Maryland County –Mining Inspectors from the Ministry of Mines and Energy, currently carrying out operations against illicit and illegal Mining activities in Southeastern Liberia, have reported major progress in Barrobo District, Maryland County. According to the Head of Public Relations at the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Richard Manuba, the Mining Inspectors detected the syndicate and destroyed all of the hidden Dredge materials. The clamp down on illicit mining in Class ‘C’ or Artisanal Small-scale Mining (ASM), is in fulfillment of Mines and Energy Minister, Gesler Murray’s 3-month ultimatum given the Inspectorate Division of the Ministry to clear Liberian rivers and streams of all illegal Dredges and curtail the use of Mercury for Gold Mining. Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector-General for Mines, Adolphus Gleekia, is commending Minister Gesler Murray for the support and confidence reposed in the Inspectorate Division, and has assured the Minister that the Division will work tirelessly to stop illicit mining on all watersways in Liberia, and bring the perpetrators before the Law for prosecution. According to Mr. Gleekia, the ongoing Nationwide operation by Mining Inspectors will continue in the Southeast for an unspecified period of time, and then move over to the rest of the six Mining Regions of the Country.
February 08, 2021 03:14 UTC
We request a refund with interest and admission of Liberia into the US Visa Waiver Program,” the groups demanded. BackgroundIn the early 1990s, thousands of Liberians fled the violence of the civil war to the United States. Through his painstaking research on U.S. – Liberia relationship, he gathered that ten Liberian presidents were born and educated in the United States. “Liberia deserves special consideration because of the history of American Colonization and the settlement of free men of color from the United States in Liberia and the contributions Liberia continues to make to the United States,” he wrote. He furthered: “Article 1 of the Liberian Constitution of 1824 granted privileges to Liberians that we have not enjoyed.
February 07, 2021 11:15 UTC
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) have elected President Felix- Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as the new Chairperson of the African Union for the year 2021. The President of the DRC is taking over the baton of command from President Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa of South Africa following the end of his tenure as the Chairperson of the African Union for the year 2020. Highlighting the theme of the year 2021, the new AU Chairperson Tshisekedi said, Arts, Culture and Heritage constitute the foundation of the African renaissance and offers the opportunity for Africans to return to our roots. “Culture is indeed, as Léopold Sédar Senghor said, at the beginning and at the end of everything, because it embraces all areas of life. The outgoing Chair of the Union further underlined the initiatives undertaken under his leadership to address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
February 07, 2021 01:18 UTC
It is indeed an open secret that Liberia’s transition from civil war to a post-war nation took a relatively longer period of time from its inception in the late 1980s to 1997. Additionally, in order to prevent continuous violence in the country, the government needs to construct more TVET institutions in big cities. In spite of this fragility, the peace under her was uninterrupted, and unity wasn’t achieved… leaving the country still divided in diverse ways. For instance, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) report on Liberia revealed that current inflation rate stands at 22.3%. Therefore, many of them are fueling violence and protests as avenues for airing and addressing their disenchantments.
February 07, 2021 01:18 UTC
Gibril Massaquoi in opening day at the Pirkanmaa District Court in Tampere, Finland. Saila Huusko/New NarrativesTAMPERE, Finland – Prosecutors in the war crimes trial of Gibril Massaquoi alleged Friday that the defendant tried to influence witnesses in the case. The final day of the first week of the trial in Pirkanmaa District Court in the Finnish city of Tampere was dominated by Massaquoi’s defense. Sierra Leonean Gibril Massaquoi, 51, is charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder and aggravated rape, allegedly committed during the second Liberian Civil War between 1999 and 2003. On Thursday, Massaquoi’s defense lawyers argued that these organizations may have played a role in influencing witnesses’ narratives.
February 07, 2021 00:33 UTC
Monrovia – The Board of Commissioners, (BOC) of the National Elections Commission, (NEC) has reaffirmed and confirmed its earlier ruling declaring Collaborating Political Parties Candidate, CPP, J. Brownie Samukai as winner of the 8 December 2020 Special Senatorial Elections in Lofa County. The seven persons Board of Commissioners unanimous decision was read today Friday 5 February 2021 by Commissioner Josephine Kou Gaye. Samuel Kortimai have accepted the ruling and announced an appeal to the Honorable Supreme Court of Liberia. Botoe Kanneh, Candidate Gbarpolu county Special Senatorial Elections. Numene T. H. Bartekwa as Second respondent in the 8 December 2020 Special Senatorial Election case in Grand Kru county.
February 05, 2021 20:26 UTC
MONROVIA – Several workers of the House of Representatives on Thursday besieged the vehicle of Speaker Bhofal Chambers in demand for their 17 months’ salary arrears. Thursday’s protest is just the latest of several other protect staged by these workers at the Capitol Building in demand for their money. In a related development, the leadership of the Liberian Senate headed by Senate President Pro-Tempore Albert Chie and aggrieved Senate staffers have reached a compromise at the Capitol to pay 16 months’ Liberian dollar salary arrears owed them in three installments. The aggrieved staffers were represented by spokesman Charles Brown. At the Judiciary late last year, aggrieved staffers protested for the same purpose, which led protest leader Archie Ponpon setting himself ablaze before the Temple of Justice in Monrovia.
MONROVIA – The management of Palm Spring Resort wishes to state that at no time its Managing Director, Najib Kamand has duped anyone or carried out any criminal activities in his business career. As a responsible entity, we uphold all tenets of good business practice and abide by all laws of Liberia-both domestic and international. It is a known fact in Liberia that, every business is undergoing through some financial and technical challenges. As a responsible hotel, Palm Spring is one of the hotels which has provided job opportunities to many Liberians. Management will not take kindly to any further act of falsehood and cheap propaganda that will be published in the future.
Monrovia – The Leadership of the Friends of Brumskine (FOB), and Founding Executive Members of Liberty Party have described the outcome of the just-ended Liberty Party Special Convention as undemocratic and a total letdown for Liberia’s fight against corruption. The FOB Leaders noted that the decision to allow Mr. Musa Bility ascend to the chairmanship of the Liberty Party considering his myriad involvement in corruption scandals locally and internationally, speaks to the leadership malaise that currently pervades the party. Charles Walker Brumskine, who took personal risk in his quest for good governance and a corruption free Liberia. Brumskine as well as promoting peace and reconciliation within the rank and file of the Party. At the same time, the group is warning against the use of dark money to influence national politics.
Monrovia – Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, the Minister of Health on Thursday declared an outbreak of the Poliovirus, terming it as a ‘National Public Health Emergency’. The statement from Minister followed the detection of poliovirus by the National Surveillance System, which has spread throughout the country from two different environmental sites in Monrovia. “In line with WHO and the communities for Polio and the International Health Regulation of 2005, recommendations as that in such a case, action supposed to be taken to curtail its further spread; therefore, I am officially declaring Polio as a National Public Health Emergency. Under the National Polio Emergency, the Health Minister says immediate measures that include door-to-door polio vaccination campaign will take place in every community across the Country to monitor the situation within the country to beef up the fight against polio. “This virus is circulating within the public for about a year so we are ready to move things forward quickly to protect the Children.
February 05, 2021 08:15 UTC
Fonati Koffa has told young people to cultivate the habit of making good choices while they are young because, according to him, the choices they make could define their future. “You have to learn to make good choices while you are young because when you get to my age you are in your future and most of what would happen is progression or regression. Learn to do the things that will prepare you for the future and your generation will be proud of,” he said. The best way to get nothing from me is to demand something from me.”Deputy Speaker Koffa also launched a fund-raising rally to fund the refurbishing of the University Library by giving US$2,000.00. Meanwhile, Rep. Koffa has announced that part of President George Weah County Tour will see him dedicate a school in Grand Kru County.
February 05, 2021 08:13 UTC
New Castle, Delaware – The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Grand Kru County Development Association in the Americas now has a new leadership. The Grand Kru County Development Association was founded in April 2007 and it is headquartered in the United States. The Association’s Delaware Valley Chapter brings together citizens of Grand Kru County residing in the Tristate region of America (Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey). Mr. Sandy told the US based Grand Kru citizen that after more than 13 years of existence as a non-profit organization, the Grand Kru County Development Association must re-examine its accomplishments and challenges; and ensure that its presence is felt positively in Liberia, especially in Grand Kru County by undertaking meaningful projects for people, who live there. Grand Kru needs our help.” He said as an organization created for a developmental purposes, the Grand Kru County Development Association in the Americas must initiate impactful programs in the County.
February 05, 2021 08:10 UTC
MONROVIA – The newly-accredited U S Ambassador to Liberia, Michael A. McCarthy, has renewed his governments’ continuous support to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) in making the force more relevant to the people of Liberia. The Defense Boss appreciated the United States Government for her increased support to the Armed Forces of Liberia peacekeeping operations. He said, “We are committed partners based on a deeper root with the United States of America. Several personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia and Defense staff have benefited from U S training programs at various U S Military institutions in the United States of America and other training programs around the world. Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of Liberia has been admitted into the ElsieFund.
February 05, 2021 08:03 UTC
Ganta – Police In Ganta have arrested and charged a 40-year-old Filipino national for rape, sexual harassment and offensive touching. Suspect Michael Laraya, 38, was charged Wednesday, February 3 after reportedly attempting to sodomize a 20-year-old motorcyclist at the Angel Hill Top Guest House in the Guinea Road community in Ganta. The motorcyclist said he was lured to the guest house after Laraya promised to buy him a new motorbike. The management of the guest house confirmed during the police investigation that Laraya had been spending time at the guest house since Monday, February, but signed in twice with different names and nationalities. “During our investigation with Laraya he told us he lives ELWA junction in Monrovia and seconds later he told us he lives another place in Monrovia,” police said.
February 05, 2021 08:02 UTC
Mrs Jarteh recounted how the take-home rations were visible in the narratives that the children, parents, and teachers are now telling. It also meant that the over 90,000 students benefiting from the WFP school feeding programme stayed at home. She continued, “When the school feeding food came, some families organized study classes with children sitting far apart. Mr. G. Markson Pewue, the Ministry of Education School Feeding Coordinator in Nimba County, lauded the WFP take-home rations as a unifying force for the family. Throughout 2021, WFP and the Ministry of Education will provide school meals to 90,000 students through cash-based transfers, take-home rations, and on-site school meals.
February 05, 2021 07:59 UTC