Liberian Leader, WFP Regional Boss pledged support to Zero-Hunger Strategic Review & School Meals -

By: Eldred Wlemongar ThomasPresident Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and World Food Prpgram Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Abdou Dieng have reaffirmed their support for the ongoing government-led zero hunger strategic review exercise and the school feeding (also known as home-grown school feeding) programme. The Liberia Zero-Hunger Strategic Review process, led by the Government of Liberia with support from WFP, has progressed smoothly since it started in September 2016. The zero-hunger strategic review is intended for the country to identify the measures that need to be implemented to attain zero hunger status by 2030 in line with the Sustainable Development Goal No. She therefore requested that the launch of the zero hunger strategic review report in May 2017 be done together with a concept note to promote home-grown school feeding as a mechanism to combating hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. Discussions focused on promoting home-grown school feeding programme, social safety nets in Liberia through food security initiatives and the comprehensive food security and vulnerability assessment that WFP and partners are committed to conduct in 2017.

April 19, 2017 14:15 UTC

Man lived with woman's dead body for 3 days while getting high, cops say -

HOPATCONG — A borough man is facing charges after a woman living with him died and he continued to reside with her body and get high for three days last month, police said. Officers found Matthew Schmarr, 35, of Hopatcong, in his bed and the body of the 52-year-old woman in another bed across from him when they investigated on March 21, Lt. Thomas Kmetz said. Police went to Schmarr’s residence after receiving a report that he had sent a suspicious text to the mother of his child, Kmetz said. Officers tried to get inside, but when they could not, they found a neighbor with a key, Kmetz said. Investigators determined Schmarr had a juvenile in his care from March 18 to March 19, and that Schmarr drove to Paterson on March 18 to buy heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine, Kmetz said.

April 19, 2017 13:07 UTC

MTMA Receives From U.S. Based Liberians US$4,000 Donation -

Madam McGowan said Liberians in the diaspora were excited for the level of contributions this American institution is making in Liberia by impacting sound education in the minds of Liberia’s youthful population, especially the girls children. She lauded the efforts of the founder of the institution, Ms. Katie Meyler who she noted saw a positive reason for the establishment of this very unique and important institution; catering to the girls children of Liberia. We are grateful to this organization,” Ms. Briggs said. MTMA is committed to supporting its students through the 12th grade with tuition, basic healthcare, and tutoring. The Academy also serves as an incubator for innovation and a research & development center to test initiatives that, if proven successful will be implemented in schools across Liberia.

April 19, 2017 12:56 UTC

Economic Growth in Africa is on the Upswing Following a Sharp Slowdown -

The region is showing signs of recovery, and regional growth is projected to reach 2.6% in 2017. However, the recovery remains weak, with growth expected to rise only slightly above population growth, a pace that hampers efforts to boost employment and reduce poverty. Furthermore, several oil exporters in the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) are facing economic difficulties. The region experienced a slowdown in investment growth from nearly 8% in 2014 to 0.6% in 2015. “With poverty rates still high, regaining the growth momentum is imperative,” says Punam Chuhan-Pole, World Bank Lead Economist and the author of the report.

April 19, 2017 12:11 UTC

Deported DACA Recipient Sues US Government -

WASHINGTON — A 23-year-old man, who was granted protection from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), has filed a federal lawsuit demanding the federal government to release information about his “sudden” deportation. Juan Manuel Montes filed suit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California after U.S. immigration officials failed to provide any documentation to explain the legal basis for sending him back to Mexico. Read more of this reportSource: VOA News(Visited 16 times, 18 visits today)Commentscomments

April 19, 2017 12:00 UTC

We Liberians Must Pay Keen Attention To Contents We Read

The recent action by the CDC and other political stooges who congregated and proffered a resolution in support of the NEC Chairman, Cllr. Even though Fromoyan resigned, that did not delegitimize the elections results as Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was declared winner. Mr. Korkoya has violated our laws. Mr. Korkoya needs to GO! Whatever citizenship he holds, Mr. Korkoya is a Liberian first and foremost.

April 19, 2017 02:26 UTC

Where Are The Other Political Parties in Liberia?

But conspicuously absent from the endorsement are the ruling Unity Party, Liberty Party, the Alternative National Congress, the Movement for Economic Empowerment, strongman firebrand Prince Johnson's political party and other parties. Supposedly, there are about 25 registered political parties in Liberia. Thus, the Supreme Court of Liberia will be the final arbiter of this important constitutional matter, and no amount of party endorsements will settle the crisis. Liberian immigration authorities must be subpoenaed and are in a better position to tell if Mr. Korkoyah did use US passport at any time to enter and leave Liberia. Mr. Seibo had turned his house into a virtual manufacturing plant for NEC voting materials.

April 19, 2017 02:15 UTC

Town Trap Is Not For One Person: The Case of ‘Code of Conduct’

Phrases like "government employees," when taken into consideration, include those very people who drafted and approved the Code of Conduct. If that’s the case, the 2014 “legislated” Code of Conduct of Liberia is no exception. Questions that often bother my mind are whether the legislators, who voted to approve the Code of Conduct, actually read and understood the meaning of the very document’s contents. Another area of the COC we must look at is Part II, which has to do with the application of the code of conduct. If officials are yet to affix their signatures on the COC document, who should be held responsible now?

April 19, 2017 02:15 UTC

Cllr. Jallah Hold Talks with Newly Elected Lofa Lawmaker

Monrovia - A former senatorial candidate of Lofa County has described the newly elected representative of electoral District #1 in Lofa County as a man of great substance and determination to serve his people. We want to congratulate you once again for making it thus far.”Jallah was speaking on Wednesday, April 12, when he paid a curtsey call on the Lofa County District # 3 lawmaker at his Capitol Building offices. Francis Sakila Nyumalin of the Union of Liberian Democrats (ULD) won the just ended by-election in Lofa County by accumulating 3,149 votes (32.0%)In his remark, Cllr. He urged the lawmaker to prioritize the Lofa county all-whether road services, something he said, is a common denominator for all Lofans. Commenting on the Lofa County road projects, he said the Lofa County legislative caucus before his election took a decision to allocate US$10,000 (Ten thousand United States Dollars) from the county development fund to be used for road rehabilitation projects.

April 19, 2017 02:03 UTC

Jurors Holds LoneStarCell Liable For US$240 in Damages

Monrovia - Barely after three months of legal wrangling, a 12-member jury at the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, brought down a guilty verdict against LoneStarCell-MTN, holding the company liable for US$240,000 in damages. “We, the petit jurors in this case after careful review of the evidence in this case unanimously agreed to bring down the defendant LoneStarCell-MTN liable,” read the verdict from the jurors. According to Jalloh, while the case was been heard by the Civil Law Court, LoneStarCell-MTN Management failed to produce Robert Pettiquoi, then regional supervisor, to come and testify. Pettiquoi has refused to testify on behalf of the company because it has dismissed him in connection with the burning of the vehicle. The Jurors have asked the LoneStarCell-MTN to pay Jalloh an amount of US$240,000 in damages, US$60,000 as the cost of the burnt vehicle and US$1,000 for compensation to the owner of the vehicle.

April 19, 2017 02:03 UTC

World’s Largest Trade Fair Attracts Several Africans Entrepreneurs to China

The 121st edition of China Import and Export Fair, also known as the Canton Fair began on April 15 and will run until May 5, 2016. The trade fair has been held every year in Guangzhou City every year since 1957. Last year, there was over US$20 billion transactions at the trade fair, according to the organizers. Li Jinqi, Director General of the fair, says the fair deepens corporation and bound with African countries. “China and Africa (African countries) are developing countries and Africa has a huge potential in the investment market,” Li said.

April 19, 2017 01:52 UTC

World Lebanese Cultural Union Donates to Day Care

Monrovia - The World Lebanese Cultural Union (WLCU), an umbrella group of the Lebanese community in Liberia, has turned over assorted food and items to the Kingdom Care Community Institute in support of its early childhood education. Turning the items over to the school, the WLCU President, Ezzat Eid, said the items are intended to help the school, mostly the children, who are the future leaders of the country. The WLCU President said if early childhood education is prioritized, Liberia will have a better country in terms of adequate education." Receiving the items, the proprietress of the school Musu Dorley Kettor lauded the World Lebanese Cultural Union for the gesture and support to the school in times of need. Mr. President, we plead for zinc to secure the children from the rain, but let me say these items, everybody will

April 19, 2017 01:52 UTC

Organizations of Disabled Take Advocacy Campaign to Grand Kru County

“Nothing is in the Liberian Constitution for disabled persons, and none of the propositions by our lawmakers talks about the disabled people,” Crutches-mobile Naomi B. Harris, President of the National Union of Organizations of the Disabled (NUOD), said to a gathering of disabled persons in Filorken, a Town in Barclayville of Grand Kru County, on April 12, 2017. All the County’s top officials (Superintendent, Development Superintendent and City Mayor) were represented; the Independent National Commission for Human Rights’ Grand Kru County’s Coordinator, Mr. Stanley W. Konwroh, was personally present. “But none of the seven propositions later picked out by the House of Representatives mentions anything about disabled persons,” Ms. Harris told the participants. “This program was meant for 2016, to cover Bong, Nimba, Rivercess, Grand Gedeh and Grand Kru Counties, but a change in UNDP Program Office pushed sensitization in Grand Gedeh and Grand Kru Counties to 2017,” Ms. Harris revealed. In Grand Kru County, Ms. Harris took the message to five Towns—Big Suehn, Filorken, Topoh Town, Picnic-Cess and Sector.

April 19, 2017 01:30 UTC

A Look at Barrack Young Controllers’ Exit

Liberia champions Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) were on Sunday defeated by South Africa’s SuperSport United 5-0 (6-1 on Aggregate) in the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup playoff that marked their exit from the continental competition. Before their exit from the CAF Confederation Cup, the Go Blue Boys were invited to participate in the West African Football Union’s (WAFU) Four Champions Tournament in Dakar, Senegal where they were defeated in two matches and finished last. The technical systems that were put in place by Coach Sannah only yielded results when it comes to the team’s control of ball possession, which did not produce the best results. Scoring ability, which is not only limited to BYC, remains a major challenge for Liberian players, both in domestic and international matches. Additionally, this should also serve as a lesson to other clubs who may have similar opportunities to participate in international competitions.

April 19, 2017 01:30 UTC

Liberian Cancer Society to Host 2nd Annual Affair

The Liberian Cancer Society will host their 2nd annual International Bazaar event April 29, 2017,commencing with a day of activity and fun for the entire family and also the ongoing advocacy and alertness on cancer and why it still kills a high number of Liberians every year. But with the support of the Liberian Cancer Society, there has been a lot more awareness to a disease that can be treated if spotted soon enough. With this year Annual International Bazaar, the Liberian cancer Society will also use this platform to continue its fight against cancer. Established in 1977 and becoming vibrant again in 2012 after the long interrupted war crises in Liberia, the Liberian Cancer Society has been working closely with the Government of Liberia and the Ministry of Health. Vendor Registration Forms are available on the Liberian Cancer Society Facebook Page or at Royal Grand Hotel and must be completed with payment to reserve space.

April 19, 2017 01:18 UTC

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