This means that any decision made by leaders outside of the law evokes criticism, and as the criticism grows, the more an individual’s job or administration is likely to be undermined. The LEITI Act of 2009 requires that the President appoints members of the Multi Stakeholders Group (MSG), which shall designate one of its members as chairperson and another as co-chairperson. One international body that has condemned the President’s action removing LEITI’s head of Secretariat is the international transparency watchdog, Global Witness. We recall that President Weah, when taking the oath of office during his inauguration on January 22, 2018, vowed to defend the Constitution on which all other laws are based. And lest we forget, President Weah also used the occasion to urge others, particularly his officials, to follow his example and do the same.
March 21, 2018 02:15 UTC
A two-day interactive forum organized by authorities of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) for employees of the private and public sectors opens today, March 21 at a resort in Monrovia, the entity press release has said. Day one of the event will be dedicated to educating the public sector employers and employees, while the next day will focus on the private sector. According to the release, today’s forum will educate employers and employees in the private and public sectors on the new NASSCORP Act. It can be recalled that on December 27, 2016, the Legislature passed an Act repealing Decree No. The Act was approved by then President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on February, 2017 and printed into handbill.
March 21, 2018 02:15 UTC
A coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGO) under the banner NGO Coalition and international partners on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 observed International Day of Forest Celebration. This year’s celebration by NGO Coalition and partners in Liberia was held at the Corina Hotel under the theme: “Save Liberia’s Tropical Forest, Save Liberia’s Future”. “The forest sector still has potential, and when managed well, it can generate revenues and reduce environmental damage and threats to rural livelihoods”, he disclosed. “Dialoguing on these laws, polices and or agreements to improve governance and equitable management of Liberia’s forest is important”, he said. At the end of the day, host communities are victimized and left vulnerable much to the surprise of international partners who work 24 hours around the clock to ensure equitable distribution of those resources.
A court in İzmir, western Turkey, has accepted a prosecutor’s indictment charging U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson with criminal offences on behalf of two separate terrorist organisations, with an aim to “divide Turkey” between the pair. The charges carry a recommended sentence of up to 35 years, Turkish news site Diken reported on Tuesday. Brunson was arrested during the aftermath of the failed July 2016 coup attempt, which Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party blames on Islamist cleric Fethullah Gülen and an alleged criminal organisation they call the “Fetthullahist Terrorist Organisation”, or FETÖ. His arrest came around a year after fighting resumed between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a terrorist-designated group which has been in intermittent conflict with Turkish Armed Forces since launching a separatist insurgency in 1984. “Under the guise of an Evangelist pastor, Brunson acted more like an irregular warfare operative with an intelligence and psychological warfare doctrine,” the charge sheets said of the pastor, who had lived in the city of İzmir for 20 years before his arrest.
The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, will arrive in Monrovia, Liberia in the evening of 21 March. According to a press release, on Thursday, 22 March, she will participate in an event to celebrate the successful completion of the UN Mission in Liberia’s mandate. She will depart for Nigeria late in the day on 23 March. The release conclude. (Visited 19 times, 19 visits today)Commentscomments
Since being accused in 2014 of developing the missile, Russia has repeatedly denied the U.S. assertions and claimed that Washington had essentially quit the Soviet-era arms-control pact already. During a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Republican Deb Fischer asked if Russia was increasing its production and deployment of the cruise-missile system. U.S. intelligence first detected that Russia was testing a new missile system in the late 2000s, but it wasn’t until 2014 when the administration of then-President Barack Obama formally leveled its accusation. The latest legislation funding U.S. military programs calls for spending up $60 million to develop a new ground-launched cruise missile to counter the Russian effort. Adding further to the mistrust is the U.S. conclusion that the Russian engineers deliberately designed the new missile system to blend in with other permitted missile systems, such as the Iskander.
March 20, 2018 17:37 UTC
The case is already the fifth explosion that went off in Texas in three weeks, with police suspecting that the same serial bomber is behind four previous blasts. One employee was injured as a package with nails and shrapnel bound for Austin, Texas exploded at the FedEx facility on Tuesday, according to the local fire department. READ MORE: Fourth Explosion in Austin: Two Men Seriously Hurt by Tripwire Blast (VIDEO)According to the ABC News service, the incident took place at a FedEx distribution facility in Schertz, Texas, just after midnight. The employee who was injured was not hospitalized. Source: Sputnik | News Now(Visited 6 times, 6 visits today)Commentscomments
March 20, 2018 11:26 UTC
Russia’s defense minister says three attempts at staging chemical attacks in the Eastern Ghouta suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus, have been foiled over the past week. Sergei Shoigu made the remarks at a Defense Ministry meeting, Russia Today reported on Tuesday, adding, “There is a possibility that terrorists will use poisonous substances in order to accuse the Syrian troops of using chemical weapons in future.”Last month, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is sympathetic to anti-Damascus militants, claimed a suspected gas attack had taken place in Eastern Ghouta. The US, France and Britain have been trying to put the blame for the suspected chemical incident on the Damascus government. They have warned they would strike Syria if those claims are proven. Source: PRESS TV | News Now(Visited 18 times, 18 visits today)Commentscomments
March 20, 2018 11:03 UTC
Reflecting on the event’s theme: Rural Women and Girls Economic Empowerment, Madam Weah said it was time to empower rural women by giving them land ownership and access to credit to increase their agriculture output and provide much needed income. Sharing her story as a beneficiary, Ma Kebbeh Mongar, National President of the Rural Women Structure explained that she and other rural women benefitted from adult literacy programs, leadership trainings, business management, and mobile banking services. Madam Mongar who displayed packaged products created by rural women at the event, said the interventions from the Government and UN Women have made a huge difference in their lives. She called for more support to empower more women and girls in rural Liberia. Meanwhile, partners including UN Women and Canada have assured that they will continue to work with Liberia to ensure the full accomplishment of gender equality and economic empowerment of women and girls.
March 20, 2018 10:30 UTC
That’s the question many Liberians are pondering over the current whereabouts of Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor. Reflecting on the event's theme: Rural Women and Girls Economic Empowerment, Madam Weah said it was time to empower rural women by giving them land ownership and access to credit to increase their agriculture output and provide much needed income. Sharing her story as a beneficiary, Ma Kebbeh Mongar, National President of the Rural Women Structure explained that she and other rural women benefitted from adult literacy programs, leadership trainings, business management, and mobile banking services. Madam Mongar who displayed packaged products created by rural women at the event, said the interventions from the Government and UN Women have made a huge difference in their lives. She called for more support to empower more women and girls in rural Liberia.
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March 20, 2018 06:45 UTC
This was followed by condemnation by other watchdog groups including Global Witness (GW) who, in a release issued on Monday, condemned what it termed as the illegal removal of LEITI Head Secretariat, Mr. Karmo—in clear violation of the act that created the anti-graft entity. “Global Witness strongly condemns the illegal removal of Mr. Karmo, Head of Secretariat of the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI). The international watchdog also declared the removal of Mr. Karmo and his replacement by Nyekan as illegal and called for the withdrawal of Nyekan’s appointment. A March 19 Global Witness press release said “LEITI is an autonomous Liberian agency that ensures transparency in Liberia’s forestry, oil, mining, and agricultural plantation sectors. Weah’s illegal appointment of Gabriel Nyenka as Head of LEITI, loyalist CDCians that never see anything wrong the President does, even if such wrong was inadvertent, told us to “shut up”; insisting the President was “right”.
March 20, 2018 02:34 UTC
A doctor at Hope for Women International is reported to have performed an operation on Fahnbulleh, which resulted into her death, while Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah was in the United States. However, a member of the Committee, Margibi County Senator Jim Tornolah, raised the same haunting questions about the death of Desiree. But following consultations among members of the Committee, Senator Coleman informed her (Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah) she could comment on it if she so desired. Finally discharged by the Sergeant-at-arms, Dr. Jallah breathed a visible sigh of relief, accompanied by a large crowd of nurses clad in white uniforms and women wearing white T-shirts. Maryland County Senator Gbleh-Bo Brown, who raised the motion that suspended the first hearing two weeks ago, was conspicuously absent at yesterday’s hearings.
March 20, 2018 02:26 UTC
“I was not here when he (Rep. Kolubah) led police and DEA officers to raid ghettos. No ghetto was discovered here at all.”She said it was Rep. Kolubah who pointed at their house and referred to it as a ghetto. Passawe said the officers reached the porch of his son’s house and ordered him to make available drugs they accused him of selling. When contacted via mobile phone, Rep. Kolubah said if the affected residents have any claims aginst him, they should take him to court. I moved with them from place to place in order to identify the ghettos but I did not give orders for them to break into anyone’s home,” Rep. Kolubah told the Daily Observer.
March 20, 2018 02:26 UTC
We find it URGENTLY NECESSARY to remind the Ministry of Health and the Executive Mansion to pay swift heed to the recently reported resurfacing of the deadly Lassa Fever in Nimba and Montserrado Counties. Unlike Ebola, whose true source was unknown, Lassa Fever has been well documented and there are procedures already put in place to combat the disease effectively. One of these known facts is that Lassa Fever originates from infected rats carrying the Lassa Hemorrhagic fever. Here is the perfect environment for rats, cockroaches, mosquitoes and other parasites, who are waiting to carry any deadly diseases, including Lassa Fever, into our homes. No one will feel sorry for Liberia if we are again attacked by another deadly disease epidemic.
March 20, 2018 02:15 UTC
Hundreds of citizens, county officials, dignitaries and local and international guests joined the Orange Liberia team to launch its new 4G LTE sites in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, on Tuesday, March 13. Speaking at the event, the CEO of Orange Liberia, Mr. Mamadou Coulibaly, said the launching of 4G LTE in Buchanan was part of a long-term strategy of Orange, which had been announced by OMEA CEO Mr. Bruno Mettling, during the branding of Orange in Liberia in 2017. Mr. Mamadou Coulibaly declared that Orange Liberia will continue to implement an unprecedented network expansion across rural Liberia, despite infrastructural challenges. He revealed that Orange has invested more than US$40 million infrastructure and network expansion in Liberia since 2016 and referred to it as “the largest investment in the Liberian telecommunications sector in recent times.”The Orange network expansion focuses heavily on reaching vast parts of rural Liberia, which do not have access to telecommunications network. In addition, the company (which was the first to launch 4G LTE sites outside of Monrovia) is making strides to ensure that every county will have access to high-speed internet in the near future.
March 20, 2018 02:15 UTC