A subsidiary of Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the UAE outside oil and gas, has awarded a contract for its under-construction bauxite mine in the Republic of Guinea in West Africa to Fluor Corporation. Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC) has awarded the engineering and programme management consultancy, with he total value of contracts and purchases to be managed by Fluor to be worth $700 million, a statement said. Fluor said it will work with GAC to develop a 12 million tonne per annum bauxite mine in the Boké region of Guinea, a dedicated export terminal at Kamsar on the Guinean coast, and rail and other infrastructure upgrades. US-based Fluor completed the feasibility study for GAC in the second quarter of 2016. READ MORE OF THIS STORYSOURCE: Arabian Business Online(Visited 29 times, 3 visits today)Commentscomments
Paynesville City - The city of Paynesville has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Lagos State Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to facilitate the completion of 100 Resilience Cities (100RCs) Projects, aimed at assisting cities in addressing 21st century challenges. The signing ceremony of the two-sister city agreement was done in Lagos in furtherance of the 100RCs. Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Mayor of the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC), Madam Cyvette M. Gibson, expressed hope that the agreement would benefit the two cities in reaching the goals of the 100RCs. Mayor Gibson furthered that the partnership would afford the city of Paynesville the opportunity to learn from Lagos, especially with regards to projects that could aid development in the West African city. She pointed out that Paynesville had always and will forever remain willing to work with other sister cities in ensuring that the worldwide resilient program is actualized in the city (Paynesville).
Monrovia - The Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) in collaboration with the Government of Liberia has concluded a two-day dialogue on the national human rights action plan. The National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) explains how the government of Liberia intends to promote, expand and protect the rights of its citizens and residents alike until 2018 and onward. The NHRAP focuses on civil and political rights, social, economic, and cultural rights, women’s rights, child rights and the rights of persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups. Speaking earlier, the Director of the Human Rights Section of the Ministry of Justice, Kutaka Devine Togba disclosed that the government embraces the National Human Right Action Plan. “The Government of Liberia embraces the National Human Rights Action Plan, while recognizing all human rights contained in the international declarations and treaties, the constitution and domestic legislations,” Togba said.
Monrovia – The Special Presidential Taskforce set up to investigate former and current government officials indicted for bribery in the Global Witness Report has amended its indictment. The first indictment filed by the task force against the defendants who are currently on bail was filed in May and November 2016 respectively. Those named in the amended indictment are former House Speaker Alex Tyler, Grand Cape Mount County Senator Varney Sherman, former Deputy Lands Mines and Energy Minister E.C.B. Jones got US$250,00, former Speaker Tyler demanded US$250,000 but was paid US$75,000.00 for the smooth passage of the PPCC Act. However, lawyers for the defendant have acknowledged receipt of the motion and promised to file their resistance in the coming days.
Monrovia - Two bailiffs have been suspended for neglience in the escape of a Nigerian rape suspect, John Obi Chinoso, from Criminal Court ‘E’. A judicial source, who asked for anonymity, said someone must be held responsible if a suspect escapes the court. Rape is in gross violation of section 14.70 (a) (ii) & (b) of the new rape law of Liberia. Criminal Court "E" was established in each of the 15 counties to be a separate and special division of the circuit court to be called sexual offence division. It can be recalled that the Monrovia Bar Association President, Sam Cooper, called for the training of court staff, especially bailiffs.
Monrovia – The Government of Liberia and the Saudi Fund for Development will on February 10 sign a US$20 million financing agreement for the Gbarnga to Salayea road. The money will be used to upgrade the first section of Lot One (1) of the Gbarnga – Mendikorma Road. The first section of this Lot is from Gbarnga to Salayea and its project estimated cost is US$95.1 million. Friday’s exercise commemorates the fourth signing ceremony for funds earmarked for the Gbarnga – Salayea road Project. Over the last two months, the financing agreement with the OPEC Fund for International Development was signed in Vienna, Austria and financing Agreement with the Kuwait Fund for development was also signed in Monrovia.
Monrovia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by proclamation has declared Saturday, February 11, 2017, as “Armed Forces Day” to be observed throughout the country as a National Holiday. According to a Foreign Ministry release, President Sirleaf, who is also Commander-in-Chief (CIC) of the Armed Forces of Liberia, has further ordered all military and paramilitary organizations within the Republic to organize and execute appropriate programs, parades and ceremonies in recognition of the Day. She has also directed that all government offices, public and business houses be closed on that day. This year’s celebration is the 60th year and is being celebrated under the theme: “The Armed Forces of Liberia Supporting and Defending our Democratic Transition,” while other activities commemorating the celebration include: February 5th, Thanksgiving Christian Service; February 7th, Armed Forces Day Symposium; and February 10th, Thanksgiving Muslim Prayer. The National Defense Act of 2008 calls on the Armed Forces of Liberia to remain steadfast in supporting the foundation for long-term security and economic development in Liberia as well as fostering regional peace for the consolidation of our emerging democracy.
Senator Johnson said in the capacity as spokesperson of the Taylor family, Senator Taylor sees him as a political threat to her ascendancy as the next Vice President of Liberia. “We should not allow Mr. Taylor in our body politics; Mr. Taylor was taken to court and found guilty and told to stay out of Liberian politics. I am hearing now that the calls of Mr. Taylor have been limited and they are responsible,” he stated. Senator Johnson said Mr. Taylor is only permitted to speak with his wife, Mrs. Victoria Allison Taylor. Senator Johnson pointed out that during the telephone conversation; Mr. Taylor clarified his comments made recently at the NPP office.
Monrovia – Liberia is currently faced with the inability to raise its 2016/2017 National Budget of over US$600 million – thanks to several unscrupulous lump sum budgetary allotments to non-existent institutions. “I know of Chief Jallah Lone to be technical and vocational school that will encompass both the academic school and technical school. However, documents in the possession of the FrontPageAfrica show that disbursements were made to Jallah Lone Memorial High School during FY2015-2016. The first payment of US$8,000.00 was paid on October 8, 2015 under approved voucher number 56704. A second installment of US$11,999 was paid on the same date with approved voucher numbered 56706 with check number 756.
The National Elections Commission (NEC) is threatening drastic action against political parties, agents and independent candidates found engaging in pre-campaign activities in any part of the country. In a release issued late Wednesday, NEC called on political parties, agents and independent hopefuls engaged in pre-campaign activities to stop, otherwise the Commission will not hesitate to use its regulatory authority to punish them (violators) in keeping with the law. According to the release, the warning is in line with the new elections guidelines relating to all political parties, and independent candidates. The release noted that the warning comes in the wake of political parties and independent candidates recklessly indulging in pre-campaign activities despite several warnings by the Commission. LINA(Visited 21 times, 11 visits today)Commentscomments
The Head of the Liberian Cancer Society, Dr. Dawn Barnes, has revealed that more young women are suffering from Esophageal Cancer in Liberia. Esophageal Cancer is cancer that occurs in the esophagus, and is caused by consuming alcohol, smoking, having a reflux disorder, such as gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), being overweight, and not eating enough fruits and vegetables. Symptoms of Esophageal Cancer are difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), chest pain, pressure or burning, worsening indigestion or heartburn, coughing or hoarseness. Barnes said Esophageal Cancer is the number two most common cancer in women between ages 16-44, while women in the same age group have other cancers, especially breast cancer, but added that Esophageal Cancer is the highest in women of all ages in Liberia.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, has called the president’s sharp criticism of the judiciary “demoralizing” and “disheartening.”Gorsuch made his comments while meeting privately Wednesday with Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal. Gorsuch’s remarks were conveyed publicly by Senator Blumenthal. The essence of Gorsuch’s remarks was confirmed by the Supreme Court nominee’s office. President Trump reacted to Gorsuch’s remarks Thursday on Twitter by apparently questioning the integrity of Senator Blumenthal. READ MORE OF THIS STORYSOURCE: VOA News Online(Visited 5 times, 5 visits today)Commentscomments
The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has received a letter of apology from Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe over comments made to a female journalist. According to a PUL statement, Mr. Nagbe apologized for comments made against the person of Mrs. Estelle Liberty Kemoh of the Infinity Broadcasting Inc., Power FM/TV, on January 24 at the Capitol Building. Mr. Nagbe indicated that he holds the media and the work it does in high esteem. A PUL probe revealed that Mr. Marteh ignored Police safety regulations instituted at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium during the national games. But the PUL insists that journalist Marteh disregard for police crowd control measures did not warrant the brutal force meted against the reporter.
The National Elections Commission (NEC) has certificated another political party as the 2017 general and presidential elections draw closer, making the number of registered political parties to twenty four. Dr. McIntosh, the political leader of the CDA is expected to contest the Liberian presidency after his party, Change Democratic Action (CDA), got its final clearance to be a full-fledged political party in Liberia. Upon arrival, Ambassador McIntosh stated the beginning of a better Liberia. For him, not many Liberians took him to be serious but stressed that the country must rise above its current stage. Meanwhile, he did not forget to laud the Slipway Community, where his party (CDA) is located for the warm accorded it as a family to the party.
When I look to Africa, I see a continent of hope, promise and vast potential. This is essential to advancing inclusive and sustainable development and deepening cooperation for peace and security. African nations are among the world’s largest and most generous hosts of refugees. The United Nations is committed to working hand-in-hand with partners wherever conflict or the threat of conflict endangers stability and well-being. We must also do our utmost to empower women so they can play a full role in sustainable development and sustainable peace.