Katherine Gypson (VOA News)CAPITOL HILL — One extra day could not buy President Donald Trump and his Republican Congress the first major legislative victory they needed to set the tone for the new administration. Republicans canceled a crucial health care bill vote at the last minute Friday rather than lose a battle of numbers on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Read more of this storySource: VOA News Online(Visited 10 times, 10 visits today)Commentscomments
Against this backdrop, Mr. Cummings urged Liberians to be actively engaged in the political process and not stand on the sideline. The Whats and Hows of Mr. Cummings’ PlatformIn his open remarks, Mr. Cummings reaffirmed his pride as a citizen of Liberia: “I am proud to be a Liberian” he said. We deserve a different and better Liberia; and, if we select a good team, we can transform Liberia.”Below are the “whats” and “hows” of Mr. Cummings plan of action for post war Liberia. The Hows of Mr. Cummings’ PlatformWith respect to how we can achieve the goals and objectives he outlined above, Mr. Cummings said:“We must engage hearts and minds”, which mandates all Liberians not to stand on the sideline but they must be actively engaged in the change process in Liberia. Nevertheless, while Mr. Cummings’ platform seems to be impressive at first glance, there will be a need for consensus building down the line.
CAPITOL HILL — U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan briefed President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday on the status of the health replacement bill, only hours before the measure was scheduled to come to a vote in the House of Representatives. This comes amid conjecture the Republicans may not have the necessary votes to pass the bill. A day after threatening to leave the nation’s health care law intact if congress fails to overhaul it, the president launched an eleventh hour campaign to secure support for the bill, the American Health Care Act. A panel that sets rules for House floor debate sent the replacement measure to the full House of Representatives Friday for debate before a vote later in the day. Friday morning, Trump targeted fellow Republicans who remained opposed to the measure that would replace what is commonly known as Obamacare, a key promise during his presidential campaign.
Hundreds of Liberians as early as midday today walked alongside the casket bearing the remains of Quincy L. Burrowes, affectionately called Quincy ‘B’ from the St. Moses Funeral Parlors in Gardnerville to the Antoinette Tubman Stadium for a nightlong wake keeping. Mourners, mostly young people in t-shirts with the portrait of the late Liberian musical star were seen in tears as they accompanied the transparent casket to the ATS for the night, as dozens of others stood on the sidewalks to take a glance of the remains of their favorite musical star. As the long queue of vehicles accompanying the casket drove from the funeral parlors, the entire city of Monrovia and its suburb was locked with traffic, as vehicles traveling from that route could not easily drive on. The fallen Liberian musical star died on March 3, 2017 as a result of a vehicle which he was driving crash around the headquarter of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the Monrovia City Hall during the early morning hour. He is expected to be buried tomorrow, Saturday, March 25, 2017 in Bong County his birth place.
The London attacker who injured over 40 people and killed about 4 victims around the United Kingdom parliament has been technically linked to Nigeria. It has been revealed that the stepdad of the London attacker, Khalid Masood, is of Nigerian origin. His step dad is 77-year-old Mr. Philip Ajao, who is believed to be of Nigerian background. The mother of the killer, Janet Ajao, spends her time listening to classical music with her husband, tending to her chickens and working on her crafts. Read more of this storySource: tori.ng online(Visited 47 times, 47 visits today)Commentscomments
Monrovia - In an effort to consolidate common market and the creation of a free trade across borders in West Africa, countries in the Mano River Basin have begun creating awareness about the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme which provides opportunities for citizens trading in the region. The Trade Liberalization Scheme is the main tool for promoting regional trade. “The ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS) is, therefore, the mechanism established by our ECOWAS Leaders to operationalize the Free Trade Area by facilitating the movement of originating goods within the Mano River Union and our region as a whole. Deputy Commerce and Industry Minister Steve Marvie assured ECOWAS of the implementation of the trade scheme. He said the trade scheme will help in reducing unnecessary burden on trade.
Monrovia – The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) says taxpayers are at liberty to pay their taxes in both Liberia and United States dollar currencies. Legal basis for collecting revenues in Liberian Dollars are coined in the Public Financial Management Act and the Liberia Revenue Code, CG Tamba said. The Commissioner General said taxes paid in Liberian dollars will be done so at the prevailing exchange rate as published by the Central Bank of Liberia. Pursuant to Section 6(c) of the Liberia Revenue Code, “Except as otherwise provided by this Code, when it is necessary to translate foreign currency into Liberian or US dollars, or US dollars into Liberian dollars, the exchange rate shall be the applicable buying rate published by the Central Bank”. This tax payment scheme, however, does not apply to payment of customs duties and it related taxes.
Monrovia – Since June 2016 public service trade unions have been staging protest actions once monthly and Government of Liberia has not taken their main concerns seriously. There have been nine public actions at Government Ministries and Agencies bringing to the attention of violations of the rights of public service workers and the government have done nothing about their plights. Contrasting Labor Laws in the CountryThe Liberian Government operates two labor laws in the Country – The Civil Service Standing Order for the Public Services and The Decent Work Law. The Civil Service Standing Order is very silent on workers forming trade unions in the country while the Decent Work Law encourages massively the establishment of trade unions in the private sector. Like was done at the Ministry of Labor, the Civil Service Agency, the Independent National Human Rights Commission, etc.
According to him, what goes towards the health system strengthening, especially in the areas of maternal mortality and neo-natal deaths is laudable. “We want to say we appreciate this; we still remain your partner and we will remain fully engaged with the World Bank,” he concluded. For her part, World Bank Country Manager to Liberia Larisa Leschenko assured the Liberian Government that the World Bank will continue to support its programs prioritizes in its medium-term Development Agenda, the Agenda for Transformation in lifting its people out of poverty. ‘’ Let’s move ahead with diligence and Implement this project aimed at Strengthening Health Care Delivery Services and help transform Liberia’’. She indicated that the grant will address six priority investment areas in essential health services and health system bottlenecks.
Geneva, Switzerland - Vice President Joseph Boakai has been meeting with the head of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Dr. Margaret Chan and the two discuss a wide range of issues affecting the health sectors of developing nations. Vice President Boakai paying a courtesy calls on Dr. Chan and her Staff. In her welcome remarks Dr. Chan said ‘I am very proud of Liberia and recounted that Ebola is a natural occurrence and ecological evolution that no nation has control over. Dr. Chan praised the Government and people of Liberia for their response to the Ebola crisis. She warned that such outbreaks know no borders and that no one country can stop an epidemic.
There was more to Quincy B than his melodious voice and harmonious notes, and reaction of the nation might be a fraction of his true essence. But Quincy B and co had a strategy to win this ongoing battle for nationalistic consciousness. They, including the ones Quincy has left for us that reinforce the generational cries of the pioneers of Liberian music, Liberian arts and culture. This is indeed a new beginning in the history of Liberian music, with Quincy B being a chief architect. If he had the chance to help me pen this tribute, he would simply say: “I am Quincy B, I’m meant to be.”James Harding Giahyue, Contributing Writer
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on Wednesday, March 22, commenced a three-day empowerment program for stakeholders of the National Trade Facilitation Committee of Liberia (NTFC). The training is intended to broaden the knowledge of stakeholders on international standards and best practices for the facilitation of trade. Minister Marvie told participants that the forum will also be used to rank the priority measures in the Action Plan emanating from of the recent documented trade Facilitation Agreement Report, a report that was done by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). “Many of you participated in the IFC on the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which is an important agreement for global trade community,” he added. He said the training is in relation to article 232 of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement, whereby member countries of the WTO are expected to establish committees that will take the role to facilitate the implementation of the article within the agreement.
Mano River Union (MRU) countries yesterday, March 23, began a 2-day brainstorming initiative on the way to boost inter-regional trade and promote industrial activities through effective and inclusive implementation of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS), including the entire West African space or countries. The Minister said the people of MRU countries are aware that the investment climate may not be appropriate; yet, they depend on policymakers to make innovative and constructive ways to fix the economy, reduce poverty and promote trade. Maurice O. Ogutu, Agriculture Development Officer of United States Agency for International Development (USAID), who spoke on behalf of the United States Embassy, said increasing regional trade is a cornerstone of the United States Government’s ‘Feed the Future’ strategy for food security in West Africa. “USAID works with West African partners to boost competitiveness of the transportation and logistics sectors to reduce or eliminate unnecessary legal and regulatory barriers to trade, and to improve the efficiency of regional market transactions,” said Ogutu. He said USAID and the US Embassy are partnering directly with ECOWAS through the Promoting Food Across Borders (PROFAB) Program to ensure stronger implementation of regional trade agreements such as the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme and to ensure that sanitary and phytosanitary measures are implemented in ways that facilitate trade while also protecting public health.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a condolence message to the Government and people of Ghana following the death of at least 20 persons and injury of 22 others. Twenty people, mainly high school students, died after a large tree fell on them at the popular Kintampo waterfalls in the Brong-Ahafo region, one of the highest in the country. Rescue teams used chainsaws to cut through the fallen tree and free those trapped underneath. A Foreign Ministry release states that in the message to her Ghanaian counterpart, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President Sirleaf, on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia and in her own name, extended heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Ghana, especially the affected families. President Sirleaf further expressed the hope that the resilience and strength that the people of Ghana have always demonstrated during moments of challenge will be a bulwark or consolation during this difficult period.
According to latest report, the mortal remains of the late Liberian musical star, Quincy L. Burrowes, affectionately called Quincy ‘B’ who died from car crash early morning hour of March 3, 2017 is expected to be buried on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Hundreds of mourners, mostly from the youthful population are expected to pay their last respect to their fallen musician at a funeral services to be held at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium on Friday, March 24, 2017. The fallen Liberian musical star was returning from a local entertainment center, Anglers bar and restaurant when his car lost control and somersaulted opposite the Monrovia City Hall instantly led to his death. (Visited 1,150 times, 33 visits today)Commentscomments