‘Liberia’s Economy Depends of LBDI’ – John Davies

Monrovia - The President of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), John Davies, says the economy of Liberia depends on the bank, adding that LBDI involvement in the economy is a clear evidence that they are boosting economic activities. "We are contributing to the Liberian economy and the LBDI is continuing to provide loans and other services to business entities in Liberia that are helping the country’s economy,” he said. Davies also called on his staff to be creative as the bank improves its service for its customers. The LBDI Bank recently improved its service with the introduction of the ATM. The bank’s head of credit, Othello Sherman described the seminar as an eye-opening, saying it would help to improve services at LBDI.

March 28, 2017 02:37 UTC

Finance Minister Calls For More Attention in Real Estate Tax

Monrovia - Finance Minister Boima Kamara says he sees great potential in the country’s revenue intake in the real estate section. He said he believes that the real estate sector has not been fully taxed. “Enhance domestic resource mobilization in Liberia is not just necessary, rather it is imperative to achieve the sustainable development goals as well as to sustain economic and infrastructure development whereas to build greater reliance on domestic resources,” Kamara said. With this in mind, I believe that domestic resource mobilization is an excellent way to kick up and one of such area which has not been fully tax is the real estate sector.”He further claimed that there is substantive potential for more revenue intake from the real estate sector. She said the community partnership for domestic resource mobilization project is also aimed at broadening the real property taxes through robust tax payers’ awareness and education outreaches, as well as stakeholder engagement.

March 28, 2017 02:26 UTC

BWI Launches New Agric Program

The campus of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) near Kakata, Margibi County, was a scene of excitement last Friday when the administration broke ground for a new agriculture program. According to Jackson Paye, Chairman of BWI Board of Governors, the program is a borrowed idea from the Department of Agriculture at Columbia District University (CDU) in USA which he visited a few months ago. He assured government and partners that in the next few years, his administration would ensure that BWI becomes the next Center of Songhai, second to the one in Benin. The Songhai Center now covers more than 22 hectares of land and is mainly used both as a headquarters and an experimental site. Meanwhile Dr. Zinnah has reaffirmed the ministry’s commitment to build student capacity at BWI as a member of the Board.

March 28, 2017 02:15 UTC

Liberia’s Teenage Athletes Andrew and Lucy Underperform in Uganda

Monrovia - Liberia’s two teenage athletes at the just ended Cross Country Championship in Kampala Uganda both underperformed during the day lone international Track and Field event that took place on Sunday March 26, 2017 at the Kololo Independence Grounds in the heart of Kampala. 18-year-old Lucy Massaquoi and 17-year Andrew Kpehe finished 93 and 96 among over 700 athletes from Africa, South America Asia and other parts of the world. Liberia’s representatives at the Cross Country Championship are expected back home later this week after another poor performance. The winner of the 2017 Kampala IAAF World Cross Country Championships will walk away with US$30,000. Besides Liberia, other African countries that are participating in the Cross Country Championships are The Gambia, Morocco, Algeria, Comoros Island, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and host Uganda.

March 28, 2017 02:03 UTC

Liberia’s Judiciary System Also on Trial

The Great Lawyer and Senator and two other Liberians living today are competing for the title or have each crowned themselves "Liberia's best lawyer"--Phillip Banks and Charles Brumskine. represented is now in court for bribery and suddenly, this great lawyer does not have or did destroy bank records of checks that he paid out? Will the great lawyer Varney Sherman, the "fish" end up on the dinner table or will he navigate the treacherous riverbank to find his way back into the river? And this is the trail and Sherman the great lawyer Varney Sherman now can’t produce the bank records or cancel checks? The corrupt Liberian judicial system is also on trial in this case and the kind of message the government wants to send to future "foreign investors."

March 28, 2017 02:03 UTC

Injury Affected Athletes in Kampala

Lucy, 18, crossed the finish-line at 93rd place in the 5K junior race on Sunday with a time of 27:41. Ethiopia took gold in the team event for junior men and Uganda clinched gold in junior men (individual). Kenya’s mixed relay team consisted of Asbel Kiprop (5:19), Wilfred Nzisa Mbithe (6:07), Bernard Kipkorir Koros (5:22) and Beatrice Chepkoech (5:58). Ethiopia’s Amdework Walelegn, who finished second in the junior race, cast blame on the Ugandan crowd. Ethiopia took gold in the women junior (individual event), as well as the junior men and women team events.

March 28, 2017 01:52 UTC

‘Amb. Carlton Karpeh Sacrificed Personal Pride for Country’

The Minister of Foreign Affairs says the late Ambassador Carlton Alexwyn Karpeh (CAK) will be remembered for his versatility, eloquence, excellent deportment and patriotism. He sacrificed his personal pride for the service of his country. Before then, he also served as Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism and earlier, Assistant Minister for Public Affairs and Tourism, Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism. Others that paid tribute included the House of Representatives and his family, read by his son, Martin C. Alexwyn Karpeh. The late Ambassador Karpeh was laid to rest at the Kaiser Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Brewerville, outside Monrovia.

March 28, 2017 01:52 UTC

Chinese Province Looking To Expand Trade and Cultural Cooperation With Africa

About 400 companies from the region have already invested over US$40 billion in Africa, and the province is confident that promoting international trade strengthens cultural relationship between them and African countries. “We are very confident and looking forward to improving corporations with African countries,” said Fan Zhi Geng, an official of Jiangsu Department of Commerce. XCGM is hoping that policies makers in African countries can exert more efforts to make their economy favorable for FDI. “We are keen to expand our copy rights with local publishers in African countries,” assured Jiangtao She, Vice President of Phoenix Printing Group. “The Factory in Namibia is only a start; we hope to do more in other African countries,” Jiangtao added.

March 28, 2017 01:41 UTC

Nimba United Beaten At Home by BYC

Five minutes into the match the inform Nimba United winger Stanley Whitfield right foot shot was save by Allenton Sembeh. 26th minute United Captain Michael Fahnbulleh was yellow carded for pulling down Randy Dukuly a minute later David Tweh was booked for similar foul on Mustapha Lormall. Nimba United produced very little, despite their command of the ball, but it was BYC who were the more dangerous side through the attacking pace of David Tweh, Van-Dave and Randy Dukuly. Randy showed occasional signs of menace, forcing a fine save from Nimba United keeper Edmund Borloh after his header hit against the woodwork. Sessay took over from Emmanuel Kaykay who resigned as head coach of United after three months with the Mountaineers due to allege interference on technical matters from the Adolphus Dolo President and owner of Nimba United.

March 28, 2017 01:41 UTC

Government, Partners Resolve Grand Gedeh-RiverGee Boundary Dispute

Grand Gedeh – After more than two years of negotiation, Government, through the Ministry of Internal Affairs, with support from the Carter Center on Sunday March 26, 2017 finally resolved a long standing boundary dispute between Grand Gedeh and River Gee Counties. The disputed area is located along the main Zwedru-Fish Town Highway between bordering communities of Putu-Pennokon in Grand Gedeh County and Kilepo-Kanweaken in River Gee County. The parties also signed a joint resolution which states the main boundary along with geographical features for reference. While Grand Gedeh County’s Superintendent Peter Solo led his team along with Representative Morais Wylee, Dr. George Boley, Madam Ruth Milton, youth, traditional leaders and others all include traditional leaders. In separate remarks, citizens of both counties have been commending Government, the Carter center, leaders of the both counties, Liberia Peacebuilding Office and other partners for restoring peace in their communities.

March 28, 2017 01:30 UTC

Hepatitis Foundation Takes Disease Awareness to Collegians in Liberia

Presenting the dangers of Hepatitis, especially type ‘B’ poses, Ms. Layal Kazouh, founder of the Hepatitis Foundation, said her foundation is focused on this type ‘B’ because it is endemic to Liberia. The virus may be detected within 30 to 60 days after infection and can persist and develop into chronic Hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is spread through exposure to infected blood and various body fluids, such as saliva, sweat, menstrual, vaginal, and seminal fluids. She warned that hepatitis B virus could cause a chronic liver infection that can later develop into liver cirrhosis or liver cancer. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Hepatitis B prevalence is highest in sub-Saharan Africa, including Liberia, where between five to 10 percent of the adult population is chronically infected.

March 28, 2017 01:18 UTC

Royal Dutch Airline KLM Finally Resumes Flight to Liberia

Monrovia – After over 20 years of stay from Liberia due to the civil war, Dutch Airline, Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (KLM) Royal Dutch Airlines has finally resumed operations. The KLM flight operation to Freetown and Monrovia, Airbus A330-200series has seats of over 268. “KLM Airlines serves 51 routes in Africa and so there is a huge traffic, seven new destinations in Africa for AirFrance-KLM in 2007." The Royal Dutch Airlines plans to expand its African network and will compete with other world class airlines. “With KLM, you can go all over the world, this is why we say KLM is good for the market."

March 28, 2017 01:07 UTC

Liberty Party Loses Seat in Lofa County By-Election

Monrovia – The Liberty Party was flogged in the Foya District #1 Lofa County by-elections – a seat they have contested and won in the past two elections. He won by accumulating 3,149 votes (32.0%) compared to Liberty Party’s 410 votes which represented only 4.2% of valid votes cast. Critics in and out of the Liberty Party are pointing fingers at Senator Steve Zargo who promised to use his position in the county and the Senate and ensured that that seat is retained for the party, but on the contrary that did not happen. In an exclusive interview with FrontPage Africa last Thursday at the Capitol, Zargo said Lofa County is a unique with six local dialects. “Our candidate was not prepared to replace Eugene Fallah Kparka neither did we in the Liberty Party know that Kparkar would have died, but I assure you if it was Kparkar we were carrying for the third time he would have won.”Zargo asked officials and members of the Liberty Party to accept the result and move on.

March 28, 2017 00:56 UTC

27-Year-old Allegedly Rapes 42 Year-old Woman Death

Monrovia – The Liberia National Police (LNP) is investigating a 27-year-old man for allegedly raping a 42-year-old woman to death. The woman, Korto Kollie, was found dead in a garage at the corner of Benson and Lynch Streets in Monrovia early Saturday morning. The suspect, Belidi Barry, told Police investigators that the incident happened on last Friday night. He, however, told Police investigators that when he woke up, she saw blood stains on him. The suspect, according to the Police, has taken full responsibility for his action, saying he committed the act alone.

March 28, 2017 00:45 UTC

VP Boakai Calls on Liberians in France to Contribute to Nation Building

Paris, France – Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Sr. has extolled members of the Liberian Community in France for their many contributions, dedication and commitment to their country despite being in a foreign country. Vice President Boakai said diaspora Liberians' contributions to their country in terms of aid, supplies, remittances and show of support for national and development efforts remain major contributors to the development of the country. He applauded Liberians residing in France for their major contribution made to Liberia during the fight against the Ebola Virus. Members of the Liberia Community also praised Vice President Boakai for the magnificent transformation that has taken place in the country under the administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf where he serves as Vice President. Later during the program, an acclaimed Liberian artist residing in France, Sidibe Musa presented a well-designed painting of the Vice President to the amazement and appreciation of the audience.

March 28, 2017 00:33 UTC

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