Under the “Open Door” policy Liberia experienced phenomenal economic growth in double digits. Of course, those were the same characteristics of foreign investments during Tubman’s “Open Door” era that had bloated the political patronage system until it burst. According to Dunn and Tarr (1988), “the “Open Door” Policy as a development tool failed ultimately because it neither created nor contemplated the creation of domestic entrepreneurs”. The “Open Door” Policy was introduced as an economic management tool to achieve political objectives, which has created a dual economy, with foreign businesses benefiting while Liberians have been kept out. Foreign concessionaires and merchants enjoy “exorbitant privileges” while Liberians have been restricted in accessing this “Open Door”.
May 31, 2018 02:25 UTC
Disappointingly, commodities ranking high on the wish list of most Liberians were not mentioned in the price reductions. A woman disembarking a vehicle on 12th Street in Sinkor asked, “I thought they say the President reduced prices. But others saw it otherwise and mocked the tax reduction and described it as “More poor” than Pro-poor. Public reactions to the tax reduction ultimatum simply brought to the fore what Liberians actually considered as commodities on which prices ought to be reduced. What real and beneficial impact will tax reductions on these commodities bring to the poor?
May 31, 2018 02:25 UTC
Zack Roberts, from the defunct band Zack and Geebah, has denied long-held public thought that they split due to issues concerning money and girlfriends. Geebah was a very cool guy and not problematic,” Zack Said. Their songs ‘Keep on Trying and ‘Sweet Liberia’ still remain popular as to date, making it an alternative national anthem. Although he tried, things did not work out and when the war came, Geebah left for the USA. Meanwhile, during their career, the band Zack and Geebah released 14-songs, six on “Just for You,” and six on “For the Love of Money”, While two on the “Sweet Liberia” singles.
May 31, 2018 02:15 UTC
With an array of colors and lengths, according to her, the quality collection offers something unique and exciting to add to women’s hair collection. According to her, Zeyliux product will not only be in Liberia, but also in Uganda, South Africa and Kenya as well as other countries. She said with her vision and commitment to provide the highest quality, Zeyliux hair care products meet the diverse needs of consumers worldwide. Zeyliux extensions, according to Siryon, will only be sold at certified salons and supermarkets. “Looking Zeyliux, therefore we’ve come up with the perfect combo of hair extensions essentials to keep you looking glamorous and fabulous throughout,” she concluded.
May 31, 2018 02:15 UTC
Monrovia – The Government of Liberia and African Governance Initiative (AGI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for capacity building and technical support initiative to the Liberian government. African Governance Initiative is a global governmental technical support and capacity building initiative established and headed by former British Prime Minister, H. E. Tony Blair. President George Manneh Weah signed on behalf of the Government of Liberia while Mr. Blair signed for the Africa Governance Initiative. The MOU was signed on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at President Weah’s Foreign Ministry Office in Monrovia. According to President Weah, the AGI capacity building and technical support initiative will provide an opportunity for the government to develop plans in the interest of the people of Liberia.
May 30, 2018 16:07 UTC
The new tariff regime was submitted to the President by the Liberia Revenue Authority’s (LRA) Commissioner-General Elfrieda Tamba in keeping with an earlier mandate to do so within 72 hours. The schedule takes immediate effect and makes reductions ranging from 81 to 40 percent in over 2000 widely consumed commodities. Some of the reductions include pig feet (81%), chicken feet (63%), vegetable oil (41%), onions (53%), used clothing (41%) and mosquito coil (65%), among others. The government’s decision and the compliance by the LRA comes in the wake of the Legislature’s position that President Weah’s decision was unilateral without their involvement and therefore it did not meet the Legislature’s approval. President Weah gave yesterday, May 29 as the deadline for the 72 hours ultimatum to the LRA to ensure that tariffs on basic commodities are reduced.
He described his teacher, Mrs. Theresa Jande Sherman Pennoh, as “an exceptional lady who demonstrated her commitment to the teaching profession and to her students. Therefore Teacher Pennoh would counsel us how to approach tests, trying to allay our fears. Mother Jessie Wah King described Mrs. Pennoh as a great teacher who made a significant impact on Liberian education. Mrs. Joyce Dunbar Sherman read a tribute written by T. Siafa’s wife, Mrs. Julia Sherman. Too Williams, and other clergy, the vestry and wardens and the entire St. Stephen family.
During the meeting, House Speaker Chambers told the Liberia Council of Churches visiting delegation that the senatorial by-election will go ahead and lamented that the process got delayed due to some technical and pressing challenges. Speaker Chambers further told the clergymen that the National Legislature will work with the Executive Branch of government in making the realization of the National Census attainable in the time frame as provided by law. On account of the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report’, Speaker Chambers said he believes there were more lies than truth told during the hearing process of the TRC. Speaker Chambers, however, said it’s about time that the country looks forward to adapting a roadmap, to attain restorative justice as compared to retributive justice. He added that restorative justice also heals wounds inasmuch as truth telling is the hallmark.
The five-member Special Presidential Committee (SPC) constituted to examine the scandal allegations during the negotiation of the concession agreement between ExxonMobil and the Liberian Government over Oil Block LB13, has hooked 18 former officials from the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf administration. The Committee was set up by President George Weah to examine the authenticity of the allegation contained in a report issued by Global Witness on Liberia in March 2018. According to the 35-page report, the former and current government officials are to pay US$35,000 each, while some will pay US$15,000 and US$5,000 respectively to restitute about US$500,000. Members of the SPC include Cllr. According to the President, the Special Presidential Committee has concluded its investigation and submitted its report to his office.
In some cases, they are referred too late to a health facility for safe and assisted delivery. Mrs. Cooper meanwhile reaffirmed Africare’s commitment to support the government of Liberia’s effort in reducing maternal mortality. “If we want to succeed in our quest to reduce maternal mortality, we must make the TTMs our friends,” Dr. Bowah suggested. In closing, Minister Sherman praised Africare for the laudable initiative to construct MWHs as part of efforts to join the fight to reduce maternal mortality. Meanwhile, Africare, University of Michigan and MOH will launch a final report later this year from the assessment of 100+ homes across Liberia.
Authorities of the Ministry of National Defense (MoD) and the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) High Command on Tuesday, May 29, presented a check of US$70,000 to the next of kin (NoK) of the late Private first class (Pfc) Ansu Ousmane Sheriff of the AFL as benefit of the fallen soldier. The NoKs are Fatim Sheriff and Fatumata Sheriff, wife and daughter (respectively) of the deceased soldier. The check is an international peacekeeping death benefit the United Nations (UN) pays to family members of deceased soldiers, especially those who died while on active peacekeeping duty through the AFL High Command. Johnson further stated that in June this year, the UN will present an award to the fallen soldier through his next of kin at the Agency Headquarters in New York. In response, Baokai Sheriff, who spoke on behalf of the NoK, thanked the MoD authorities and the AFL for standing with them during their period of bereavement.
I first met Mrs. Pennoh in 1961 when I enrolled at the B.W. As I reflect on my life today, I give credit first to Almighty God, my parents and next to Mrs. Pennoh for whom I am today. Mrs. Pennoh instilled in us self-esteem, discipline, motivation, and to strive for excellence. Mrs. Pennoh was a committed and professional educator who impacted the lives of many others who were fortunate to come into contact with her in the classroom. Thank God Mrs. Pennoh had prepared her own safety net, her son Varney.
May 30, 2018 02:15 UTC
Today we are uttering the same prayer for Cameroon and its President, Paul Biya. We recall that in the 1980s Ambassador Carlton Karpeh served as Liberian ambassador to Cameroon during which time, George Weah, our current President, played semi-professional football in that country. Liberia, like Cameroon, was once a country where our African brothers and sisters once came in search of educational opportunities. But owing to the negative effects of the prolonged civil conflict, Liberia’s educational system has degenerated into what former President Sirleaf described as a “mess”. We call on President Paul Biya to save his country from the fate that befell Liberia by engaging in dialogue to address claims of marginalization instead of clamping down on the Anglophone people of his country.
May 30, 2018 02:15 UTC
Monrovia – President George Weah has written members of the Legislature requesting them to pass a resolution that would set July 31, 2018, as the date for the holding of the senatorial by-elections in Bong and Montserrado Counties. Report by Henry Karmo, [email protected]In the communication sent to the legislature, President Weah informed members of both Houses that the National Elections Commission (NEC) has informed the Executive branch of government that it is prepared to hold the by-elections no later than July 31, 2018. Plenary of both House submitted the communication to their respective committees on Elections and Inauguration and State Enterprises. Jerome G. Korkoya announced that the Commission has received from the Government of Liberia additional US$1,009,938 as part of the funding for the hosting of by-elections. “This brings the total amount provided by the Government of Liberia to US$1,509,938,” Cllr.
May 30, 2018 01:47 UTC
Gbarnga, Bong County – The standard bearer of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Alexander Cummings, on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 gave his nod to the candidacy of Dr. Henrique Tokpa in the Bong County senatorial by-election. Reprot by Selma Lomax, [email protected]Cummings’ ANC finished third in Bong County after accumulated 8,359 votes, which amounted to 5.5 percent. Speaking to reporters, Cummings said there is no better person in the race to represent the people of Bong County at the national legislature than Dr. Tokpa. He’s an academician, politician and someone who has spent his life helping the people of Liberia and Bong County. Tokpa, the former Cuttington University president, described Cummings as a “political giant” whose endorsement could yield results in the forthcoming senatorial election.
May 30, 2018 01:18 UTC