Tuesday 24 October 2017
(AfricaNews 09/18/17)
Libya’s rival leader Khalifa Haftar has met with Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso in Brazzaville where he expressed faith in the African Union to solve Libya’s crisis. He visited the Central African country on Saturday, a week after the 4th African Union high level committee meeting on Libya chaired by Sassou Nguesso. “The AU has conducted mediations which I consider a duty to help the Libyan people, unlike other mediations by Western countries who intervene only for their own interest and not the interest of our country,” Haftar told the media after the meeting. “Although there is the international community that is helping us, the problems of Africans can only be solved by the Africans themselves, who are better acquainted...
(Gnn Liberia 09/18/17)
Liberian leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has departed the country to attend the main and marginal activities relating to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the United States of America. According to an Executive Mansion release, the President departed the country on Sunday, September 17, 2017 and is expected to be away from September 18 – October 2, 2017. Meanwhile, the Hon. Attorney-General and Justice Minister, Cllr. Frederick Cherue will serve as Coordinator of the Cabinet in consultation with the Vice President and in telephone consultation with the Liberian Chief Executive. Cholo Brooks
(Daily Observer 09/18/17)
The cross-border security personnel of two countries known to be hubs for Trafficking in Persons (TIPs) have recommitted themselves to be more effective in the fight to prevent human trafficking. The border joint security of Liberia and Sierra Leone have also vowed to collaborate with the National Task Force on Human Trafficking from both countries, along with civil society organizations, to build an operative multi-lateral response to shutdown the networks of the TIPs, including when a victim is recruited by a trafficker in one country and he or she is exploited in another. The two countries’ border security officials, civil society representatives, and leaders of several communities made their pledges through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Thursday to strengthen bilateral...
(Front Page Africa Online 09/18/17)
The High Level Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (TGF) Delegation has concluded an eight day official mission to Liberia. The mission occurred, from 6 to 13 September 2017, in the context of negotiating, and finalizing new grant allocations for the country intended to accelerate progress towards building Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health (RSSH). For this, the Global Fund has allocated US$65.7 million for response to HIV/TB, Malaria and Health System Strengthening. The High level Global Fund Mission representatives included Mrs. Seble Abebe, TGF Fund Portfolio Manager for Liberia, Dr. Cynthia Mwase, Global Fund Head of Africa and Middle East Department and Team and Mr. Nicolas Cantau, Regional Manager for the Western Africa Team of the Global...
(Gnn Liberia 09/18/17)
A young Liberian communications professional, Johnetta Arthur, is on a mission to ensure that Liberian children born unto parents who are not married or have separated or divorced are fully supported and protected by both parents, and in cases where there is one absentee parent, a legal or biding obligation for child support should be established. One of the kid assisted by the organization in ensuring her father supports her Over the past few months, Ms. Arthur has been working to assist dozens of single Liberian mothers in communities across the Liberian capital, Monrovia, to ensure that they obtain support payments from their absentee children fathers. With encouraging success, Ms. Arthur feels the need to institutionalize her work. She would...
(Front Page Africa Online 09/18/17)
The Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) in a time sensitive manner on Thursday, September 14, 2017, through a deployed section of the Liberian Coast Guard (LCG), successfully ferried approximately 200 trapped individuals, mainly children, women and the elderly, who had been cutoff in a flooded Dennisville Community in Central Kakata City. According to the LCG Commander, water and food are urgently needed for those trapped in the flooded areas. The move by the rescue team was an immediate intervention in response to the natural disaster which has affected several thousand residents in the hardest-hit Dennisville Community. The LCG launched two of its boats; Zodiac 450 and an engineering boat to transport affected individuals to safety. Although, there is no initial...
(The Guardian 09/18/17)
Anna Jones says that, through selling its cocoa cheaply, Africa is exporting its wealth overseas; while Sue Banford claims that the soya moratorium in the Amazon has done nothing to halt deforestation. Only the final paragraph in your article on cocoa farming causing deforestation in Ivory Coast (Forests pay price for world’s taste for cocoa, 14 September) mentioned the most fundamental thing – the farmer’s livelihood, or lack of it. The low value of his (or more likely her) crop is undoubtedly the cause of this problem. But cocoa farming could also provide the solution. Recently, I was in Ivory Coast for the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Abidjan. It united many different parties – governments, the UN’s Food...
(APA 09/15/17)
The European Union (EU) has deployed an Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to observe the October 10 Presidential and House of Parliament elections. Presently, the EU EOM has deployed 20 long-term observers, consisting of election, political, legal, human rights and gender, finance and data analysts, in the 15 counties of Liberia. “This election is a historic moment,” said the EU, noting that it will “monitor the process without interfering or supervising”. The EU Election Observers come from 20 different Member States of the Union. They will stay in Liberia beyond the election day.
(AfricaNews 09/15/17)
Printing companies in Ghana and Slovenia are printing the ballot papers for Liberia October 10 presidential elections. This was announced by the National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairman Jerome George Korkoya on August 30 explaining that the ballots for the House of Representatives will be printed in Ghana, while ballots for presidential candidates will be printed in Slovenia. “We’ve concluded discussion that the printing of the House of Representatives candidates’ ballot papers will be printed Ghana, while the presidential ballot papers will be printed in Europe. This is done in consultation with key stakeholders,” he was quoted by local media portal The New Dawn. He added that the decision follows the approval by the political parties and candidates who he had...
(APA 09/15/17)
A mudslide that hit the China Union mining company in Lower Bong County, north-central Liberia has destroyed mining equipment worth an estimated $2 million. According to reports on Thursday, the equipment were parked on the hill where the mudslide swept through as unrelenting rain lashed the area for several hours. Journalists in the area said the mudslide followed heavy torrential rain that also caused nearby towns and communities to be flooded. No death has been reported so far. China Union, a Chinese mining company, took over mining operations of the former Bong Mining Company shortly after Ellen Johnson Sirleaf came to power.
(Bloomberg 09/15/17)
Societe Generale SA, challenged on its home turf by Orange SA’s push into banking, is fighting back with a new mobile lender in Africa. The French lender started YUP, a new app for smartphones, in Senegal and Ivory Coast and plans to begin operating in four other sub-Saharan countries this year and next, the company said on Thursday. The bank aims to double its client base to 2 million in the region within three years. “Telcos have opened the way and they’ve gotten ahead,” Alexandre Maymat, who oversees Societe Generale’s operations in French-speaking Africa, said at a press briefing. “We’re catching up” by redefining the retail strategy and providing a broader offering than telephone companies. Chief Executive Officer Frederic Oudea...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/14/17)
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Your afternoon chocolate bar may be fuelling climate change, destroying protected forests and threatening elephants, chimpanzees and hippos in West Africa, research suggests. Well-known brands, such as Mars and Nestle, are buying through global traders cocoa that is grown illegally in dwindling national parks and reserves in Ivory Coast and Ghana, environmental group Mighty Earth said. “Every consumer of chocolate is a part of either the problem or the solution,” Etelle Higonnet, campaign director at Mighty Earth, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “You can choose to buy ethical chocolate. Or you’re voting with your dollar for deforestation.” Nestle did not immediately respond to requests for comment while Mars said in an email: “We take a...
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday in Windhoek said that the aim of the event is to promote a holistic private sector engagement, raise a sense of ownership and accountability for heritage protection as well as transmission of World Heritage sites in Namibia and Africa. "To...
(APA 09/12/17)
The police charging several persons involved in UP, ANC supporters' clash and the NDI expressing concern about logistical problems dominate the headlines of Liberian newspapers on Tuesday. The Liberia National Police have charged rival youths of the ruling Unity Party and the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) for allegedly tearing down of campaign posters that resulted in a violent confrontation. According to eyewitnesses, one of the accused, Sheikh Fofana, a supporter of ANC, tore down the posters of a UP representative candidate. This led to the representative candidate's supporters breaking into Sheikh Fofana's house and beating him and his mother. The fighting reportedly continued until police arrived on the scene, arrested both parties and took them to a nearby police...
(APA 09/12/17)
The police charging several persons involved in UP, ANC supporters' clash and the NDI expressing concern about logistical problems dominate the headlines of Liberian newspapers on Tuesday. The Liberia National Police have charged rival youths of the ruling Unity Party and the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) for allegedly tearing down of campaign posters that resulted in a violent confrontation. According to eyewitnesses, one of the accused, Sheikh Fofana, a supporter of ANC, tore down the posters of a UP representative candidate. This led to the representative candidate's supporters breaking into Sheikh Fofana's house and beating him and his mother. The fighting reportedly continued until police arrived on the scene, arrested both parties and took them to a nearby police...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Olympic boxing’s governing body, AIBA, has banned African confederation head Kelani Bayor for three years for allegedly provoking the crowd at the continental championships in Brazzaville last June. Bayor is an AIBA vice-president and executive committee member as well as chairman of Togo’s national Olympic committee. “The Disciplinary Commission found that a hostile and threatening reaction to AIBA officials by spectators after the result of a bout on the last day of the competition was exacerbated by comments from Mr Bayor,” AIBA said in a statement on Monday. It found Bayor had “committed serious and unacceptable violations of the AIBA Disciplinary Code” at the tournament in Congo Republic. AIBA said the ban was from all boxing activities and responsibilities and...
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope to look past Brexit turmoil. “Even if I hadn’t had the money put aside, I would have found a way to pay for it,” said Corrie, 50, who estimates the business she runs with her husband would have lost 10,000...
(APA 09/08/17)
Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist group. “Journey to Extremism in Africa: Drivers, Incentives and the Tipping Point for Recruitment” presents the results of a two-year UNDP Africa study on recruitment in the most prominent extremist groups in Africa. The study reveals a picture of a...
(Bloomberg 09/07/17)
African Rainbow Minerals Ltd., the miner chaired by South Africa’s richest black businessman, will pay a record dividend this year as rising iron-ore and manganese prices boosted earnings at its ferrous unit. ARM will pay investors 6.50 rand a share, almost triple that of the previous year, and its 11th consecutive dividend, the Johannesburg-based company said in a statement Thursday. The company benefited from a 45 percent increase in prices received for exported iron ore and 93 percent more for its manganese. While ARM is “confident in the long-term outlook for commodities,” the company said prices will “remain volatile” this year. The rand, in which ARM pays most of its costs, has strengthened against the dollar this year, reducing earnings...
(APA 09/06/17)
The reduction of electricity tariff and the Unity Party Campaign manager denying George Weah's claim that he paid his school fees dominate the headlines of Liberian newspapers on Wednesday. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced a 10 percent reduction in electricity tariff for customers connected to the national grid of the Liberia Electricity Corporation. The tariff has been reduced from 39 cents to 35 cents per kilowatt hour. Since August 2016, the tariff has been reduced from 54 cents to 35 cents per kilowatt hour. The New Republic newspaper published this story as its front page banner headline under the caption: Electricity Tariff Reduced-15,000 Connections In Power Supply In The Making', while the Women Voices newspaper published it on its...

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