According to a Foreign Ministry release, these were contained in the Final Communiqué at the end of the 51st Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government held at the Farmington Hotel in lower Margibi County on Sunday, June 4, 2017. On peace, security and democracy, the Authority reaffirmed the importance of peace, security and stability in ECOWAS for the economic development of the region. It expressed its concern regarding the expansion of terrorist attacks in the region and reiterated its total solidarity with the countries affected by terrorism. It reaffirmed its determination to relentlessly pursue the fight against terrorism and lauded the efforts by Member States at addressing and preventing this scourge. The Authority urged the United Nations Security Council to authorize the deployment of the Force and requested for financial support of the United Nations and the international community for its operationalization.
June 15, 2017 02:48 UTC
“Liberia has a history of paid blood donation and family members are the first point of contact for blood donation for their ill relatives. Without a system based on voluntary unpaid blood donation, particularly regular voluntary donation, no country can provide sufficient blood for all patients who require blood transfusion” she averred. "This year’s theme raises awareness for voluntary, regular blood donations to maintain sufficient stock of blood and blood products in blood transfusion services” she said. “As we commemorate World Blood Donor Day, I urge countries and all the stakeholders to get involved in blood donation to support and strengthen advocacy for voluntary, unpaid blood donation to maintain adequate supplies of safe blood. This will allow national blood transfusion services to respond in time to the increase in blood demand, especially during emergencies” she noted.
June 15, 2017 02:37 UTC
Monrovia – Claims by a group of concerned Liberians now before the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice for adjudication that the Chairman of the National Election Commission Jerome Korkoya is an American citizen, Wednesday took another dimension when the NEC boss asked the court to dismiss the claims. Chairman Korkoya’s call came through his legal counsel during legal arguments in his motion filed by him to the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice to dismiss the claims against him which was rejected by lawyers representing the aggrieved concerned Liberians. “That the honorable Supreme Court has held in numerous opinions that jurisdiction is conferred by statute and that a judgment rendered without jurisdiction is absolutely void”, said Kruah. “Wherefore and in view of the foregoing, movant prays court to dismiss the respondent petition entire petition for declaratory judgment and grant unto the movant” Kruah’s petition said. The concerned Liberians say that Korkoya was not a Liberian citizen and that he allegedly used his dubious means to secure his appointment and confirmation as Chairman of the National Election Commission (NEC).
June 15, 2017 02:26 UTC
Fendall – The University of Liberia has released the result of the entrance and placement exam administered on Saturday, May 13, 2017 to more than 8,000 candidates. As such, a total of 1,195 candidates meet this threshold, bringing the total number of successful candidates to 1,661. As such, a total of 6,074 candidates are found in this category--meaning they will not be admitted—bringing the total number of candidates who sat the exam in the undergraduate division to 7,735. And the result for the College of General Studies is as follows: Regular Pass 49; provisional pass 33, totaling 82. But the unsuccessful candidates as well as others who did not sit the exam still have a chance of entering the University of Liberia next academic semester.
June 15, 2017 02:26 UTC
Liberia is endowed with natural resources and is home to two-thirds of West Africa’s remaining rainforest. However, due to the lack of state-of-the art technology supported land information systems, the country is not adequately benefiting from the suitable use of its natural resources. The lack of suitable land classification also hinders national effort for the development of agriculture and forestry and adversely affects ongoing promotion activities aimed at attracting foreign and domestic investments. They will also begin the development of a ‘land suitability map’ that will reinforce the national strategies for expanding the country’s agriculture and forestry sectors. In February 2017, the MOA made another request to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO), to which both institutions responded favorably.
June 15, 2017 02:15 UTC
The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) has disclosed the distribution of agricultural inputs to at least 55,000 smallholder farmers across the country. He said the agricultural inputs will include fertilizers, improved rice seeds, and cassava cuttings. Mr. Kawalawu told lawmakers that farmers who will receive the inputs will make a small cash contribution. He stated that the inputs are being distributed by the “Agro-dealers Network of Liberia” in the various counties. “The MOA intends to empower the private sector that is why the agro-dealers network is being charged with the responsibility to distribute the inputs to farmers.
June 15, 2017 02:03 UTC
In separate appearances before the committee Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn raised concern over the proposed budget of the National Health Public Institution in the amount of US$6m in the 2017/2018 National Draft Budget. The Health Ministry said the institution should have submitted it’s 2017/2018 Budget to the Ministry for onward submission to the Legislature. Meanwhile, Dr. Dahn has appealed to the committee to increase the Ministry 2017/2018 Budgetary Allotment of US$55 million to employ additional medical personnel to make the health sector vibrant. Dr. McDonald made the request on Wednesday, June 14, during the Expenditure Hearing of the 2017/2018 National Draft Budget. Prince Moye, told the JFK Management to update the Committee with detail of the Renovation including their operational budget for the 2017/2018 Budget.
June 15, 2017 01:52 UTC
Monrovia – The National Election Commission has assured Liberians carrying legitimate voters registration cards full participation in the electioneering process. The Commission’s comment comes in the wake of fear by some citizens who are raising alarms that their names and photos are not on the voters’ roll exhibition. At a News Conference Wednesday June 14, 2017 Chairman Jerome Korkoya called on people in such situations to visit the various polling centers to have their names and photos taken to be placed in the data base. The Provisional Registration Roll is a compilation of names, photos, center codes, ages, among others of individuals who registered during the voter registration from February 1 to March 14, 2017. On the issue of election violation through pre-campaigning he said, the NEC has not uncovered any electoral violation as far as the commission is concerned.
June 15, 2017 01:41 UTC
Monrovia – Liberty Party – a major contender from the opposition bloc in the upcoming presidential elections – has called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to refrain from making tenured appointments as she has only six months remaining to end her tenure. President Sirleaf over the past few days made several appointments, some of which have raised eye brows across the country. Appointments made by the president recently include Ms. Angelique Weeks, Chairperson of Liberia Electricity Regulatory Commission, John Ballout, Liberia’s Ambassador to Qatar, among others. Out of deference to the incoming administration we call on the President to refrain from making such appointments, and we call on the Senate not to confirm any appointments to a tenured position. The rule states: “All confirmation in the Senate shall be transacted in closed door Executive Session.
June 15, 2017 01:41 UTC
Amidst all of this, there is currently before the Liberian Senate an agreement between the Government of Liberia and RIA Hotels Resort Inc., owners of the five-star Farmington Hotel seeking 15-year tax incentives for the hotel. Local business man, AminModad, owner of Bella Cassa Hotel in Monrovia, being shock by the incentives being sought by the government on behalf Farmington Hotel wrote on social media:“Wow! Concession companies in Liberia usually benefit from these kinds of incentives and tax holidays, but the question often asked is whether these companies meet up the obligations for which these incentives are granted. Ironically, local businesses already struggling to survive have to compete with these multinational corporations and businessesthat are worth millions of dollars and benefit incentives from government. There are doubts that tax incentives to these companies actually bring about the micro economic growth which trickles down to the micro economic level or enhance small and micro enterprise to prop up or to grow the economy.
June 15, 2017 01:30 UTC
Speaking at the renewal ceremony on the main campus of the University of Liberia, on behalf of the University of Liberia Alumni chorus, Madam Rhonda R. Vonballmoos said the scholarship is open to all students of the University of Liberia once you meet the necessary requirements. Madam Vonballmoos said the University of Liberia Alumni chorus scholarship is renewable up to four academic years or if necessary up to graduation of benefiting students. “We are please to inform you of the renewal of the University of Liberia Alumni chorus scholarship for the second semester of academic 2016/2017. Speaking further she said funds for the sponsoring of the scholarship are raised from annual concerts held by the University of Liberia Alumni chorus. “We want to say thanked you to the Alumni chorus, we appreciate you profoundly” he said.
June 15, 2017 01:25 UTC
But, what about the few Liberian owned hotels, restaurants, artists, and entrepreneurs operating in the same hospitality sector? “LIBERIAN ENTREPRENEURS (not only in the hospitality sector) are disenfranchised because the institutions and people who should support their growth and ability to compete with their foreign counterparts are not doing so. I've invested more than US$3.5M in the hospitality sector by taking high interests-poor termed loans. I challenge this House Committee to look into our needs and those of other Liberian owned enterprises that are struggling to survive...”UNFAIR FAVORS TO FOREIGN-OWNED businesses have to come to a halt. If Liberian owned business must go forward, it begins and ends with the empowering of Liberian businessmen and women.
June 15, 2017 01:18 UTC
Extremist Shamim Ahmed, 24, was stopped at the Syrian border in Turkey and returned to Britain in January last year. Ahmed pleaded guilty to preparation of terrorist acts and was sentenced at the Old Bailey to six years in prison with an additional year on licence. Previously, Ahmed had admitted threatening to damage a bookshop if it sold copies of Charlie Hebdo shortly after a terror attack at the magazine’s offices. “Shamim Ahmed had little choice but to plead guilty when faced with the weight of evidence presented by the prosecution. Read more of this reportSource: News Now/Jewish News Online(Visited 11 times, 11 visits today)Commentscomments
June 14, 2017 18:33 UTC
The meeting was called by White and his team to discuss with us about the upcoming elections. “I said, Dr. White if you have war crimes court coming and I committed war crimes, why should I be exempted? When this paper contacted Mr. Johnson for comment if he was ever given money as an inducement he declined saying. There are many politicians in the county, Nimba who can still be the running mate to Mr. Urey if PYJ refuses. A lawyer by training, Alan White is one of America’s legal luminaries who has been working on issues related to human rights violations across the world.
June 14, 2017 18:25 UTC
By Pete Williams, Alex Moe and Erik OrtizWASHINGTON — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was among five people wounded Wednesday morning when a gunman opened fire during a congressional baseball practice at an Alexandria, Virginia, park. The Republican lawmaker was transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., where he was in stable condition and underwent surgery. Scalise was injured in the hip. “Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone,” Scalise’s office said in a statement. President Donald Trump announced during an update from the White House that the suspect died after being taken to the hospital.
June 14, 2017 15:56 UTC