US foreign aid cuts: what could impact be? -

Peter Ford / Staff Writer, Christian MonitorA leaked State Department budget document lays out proposals for a 30.8 percent cut in development aid and plans to sharply cut back USAID. Paris—When President Donald Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, presented the outlines of the new US administration’s first budget last month, he made no bones about its purpose. “This is a hard power budget. It is not a soft power budget,” he told reporters, referring to Mr. Trump’s preference for military firepower over the influence he might wield through development aid. A leaked State Department budget document lays out proposals for a 30.8 percent cut in development aid and plans to sharply cut back USAID, America’s premier foreign aid agency, by closing many of its projects.

April 29, 2017 20:15 UTC

Assam DSP arrested for posting derogatory remark against a lady BJP -

Contributed by Hemanta Kumar NathGuwahati, April 29 : Assam CID on Saturday had arrested a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) for posting derogatory remark against a woman BJP legislator in Assam on Facebook. A top official of Assam police said that, following a two and half hours long interrogation, the sleuths of CID had arrested DSP Anjan Bora, who is presently served as a DSP in 23rd Assam Police Battalion at Manja in Karbi Anglong district. A case (7/17) was registered against the DSP of Assam police in CID following an FIR filed by the IGP (Admin) for his alleged remarks on a woman BJP MLA on Facebook. The top Assam cop said that, the sleuths of CID had seized a laptop, mobile phone, incriminating documents from the house of Anjan Bora. Recently, the arrested DSP posted a controversial post on Facebook that, a lady BJP legislator involved in flesh trade.

April 29, 2017 11:37 UTC

Gambian President Praises President Sirleaf For Helping Gambia To End Decades Of Jammeh Misrule, Slavery, Subjugation And Political Bondage! -

He thanked president Sirleaf for coming to Gambia’s aid in times of need. The credit largely goes to the Liberian president and ECOWAS in particular. We are very grateful for her immense contribution in the restoration of democracy in our country,” president Barrow remarked, while being applauded by the Gambian community in Liberia. Speaking in the Mandinka dialect, Mr. Barrow used the occasion to thank the Gambian community for according him such a rousing welcome and reception. He had talks with the Liberian president during his trip.

April 28, 2017 18:00 UTC

US-Led Coalition Strikes Destroy Daesh Oil Infrastructure Near Deir Ez-Zor -

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US-led coalition destroyed a media center of the Daesh terror group (banned in Russia) during its 28 airstrikes against the terrorists in Iraq and Syria on Thursday, Operation Inherent Resolve said in a press release. “In Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 33 engagements against Daesh targets,” the release said. “Near Al Qaim, two strikes engaged an Daesh tactical unit and destroyed three weapons caches and an Daesh media center.”In Iraq, the airstrikes were waged near four locations, including Mosul and Rawah, and destroyed three weapons caches, two bunkers, a mortar system, an excavator, as well as an anti-air artillery system. Read more of this storySource: News Now/ Sputnik International(Visited 12 times, 12 visits today)Commentscomments

April 28, 2017 14:37 UTC

Liberians Expressing Concern As ‘Strange Disease’ Rages On Killing 11 -

Those infected with the “strange” disease showed symptoms of severe stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and headaches, Liberia’s chief medical officer, Francis Kateh, said on national radio. Blood samples have been sent for analysis to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States, said Kateh. Health authorities were made aware of the unknown disease on April 25, when several people died in south-eastern Sinoe County. The teams were investigating reports linking the disease to attendance at the funeral of a religious leader in Sinoe County. Liberians many of whom who spoke to the GNN-Liberia are expressing fears as to the outbreak of this unknown disease, and are calling on the international medical institutions including the Center for Disease Control (CDC) of the United States.

April 28, 2017 14:26 UTC

Hunger-strike Solidarity Protests: Palestinians Clash With Israeli Forces -

JERUSALEM (Al Bawaba News) – Clashes erupted in the occupied East Jerusalem-area village of al-Issawiya on Thursday evening after Israeli forces took down a sit-in tent set up in solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners. Member of a local follow-up committee Muhammad Abu al-Hummus told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the village from several entryways before raiding the sit-in tent, shortly after it had been set up. Israeli forces then destroyed and confiscated the tent. Abu al-Hummus added that clashes erupted in several areas of the village, pointing out that Israeli forces deployed on the rooftops of buildings. Meanwhile in the nearby Shufat refugee camp, clashes erupted at a military checkpoint at the entrance of the camp following a solidarity march with hunger-striking prisoners, who had entered their 11th day of strike on Thursday.

April 28, 2017 09:11 UTC

Liberia's VP Standard Bearer Dilemma: An objective View From a 3rd Party

It is a laborious task and if it is skillfully executed, the person selected may certainly become the next Vice President of Liberia. Vice President Boakai seemingly favors a southeastern candidate because he thinks it will help to unite the country. Before the inclusion of Dr. Sayeh, Dr. Henrique Tokpah was the presumptive pick of the Vice President. Son of the former president of Liberia, Samuel K. Doe, Jr is a known surrogate of the Vice President. Both Coalition for Democratic Change and Alternative National Congress have selected their vice running mates from Bong County.

April 28, 2017 07:18 UTC

Geno —The Policy Wonk With A Knack For Music

I’m working on a new music now with a producer that I went to school with at Syracuse. I left home when I was 10 to attend the American Boychoir School, which was a boarding school for boys who had an interest in music. My old ma was super supportive of my love of music, even though she hated hip hop. I guess no one in Liberia knew you were an artiste—most probably thought you were that policy wonk. I think things slowed down a bit and I was looking to keep my mind sharp and occupied a bit.

April 28, 2017 02:37 UTC

University of Liberia Medical College Gets New Dean

Monrovia – The President of the University of Liberia Prof. Dr. Emmet A. Dennis has appointed Associate Professor of Physiology and Chairman of the Department of Psychology at the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, Dr. Z'Sherman Adams Jr., as Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine. Dr. Adams replaces Prof. Dr. Vuyu K. Golakai, former dean of the college. Dr. Adams is a 1979 graduate of the University of Torino in Italy, and a 1974 graduate of the A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, University of Liberia. He is also expected to develop a health program that is geared toward human capital needs of Liberia while at the same time ensuring an intellectual atmosphere for both faculty and students of the health sciences. In accepting the appointment, Dr. Adams said, he considers his appointment as a big challenge.

April 28, 2017 02:26 UTC

Liberia Gets US$21.6M to Boost Feeder Roads in South-east Region

Monrovia – The government of Liberia through the Ministry of Public Works Wednesday April 26, 2017 signed a US$ 21.6 million agreement with the Sweden to support a third phase of the Swedish feeder roads project in seven counties. The agreement will bring relief to citizens from the south eastern part of Liberia. The US$ 21.6 million contribution from the Swedish government is in support of a four year project titled “Liberia Swedish” Feeder road project phase 3. In the agreement the government of Liberia will provide funding of approximately US$ 8.7 million dollars for road maintenance through the new Liberia road fund. The signing of the agreement held Wednesday between the Minister of Public works William Gyude Moore and Torbjorn Patterson Assistant Director General for Africa Affairs at the Swedish Embassy in Liberia, is the third phase of the Liberia Swedish feeder roads project.

April 28, 2017 02:26 UTC

Liberia Benefits From US Military Cadet Program

Monrovia – From 161 countries that applied to benefit from the prestigious West Point Military Academy in the United States of America, Liberia is among 13 countries around the world selected. Scott Amos Collins, 22 years of age is to represent Liberia. He was on Thursday 27 April, 2017 inducted into the Armed Forces of Liberia,( AFL) as an officer cadet at the Ministry of National Defence. His admission qualifies him for a four-year degree in addition to military regimentation. Following final screening by the US Government, candidate Scott Amos Collins matched the final selection standard for admission into the United States military class of 2021, which commences in July 2017.

April 28, 2017 02:15 UTC

NOCAL Donates US$100K to Mental Health Research Institution

Monrovia - The National Oil Company has presented a check of US$100,000 to the Liberia Center for Outcome Research in Mental Health (LICORMH) as support to government, in an effort to reduce drug addiction and substance use disorder in Liberia. Liberia has one psychiatric hospital that provides treatment to persons with mental health and substance use disorder, and he believes that center has limited accommodation. “The project is linked to the government of Liberia’s National Mental Health Policy and strategic plan which calls for the construction of wellness units in the 15 counties. Clearly, numerous studies have continued to link mental health problems and the risk of suicide as well as alcohol and drug use disorders. In the case of Zogos, it is fair to say that no such evidence exist of their mental illness, although their possible drug use and alcohol abuse and the linkages to mental health issues is inferred.

April 28, 2017 02:15 UTC

Gambian President, Adama Barrow, Visits Liberian Counterpart

Monrovia – Gambian President, Mr. Adama Barrow has arrived in the country on a two-day official visit as guest of the Liberian government. Before he had disembarked his plane, which is decorated with the Gambian flag, President Sirleaf accompanied by the Chief of Protocol, Rev. Jarvis Witherspoon, walked to the steps of the aircraft to give the Gambian President a red-carpet welcome to Liberia. President Barrow held a meeting with Gambian citizens residing in Liberia in the conference room of the Boulevard Palace Hotel. Meanwhile, on Friday, April 28, Gambian President Barrow begins his day’s activities with a meeting with Ambassadors of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at the Boulevard Palace Hotel.

April 28, 2017 01:52 UTC

Liberia Armed Forces Inducts The Youngest, Scott Amos Collins As Officer Cadet -

The Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL)Thursday admitted into service 22-year-old Scott Amos Collins as “Officer Cadet”. Collins’ admission qualifies him for a four-year degree at the prestigious West Point Military Academy in the United States of America. Dating back to 1988 when two Liberians last attended the prestigious West Point Military Academy, the young Liberian becomes the first in 29 years. He is also one of the international nominees from 161 countries around the world to gain admission to the United States Military Class of 2021, which starts in July 2017. Upon the completion of the four-year degree program in addition to military regimentation and upon returning to Liberia, Collins will be commissioned by the president as a junior officer in the Armed Forces of Liberia.

April 28, 2017 01:31 UTC

Ellen Issues Stay Order on Removal of Ex-combatants From 72nd Barrack

Monrovia – Deputy Defense Minister for Administration, Joseph Johnson has told member of the House of Representatives that eviction orders on residents of the 72nd Barracks have been halted based on intervention from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. He made the disclosure Thursday when he appeared before plenary of the House of Representatives representing Minister Brownie Samukai. Minister Samukai had been invited to appear before the House, via a communication from Representative Thomas Fallah (CDC-District#5 Montserrado County). According to Deputy Minister Johnson, President Sirleaf has requested the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) relax on its April 30 ultimatum. Prior to today’s disclosure, Minister Samukai had given illegal occupants of the 72nd barrack up to the end of April to move or be removed, promising to use force for anyone who failed to live up to the mandate.

April 28, 2017 01:30 UTC

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