Friday 19 January 2018
(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...
(Liberian Observer 09/05/17)
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) has fielded a delegation from Africa and North America to assess preparations for Liberia’s October 10 presidential and legislative elections. The delegation, according to a press release from NDI, consists of regional and election experts from Africa and North America, including Hanna Tetteh, former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament (Ghana); Ambassador Johnnie Carson, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and Member of the Board of Directors, NDI (United States); Dr. Tadjoudine Ali-Diabacte, former Deputy Director of the Electoral Assistance Division, United Nations
(Liberian Observer 09/05/17)
Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor last Saturday reminded Liberians that there were no protests from Kenyan Legislatures over the opinion (judgment) of that country’s Supreme Court that nullified the results of the country’s August 8 presidential elections. The Kenyan Supreme Court’s decision was based on irregularities, and the judges ordered a new vote within 60 days. Speaking during the dedicatory ceremony of the 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Sanniquellie, Nimba County, Justice Korkpor said, “President Uhuru Kenyatta, while disagreeing with the decision of the Supreme Court, publicly declared that he respects the court’s action.” Korkpor maintained that “there was no talk of the removal of any of the judges of the Kenyan Supreme Court, because of disagreement with their judicial...
(Front Page Africa Online 09/05/17)
Residents of Buzzy Quarter Community in Monrovia have urged Liberians, particularly young people to eschew voting based on tribal and party sentiments and start voting based on issues and policies proposed by candidates. That, the residents said, will lead to the election of the right persons to lead the nation. Buzzy Quarter Community is being occupied by people who mostly came from Lofa County to join the Armed Forces of Liberia. Thomas Zayzay, youth chairman of the community, who spoke at the program marking the official dedication of the Buzzy Quarter Palava Hall by Dr. Mills Jones, said voters should critically examine candidates and platforms of political parties to determine who is able to move Liberia forward in terms of...
(Bloomberg 09/05/17)
A surge in agriculture has helped lift Africa’s biggest economies out of their slumps, but the recovery may be weak. Gross domestic product in Nigeria, the continent’s largest crude producer, advanced for the first time in six quarters in the three months ended June from a year earlier, growing 0.55 percent, the statistics agency said. In South Africa, GDP expanded 2.5 percent from the previous quarter, ending the second recession in almost a decade. Both economies had agriculture largely to thank: in South Africa, a bumper corn harvest following the worst drought in more than a century saw the sector surge 34 percent from the prior quarter, while in Nigeria, where farming vies with industries as the second-biggest contributor to...
(Xinhuanet 09/04/17)
The African Union (AU) has deployed a long-term AU election observation mission in Liberia before the elections scheduled for October 10, AU announced in a statement on Monday. The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has approved the deployment of the mission to Liberia's presidential and legislative elections following the invitation from Liberia, according to the AU. Three core team analysts and ten long-term observers (LTOs) drawn from various AU member states were deployed in Liberia on Sept. 2. They will remain in the country until the announcement of final election results. The core team will meet regularly with stakeholders in Liberia, observe and report on the political context and technical preparations for the elections, said the statement...
(Daily Observer 09/04/17)
The Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC) says if the National Elections Commission (NEC) is to cultivate public confidence in the upcoming electoral exercises, then the commission should not only ensure that all the phases of the electoral process are executed in a more transparent manner, but also within the confines of the laws governing the elections. At a press conference in Monrovia on Friday, the ECC urged the NEC to ensure that none of the country’s laws are circumvented but rather adhered to by all stakeholders, especially political parties and independent candidates—with specific reference to the Constitution (Article 83d). ECC chairman Oscar Bloh called on the NEC to prevail upon all registered political parties who have not submitted detailed statements of...
(Daily Observer 09/04/17)
Since joining the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) in 1971, Liberia has for the first time launched a National Codex Committee, a body primarily responsible to ensure the development of national policies on food standards, safety, and international food trade issues. The CAC is an inter-governmental body with over 180 members within the framework of the Joint Food Standards Program established by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WHO with the purpose of protecting the health of consumers and ensuring fair practices in the food trade. The setup of the committee came two months after the National Standards Act and Food Law were validated and submitted to the relevant government agency for passage to establish a functional and...

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