The newly endorsed Standard Bearer of the Alternative National Congress, Alexander Cummings has vowed to waive his presidential salary to buttress the fight against corruption in Liberia when elected President comes 2017. If this comes to pass, Alexander Cummings will be the first Liberian Head of State to waive his salary to development programs of the government. Commenting on his running mate, Cummings described the new comer, Sulunteh as his “first choice” and partner in progress”. Mr. Cummings spoke highly of Jeremiah Sulunteh’s personal character and political credentials, noting he is a character worthy of public trust and confidence. Mr. Sulunteh’s preferment as running mate to Cummings brings to two the number parties who have chosen running mates with just two months to campaigning period.
Speaking to a local daily, the controversial Prince Johnson maintained that he will become the leader of the coalition, noting, “I must go first. I came third in the Presidential elections in 2011. How can I go second to Urey?” Senator Prince Y. Johnson speaking stressed. Mr. Urey may have money, but I have the numbers. I was the one that brought 12 political parties together in Ganta for the purpose of coalition.
By John Campbell –On April 12, Nigeria’s principal anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), announced that it had found $43.4 million stashed in a vacant apartment in Lagos. The cash was in U.S. dollars, British pounds, and Nigerian naira. The EFCC said its seizure was the result of a tip-off under a program whereby the whistle blower received 2.5 percent of recovered funds. The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the temporary forfeiture of the cash. Read more of this storySource: News Now/ News Week(Visited 4 times, 4 visits today)Commentscomments
By Tom Howell Jr. –In a sign the U.S. considers Ebola to be vanquished, immigration officials are reminding thousands of West Africans to pack their bags and return home or risk deportation when their temporary legal status expires in one month. The Department of Homeland Security granted more than 4,500 people from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea special permission to live and work in the states after a deadly Ebola outbreak ravaged their home countries from late 2013 to early 2016. Health officials cleared those countries of transmission last summer, and the Obama administration in September said West Africans shielded by “temporary protective status” in the U.S. had eight months to get out. Despite years of slippery deadlines under the program, Trump administration said it has no plans to budge from the May 21 cutoff, so those who have no other grounds to stay should book their flights. “DHS urges individuals who do not have another immigration status to use the time before the termination becomes effective in May to prepare for and arrange their departure from the United StatesRead more of this storySource: News Now/ Washington Times Online(Visited 9 times, 9 visits today)Commentscomments
(Al Jazeera News)- North Korea has arrested a US citizen, officials say, in the latest case of an American being held in the country. The Swedish embassy in Pyongyang said it was aware of a Korean-American citizen being detained on Friday, but could not comment further. The embassy looks after consular affairs for the US in North Korea because the two countries do not have diplomatic relations. South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, citing unnamed sources, reported that a Korean-American man was arrested on Friday at Pyongyang’s international airport while trying to leave North Korea. Read more of this storySource: Al Jazeera News(Visited 7 times, 7 visits today)Commentscomments
MONROVIA (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say a shooting in Monrovia claimed the life of a man and left a boy injured. The incident unfolded around 11:30 p.m. Saturday on W. Cypress Avenue near S. Myrtle Avenue. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, while the child was taken to a hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Authorities said the incident was being investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Monrovia police. Source: CBS/News Now(Visited 2 times, 2 visits today)Commentscomments
“I am inspired by Mr. Cummings and by his leadership. He is the best alternative Liberia has too the challenges she faces. The Alternative National Congress is the one of the country’s newest political parties in Liberia, having gained full-fledged party status in 2013. The Alternative National Congress on Saturday held their national convention at Kakata City Hall in Margibi and elected Alexander B. Cummings as standard bearer of the Alternative National Congress. After holding primaries in all 15 counties, ANC delegates choose Mr. Cummings to represent them in the upcoming Liberian presidential race.
The uniqueness of this day was designed to make Liberians be aware of STEM Education in Liberia which started as early as 9:00AM as with students, teachers, and parents marched through the major streets of Ganta City. This colorful march was led by the District Education Officer (DEO) of Bain Garr Educational District, Mr. Lynon Martor, Mrs. Sangay Faefleh; Ministry of Education Director of Science and I-Help Liberia STEM Education Program, and Mr. Abraham Jabateh, Coordinator I-Help Liberia project. The guest speaker was the President of the Nimba County Community College, Dr. Yar Donlah Gonway-Gono who challenged the students, teachers, administrators, and parents to make STEM Education an unconditional goal for a better Liberia. For his part, the I-HELP Liberia Project coordinator in Liberia, Mr. Abraham Jabateh promised I-HELP’s continuous support for STEM in Liberia. “2018 STEM Festival will be better than today, because we will plan better.” Mr. Jabateh told the students and their administrators.
The President and Founder of the Nigeria-based Omega Fire Ministries (OFM) international is due in the country for a two-day crusade beginning May 9. Apostle Johnson Suleman’s crusade will be under the theme: “Help From Above,” according to OFM Regional Pastor of Liberia, Alex Ajayi. Ajayi told a church congregation during a worship service recently that Suleman is coming to Liberia “in the name of the Lord to set the captive free and give hope to the hopeless.”He described Suleman as “a giver,” evidenced by the fact that he gave US$2,000 to two unidentified boy and girl for their educational needs when he first visited Liberia on a two-day crusade in October 2016. Ajayi recalled last year’s crusade which was themed “Raw Power” during which, he said, Suleman demonstrated greatly through the power of God by healing the sick, making the blind to see and lame to walk. “Suleman has been used by God to bless widows, orphans and churches in Nigeria and around the world,” Ajayi said, naming Sassay Community in Red Light, Sinkor Bassa Town Community, Congo Town and the headquarters on Jamaica Road, Bushrod Island as some of the OFM branches.
(By Hemanta Kumar Nath/GNN-Liberia India Correspondent)Guwahati, April 21 : Politics in the trouble torn hills district Karbi Anglong in Assam on Friday had drastically changed while over hundred youths of 24 tribal organizations staged nude protest ahead of the polls of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC). The members of 24 tribal organizations had staged nude protest of no cloths at Diphu town in the hills district and demanded to change electoral rolls ahead of the council poll. The protesters staged nude protest to draw attention of the government. The protesters demanded that, only tribal voters should be allowed to exercise in the council. So the schedule tribes who were covered with protective law are now politically naked.
Hundreds of partisans of the political leader of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) in western Liberia including Bomi, Cape Mount and Gbarpolu Counties have overwhelmingly elected Mr. Alexander B, Cummings former Chief Administrative Officer of Coca Cola Company as their Standard Bearer during a tour of the three counties recently. The citizens representing their respective called on Mr. Cummings to represent them in the pending October 10, 2017 general and presidential elections. According to our reporter who traveled with the Cummings led delegation in western Liberia, said the proximity of Bo Waterside was filled with partisans and various groups who pledged their support to Mr. Cummings for Liberia’s presidency. This support was mirrored in Gbarpolu and Bong, where Mr. Cummings, as he had across the other regions of Liberia, met with his various supporters, and won over thousands of new ones. After being declared as the Standard Bearer of the ANC in Bomi, Mr. Cummings thanked his fellow partisans and supporters, and promised them that it if they were willing to work with him, and the ANC, that together they could build a better Liberia.
EAST WINDSOR — Authorities have charged a teacher at a Monmouth County school with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy at his township home in 2012. Detectives arrested Menachem A. Chinn, 36, Thursday night at East Windsor police headquarters, township police and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday. Chinn is a teacher at the Shalom Torah Academy in the Morganville section of Marlboro, the prosecutor’s office said. The prosecutor’s office said East Windsor police recently learned of the allegation and started an investigation with the prosecutor’s office. The prosecutor’s office did not elaborate on how or why Chinn was allegedly with the boy at his home.
A Dutch businessman has been found guilty of war crimes and smuggling weapons into Liberia by the appeal court in Den Bosch in the latest twist in a legal case dating back over 10 years. Guus Kouwenhoven, now 74, had been earlier found not guilty of the charges but the Supreme Court in 2010 ordered the case be heard again. Judges sentenced him to 19 years in prison, one year less than the public prosecution department had demanded. Kouwenhoven was first sentenced to eight years in prison for breaking the UN arms embargo on Liberia in 2006. Then in 2010, the Supreme Court said later the appeal court was wrong to refuse to hear two key witnesses who could only give evidence anonymously and ordered the case to be heard again.
Monrovia – Authorities of the Liberia National Police have warned Police Officers across the country not to get involved in political activities during these electioneering periods. The Deputy Police inspector general for operations also disclosed plans by the Liberia National Police to deploy at least three officers to each political party’s headquarters. According to him, those officers will be responsible to inform the hierarchy of the LNP about the activities of political parties on a daily basis. He pointed out that the initiative is intended to ensure that political parties do not meet at the same time, and place. Col. Kromah disclosed plans by the Liberia National Police to shortly extend the exercise to southern Liberia and other areas.
However, a source said, the ultimate choice for running mate must meet the approval of President Sirleaf. She believes, according our source, he would make a better campaign manager for VP Boakai instead of a running mate. If selected running mate, Dr. Tokpah will be in the web of the now contentious Code of Conduct. Already, arch rival in the Presidential bid, Brumskine has picked his running mate from NimbaCounty. However, his fate as to becoming running mate to Boakai lies within purview of President Sirleaf.