By Benjamin Njoku/Vanguard OnlineLiberian musical diva, Miatta Fahnbulleh alongside Nigeria’s acclaimed folklorist, playwright and actor, Jimi Solanke will be headlining the revived Elders’ Forum, which comes up this Sunday, at popular celebrity hangout, O’jez, inside the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. Miatta Fahnbulleh The forum was used in the past as a medium to recognize and honour individuals who have distinguished themselves in the arts and music industry. So, O’jez went into a partnership with Evergreen Musical Company to make this happen. Meanwhile, Miatta Fanhbulleh has been rehearsing with Jimi Solanke as both of them will be on stage for the better part of Sunday event. On his own, Solanke is part of the Nigerian culture, his interdisciplinary practice, embracing the literary, performing, dramatic and visual arts.
Egyptian Christians in the Sinai Peninsula are fleeing their homes en masse in the wake of Islamic State terrorist attacks, the New York Times reports. Violence against Egypt’s Christian community has surged since the ousting of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the election of an Islamist party to power. The video came after an ISIS terrorist killed a Christian man along with his pregnant wife, and then hung around to finish a soda before leaving. “They want to send a message that nobody is safe,” an aid worker told the New York Times. ISIS was also responsible for one of Egypt’s deadliest terror attacks in December, when 25 Christians were killed in a church during a prayer service.
By Dave ZirinThe son of the world’s greatest athletes, Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Ali, Jr. was reportedly questioned by immigration and customs officials at the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport before being detained, according to The Nation online newspaper. “Where did you get your name from?” “Are you Muslim?”These were the questions asked of Muhammad Ali, Jr. at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on February 7th, before being detained for “several hours” by immigration and customs officials. Read more of this storySource: News Now/The Nation Online Newspaper(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)Commentscomments
By Danielle OgbecheThe 43-year-old man confessed while being paraded before newsmen at the Ogun State Police Command headquarters on Friday. Akinrinmola, who was paraded with the dane gun he used for the crime, said, “The incident happened on Sunday, February 19, at Ajebo Village, Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State in my cocoa farm. When we were arguing, he squeezed my cloth at the neck region and I managed to escape from him. He was the one who pursued me to the farm house with a machete, and I had to reach for my dane gun and shot him to defend myself. Read More of this reportSource: Daily Post Online(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)Commentscomments
The political leader of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC), Alexander B. Cummings who is currently in Lofa County to observe the by-election on Friday received a rousing welcome followed by a massive supporters of the ANC trooping in the County. According to a dispatch from the County, the parade publicly demonstrated the popularity of the ANC political leader and also his numerous philanthropic projects Mr. Cummings has done in the area over the year. At a well attended citizens’ called meeting which was held at the City Hall in Foya, the citizens in their number complained how they felt largely ignored by the incumbent government, a situation the told the ANC political leader as very unbearable. The foundation has invested nearly $1M USD into health, education, entrepreneurship, the arts, women and youth empowerment and infrastructure projects in Liberia. Mr. Cummings is deeply committed to eradicating corruption in Liberia, building Liberia’s capacity, and ensuring the prosperous future of the people and nation of Liberia.
The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart-Tamba has blamed the depreciation of the Liberian dollar against the US dollar on several factors. “Due to the depreciation of the Liberian dollar against the US, there has been a great decline in the purchasing power of Liberians and foreign nationals residing within our borders,” said the LRA boss. She added that false declaration and under-declaration by unscrupulous business entities and individuals have to some extent affected the revenue generation of the country as well. Madam Tamba made specific mention to five ‘top’ hotels that are among business entities which have ‘under-declared’ their intakes in business revenue. She, however, failed to name any of the hotels on grounds that they will be disclosed at a later date.
In another effort to contribute towards the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) civil-military initiatives, the Ministry of National Defense of the Peoples’ Republic of China (PRC) has provided military assistance in the tone of US$3 million to Liberia’s Ministry of National Defense (MoD). A Defense Ministry press release issued here Friday said receiving the grant, Liberia’s Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai lauded the government and people of the People’s Republic of China for the huge gesture given. “China stands firmly by Liberia in whatever aspect, whether in economic development, military or political,” he said. Ambassador Zhang assured that the People’s Republic of China is always committed to supporting Liberia and ensuring that it reaches its full potential. It can be recalled that China provided assistance to the AFL Engineering Battalion about a year ago.
By George Baghdadi CBS News/GENEVA — Representatives from the Syrian government and opposition forces held separate meetings with U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura on Friday in Geneva in the first full day of fresh talks that appear headed for failure. U.N. mediator for Syria Staffan de Mistura attends a news conference after a meeting at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, January 12, 2017. The talks have been marked by disputes from the start, surfacing first among the ranks of opposition representatives themselves. The High Negotiations Committee (HNC), the main opposition group, insisted on being the only rebel delegation in the talks, following demands by two other groups based in Moscow and Cairo demanding a seat at the table. This latest round of talks, known as “Geneva IV,” appears unlikely to resolve the war in Syria that has claimed the lives of more than 300,000 people, created the world’s worst refugee crisis and fueled the rise of the Islamic State.
TRENTON – A veteran Trenton police officer has filed a lawsuit alleging years of harassment, jokes about her sexuality and retaliation when she brought complaints to supervisors. Sheila Tatarek, a 24-year officer, alleges that every time she spoke up, the discrimination got worse, according to the suit. Tatarek filed the lawsuit in Superior Court in Mercer County naming the police department, Police Director Ernest Parrey Jr. and Sgt. Tatarek’s complaints center on several internal affairs cases, some which she was involved in by filing actions, according to the suit. Behavior from fellow officers concerning those cases caused a hostile work environment, which was not properly addressed by police leaders, according to the suit.
By Jeremy Roebuck – email@example.com/In a victory for Bill Cosby, a Montgomery County judge ruled Friday that he would allow only one additional accuser to testify at the 79-year-old entertainer’s sexual assault trial. Judge Steven T. O’Neill offered little explanation for his decision to bar prosecutors from calling 12 other women whose testimony they hoped could establish a decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct by Cosby. But in his one-page order, the judge said he had carefully weighed their potential value as witnesses against the threat that their unproven allegations might prejudice a jury. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele had proposed a public airing of multiple instances — all too old to prosecute — where Cosby allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted women. Read More Of This StorySource: www.philly.com(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)Commentscomments
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urged UN Secretary General António Guterres to take steps to address the urgent issue of safety of journalists. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Secretary General Christophe Deloire and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Executive Director Joel Simon met with United Nations Secretary General António Guterres today to discuss the #ProtectJournalists campaign to appoint a UN Special Representative for the safety of journalists. “On behalf of RSF, I welcome Secretary General Guterres’ strong personal commitment to the safety of journalists and a free and independent press, said Christophe Deloire, RSF’s Secretary General. In fact, the past five years have been the deadliest on record for journalists, with hundreds of journalists killed and many more attacked simply for doing their jobs. Murder is the ultimate form of censorship, and when a journalist is killed the right to information for the broader public is also imperiled.
Addressing reporters in Monrovia at the Ministry of Information, the Assistant Minister for Tourism, Jackie Capethart Miss. Wokie Dolo will be dethroned and that all immunities withdrawn from her for what she called her ‘Misconduct and disorderly behavior’ allegedly carried out on the grounds of the Ministry of Information recently. Minister Capethart speaking to reporters further maintained that she had on several occasions warned Miss Dolo regarding the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the ‘Miss Liberia’, she Dolo persistently failed to adhere to despite of many communications to her. Capethart further noted that she has filed a communication to the office of the Minister of Information complaining the misconduct of Miss. Dolo last week, and therefore, called on Miss.
By Ifreke Inyang/Daily PostManchester United midfielder, Juan Mata, has admitted that Jose Mourinho sold him at Chelsea in 2014 for “football reasons” and insists he has never had personal issues with the Portuguese. When it was confirmed that Mourinho was taking over from Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, there were speculations that Mata would be sold again. Mata says he left Stamford Bridge amicably and never expected any issues when Mourinho arrived. He told the BBC’s Premier League Show: “You know, sometimes in life and football as well, changes come. “I had the chance to go to another great club and it was a good offer for Chelsea as well.”Pressed on whether he had fallen out with Mourinho, Mata added: “No, no.
Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse, at the start of the North Carolina-based humanitarian organization’s new documentary, “Facing Darkness,” which details the harrowing story of Dr. Kent Brantly’s medical ministry with Samaritan’s Purse in Liberia, his being diagnosed with Ebola and his miraculous recovery. Ebola is a virus that leads to severe bleeding and organ failure and is often a death sentence for its victims. The most recent outbreak of the deadly virus, which is spread easily by human contact, impacted Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. It began in 2013 in Meliandou, a small, isolated village in Guinea with only 31 households, according to the WHO. READ MORE OF THIS REPORTSOURCE: News Now / The Blaze Online(Visited 13 times, 13 visits today)Commentscomments
This new phenomenon did not come simply, unfortunately, women paid the heaviest price based on situation, with Liberia being no exception. But what are the prospects for Liberian women in the 2017 General Elections and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s post-era? This article digs into the essential role of Liberian women and how democracy is perceived and practices currently in the country with an overview of Liberian women involvement in the forthcoming 2017 General Elections. By contrast, women in the US women hold 18% of the seats in the House and 20% in the Senate. The participation of Liberian women in legislature and other elected positions is extremely important not only for women, but for society as a whole.