Local rice producers also face stereotypical misconception from the Ministry of Agriculture, Cooper says. The ministry perceives local producers like hers as threat to the local farmers and considers the processing companies as the ‘enemy’ of the farmers. To reduce risks and challenges for the local rice production sector, Cooper suggests more emphasizes have to be placed on the implementation of foreign aid rice production projects in the country. Liberian producers like Fabrar see the President’s move as a slap in their face despite their struggles to keep a lifeline. Meanwhile, Cooper says local producers are calling on the government to reserve the supply to public institutions, schools feeding programs, and agencies for local producers.
March 07, 2018 03:22 UTC
Monrovia - The February Term of Court has started and the hearings of cases are taking a snail pace in the absence of a Solicitor General (SG). With the numerous appointments, President George Weah has not named the Solicitor General to replace Cllr. Arthur JohnsonTHE LOWDOWN: A number of cases started by the former SG are currently at the Supreme Court and other lower courts have not been completed. Johnson has worth of experience in the Criminal Justice and criminal law. Johnson is considered as one of the best criminal lawyers following the death of Cllr.
March 07, 2018 03:11 UTC
Monrovia - The Federation of Motorcycle and Tricycle Union of Liberia (FOMTUL) has threatened to take serious measures against motorcyclists found violating traffic regulations in the country. "Sooner or later, Liberians will see motorcyclists, who they used to call ‘suicide bombers’ becomes champions of change for the country.”Rev. He, however, commended Inspector Sudue for giving credence to the plead of motorcyclists by relaxing the ban. Tarpeh said integrity crisis overshadowing the commercial motorcycle sector is creating negative image for the union. Tarpeh as head of the motorcycle federation, calling on them to work with him.
March 07, 2018 03:09 UTC
“It should be noted that most of the reports and evidence collated for this letter (of March 1st 2018) have been previously rebutted,” read the Bridge letter, signed by the firm’s Co-Founder, Dr. Shannon May. Nearly all signatories have never stepped foot inside a Bridge school, May wrote. Bridge runs over 500 schools in Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Uganda, and India but now faces criticisms for its business module. "We think, as do our investors, that effectiveness should be measured on outcomes for children and in the case of education, learning gains. “In Liberia all teachers in Bridge schools are employed by the government."
March 07, 2018 03:00 UTC
Grand Bassa County – TRANSCO CLSG has started paying over 150 rural Liberians whose lands, and properties have been affected by the construction of transmission line to serve the Mano River Union region. Speaking at the launching ceremony for the payment of compensations for the CLSG project, TRANSCO CLSG General Manager, Mohamed Sheriff, said more than 300 households would be affected by the construction of the transmission line and substation. The four beneficiary countries, according to Sheriff, provided their contributions for the payment of the resettlement for affected citizens. “Through their collective efforts to accelerate the physical implementation of the CLSG project, TRANSCO CLSG has begun the compensation process to resettle all project affected people (PAPs) that are within the corridors of the transmission line and substations in the four countries. A representative, on behalf the beneficiaries, thanked TRANSCO CLSG and the government for the smooth relationship.
Monrovia – The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection announce the holding of this year’s International Women's Day under the global theme “Press for Progress”. The National Theme is Act Now: Support the Liberian Women Agenda. In commemoration of this year’s celebrations, President George Manneh Weah has issued a proclamation declaring Thursday, March 8, International Women’s Day and it is to be celebrated as a working holiday. President Weah is to also deliver a special statement in commemoration of International Women’s Day schedule to take place at the SKD Sports Complex beginning at 8:00 A.M. The International Women's Day is an annual event held on March 8 of each year to celebrate women's achievements, identify the rights and power of women and give them the status they deserve across nations.
Monrovia - The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), as part of its effort to reduce power theft and commercial losses, has elected to provide a flat rate for people, who are registered and are yet to receive their meter. This measure by the new head of LEC will increase the corporation’s revenue generation and will give customers no reason to engage in power theft. “We are putting in place the flat rate to connect those customers who have applied for electricity and have paid their money but never received their connections." "The flat rate will be based on the number of appliances in your house; we will register and issue them a monthly bill,” Ashley said. The LEC head further said employees who are caught in power theft will be dealt with according to the law.
-Dr. AkintayoDr. Innousa Akintayo, Country Director of Africa Rice, an agricultural based organization has said that introducing new technologies of farming in agriculture will make Liberia a food secured nation. Africa Rice, in collaboration with Smallholder Agricultural Productivity Enhancement and Commercialization Project (SAPEC), recently introduced new farming technologies meant to boost rice production in the country. The new farming technologies, focused on food security and poverty alleviation through capacity-building to boost local production of rice, is also expected to help reveal many potentials in the country’s Agriculture Sector, especially in the production of rice. Dr. Akintayo said that rice farmers are to benefit from climate change, resilient rice varieties and modern land preparation technologies. The new technologies are not strange to other countries except Liberia, because local farmers are into subsistence farming rather than commercial.
Monrovia – Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor has for the first time visited the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which hosts the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL). She was met on arrival by the Director General, Tolbert Nyenswah, and Head of the Technical Committee of the One Health Coordination Platform (OHCP) in Liberia. Vice President Taylor also met with senior staff of the Institute. It can be recalled that the National Public Health Institute of Liberia was created to coordinate and strengthen disease detection, outbreak investigation, develop and build public health workforce and other public health functions. The Institute also prevents and controls public health threats while creating a center of excellence for better health outcomes.
March 07, 2018 02:26 UTC
The Minister of Labor, Moses Y. Kollie, has vowed to take legal action against any employer who fail to regularize the status of their alien employees once the ultimatum given to them to do so expires by the end of the month. “Towards these, we have instituted actions that will further promote and uphold the full implementation of the Decent Work Act of 2015. “Beginning now, we are hereby giving a one-month ultimatum to all employers to regularize the status of their alien employees, if need be, before the 31st of March 2018″, the statement noted. “This is to ensure that employers adhere to the mandate in an effort to avoid further legal actions in line with the labor laws of Liberia,” Min. Also, the rights of employers and workers and their organizations will be protected through new institutions and processes that are established by the new law.
He added: “Honorable Speaker, fellow colleagues, in an impromptu meeting held in the cafeteria of the hotel on February 23, with over 50 local employees, they spoke of lots of bad labor practices by the Farmington Hotel Management. However, it has been gathered that some Representatives are pushing for the review of the extensive 20-year Tax Break Farmington Hotel enjoys. This means that for the next 20 years or more, the foreign-owned Farmington Hotel, unlike Liberian-owned hotels which do not benefit from tax breaks, will not pay anything into Government revenue. Our reporter contacted Richard Robiax through phone calls and text messages about complaints on alleged bad labor practices by Farmington Hotel. Farmington Hotel is situated on the west bank of the Farmington River and across the street from the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Unification Town, Margibi County.
Bong County – Health authorities in Bong County has disclosed on Tuesday that 200 people are now infected with a skin disease that has sparked wide spread health concern in the country, confirming that the disease is scabies. Recently the acting county health officer of Bong County Alpanso Kofa announced that about 200 cases were reported from six of the nine health districts in the county after it had said less than a week earlier that less than 40 cases were reported. Kofa says the county health team has collaborated with other partners in the county to do surveillance in the entire county with more emphasis on those health districts, have initiated active case search with Zonal Surveillance Officers and Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) especially in Bong. This is really hampering the work of the county health team. The one ambulance that we have working cannot serve the entire Bong County.
March 07, 2018 02:26 UTC
As part of the fight to wipe out corruption and to expose those who get rich from official misconducts, the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has called on members of the House of Representatives to declare their assets. The LRA has also reminded Lawmakers to begin paying their Real Properties Tax (RPT). It has been gathered that the Senate has also been written to register and declare their assets. It has not been confirmed whether the Chief Justice, Associate Justices and the Judges have also been told to declare their assets. However, President George M. Weah and members of the Cabinet have been judiciously reminded to declare their respective assets in the government’s continue fight to curb corruptions.
Now that it had been erased under President Weah’s administration, there is a likelihood that the opposite will happen. It is of no doubt that motorcyclists are of major help to the transport system of Liberia. Also, there were many reported deaths of motorcyclists due to some interior motive of some passengers they carried in localities that are relatively quiet. The saddest things always are that the trickledown effects of government policies like this surpass the security benefits for vulnerable citizens. Meaning citizens who have no access to hire a personal security little own materials (cash and kind) are prone to be slashed away anytime soon with this open road access.
March 07, 2018 02:15 UTC
Monrovia – A two-week Protocol Refresher Training Workshop aimed at enhancing the performance of personnel and protocol officers across the three branches of government is expected to commence Wednesday, March 7, at the Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The proposed protocol training workshop will cover Assistant Ministers from the above Ministries. Advisor to the President on Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Robert Y. Lormia, Ambassador-At-Large, J. Emmanuel Bowier, Lecturer at the FSI and Cllr. Deweh Gray, Deputy Minister for Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are expected to serve as key facilitators for the training. Most national functions and state forums in Liberia are usually characterized by massive protocol deficiencies and this requires a routine and refresher protocol trainings to address.
March 07, 2018 02:15 UTC