Online 08/01/17)
The standard bearer of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) says the decision of the Supreme Court of Liberia to open the political field for everyone to contest has made the democracy of the country stronger than ever before. Dr. Jones: "The decision of the Supreme Court has made our democracy stronger, the court has said 'no' to marginalization and has open the process so that the Liberian people can chose from among the full range of candidates including individuals...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands...
(AFP (eng) 07/31/17)
Twenty candidates will contest presidential elections in Liberia in October, among them a former warlord, a footballer and a fashion model, as Ellen Johnson Sirleaf steps down after two terms, the electoral commission said Monday. There is no obvious frontrunner to replace the Nobel Prize-winning Sirleaf as head of the fragile west African state she was elected to lead in 2005 following a long civil war, one that has left deep scars on its economy and social fabric. Elections for...

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