New York, USA – Under the Chairmanship of Liberia's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Israel Davies, the UN General Assembly has adopted two draft resolutions in support of improving universal health coverage. On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, Liberia co-sponsored the two resolutions – “Global health and foreign policy, addressing the health of the most vulnerable for an inclusive society” and “International Universal Health Coverage Day”. Liberia recognizes that despite progress in the health sector, challenges in global health including major inequities and vulnerabilities still remain and require urgent attention. Toward that end, the General Assembly adopted, without a vote, the draft resolution “International Universal Health Coverage Day” is proclaiming December 12 every year as International Universal Health Coverage Day to be observed in Members States with relevant educational and awareness raising activities. The issue of universal health is captured under Goal 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals which seeks to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages by 2030.
December 14, 2017 02:37 UTC
Monrovia – The Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has set March 31st, 2018 as the deadline for all insurance companies to comply with the bank’s new capital requirements for insurance companies operating in Liberia. The new regulation sets the capital requirement for each class of insurance business, and requires each insurance company to maintain a minimum capital requirement based on the category of insurance activity being undertaken by a company. Under the regulation, General/Non-Life Insurance Business, must maintain a minimum capital requirement of U$1.500, 000.00; Life Insurance Business, a minimum capital requirement of US $750,000.00; and Reinsurance, a minimum capital requirement of US$5,000,000.00. Dr. Siaplay encouraged non-compliant companies to either merge with or be acquired by viable companies. The move the Bank noted is in line with its mandate under the New Insurance Act of 2014 as the Regulator and Supervisor of the Insurance Industry of Liberia.
December 14, 2017 02:37 UTC
President Akufo-Addo of Ghana, has received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree Honoris Causa in International Law, from the University of Liberia, at its 98th Commencement Exercises, on Wednesday, 13th December, 2017. “I am lucky, as the first was received during my time as leader of Ghana’s opposition, and this in my period as President of Ghana,” he said, to a rousing applause from the gathering. Whilst congratulating the President, Vice Chancellor, lecturers, students, and all alumni at the 98th Commencement Exercises of the University, President Akufo-Addo stated that the University of Liberia has done more than most in shaping the intellectual, moral and political outlook of Liberia. “And I must confess that I feel so proud to be part of such a seminal moment. They had to believe in themselves and in the African race, when all around them said they counted for nothing,” he said.
December 13, 2017 22:07 UTC
Spending time in Liberia, one of the poorest countries in the world, forces one to think about why poor countries are poor and how they might become less so. But being in one of the world’s most disadvantaged places also shines a light back on the United States, one of the most privileged nations on the planet. As I take stock of what Liberia needs, I am reminded over and over again of the advantages that our own country is putting at risk. The United States, a country that has almost everything, is doing its best to squander a degree of privilege unparalleled in history. Even today, less than 10 percent of the nation’s roads are paved.
December 13, 2017 21:45 UTC
For his part, the Chief Operation Officer of the RIA, Samuel Thompson lauded the Liberian Government and people for allowing the airlines to extend its services to the country. “We are looking for integration of Africa because integration is part of the creation of AWA. We have come to ensure that our people can move safely across Africa. “This is a real development for West Africa and the continent of Africa. We believe that your services are real, reliable and safe.
December 13, 2017 17:15 UTC
RedTv, a dynamic online lifestyle channel, supported by United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, marked its second year with the REDTVRave, a funfilled outdoor event to celebrate its growing fan-base. The second edition of the annual rave, which held over the weekend, was well-attended. REDTV is a digital online television network that features the very best in entertainment, news, design, travel, fashion, music, sports, comedy and much more. He said, ‘REDTV is already winning coveted awards having received top two awards at the recently held Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) in New York City. If you missed the #REDTV rave, it’s not too late to be a part of the movement.
December 13, 2017 16:52 UTC
(News 24/ Caryn Dolley|Cape Town – A Dutch arms dealer, who faces 19 years in jail in the Netherlands for selling firearms to former Liberian president Charles Taylor, is still in police custody, despite arguing that his continued detention could prove fatal. Augustinus Petrus Kouwenhoven’s bail application continued for the second consecutive day in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. Kouwenhoven wants to be released on bail and is willing to be placed under house arrest if this happens. However, affidavits obtained from the State say he is a fugitive and flight risk. Read more of this storySource: News 24/News Now(Visited 12 times, 8 visits today)Commentscomments
December 13, 2017 15:45 UTC
(NY1.com) – The search is on for the person who shot and killed an 80-year-old deli owner in Brooklyn. The man allegedly returned later and opened fire inside the 797 Deli Grocery on Stanley Avenue in East New York. Nearly four years ago there was another murder at the same deli. 55-year-old Hisham Zidan was found by a customer in the basement with blunt force trauma to the head. Source: NY1.com(Visited 4 times, 4 visits today)Commentscomments
December 13, 2017 11:37 UTC
The hearing of this case over the past weeks has been delayed due to undisclosed reasons, a situation which has pondered many Liberians including local and international business owners, who are craving for an immediate settlement of Liberian Government’s financial obligations to businesses including the businessman George Haddad chain of businesses. The last scheduled hearing on December 1, 2017 into this very case was not heard for undisclosed reason, while at the same time a drama unfolded when the main entry to the Court where the case was be held was locked ahead of the hearing of the case between George Haddad’s group of companies regarding what is believed as an unpaid debt of US$10.7 million the Liberia Government owed. However, Liberians who spoke to the GNN-Liberia prayed that tomorrow’s hearing will be held without any setback as was previously done, noting, “The Court has to come out with a definite ruling in order for this businessman to receive his just payments. George Haddad’s salaries obligation with is employees who have not been paid for months must be settled after the Liberian Government pay his huge financial arrears,” Aaron Q. Jacobs who spoke to our staff noted. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)Commentscomments
December 13, 2017 10:41 UTC
A truck belonging to the World Food Programme of the United Nations was yesterday set ablaze by angry crowds in Nimba County after the truck reportedly collided with a motorcycle on the highway killing three of the occupants, a situation which report said made angry residents of the area to set ablaze of the truck. According to the report, the driver of the truck has since escaped the scene for fear of reprisal, while the dead were immediately taken to Ganta for funeral arrangements. Source: Fabric Radio(Visited 14 times, 14 visits today)Commentscomments
December 13, 2017 07:31 UTC
(AP) MONTGOMERY, Ala. — In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama’s special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, one of the reddest of red states, and proved anew that party loyalty is anything but sure in the age of Trump. The Republican loss was a major embarrassment for the president and a fresh wound for the nation’s already divided GOP. “We have shown not just around the state of Alabama, but we have shown the country the way — that we can be unified,” Jones declared as supporters in a Birmingham ballroom cheered, danced and cried tears of joy. Still in shock, the Democrat struggled for words: “I think that I have been waiting all my life, and now I just don’t know what the hell to say.”Read more of this storySource: NJ.com/AP(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)Commentscomments
December 13, 2017 05:26 UTC
Monrovia - Green City has certificated 100 urban youth from 10 slum communities in Montserrado County in waste management and recycling. The Executive Director of Green City further said that the beneficiaries were trained in circle social counseling and also conflict resolution, in addition to waste management. With this initiative, Mulbah said they (Green City) will buy the wastes, mainly plastic materials, from the beneficiaries and in return turn those wastes into something valuable. “Plastic will be more attended to; especially in the urban areas,” the Executive Director of Green City disclosed. Adolphus Kiazulu, one of the beneficiaries from the project, thanked Green City for the initiative, which is helping to generate income and to make Monrovia clean.
December 13, 2017 03:22 UTC
Monrovia - Two incumbent lawmakers from Nimba County District #s 4 and 8 respectively, have lost complaint of alleged election mal-practices filed before the hearing officer of the National Elections Commission (NEC). The appeal by the two lawmakers follows a dismissal of their respective complaints by NEC hearing officer, Cllr. Larry Younquoi of Nimba County District #8 who complaint was dismissed by NEC hearing officer Wonsehleay on Monday had earlier complained to the Commission that he contested in the October 10th Presidential and Representatives elections. In his ruling to dismiss Younquoi’s complaint Monday, NEC hearing officer Cllr. His rival, through his legal counsel, rejected his complaint and called on the hearing officer to dismiss it because the allegation lacks proof.
December 13, 2017 03:11 UTC
Most of these young men travel by road through the desert, from Mali to Algeria or Libya or Morocco, onward to Italy or Spain. One of such Liberians, who trekked this dangerous journey and luckily came back home alive is George Kollie, who is now a taxi driver. My Oldma had to find that money and send for my release.”“Those who parents or relatives could not send money in time were killed or sold as slaves. “I made a lot of money working at the construction site but you cannot send money out of Algeria""You are not allowed to travel out of the country with their money, so I could not send money home." "They took all my money and told me that I could not take their money out of their country."
December 13, 2017 02:37 UTC
Monrovia – Former Defense Minister of Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), Mr. Thomas Woewiyu’s criminal case has been assigned for Monday, February 26, 2018 by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. “In The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, take notice that the entitled case has been set for a specially listed jury trail, in the United States District Court, United State Courthouse, 601 Market Street, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, on Monday February 26 2018 at 10:am before the honorable Anita B. Brody, in Courtroom 7-B on the 7th floor,” the Court added. Woewiyu had been living in the United States and returned to Liberia to contest a senatorial seat for Grand Bassa County prior to his arrest. U.S. prosecutors won a motion from a Federal Magistrate Judge to delay the start of the Federal case against former rebel Liberian defense minister and spokesman, Woewiyu, citing the Speedy Trial Act. The historic case marked the first time that Liberian war victims were able to testify against a perpetrator for crimes committed during the bloody Liberian civil war in a public trial inside or outside of Liberia.
December 13, 2017 02:26 UTC