Sunday 19 November 2017
(Gnn Liberia 08/16/17)
Since it was rumored a week ago, that the Liberian President and former standard bearer of the ruling Unity Party (UP), Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was against the presidential bid of Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, and that the President was supporting the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of Senator George Weah, this rumor was denied by the Presidential Press Secretary, Mr. Jerolinmek Piah recently during a news conference. But this time, the standard bearer of the CDC, Senator George Manneh Weah has loosen ‘The Cat from The Bag’, saying the President is totally in support of his presidential bid, and that he and the President (Ellen Johnson Sirleaf) has what he called, a “Cordial Relationship”, and further said the Vice...
(Gnn Liberia 08/16/17)
In my line of work, it is all too rare to observe great progress. But that is what I found in Liberia two weeks ago. The previous time I had visited, in 2004, the effects of the terrible war were everywhere. I was moved to see what has been achieved since then, which is largely due to the government and people, with vital support provided by the United Nations Mission in Liberia. However, the progress notwithstanding, there is a great deal that needs to be done to improve the human rights of Liberians. This is why I came to finalize an agreement with the government to open a new UN Human Rights Office in the country once UNMIL departs next...
(Front Page Africa Online 08/16/17)
Liberia’s former Minister of Finance and Economic Planning has warned that Liberians could pay a high price for tribal bigotry being exhibited ahead of the upcoming Presidential and legislative elections. Addressing a Conference of the Federation of Liberian Mandingos in the United States of America at the weekend, Amara Konneh, currently the Manager of Global Fragility, Conflict, Violence and Forced Migration Hub at The World Bank Group in Nairobi, Kenya said those pushing the tribal and ethnic line could face backlashes with serious consequences. Mr. Konneh: Any community that chooses to foster division and hate. It will backfire, as we have already seen in our nation’s history. You and I have the courage to say to our politicians, there is...
(The Newdawn Liberia 08/16/17)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a condolence message to the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma following heavy overnight rains that triggered a mudslide and flood on the outskirts of Freetown, that led to the deaths of over three hundred persons and injury to several hundred others early Monday morning, August 14, 2017. Hheavy overnight rains triggered a mudslide and flood in the Regent area on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown early Monday morning, August 14. A section of Sugar Loaf mountain came down at around 06:00 a.m. when many people would have been at home sleeping or just getting up for the day. The exact death toll from the mudslide and...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all, but that’s still subject to...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/10/17)
A British explorer for mineral resources in Africa will on Thursday become the first venture of its kind to be listed on London's AIM market for growing companies, its CEO said. Following the recovery of the mining sector from a commodity price crash in 2015-16, a handful of new companies have listed. But smaller exploration companies known as project generators, which find assets but sell them on or agree joint ventures to develop them, have generally preferred the Canadian or Australian exchanges. "We will be the only listed project-generator business that has a focus on Africa," Steven Poulton, chief executive of Altus Strategies, told Reuters. Poulton had told Reuters in May he planned to list the company's shares. The aim...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the word for "ancestor" in the Turkana language of Kenya, where the lemon-sized skull was unearthed. The sole specimen is that of an infant that would have grown to weigh about 11 kilogrammes (24 pounds) in adulthood. It had a brain...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal of establishing a true partnership for the future", Lighthizer said. "By lowering barriers and tackling other constraints that impede trade and investment, we are poised to see U.S.-Africa trade flourish", he said, underscoring that "much more work needs to be...
(The New Republic 08/08/17)
The National AIDS Commission (NAC) launches HIV testing and counseling awareness as means of combating the fight against the virus. The awareness targets Montserrado, Bong, and Grand Bassa counties because these counties are highly at risk constituting 2.7 percent of the HIV prevalence. Speaking Monday at the commission's office in Monrovia, NAC communications director Lincoln Reeves said the commission is launching awareness on HIV testing and counseling because it is the gateway to all HIV and AIDS services that are part of the 2020 catchup plan in the country. According to him, conducting testing is important because knowing the results of the entire population helps the commission to monitor the in the virus. He noted that testing and counseling helps...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya's injured champion David Rudisha. Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men's 3,000m steeplechase - though American...
(APA 08/03/17)
The warning to the election outfit and President Sirleaf pledging to campaign for female legislative candidates dominate the headlines of Liberian newspapers on Thursday. The local NGO, Election Coordinating Committee (ECC), has called on the National Elections Commission to execute all phases of the electoral process in a transparent manner in order to instill confidence in the overall electoral process. Addressing a press conference in Monrovia on Wednesday, the Chairman of the ECC, Oscar Bloh, commended the NEC for releasing a summary of the final registration figures with names, gender, age, districts and locations, but wondered whether this listing addressed the issue of some missing names and photos linked to the Provisional Registration Roll (PRR). Bloh called on the NEC...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year, while exports gained 3 percent to 47 billion U.S. dollars. Transport equipment has become a bright spot in China's exports to African countries, with that of ships, trains and aerospace equipment up 200 percent, 161 percent and 252 percent respectively,...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys his beans from Monmouth Coffee Company in Borough Market. "I love it because of the relatively higher acidity level. It keeps me active in the afternoons." Customers willing to pay a premium for African brews, known for their floral, fruity...
(The Associated Press 08/01/17)
Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is urging peaceful elections as candidates begin campaigning to replace the Nobel Peace Prize winner who has led the West African country through the Ebola crisis and recovery from civil war. Among those running in the Oct. 10 election are her vice president and two of the men she faced during Liberia's last vote in 2011. In a radio broadcast late Monday, the 78-year-old Sirleaf urged political leaders to put Liberia first and control the emotions of their supporters. "We hold them as political leaders who seek the highest office of our land to act with dignity and responsibility that befits that office — to live up to their commitments to ensure violence-free elections," she...
(Front Page Africa Online 08/01/17)
The Defense Attaché to the Chinese Embassy in Liberia, Senior Colonel Zhang Gan, says the China-Liberia military relations has been growing in recent years and his country will continue to strengthen the friendship in taking the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) to a higher level. Col. Zhang recalls that the National Defense of China has been providing AFL with some necessary assistance such as training, personnel engineering technique training and logistic support. The Chinese Defense Attaché spoke Friday, July 28, 2017, during a reception in observance of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) 90th Anniversary, held at the Chinese Embassy in Monrovia. "In the future, we wish to further strengthen this good relationship." "We will try to help AFL with...
(Vanguard 08/01/17)
Liberia’s 20 presidential candidates, including a former warlord, footballer George Weah and a former fashion model, started campaigning Monday to succeed Africa’s first female head of state in October’s election. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is stepping down and there is no obvious frontrunner to lead the fragile west African state. The Nobel Prize-winning Sirleaf was elected to run in 2005 following a long civil war which left deep scars on Liberia’s economy and social fabric. Elections for the presidency and House of Representatives take place on October 10 — the first time since the end of the conflict in 2003 that the country will hold a vote without UN peacekeepers providing security. Ahead of candidates opening their campaigns, the UN appealed...
(Front Page Africa Online 08/01/17)
The standard bearer of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) says the decision of the Supreme Court of Liberia to open the political field for everyone to contest has made the democracy of the country stronger than ever before. Dr. Jones: "The decision of the Supreme Court has made our democracy stronger, the court has said 'no' to marginalization and has open the process so that the Liberian people can chose from among the full range of candidates including individuals who have talents and who have made contributions and are prepared to make contributions as compared to those who have sat in government endlessly and are still struggling to explain to the Liberian people what they have accomplished all that...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands in 2015. The British broadcaster said the bribery was revealed by a former employee, Paul Hopkins. At the time, BAT said “we do not tolerate corruption in our business, no matter where it takes place.” The SFO investigation adds to...
(AFP (eng) 07/31/17)
Twenty candidates will contest presidential elections in Liberia in October, among them a former warlord, a footballer and a fashion model, as Ellen Johnson Sirleaf steps down after two terms, the electoral commission said Monday. There is no obvious frontrunner to replace the Nobel Prize-winning Sirleaf as head of the fragile west African state she was elected to lead in 2005 following a long civil war, one that has left deep scars on its economy and social fabric. Elections for the presidency and House of Representatives take place on October 10 -- the first time since the end of the conflict in 2003 that Liberia will be holding a vote without the presence of UN peacekeepers. Ahead of the opening...
(Daily Observer 07/31/17)
The National Elections Commission (NEC) has declared campaign open for the ensuing elections as of today, Monday, July 31, at 12:01 a.m. until Sunday, October 8 at 11:59 p.m. "During the campaign period," NEC chairman Jerome G. Korkoya said, "candidates are allowed to publish or display campaign literature, posters, flyers, banners, t-shirts, caps or other promotional items designed to support their election. "Both political parties and independent candidates are allowed to hold marches, parades, rallies or other assemblies for the purpose of soliciting voters and promoting their candidature by way of speeches, pictures, banners, placards, or any other printed materials. They can organize campaign committees, associations and movements to support their elections." Chairman Korkoya also warned political parties against the...

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