– Judge Blamo DixonA criminal court ‘C’ Judge yesterday publicly accused some of his colleagues of behaving like cowards in front of Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor. Judge Dixon’s criticism of his colleagues followed repeated reports of disunity among members of the the National Trial Judges Association of Liberia (NTJAL). Judge Dixon said those ‘cowardly behaving judges’ were constantly writing complaints against their colleagues to the Chief Justice without recognizing the existence of the association that is clothed with the authority to intervene in matters relating to judges. Though Dixon did not mention any situation or letter against a particular judge to the Chief Justice, he maintained that the practice of finger pointing has opened a floodgate of complaints. Apart from his accusation against other judges, Dixon also accused court support staff and bailiffs (court officers) of allegedly extorting money from people who take cases to court (party litigants).
November 14, 2017 02:26 UTC
“Korkoya was not fair to the Senate when he said that the total number of missing names on the FRR was 13,000. He said Grand Gedeh’s NEC Magistrate, Mr. Arthur C. Y. Duogee denied claims that the ballots were official voting ballots on a local radio station even though the ballots were indeed official ballots. Duogee said to the people of Grand Gedeh on Top FM that the ballots were not official voting ballots. Varney G. Sherman said that the hearing will not continue today (Nov. 14) or any other time, if the NEC refuses to provide the FRR in their possession. They also requested the NEC legal team to also agree not blemish the Commission furthermore.
November 14, 2017 02:26 UTC
Forum Focus: “Promoting Democracy and Preventing Violence through Dialogue”Internews , an international non-profit organization, has planned a one-day forum aimed at engaging media and civil society in a discussion on the lessons learned from the October 10, 2017 elections, challenges ahead and the way forward for the runoff election. The panelists selected to participate in the forum are, Lami Lighe – officer-in-charge, National Elections Commission; Negbalee Warner – Dean, Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law; Oscar Bloh – coordinator, Election Coordinating Committee (ECC); Lami Kpargoi – officer-in-charge, Liberia Media Center and Gregory Coleman – Inspector General, Liberia National Police. The event, according to the release, will be held in collaboration with the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), the Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP), NAYMOTE, Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), the Liberia Media Development Initiative (LMDI) and the Liberia Media Center (LMC). Internews is an international media development organization that is implementing the USAID funded Liberia Media Development project which seeks to increase citizens’ access to independent and reliable information and empowerment to engage in well-informed public discussions on important issues, the release states. Internews supported the 2017 electoral process by organizing over 120 legislative debates in 73 electoral districts nationwide.
The National Rural Women (NRW) with membership throughout Liberia has called on the National Elections Commission (NEC) and politicians involved in the October 10 election crisis to speedily resolve the issue at stake and conduct the runoff presidential election in the shortest possible time. According to the women, they want to see a peaceful transition of power from one elected president to another. She said, “We are not interested in having an interim government because there is no war in the country. Many Liberians, including the rural women have been commenting on the eventual constitutional crisis that could subsequently result in an interim government. The Elections Commission shall within ninety days conduct elections for a new President and a new Vice President.”This article, however, is subject to the Supreme Court’s interpretation.
By Rufus S. Berry II, MBA,Independent Political Consultant & Financial ExpertThe conclusion of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidency could unquestionably have a lasting impact on her legacy. On that day, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf brought much needed international credibility to the Liberian government. Let’s look at the time-line and examine the worst-case scenario that could forever damage President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf legacy. When the current government’s term expires, the Supreme Court ruling states that the first branch of government will still have legislative continuity because of the Senate. This from my perspective will forever damage the legacy of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in regards to her inability to smoothly transition power.
The Public Procurement Concessions Commission (PPCC), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), yesterday commenced a five-day professional certification training in public procurement to complete the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) course. According to PPCC executive director Dorbor Jallah, 37 procurement officers from government ministries and agencies as well as partner institutions are attending the training session, which runs from November 13-17. Jallah said although the 37 officers previously attended and completed the CIPS Level 2 introductory course in public procurement, the present training is primarily designed to address the huge capacity deficit in the field of public procurement and prepare Liberia’s public sector procurement personnel to qualify for certificate awards in purchasing and supply from the UK based Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. The participants, he said, are drawn from several public sector institutions and international organizations, including Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA), National Elections Commission (NEC), University of Liberia, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and county-based institutions. A career procurement professional from the UNDP’s Project Support Office (PSO) in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dr. Pa Lamin Beyai, will facilitate the training.
Too many people still struggle to meet the most basic of human needs, lacking access to adequate food, clean drinking water and sanitation, the two women lamented. It was not something easy to see young people of my age spending their entire life in wheelchairs. But reflecting on my life as a human has encouraged me to do more for my friends in need,” Ms Natt said. I dream of a Liberia where everyone will have equal access to basic needs, healthcare, education, food, clothing, shelter, etc. According to the two passionate humanitarians, Natt and Johnson, GSI envisions a nation where everybody will have equal access to clothing, food, quality education, shelter, and good healthcare.
November 14, 2017 02:03 UTC
Monrovia – Two former Chairpersons of the National Elections Commission (NEC) would be testifying against the NEC in the on-going electoral fraud case. The pair would be testifying for the Unity Party. The two former Commissioners had earlier announced their support for presidential bid of Mr. Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party. Over the weekend, the chairman of the Unity Party, Wilmot Paye, testified on behalf of the party. According to him, the Commissioners could not easily agree on whether to do biometric voters identification or a manual voters identification.
Source:Front Page Africa
November 13, 2017 18:33 UTC
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was not a candidate, having completed two six-year terms. His party brought a complaint before the Supreme Court, alleging irregularities and fraud. The court ruled that before moving forward, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) needed to investigate the allegations. Internews supported the 2017 electoral process by organizing over 120 legislative debates in 73 electoral districts nationwide. Thursday’s forum is part of our efforts to encourage constructive dialogue about the electoral process in a way that strengthens Liberia’s democracy and promotes peace during the run-off election.
November 13, 2017 15:33 UTC
Internews has planned a one-day forum aimed at engaging media and civil society in a discussion on the lessons learned from the Oct. 10, 2017 elections, challenges and a way forward for the run-off elections. The event is being held in collaboration with the Press Union of Liberia, Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP), NAYMOTE, Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), the Liberia Media Development Initiative (LMDI) and the Liberia Media Center (LMC). Internews is an international media development organization that is implementing the USAID funded Liberia Media Development project which seeks to increase citizens’ access to independent and reliable information and empowerment to engage in well-informed public discussion on important issues. Internews supported the 2017 electoral process by organizing over 120 legislative debates in 73 electoral districts nationwide. Thursday’s forum is part of our efforts to encourage constructive dialogue about the electoral process in a way that strengthens Liberia’s democracy and promotes peace during the run-off election.
November 13, 2017 15:33 UTC
In her visits with Liberian women, President Jahjaga shared stories about the Kosovo experience, emphasizing that, as in Liberia, thousands of people lost lives and more sustained long-lasting injuries, including an estimated 20,000 people in Kosovo who had been raped – mostly women. Visiting the Women’s Peace Hut, President Jahjaga was briefed about the crucial role women activists play in maintaining the peace in Liberia. Organized by the Women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET), the Women’s Peace Hut has been part of Liberian women’s hands-on approach to working for peace since the end of the conflict in Liberia. During the electoral period, the Women’s Peace Hut works to promote peace among the many political actors. Delphine Morris of WIPNET described the Peace Hut to President Jahjaga as “a space where truth and reconciliation are sacred, in order to renew Liberians’ fractured communities”.
November 13, 2017 13:18 UTC
Liberia’s representative at the Miss World 2017, Miss Liberia Wokie Dolo is said to have impressed the organizers of this global beauty pageant during her splendid performances amongst her colleagues, this our source from China said impressed the organizers of this global competition. As voting close for groups 1 to 8 in the Head to Head Challenge at the Miss World 2017 Competition currently taking place in Sanya, the People’s Republic of China. The winners of the 8 Head to Head Challenge winners were announced automatically, qualifying for the Top 40 at the Live Miss World Final, on Saturday 18th November 2017. Group 1 Winner – ITALYGroup 2 Winner – ARGENTINAGroup 3 Winner – NEPALGroup 4 Winner – FRANCEGroup 5 Winner – COLOMBIAGroup 6 Winner – BANGLADESHGroup 7 Winner – MACAU CHINAGroup 8 Winner – MONGOLIAClick link to see the contestants for Miss World 017(Visited 1,118 times, 496 visits today)Commentscomments
November 13, 2017 12:00 UTC
In commemorating World Pneumonia Day, organizations in over ten countries are calling for more domestic financing to Pneumonia vaccines, routine immunization programs and strengthening of health systems. Immunization remains the most effective strategy to prevent Pneumonia even though it is a treatable disease. Yet the disease is still not getting the much-need attention it deserves and continues to be the lead killer disease of children under five years; more than Malaria, HIV/AIDS and Measles combined. Some countries like Kenya, Uganda and Zambia have developed district, state and national plans to intensify actions for the control of Pneumonia. Many more have integrated Pneumonia specific actions into their national child health and child survival strategies.
November 13, 2017 10:18 UTC
The European Union and the Bureau of National Fisheries (BNF) are looking for original creative voices in Liberia to create stunning short films on Liberian fisheries. We offer a unique opportunity to improve your skills with professional equipment and development workshops, a $500 production budget and the chance to win a $500 prize for the best film! These are exciting times for Liberian fisheries! A new, autonomous National Fisheries and Aquaculture Agency was created by Liberia’s legislature last month paving the way for new sustainable investment in Liberia’s fisheries. The BNF, in anticipation of this new opportunity, has been developing a guide to promote sustainable investments in Liberia’s fisheries that can promote economic development and better livelihoods for Liberian fishermen.
November 13, 2017 09:56 UTC
Police in Grand Gedeh County have launched a massive hunt for a man believed to be a herbalist for his alleged involvement in the manhandling of several women, and others in the County who were accused of ‘witchcraft’ in their respective communities. According to a Correspondent of a local radio station in the County, Emmanuel Zorkor of the National Traditional Council assigned in the County was alleged to have queued out several women in a burning hot sun stripped naked under the semblance to confess the allegations leveled against them. According to the report, as a result of this inhumed treatment melted against the women and others who are always taken to him (Emmanuel Zorkor, the accused), rights advocates and women groups staged a peaceful against Zorkor, and calling on the police to arrest him. Following his arrest by the police upon the request of the women and rights groups and placed behind bars, hours later, according to the report, the man in question broke jail and fled in the bush. (Visited 54 times, 5 visits today)Commentscomments
November 13, 2017 06:56 UTC