Members of the Liberian Women Humanitarian Network posed for a picture following the official launch of the organization in MonroviaMonrovia – The Liberian Women Humanitarian Network (LWHN) has officially launched its activities with a call on the Liberian Government and International Non-governmental organizations to support its initiatives in responding to humanitarian crisis in Liberia. Speaking further, she noted that what sets the network apart is the emphasis placed on the vulnerable groups including women, children and the disabled. Also speaking, ActionAid Liberia Country Director Lakshmi S. Moore, who officially launched the network on Wednesday in Monrovia, said women have always remain the front-liners during humanitarian response, especially in Liberia. Meanwhile, at a panel discussion during the launch of the network featuring founding members of LWHN stressed the importance of localizing women led humanitarian response for sustainable impact. Agnes Freeman-Kormon, project manager of girl’s advocacy alliance of Plan International Liberia, described the initiative as of great importance for Liberia.
February 07, 2019 01:02 UTC
(L-R) SUP Chairman Carlos T. Edison and SUP Standard Bearer Martin K. N. KollieMonrovia – The University of Liberia’s oldest student movement, the Student Unification Party (SUP) has branded President George Weah’s recent State of the nation address (SONA) as an affront to the ‘harsh’ economic condition grappling ordinary Liberians. In a statement issued days following President Weah’s second SONA, SUP said the speech was flawed as he failed to speak on key issues affecting the economy. “SUP believes that president Weah’s pronouncement on free tuition for all public universities and colleges is a mere publicity stunt that lacks shape in terms of sustainability. There has been poor investment in the education sector since the inception of this government. We are calling on President Weah to stop pretending as a democrat and a defender of human rights!
February 07, 2019 00:56 UTC
Liberia -Ghana Missions ( L-GM ) CEO Rev. The Executive Director of Alfalit Liberia, Rev. Giddings told the student volunteers, who are themselves beneficiaries of the Liberia-Ghana Missions (L-GM) Educational Assistance Program. L-GM Program Supervisor George Stewart told our reporter that Alfalit Liberia is upgrading its educational assistance program while engaging in quality standards and increasing the credibility of its data collection and impact measurement. He’s profoundly committed to Liberia by visiting and touching the lives of grassroots communities that Alfalit Liberia covers with its literacy, job skills and educational assistance program.
February 07, 2019 00:56 UTC
SINOE COUNTY – Numopoh Forest Community in Sinoe County, through their Community Forest Management Body has asked a local civil society organization, Volunteer To Support International Efforts In Developing Africa (VOSIDA) for legal support against Delta Timber Company (DTC). Numopoh community is located in Kpanyan District in Sinoe County. Most of the settlements in Numopoh community are small-medium sized villages (ranging from 13–1000 persons) which they refer to as towns. In May 2016, the Community and DTC entered in to a Community Forest Management Contract for the sustainable management of their forest resources under the Forestry Law of Liberia. In a letter date December 7, 2018, copy of which is in the possession of this paper, the leadership of the Community Forest Management Body (CFMB) requested VOSIEDA to provide them with legal assistance in their pursue for justice.
February 07, 2019 00:33 UTC
No nation will survive, no nation will develop by getting on their knees to pray,” said Emmanuel Gonquoi, commander-in-chief of the EFFL. M. Emmanuel Nimely, said in a statement that citizens must to pray for two hours every day for God’s intervention. According to Gonquoi, President Weah lives in a shield of corruption, bad governance and mischief and prayers would, therefore, not help the situation until he becomes a better leader. For those who don’t love their citizens, don’t pray for them. The EFFL Chief expressed disappointed that President Weah failed to state how his government intends fighting corruption.
February 06, 2019 14:03 UTC
-Senator Sherman urges as Senate invites NPA, GT&MS, Chamber of Commerce to give evidenceMembers of the Senate comprising over 25 senators sitting on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, unanimously voted to mandate its Committee on Commerce and Industry, Defense, Intelligence and Security to invite the National Port Authority (NPA), Global Tracking and Maritime Solutions Holdings (GT&MS) and the Chamber of Commerce to give evidence about the deal concerning the new cargo tracking regime. The Senate’s decision came as a result of a communication from Senator Varney Sherman, in which he cited alarming articles in local newspapers about a new cargo tracking regime under consideration by the NPA. According to Senator Sherman’s communication dated February 4, 2019, the public has been alerted to the new tracking regime by the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, which comprises the Liberia Business Association, Fula Business Association, World Lebanese Cultural Union, Indian Association, Liberia Bankers Association, Custom Brokers Association and many other organizations involved in the country’s Commerce. “It is my understanding that because of the seriousness of the matter, the Honorable House of Representatives Committee on Contracts, Concessions and Investments has taken charge of it and invited both the NPA and the GT&MS, who are parties to this new cargo tracking regime, to submit themselves to an investigation, because of the economic implications of this cargo tracking regime,” Sherman said. “I further urge you to have the Committee on Commerce interdict and prohibit the agreement, which the NPA and the Global Tracking & Maritime Solutions Holdings have entered into pending the conclusion of the Senate’s inquiry into this matter,” Sen. Sherman said.
February 06, 2019 02:26 UTC
But the looming question is whether the remaining members of the High Court Bench will stand with their embattled colleague, Ja’neh. “The action of the senators to amend the Senate rule to provide for impeachment was unconstitutional,” the dissenting senators contended. It may be recalled that in recent history only once has a Justice of the Supreme Court stood up to Presidential diktat. President Doe had issued an ultimatum to the entire Supreme Court Bench to resign or face impeachment charges on corruption. With the exception of Justice Dennis, the rest of the Justices including the Chief Justice resigned forthwith.
February 06, 2019 02:26 UTC
The fisheries boss said the agreement is a diplomatic guarantee between Liberia and Senegal which assures security for Senegalese investors who may express interest to invest the sector. “There is no secret about this; we just want to dispel this rumors that we are trying to play with the artisanal fishermen. Theresa S. Bayon, Secretary General for Liberia Artisanal Fishing Authority, told FrontPage Africa that the explanation provided by the fisheries authority was not satisfactory. Of the 300 licenses, 200 would be given to artisanal fishing and 100 for semi-industrial fishing. Senegalese fishing boats on Liberian waters would not exceed 100 boats a year.
February 05, 2019 23:48 UTC
What I’m doing now – and you asked me if I will be involved in politics and I am very clear. And Mark Wallace asked me, what’s your future like, do you want to be President of Liberia and I said, No! In the same elections Dr. Tipoteh ran under the banner of the Freedom Alliance Party of Liberia. Since then he said, he has not joined any political party including the former Unity Party in which he served as minister. “I never joined the Unity Party, I’m not a member of any political party at the moment.”Nevertheless, he said he will be involved in politics in the current dispensation.
February 05, 2019 23:47 UTC
Monrovia – FrontPage Africa has discovered that a judge of a Probate Court in Sinoe County, Octavius B. Doe is currently a Senior student at the Louis Arthur Grimes school of Law, which is a violation of the Judiciary Law. Active practice of law, according the judiciary law, is not limited to the direct practice of law, but includes judicial service, governmental service and the teaching of law. She said the Penal Law provides that, “No one should practice law unless they finished law school and have entered one of the local bars in Liberia.”Added Cllr. Accordingly, in 1972 the Legislature amended the New Judiciary Law by adding thereto Section 17.9, which requires as a qualification for membership in the Liberian Bar that all applicants must have obtained a law degree from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law or from a recognized foreign law school. During her confirmation hearing, some members of the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned her qualification for the post but Cllr.
February 05, 2019 23:37 UTC
Three Major Facilities In Bong StrugglingIn Bong County, the situation is worsening. The C. B. Dunbar, Phebe hospital and Bong Mines hospitals – three of the largest referral hospitals in Bong County – have been struggling for months, lacking crucial drugs like antibiotics and painkiller. ‘We are Disappointed’Back in Bong County, residents have rechoed the urgency of government’s intervention and avert a health crisis. “We are disappointed with the poor management of the health sector in Bong County,” he said. “We called on our government to do more to improve the situation.”Like residents of Bong County, people in Buchanan are also feeling the pinch.
February 05, 2019 23:26 UTC
IN THE FINAL YEAR of her presidency, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf took a giant step albeit temporary, in placing a ban on Female Genital Mutilation. THE ORIGINAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Bill included a ban on FGM, but that was scratched out and it’s not clear whether there will be a ban on FGM, despite a push from women’s groups and civil society organizations. Some 3.9 million girls were subjected to FGM in 2015 alone. And if FGM continues at current levels, 68 million girls will be cut between 2015 and 2030. ALTHOUGH LIBERIA is a signatory to many international conventions which prohibit the practice of FGM, the practice continues in Liberia unabated.
February 05, 2019 23:15 UTC
“This clearly shows that the Vice President and the President are not cool.”The office of the Vice President declined Monday to comment on the matter. Chairman Biney later accused Vice President Taylor of harboring presidential ambition, something that is believed to have further exacerbated the already sour relationship between the President and the Vice President. Since the reportedly shunning of the Vice President, it continues to be reported that President Weah is not according his Vice President the needed respect befitting of her office. More sympathy for VP Taylor in BongAcross Bong, the reported feud between President Weah and Vice President Taylor has seen more sympathy and support for the Vice President. Some believe the action of President Weah against his Vice President is not healthy for the country since the Vice President is known to be an influential person not only in Liberia but elsewhere.
February 05, 2019 23:15 UTC
Article#54 of the Liberian constitution precisely states; “The President shall nominate and, with the CONSENT of the Liberian Senate, appoint and Commission: officials of the Executive”. Consent, in the case, I believe, means CONFIRMATION, a power reserved for the Liberian Senate ONLY. Article#2 of the Liberian Constitution plainly emphasizes the supremacy of the Constitution and intimates that its provisions shall have binding force on ALL, not few or some. Why should the Honorable Liberian Senate honor a man who shows no regard for its constitutional authority? He knows that as a presidential appointee, one must be approved by the Liberian Senate through the rituals of its confirmation.
February 05, 2019 23:14 UTC
MONROVIA – A United States-based charity, Save More Kids, has donated to the Clar Hope Foundation an assortment of food items worth over US$22,000. The head of Save More Kids, Quanuquanei Karmue, praised First Lady Clar Weah for her humanitarian initiatives aimed at improving the lives of underprivileged Liberians, a move he noted is buttressing government’s Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development. The donation also marked the beginning of an official partnership between the Clar Hope Foundation and Save More Kids towards bolstering humanitarian outreach initiatives to the most vulnerable people in Liberia. Save More Kids, established in January 2013 ‘aims to become the reason for change in the lives of children trapped with bad choices due to devastating conditions’. Receiving the donation, First Lady Clar Marie Weah commended Save More Kids, a Liberian-owned international charity, for donating the huge consignment of assorted food items to the Clar Hope Foundation.
February 05, 2019 23:03 UTC