| Africatime
Sunday 23 April 2017
(The New Republic 05/17/13)
Liberia has officially launched activities marking the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Organization of African Unity/African Union (OAU/AU) with the lighting of the AU Anniversary Touch. Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan performed the ceremony Monday, May 13, 2013 in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Capitol Hill. The event saw members of the diplomatic corps and officials of multi-national organizations, public officials and some student representatives in attendance who gathered to witness Liberia’s version of the observance of the Golden Jubilee of the OAU that was founded in 1963. The OAU was later renamed into the AU in 2002. Minister Ngafuan used the occasion to disclose the Government’s lined-up activities to commemorate the event:...
(The New Republic 05/17/13)
Liberia has been elected to the newly formed African Political Parties Council during a two-day conference held in Khartoum, Sudan. Liberia was represented at the conference by the Congress for Democratic Change, which happens to be Liberia's leading opposition political party, through its Vice Chairman for Operations, Mr. Mulbah K. Morlu, Jr. Major political parties from 34 African Countries formed part of the conference which agreed to the formation of a continental body -The Council of African Political Parties - as a platform for a more active engagement in the continent's social, economic and political initiatives and challenges. A statement said the First Constitutive Conference of the Council of African Political Parties conference (held in Khartoum from April 27-28, 2013)...
(New Democrat 05/17/13)
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated 2,000 low cost compact light bulbs to the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) for onward donation to low income customers free of charge. USAID’s Deputy Mission Director, Kimberly Rosen, represented her organization at the handing over ceremony Tuesday in Monrovia, while LEC’s general manager, Mr. Shahid Mohammed, received the bobs on behalf of the electricity company. “The United States Government has donated 2,000 low cost Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (“CFL”) to the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) for distribution to low income business and residents here in Monrovia,” Madam Kimberly told journalists in Monrovia Tuesday at the turning over program. Both USAID and LEC officials also signed a memorandum of understanding at the...
(The New Republic 05/17/13)
Education Officers, Teachers, Principals and LETCOM at the workshop Stakeholders of Liberia’s educational sector working in the thick of enhancing a policy document titled “The Early Childhood Development” (ECD), intended to address and highlight issues surrounding early childhood education in Liberia have noted challenges being faced. The lead actor in the development of the ECD is the Liberia Education Technical Committee (LETCOM), an institution that pays attention to the education needs of Liberians at all levels. At present, LETCOM is holding talks with communities across Liberia with the hope of advancing and inculcating the idea and transcending beyond Monrovia where most of government-driven educational issues are focused. As per the policy, the community in collaboration with stakeholders will establish a...
(Front Page Africa Online 05/17/13)
The Plenary of Liberia's House of Representatives have been asked to invite the Director of the Executive Protection Service (EPS) to answer to questions of terroristic threat against Journalists. Two separate communications were written by Representatives Munah Pelham Youngblood (CDC-District #9 Montserrado County) and Richmond Anderson (LP-District #12 Montserrado County). Defending their letter in separate comments, Anderson who chairs the house committee on Communication said, his letter was intended to hear from Mr. Warrick to find a way to solve the problem between the Press Union of Liberia and the Executive branch of government. Said Anderson: "I believe with the way things are going on between the executive and the media; it has the propensity to derail our peace, if...
(Huffingtonpost 05/16/13)
Most governments, even repressive ones, at least give lip service to supporting freedom of the press--especially on World Press Freedom Day, May 3. But in Liberia this month, Othello Daniel Warrick, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s chief security aide, shocked local journalists by threatening them and calling them “terrorists” at a public event to mark the occasion, according to news reports and local media groups. Warrick’s threats set off a firestorm of protest which has yet to subside. Although he has since backpedaled and some government officials have spoken up to reaffirm their commitment to press freedom, the media are imposing a blackout on coverage of the presidency, which they insist they will uphold until Sirleaf herself speaks out. Warrick--the head...
(New Democrat 05/16/13)
British Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned Liberia and Sierra Leone for the lack of transparency in the two sister countries for not allowing mineral wealth to develop them. "We ... need to make sure that mineral wealth in developing countries becomes a blessing, not a curse. It is to the shame of the whole world that a lack of transparency allowed the illicit diamond trade to fuel appalling conflicts in Sierra Leone and Liberia," Cameron writes. The British Prime Minister added: "Today, we have a duty to make sure that resource wealth does not fuel conflict, corruption and crime," he writes. This is coming at the time human cost of Liberia's two civil wars and the related conflict in...
(The Newdawn Liberia 05/15/13)
Four of the counts alleged that he had “otherwise interfered” with Prosecution witnesses who had testified against Mr. Taylor to recant their testimonies. A three-member panel of the Sierra Leone Special Court Appeals Chamber Tuesday dismissed the appeal by Prince Taylor against his contempt conviction and 2-1/2 year prison sentence due to late filing of the appeal submissions by his counsel. The panel, consisting of Justice Emmanuel Ayoola (presiding), Justice Renate Winter and Justice Jon Kamanda, noted that the Defense had filed its Notice of Appeal on 22 February 2013 unaccompanied by the appeal submissions, which is contrary to the procedure set out in the Practice Direction. The submissions were only filed with the Court three weeks later. Justice Winter,...
(The Newdawn Liberia 05/15/13)
The former Chairman of the National Investment Commission, Dr. Richard Tolbert has disclosed that Liberia as a country spends over US$200 million on the nation’s stable food, rice importation annually. Dr. Tolbert said such expenditure is a total waste and huge financial blow to an already struggling country. Speaking to the New Dawn Sunday in Monrovia following the commemoration of the 100th birth anniversary of his slain uncle, former President William Richard Tolbert, Jr. in Bentol City, outside Monrovia, Dr. Tolbert said, the late president’s rice policy was best for the country. Dr. Tolbert, a doctorate holder of law, emphasized that the country’s rice policy designed by the former president was unique for the Liberian people, especially for its production...
(The Newdawn Liberia 05/15/13)
At Monday’s (May 13, 2013) memorial service marking the 100th birth anniversary of Liberia’s 19th President Dr. William R. Tolbert, Jr. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf recounted numerous memorable services of the late President to the country. During his term of office from July 23, 1971, to April 12, 1980, President Sirleaf reflected that the late President Tolbert was not merely a leader of the country, and a father to many Liberians, but also a symbol of Liberia’s national development. From being elected in 1943 as Representative on the ticket of the only existing political party, the True Whig, Dr. Tolbert was later elected Vice President to William V.S. Tubman, in 1955. Having served the Vice President position for 19 years, Tolbert...
(Voice of America 05/14/13)
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council pointed Monday to the connection between terrorism in Africa and organized crime, and called for a strengthened global response. The 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted a statement declaring its deep concern for what it calls the increasing violence perpetrated by armed groups, the number of which, it said, are growing in several regions and sub-regions of Africa. The council approved the statement during a discussion of the fight against terrorism in Africa. In expressing its concern about the connection between terrorism and transnational organized crime, and with illicit activities such as drugs, arms and human trafficking, the Security Council urged enhanced coordination to strengthen a global response. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told...
(New Democrat 05/13/13)
PUL President Peter Quaqua has expressed grave disappointment over President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s continuous silence on the disparaging threats made against journalists by the Director of her Executive Protective Service (EPS) Prompting them to impose wide-ranging media sanctions against her, including a blackout on her activities and withdrawal of African editors’ honor from her unless she publicly responds to the threats. According to Mr. Quaqua, President Johnson Sirleaf’s failure to publicly comment on the matter appears to be giving tacit support to Director Daniel Othello Warrick’s threats against journalists, adding: “She continues to remain silent on this grave issue that has questioned her promise for democracy through press freedom. “Silence means consent.” At the celebration of the World Press Freedom...
(New Democrat 05/13/13)
A new report released by the World Bank places Liberia amongst the world’s fastest growing economies. Liberia’s latest upward movement amongst the world’s top economies, according to Madam Shanta Davaranja, World Bank’s Chief Economist for Africa, comes as a result of recent discovery and development of natural resources in the economies of said countries as well as direct foreign investments. “In 2012, about a quarter of African countries grew at 7 percent or higher and a number of countries, notably Sierra Leone, Niger, Cote’ d’Ivoire, Liberia, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Rwanda, are amongst the fastest growing in the world” Madam Devaranja disclosed in Monrovia Monday through a video conference gathering that received huge attention across the globe. “Economic growth in...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/10/13)
Africa's economic development is being held back by a "hemorrhage" of illicit financial flows, which may be getting worse, the African Development Bank said on Friday, calling for reforms to stem the losses. A draft report to be presented at the AfDB's annual meeting in Morocco later this month shows net resource outflows from Africa totaling up to $1.4 trillion over the 30-year period to 2009, far exceeding inflows to the continent. Illicit financial flows were "the main driving force" behind $1.2-1.3 trillion of the three-decade net drain, it said. This is about four times Africa's current external debt and almost equivalent to its current GDP. "The trend is continuing, it could even be increasing," AfDB Chief Economist Mthuli Ncube...
(The 1847 Post 05/08/13)
The visit of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, with a delegation of 45, to Indonesia marks the highest level of cooperation between Indonesia and Liberia since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1965. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono welcomed Sirleaf, the first- Liberian president to visit Indonesia, in a state ceremony at the Merdeka Palace on Monday. The two state leaders and relevant officials conducted bilateral discussions after the ceremony, which resulted in the signing of two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on trade promotion and industry capacity enhancement. “We have agreed to improve cooperation in the sectors of agriculture, fisheries and maritime affairs. We also want to cooperate to improve the productivity of rice and other agricultural commodities,” Yudhoyono told...
(The 1847 Post 05/08/13)
As Liberian civil society organizations continue to protest the role of Mr. James Sirleaf, son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in the highly publicized MOTC vs Ducor Petroleum legal debacle, many Liberian see President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as still pursuing what is being described by her critics as an insensitive and dangerous family and confidant style of governing Liberia oil resources. There is a real feeling among supporters of the Sirleaf Administration, that left unchecked, the President’s sons might undermine her legacy by allowing themselves to be mis-used by businesses seeking political access in Liberia for a quick buck. In a last ditch effort to save the company from another accounting scheme; MOTC recently selected Mr. James Sirleaf to head...
(New Democrat 05/08/13)
Two United Nations peacekeeping missions and the Governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia Friday agreed to mutually reinforce security along the border in light of recent attacks against neighboring villages and towns, and to conduct joint riverine and land border patrols. The quadripartite discussion in Monrovia - which included representatives from the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) - were meant to assist the security of the region, as well as to address the sources of conflict, such as reconciliation, the return of refugees and distribution of humanitarian aid. During the meeting, the UN and Government representatives “vehemently condemned” the recent attacks, including an attack last month by armed elements in Petit Guiglo,...
(New Democrat 05/08/13)
Monrovia was abuzz with the spectacular display of security might Friday morning when columns of heavily armed police officers were deployed into the streets ahead of Friday’s civic protests that have caused nervousness in the country. There was a mixture of panic and relief among the residents as the convoy of police officers steadily moved about the streets brandishing their weapons apparently to demonstrate their ability to handle any ugly situation arising from violent protests, and demonstrations. One frightened resident, apparently reflecting on the bloody effects of the April 14, 1979 riot when security officers clashed with thousands of people demonstrating against the hike in the price of the nation’s staple, rice, rushed into his house on Benson Street to...
(The Newdawn Liberia 05/08/13)
Hell broke loose Tuesday, May 7th in the Cooper’s Beach Community within the Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) area along the Robertsfield highway when protesting residents clashed with officers of the Police Support Unit or PSU from the Liberia National Police, while executing an eviction and demolition order from the court. The PSU officers arrested scores of protesting residents, who had erected burning tires and other roadblock mechanisms in the community to prevent their eviction from a private property, owed by the Cooper’s family after a mandate from the Civil Law Court. Tear gas was been fired at violent residents in the area who had set-up roads blocks in prevention of an eviction and demolition mandate from the Civil law...
(New Democrat 05/07/13)
UN Security Council has identified security set back in a number of African countries including Liberia but authorities of the council have reaffirmed the Peacebuilding Commission’s role to prevent a relapse of conflict and support the initiatives of recovering Governments and societies to own and lead the process of rebuilding and leaving the trauma behind. In two briefings, the Council heard a review of the Peacebuilding Commission’s performance over the past year from its former Chairperson, Abdulkalam Abdul Momen of Bangladesh, and glimpsed the course of its future work from current Commission Chair, Ranko Vilović of Croatia. Mr. Momen reported that 2012 had been a year when the question of collective responsibility and commitment of the membership had taken centre...

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