Thursday 19 October 2017
(The Newdawn Liberia 06/11/13)
The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR has announced a mass birth registration targeting all Ivorian refugee children born in Liberia from 0 - 2.5 years in refugee camps in the country. It says the two-week long exercise is covering the Solo and PTP (former Prime Timber Production) refugee camps in Grand Gedeh County, Little Wlebo Refugee Camp in Maryland County, and the Bahn Refugee Camp in Nimba County. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is undertaking the exercise in collaboration with the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW). Other partners are also participating in the exercise. "Issuing birth certificates to all refugee children is a global strategic priority...
(New Democrat 06/11/13)
West African neighbors Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia should work together to resolve a dire lack of rail, port and power infrastructure that has held back the region’s mining ambitions, a senior Liberian government official said. Sam Russ, deputy minister of operations at the ministry of mines in Liberia, said the region should collaborate on export links to make the most of major iron ore deposits, pointing to potentially lucrative cooperation with Guinea to the north. The billions of dollars required to build rail or road have frozen many West African iron ore projects and rendered others all but impossible in an environment of uncertain prices and tough access to cash. Russ told an investor conference in London that cooperation...
(Ventures Africa 06/11/13)
VENTURES AFRICA — The West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ), a sub-regional monetary union, has said it will need $200 million for the construction of the ECOWAS (Economic Commission Of West African States) Regional Bank to be located in Accra, Ghana. The Director of the region’s Financial Integration, Dr. Eunice Ngozi Egbuns disclosed this to journalists who are currently undergoing a two weeks regional integration training funded by Deutsche Welle Academic in Accra. She noted that the construction of the Ecowas Bank by 2015 will serve as a precursor to the introduction of the region’s single currency “Eco” slatted for 2020. The single currency was approved and adopted by member states in Accra, after the conclusion of its 24th meeting of...
(Heritage 06/10/13)
A new report from Global Witness says the Liberian government's failure to enforce its forest laws is encouraging logging companies to find new ways to bypass rules to gain access to the country's rainforests and exploit local communities. According to the new report from Global Witness, those involved include loggers who reportedly worked with the Oriental Timber Company(OTC). Liberia's civil war was fuelled, in part, by the international trade in timber. OTC was one of the most notorious companies operating at the time. The company controlled large swathes of Liberia's forests, facilitated numerous arms shipments in violation of a UN Security Council embargo and maintained security forces that fought alongside Charles Taylor's soldiers. Based upon these facts, the Liberian Truth...
(Front Page Africa Online 06/10/13)
Monrovia - The ACP-EU joint parliamentary Assembly delegation Friday concluded their three-day fact finding visit to Liberia and presented its findings to the Government of Liberia during which it lamented the lack of prosecution in corruption cases in the post-war nation. Addressing reporters at the en d of the visit, Mr. Louis Michel Co-President of the ACP-EU said: “We have of course raised the issue of corruption. We know that corruption in this country is probably high and we have no doubt that all the authorities we met are fully engaged in fighting corruption but we also underline the realities between the speeches and public commitment there are rather a few cases that are prosecuted.” The EU executive blamed this...
(Heritage 06/10/13)
The Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) of the African, Caribbean, Pacific and European Union (ACP-EU) have urged the Government of Liberia (GOL) to lift its people out of poverty as a means of sustaining peace in post-conflict Liberia. The ACP-EU JPA said vast majority of Liberians are yet to benefit from their country's many economic prosperities, but rather continue to live in poverty. Speaking at a news conference recently at the office of the European Union in Monrovia, the Co-President of ACP-EU JPA, Mr. Louis Michel, said a general analysis of Liberia's economy shows that the country's economy is in a pretty good shape and there have been some level of improvements in the country as compared to the past. Despite...
(Heritage 06/10/13)
An eight-man delegation of the International Planned Parenthood Federation(IPPF) has hailed the Government of Liberia and stakeholders within the country for the level of support given the Planned Parenthood Association of Liberia. According to the delegation, the IPPF has assessed the work of the organization in Liberia and was pleased and called for more support to the program because Liberia is one of the oldest associations in the Africa Region. The delegation made these assertions Friday when they paid a courtesy call on Vice President Joseph N. Boakai on Capitol Hill. They said Liberia is among one hundred and eighty countries in the IPPF and for the first time the IPPF is headed by a female from Bostwana and it...
(Voice of America 06/10/13)
Decades of drought in central Africa may have had a surprising cause, according to new research that challenges the notion that the severe dry weather was triggered mainly by bad agricultural practices and overgrazing. The research, done at the University of Washington, shows that the drought was at least partially caused by pollution in the Northern Hemisphere. The researchers said that sulfate-laden aerosols coming from coal-burning factories from the 1960s through the 1980s actually slowed warming in the Northern Hemisphere compared to the Southern Hemisphere. This shifted tropical rain bands south, away from the Sahel region, and led ultimately to the near drying up of Lake Chad, which is used to water crops in surrounding areas. Africa's Sahel regionAfrica's Sahel...
(Front Page Africa Online 06/10/13)
Six months after announcing strong actions to tackle a dramatic breakdown in the rule of law in the logging industry, the government of Liberia has yet to deliver. This briefing presents evidence that suggests the government’s failure to crack down on criminal activity in the forest sector is emboldening companies and individuals to continue flouting the law, with increasingly grave consequences for the country’s rainforests and the communities that should be benefitting from them. In December 2012, a Liberian government investigation reported systemic legal violations, including fraud and corruption, in the issuance of illegal logging licenses called Private Use Permits (PUPs), which cover a quarter of Liberia’s surface area. The investigation report recommended that the government cancel PUP contracts and...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/09/13)
(Reuters) - South Africans prayed for Nelson Mandela's recovery on Sunday as the 94-year-old former president spent a second day in hospital with a recurring lung infection. Mandela, who became a global symbol of triumph over adversity and South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after the defeat of apartheid, was hospitalized early on Saturday after his already frail health worsened. It is his fourth hospital stay since December and the government said on Saturday his condition was "serious". During previous hospital visits it had highlighted his "good spirits". His health is a cause for concern to the millions of South Africans who revere Mandela for his decades of struggle against white-minority rule and steering the continent's biggest economy to...
(BBC News Africa 06/08/13)
Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a lung infection. The former South African president is in a "serious but stable condition", a spokesman for the current President, Jacob Zuma, says. Mr Mandela, 94, has been ill for some days but deteriorated overnight and was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria. Mr Mandela led the fight against apartheid, became South Africa's first black president, and is widely regarded as father of the nation. He has recently suffered a series of health problems and this is his fifth visit to hospital in two years. In April he was released from hospital after a 10-day stay caused by pneumonia. His illness was described on Saturday as a recurrence of a lung...
(AFP (eng) 06/08/13)
The Liberian senate announced on Friday an investigation into claims by a former warlord that he colluded with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to commit election fraud. Prince Johnson told a radio station last week that during 2011 legislative polls he persuaded Sirleaf to instruct the election commission to declare a candidate winner before the votes had been counted. Johnson said Sirleaf agreed to the scheme, which made the former rebel leader's candidate a lawmaker in a tight-run vote in Nimba, the county for which he is a senator, in return for his backing her second term as president. "The Liberian senate deems it necessary to question Senator Prince Johnson about recent comments made," Gbehzogar Findly, president of the Liberian senate,...
(The News 06/07/13)
Records from the Tax Court at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia have confirmed that the Atlantic Wireless (LiberCell) outstanding balance deferred payment to the Government of Liberia, stands at US$1,102,444.08 in tax arrears. But LiberCell has filed an application for special relief from a Writ of Execution and notice of sale of its assets. Counsels for LiberCell pray the court to grant it two years to pay the balance of US$1,102,444.08. The company’s lawyers told the court that upon becoming aware of the closure of the operations of LiberCell and the seizure of their assets, applicant has engaged the services of Sherman &Sherman, a law firm doing business in Liberia. The defense lawyers assured the court that during their...
(Heritage 06/07/13)
The Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) of the African, Caribbean, Pacific and European Union (ACP-EU) has cautioned the Government of Liberia (GoL) to ensure neutrality, impartiality and transparency in the conduct of the country's electoral processes. The body responsible for conduct of elections in Liberia is the National Elections Commission (NEC). The ACP-EU is aimed at promoting good governance in Liberia by coordinating with the Liberian Legislature on political dialogue in accordance with the Article eight of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement between ACEP-EU countries. Addressing a news conference recently in Monrovia, the ACP-EU joint delegation to Liberia through the Acting Co-President of the ACP-EU JPA Madam Nita K. R. Deeplasing, said electoral reform must aim at inspiring confidence of the population...
(Voice of America 06/07/13)
MONROVIA — The Liberian government has installed traffic lights in the capital Monrovia for the first time since the 1990 civil war. The Liberia Transport Union says the lights will help regulate traffic and reduce the accident rate in the country. Installing the lights is one thing, but getting drivers to obey them is another. The World Health Organization says the majority of the 1.24 million people who die in traffic accidents worldwide each year die in Africa - where poor driving conditions and weak safety laws and enforcement contribute to the high accident rates. Lack of emergency medical care and specialized treatment for accident-related injuries, such as head trauma, only aggravate the situation. “Every day accidents are reported across...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/13)
LONDON — Case numbers in Africa's meningitis season this year were the lowest in 10 years thanks to a cheap new vaccine designed to treat a type of the disease common in the so-called meningitis belt, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The vaccine, called MenAfriVac, was developed with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation specifically for use against meningitis A, a type which causes regular epidemics in Africa. Detailing data for Jan. 1 to May 12, the United Nations health agency said that just under 9,250 meningitis cases, including 857 deaths, were reported in 18 of the 19 African countries under enhanced surveillance for meningitis. Epidemics of meningitis A occur regularly in Africa's “meningitis belt”, a...
(Ghana Business News 06/07/13)
West Africa will be the fastest growing region on the continent in 2013 and 2014, economic indicators in a new report have shown. Africa’s economic growth is projected to hit 4.8% this year and 5.3% in 2014, according to the 2013 African Economic Outlook (AEO) published May 27, 2013. The report indicated that West Africa will continue its rapid economic growth with rates of 6.7% in 2013 and 7.4% in 2014. “It has become the fastest growing region of the continent,” said the AEO adding that “growth in the region is not only driven by oil and mineral sectors but also by agriculture and services and on the demand side often by consumption and investment.” After West Africa, the report...
( 06/07/13)
Elijah Rufus was 10 years old when a spiritual healer in the Liberian capital Monrovia doused him with chicken's blood and declared that his frequent convulsions were the result of demonic possession. A doctor could have told the scared young boy he had epilepsy, but instead he was subjected to years of spiritual healing, prolonged prayer sessions and fasting as his health declined. "Elijah was always falling over and often saliva would spill out of his mouth. He was always convulsing," said his aunt Korpo Moiseemah, recalling the onset of his symptoms in 2009. Moiseemah recalled how she took Elijah, now 14, to a traditional healer who killed a chicken and then spilled the blood in a bucket of water...
(The News 06/06/13)
Days after the Liberian senate concurred with the lower House to pass the political party bill, a local civil society group, the Foundation for International Dignity [FIND] has requested President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to veto the bill. FIND’s Executive Director Roosevelt Woods said the bill does not seek the interests of the Liberian people and it is intended to fill the pockets of few individuals while the masses suffer. The Democracy Sustainability Act was passed last week when the senate concurred with the House on the matter. The bill has been sent to President Johnson-Sirleaf for action. It is not known what the President’s position would be when she scrutinizes the document and take either a YES vote or VETO. However,...
(The Newdawn Liberia 06/06/13)
In the wake of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) loud outcry, strongly rejecting the Liberia Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (LEITI) 4th Report over alleged misleading information, LEITI maintains that there is a variance of $230,000 between NOCAL and the University of Liberia and $100,000 between Africa Petroleum (AP) and the Finance Ministry via NOCAL. “The Secretariat of the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI) fully stands by the Fourth EITI Reconciliation Report for Liberia approved and launched on Thursday, May 16, 2013,” said LEITI’s Head of Secretariat Sampson S. Tokpah. Following LEITI’s 4th reconciliation report on 16 May 2013, covering June 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011, NOCAL Chief Executive Officer Dr. Randolph McClain, told a news conference...

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