Monday 21 August 2017
(Voice of America 06/14/13)
As the rainy season begins in West and Central Africa, meteorological experts are warning of above average rainfall, flash floods and overflowing rivers in the western Sahel. Aid agencies say that early preparation is key to reducing the risks associated with such natural disasters, as well as building up people’s resilience to deal with the aftermath. Experts from the African Center of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) say that rainfall in West and Central Africa could exceed 130 percent of normal precipitation this year. The chief of ACMAD’s Department of Climate and Environment, Andrea Kamga, said the monsoon rains are likely to begin close to the normal onset period - which is late June to early July in the western...
(The Newdawn Liberia 06/14/13)
The Liberia National Police is the foremost law enforcement agency, mandated by law, to detect crimes, apprehend offenders, prevent crime and disorder, maintain law and order and protect life, property and personal liberties. Its establishment was in consonance with Section 180, Chapter 13, Sub Chapter "A" of the Executive Law in the Liberian Code of Law, Volume 11 of 1955, reversed under Section 22.70 of the same Executive Law of 12th, June 1955. "There shall be established in the Ministry of Justice a National Police Force which will be headed by a Director, who shall be appointed by the president with the advice and consent of the Senate," according to the Executive Law. The Law also set the administrative structure...
(Heritage 06/14/13)
The Government of Liberia (GoL) through the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) says recent report by Global Witness that Liberian government is not enforcing its Forestry Law is baseless, “unfounded, downright, mischievous and irresponsible”. A recent report released by Global Witness claimed that the Liberian government has laws designed to ensure that those responsible for Liberia conflict timber trade are kept out of the timber sector, but pointed out that government was not enforcing these laws barring loggers who operated during Liberia's civil war. But addressing a press conference in response to the report, Acting Justice Minister, Cllr. Benedict Sannor, said the National Forest Reform Law (NFRL) does not expressly bar any individuals who were...
(New Democrat 06/14/13)
Government says it has finally secured a spot to construct $US60 million Ministerial Complex promised by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, Information Minister Lewis G. Brown announced in Monrovia Thursday at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing. The Government of the People’s Republic of China last year announced that it would help build a ministerial complex for the Liberian Government that would see about ten government Ministries being hosted into such a compound, but bickering over which area to carry out the construction work has been a setback for the project. But speaking to newsmen at Thursday’s press briefing, Information Minister Lewis Brown announced a breakthrough in the dispute, saying, “I want to inform you that...
(Heritage 06/14/13)
The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China accredited to Liberia, ZhaoJianhua, has said China’s fervent hope and prayer is for Liberia to remain peaceful and stable. Right now, China has 580 personnel mostly soldiers, officers and medic arranged in three companies of engineering, transportation and medical team with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) working to maintain peace in post-conflict Liberia. Speaking at news conference recently at the Chinese Embassy in Congo Town, outside Monrovia, Amb. Jianhua said China hopes that Liberia remains stable and maintains the peace to make further progress in its (Liberia) socio-economic development. He said China will continue to support Liberia’s position in the United Nations (UN) Security Council and the UN arena for...
(New Democrat 06/14/13)
A midst mounting criticisms of corruption within the judiciary, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Francis S. Korkpor, Sr. has warned magistrates to maintain independence and desist from collecting bond fees. Chief Justice Korkpor sounded the warning Thursday when he met with Stipendiary Magistrates and Associate Magistrates in Montserrado County at the Resource Center of the Temple of Justice. “No magistrates should collect bond fees. Cash bond fees should be paid at the bank and flag receipt of said payment brought to the court for the purpose of validating that the payment was done”, he said. The Chief Justice said magisterial courts serve representatives of the Judiciary and as such they were more accessible to the citizenry and they...
(The Newdawn Liberia 06/14/13)
Monrovia and its environs are being engulfed with heap of garbage since the resignation of the hardworking, but controversial acting City Mayor Madam Mary Broh about three months ago. Horrible smell in the capital is becoming an embarrassment to many residents, including members of the 53nd Liberian Legislature, who have alarmed here on the need to summon current acting Monrovia City Mayor Cllr. Henry Reed Cooper, to provide explanations on the situation, which portrays a negative image about the entire country. Nimba County Junior Senator Thomas Grupee alarmed Thursday at the Capitol about the filthy condition of the city, noting that since the departure of Madam Broh, Monrovia was rapidly sinking in dirt, which is not healthy for a capital...
(New Democrat 06/13/13)
The European Union (EU), and icipe in collaboration with the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), have signed agreements to establish an African central reference laboratory (CRL) for research and capacity building on bee health at icipe’s headquarters in Kasarani, Nairobi, and four bee health satellite stations in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia and Liberia. The EU is investing Euros 13.1 million (approximately Kshs 1.44 billion) in bee health, to improve food security in Africa. “As icipe has proved over the past 30 years, honeybees have a very significant role to play in improving the lives of millions of people, especially those living in marginalised areas, in Africa. Aside from honey products, bees also provide critical pollination services. However,...
(Front Page Africa Online 06/13/13)
Monrovia – On the eve of the 2011 presidential and legislative elections, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, suggested in a FrontPageAfrica interview that should voters elect her for a second term, it could mark the swan song for she and her loyal Vice President Joseph Boakai. Said Sirleaf: “Joe Boakai and I have stuck together. We stuck together for the first term, we’re sticking together again for the second term. We hope that God will give us the health and the strength for us to complete the second term and he and I will retire together. We will both leave public office and turn it over to the young people and go and rest ourselves. He will be with me right to...
(Front Page Africa Online 06/13/13)
A public policy report unveiled by the Liberia Institute for Public Integrity has alarmed that in the absence of a budget performance report, it is difficult to determine whether the $US55.3 million was actually spent on vehicles in Liberia, a country that is rated by Forbes Magazine as the second poorest country and the third saddest places to live in 2013. The LIPI report presents the amounts that have been budgeted and spent on vehicles (cars, Trucks, vans, SUVs, etc), also referenced in the 2012-2013 Budget as "Transportation Equipment." LIPI believes that one of the fundamental means to improve accountability and transparency is for Liberians to have a clear understanding of how much is collected in revenues by the Government...
(The Newdawn Liberia 06/13/13)
Debate has intensified in the Liberian Senate following a bill from the House of Representatives, seeking to outlaw same sex couples adopting children from Liberia. Despite international pressure for African governments to legalize same sex marriage in exchange for aids, gay marriage and lesbianism are unlawful here. A proposed legislation to amend chapter 4, sub-chapter C part 1&2 of the Domestic Relation Law seeks to forbid same sex couples (Gay or Lesbian) from adopting Liberian children. The bill, which was passed by the House of Representatives in 2011, is in compliance with Section 4.73 of the Hague Convention on the adoption of the child. It is expected to meet the concurrence of the Liberian Senate, but several Senators have expressed...
(New Democrat 06/13/13)
A fully owned Ghanaian Company, Ghana Growth Fund Company (GGFC) Limited has taken over Liberia Enterprise Development Finance Corporation (LEDFC). GGFC, a Pan-African group of companies partnered the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) of the United States in this bid. At an official launch of the acquisition, the Managing Director of GGFC, Kwame Ofori Asomaning pledged his company’s commitment to improve the Liberian economy by empowering Liberian businesses. He said many companies in Liberia do not have the funding to sustain their companies and that in such cases; GGFC will intervene to ensure that these companies remain operational with the agreement of paying back funds received to continue their businesses. Mr. Asomaning added that SME in Liberia lacks business best...
(Voice of America 06/13/13)
A team of officials from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is in Mali to assess the security and political situation in the approach to the country’s July 28 presidential election. Sonny Ugoh, the ECOWAS communications director, said the fact finding mission is part of the regional bloc’s plans to restore constitutional rule in Mali and maintain its territorial integrity. “This is consistent with the requirement of our protocol on democracy and good governance…,” Ugoh said. His comments came after Burkinabe’s foreign minister, Djibril Bassole, said the Malian government and ethnic Tuareg rebels had agreed “in principle” on a deal that would allow elections to take place next month and the army to return to the rebel-held city...
(New Democrat 06/13/13)
The disbanded AFL soldiers Wednesday left the Civil Law Court looking visibly frustrated after Solicitor General Betty Larmie Blamo dashed their hopes for more severance benefits, saying there were no U$48 million paybacks for them. Following the 14-year civil war in 2003, the Armed Forces of Liberia was disbanded and restructured under a peace agreement designed to restore sanity to the country. Over the years, government has reportedly dished out thousands of United States dollars to former soldiers and widows of dead soldiers who took to the streets of the capital, demanding benefits for services rendered the country. At some occasions, the intermittent protests nearly threatened national security to the extent that a western diplomat accredited near Monrovia issued a...
(The Newdawn Liberia 06/13/13)
Rivercess County Senator Dallas Advertus V. Gueh, has launched a stinking attack against the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Dr. Mill Jones, saying the CBL boss does not mean well for the people of Liberia.Senator Gueh made the assertion Tuesday, 11 June at the 37th sitting of the 2nd session of the Liberian Senate when its Committee on Banking and Currency briefed plenary on plans by the Central Bank to introduce coins on the Liberian market. “You see, we need take time on how we handle matters that have to do with the Senate before one day, we become a toothless bulldog,” Senator Gueh cautioned his colleagues during Tuesday’s plenary. The committee on banking and currency said...
(Front Page Africa Online 06/12/13)
Monrovia - The Governments of Liberia and Japan today signed a US$50 million agreement for the reconstruction and expansion of the Somalia Drive.The Somalia Drive is an important economic road link that stretches from the commercial sector of Red Light in Paynesville outside Monrovia to the economic sector of Freeport on the Bushrod Island. Monday’s signing ceremony followed a Detailed Design Agreement that was signed in March of this year between both governments. Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan signed on behalf of the Liberian Government while Naoto Nikai, Ambassador of Japan accredited to Liberia signed for his government. Speaking after the signing ceremony, Foreign Minister Ngafuan said, “We consider the Somalia Drive project a landmark because it is a major...
(The New Republic 06/12/13)
Devastated by years of fratricidal hellhole conflict, Liberia has, since the birth of this government, struggled in vein to get its energy sector back on standing feet to add impetus to ongoing efforts geared toward economic resuscitation. So also are other areas of development. The mount coffee hydro plant, the source of pre-war electric power boom, is only awash by unsavory surroundings. If not billions, it takes millions of dollars to fix it, a sum of money so colossal for Liberia to generate on its own. All of this seems scaring for President Sirleaf who has apparently given up, craving World Bank’s intervention. The New Republic, reports. The enormous and towering cost in addressing and getting power to Liberia has...
(The Newdawn Liberia 06/12/13)
New figures show that there are 386,000 out-of-school children in Liberia-an increase of 34,000 since data was last recorded in 2009, UNESCO said. According to UNESCO’s new data, the numbers of out-of-school children stagnate, while aid to basic education falls by 6% in a year. The statistics show that 57 million children were out of school in 2011, a drop of just two million from the year before. Compounding this problem for children around the world is a new data analysis showing that aid to basic education has decreased for the first time since 2002, UNESCO said. The new figures were released before a high-level discussion in New York on 11 June in support of the United Nations Secretary-General's Global...
(The Newdawn Liberia 06/12/13)
The Finance Ministry is emphasizing the need for cooperation with the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization or BIN in exerting pressure on both the Comptroller General and Judges at the temple of justice, regarding naturalization booklets. It is reported that Judges and Comptroller General are responsible to implement the legal documentation, while Immigration should issued the naturalization booklets-something which seems not to be the case at the moment. Mr. Henry M. Johnson, Principal Director, Sector Ministry Division, Department of Revenues at Finance Ministry said they have estimated that the revenue target should have been between US$200,000.00 to US$400,000.00 for the fiscal year 2012/2013. But regrettably, he said, they were paying storage fees of US$9,000.00 every month. He said the tax...
(Voice of America 06/12/13)
Ghana has arrested more than 100 Chinese nationals accused of illegally mining gold in that country. Zambia seized a Chinese coal mine in February over safety concerns. And Gabon is planning to take back assets from three foreign oil companies - including one from China. These moves and others have some analysts pointing to a backlash against Chinese investment on the continent. While experts say the China-Africa honeymoon may be over, divorce is not likely. China became Africa's top trade partner in 2009. Bilateral trade hit nearly $200 billion in 2012. Some Africans believe they are getting the short end of the stick, however, as they export valuable natural resources to China without receiving much in return by way of...

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