Tuesday 24 October 2017
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) - The African Union (AU) will on Thursday endorse reports and recommendations on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (ARWE) made by experts and senior officials in a meeting held on Monday and Tuesday. The endorsement will take place during the ministerial session of the AU’s Specialized Technical Committee on ARWE that opened on Thursday in Addis Ababa under the theme “Improve environmental sustainability and transform agriculture to ensure food and nutrition security.” These include policy papers and reports on agriculture, rural development, water and environment and recommendations and guidance on issues in the 2063 Africa Development Agenda, including agriculture, environment, climate change, and youth engagement. Among the points chosen for the discussions are the assessment of...
(AFP (eng) 10/04/17)
Liberia's female politicians profess near-universal respect for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as she steps down after 12 years as president -- but many also say the glass ceiling that Africa's first female leader cracked remains firmly in place. Sirleaf, 78, will not run in October 10's presidential election after a constitutionally mandated two terms. In 2005, she unexpectedly swept the country's first vote after a brutal civil war, and during her time in office the fragile peace has held. But "Ma Ellen", as she is known at home, is the first to admit her tenure has failed to deliver meaningful representation for women in Liberian political life. "We haven't worked hard enough for parity," she said in a recent CNN interview...
(APA 10/03/17)
APA-Monrovia (Liberia) - The women of Liberia are observing 15 days of countrywide fasting and supplication for next week's crucial general election to pass off peacefully. The fasting which began last week will end on the eve of the country’s historic elections, the lead up to which has been characterized by campaign violence. Women of all faiths have been camping in the open in Monrovia and other public spaces across Liberia to fast and brandish banners discouraging further violence and preaching the need for continuing peace and stability. “Don’t Touch our Peace” read a banner perched on the grounds...
(AFP (eng) 09/29/17)
Government shutdowns of the internet have cost sub-Saharan Africa about $237 million since 2015, according to a study released Friday, as authorities increasingly implement planned disruptions. At least 12 countries have had internet shutdowns, often before elections or when protests erupt, with mobile internet networks most recently suspended in Togo during opposition demonstrations. "Internet disruptions, however short-lived, undermine economic growth, disrupt the delivery of critical services, erode business confidence, and raise a country’s risk profile," the CIPESA report said. The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) released its...
(Bloomberg 09/27/17)
Studio 189, a label founded by actress Rosario Dawson and fashion executive Abrima Erwiah, is reinvesting in its African roots. It’s hard enough to build a fashion brand, let alone an empire. Rare is the person who makes a mission of using fashion to build communities. Such is the case with Studio 189, a label founded by longtime friends Abrima Erwiah (formerly a marketing executive at Bottega Veneta) and Rosario Dawson (an enduring star most recently seen in Netflix’s Marvel franchise). “The idea is to produce everything in local markets,” says Erwiah. “Particularly in Africa, particularly in Ghana.” The founders set up the company in partnership with the United Nations’ Ethical Fashion Initiative, which also works with such socially conscious...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/26/17)
Israel’s Elbit Systems Ltd said on Tuesday it won a contract worth $240 million to provide a wide array of defense electronic systems to an unnamed country in Africa. The contract, which will be carried out over a two-year period, is comprised of Directed Infra-red Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems to protect aircraft from shoulder fired missiles, based on passive infrared systems, and includes missile warning systems, radio and communication systems, land systems, mini-unmanned air systems and helicopters upgrade.
(APA 09/25/17)
The campaign violence and the killing of three Liberian women in Canada dominate the headlines of Liberian newspapers on Monday. Several persons last Saturday sustained injuries at the official campaign rally of Montswerrado County Electoral District #3 Unity Party Representative Candidate C.D. Barshell. The event, which started on a good note became bloody when incumbent Representative Bill Twahway, led his supporters towards Barshell's office with another rally, resulting to violent confrontation. The Daily Observer newspaper published this story as its front page banner headline under the caption: Rival Campaign Violence Leaves Dozens Wounded...Properties Damaged on Both Sides. The NEWS newspaper also published this story as its front page banner headline under the title: Don't Provoke Violence...Weah Cautions CDCians. Family members,...
(Voice of America 09/25/17)
African first ladies and activists hailed progress that some governments on the continent are making on gender equality. They met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “We used to have 23 percent female representation in parliament but, with the stroke of a pen it went up to 48 percent. So, we managed to double our female representation with that decision,” said Namibia’s first lady Monica Geingos at a roundtable invitation-only event co-hosted by the Global First Ladies Alliance (GFLA) and Facebook. Geingos credited the quota enacted by the ruling SWAPO party of her husband, President Hage Geingob. But she said a similar quota might be needed for Namibia’s private sector, where only 10 to...
(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. "There were no major complaints...
(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 trucks has become difficult due to the awful condition of the road. As a result, their dump trucks are unable to reach the site to dispose of collected garbage, he said. "This will cause problems for people within this environment...
(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 to chikungunya, thrives in warmer climates than its malaria-carrying cousin, known as Anopheles, say researchers at Stanford University. In sub-Saharan Africa, this means malaria rates could rise in cooler areas as they heat up, but fall in hotter places that...
(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 guarantee minimum sales volumes of the new combination pills using dolutegravir, a so-called integrase inhibitor that avoids the drug resistance that often develops with older treatments. In return the drugmakers, India-based Mylan Laboratories and Aurobindo Pharma, will agree the maximum...
(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 as far back as the 1990s when he is elected president, calling them “thieves who stole the Liberian people’s money.” The LPP candidate, who dreams of winning this year’s presidential election scheduled for 10 October, argues that a society cannot...
(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 representative seat for Montserrado County Electoral District#10, says the all-day’s event will commence with a parade throughout the Capitol, with two separate venues being set for standard bearer George Weah to address his supporters. He names the headquarters of 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 Peer Review of Liberia which pertains to the implementation of standards for the Exchange of Tax Information on request, Tax Transparency, Promoting Tax Cooperation, the Automatic Exchange of Information and the importance of Liberia passing the second Reer Review in...
(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 of the Liberty Party, and the All Liberian Party are all calling for change, change from the ruling Unity Party (UP), which has ruled Liberia since 2006. UP, on the other hand, vows to continue with its government policies. Launching...
(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 training for the Association of Judicial Reporters (AJUR). The training, held at the offices of the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) in Monrovia, was intended to improve journalists’ reporting on the Criminal Conveyance of Land Law passed in 2014. The LSGA’s...
(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

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