Monrovia – The ruling Unity Party (UP) has called on the Supreme Court of Liberia to issue an immediate stay order on the December 28 presidential runoff based on a 25-count Bill of Information the party has filed with the highest court. Unity Party noted that in the absence of an agreed methodology of the cleanup of the FRR, the NEC created an impression that the FRR is already cleaned. NEC ‘Cannot’ Set DateThe Unity Party further contended that the NEC does not have the constitutional and statutory authority to, all by itself, set December 26, 2017 as the date for the runoff election. Article 83 calls for the scheduling of the runoff election on the second Tuesday after the announcement of the final result of the first round of the election. “The NEC Chairman and the NEC Executive Director should and ought to have tendered their resignations."
December 15, 2017 02:26 UTC
There is still track and field that does not receive huge government support but attracts many young Liberians, one of who is Kadmiel Enders. Kadmiel graduated from Kingdom Foundation High School in Paynesville, and has found a path to his future. “I like to do things differently regardless of what people think of it,” is the philosophy of high jumper Enders. “I was a stranger to high jump and went into the trial with confidence and surprisingly came up as the highest jumper,” Enders recalled. Barshim, 26, is a high jumper who holds his country, Qatar and the Asian record.
Monrovia – Unity Party Standard Bearer Joseph Boakai has for the first time announced his intention to serve a one-term bid if elected President in the ensuing runoff election. VP Boakai is anticipating succeeding his boss President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whose two-term tenure will expire early January, 2018. Winston Tubman, who was the standard bearer of the Congress for Democratic Change now Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC). At the same time, VP Boakai called for the total support of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the runoff process. Announcing the official opening of campaign for the runoff process, the UP Standard Bearer challenged partisans to vigorously campaign to ensure victory.
December 15, 2017 02:15 UTC
-Liberia’s Commerce Minister Addy assertsThe Minister of Commerce and Industry (MOCI), Axel M. Addy, says Liberia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) is a model for negotiation, development and partnership. Minister Addy made the statement on Tuesday at the kickoff of the ‘e-commerce MSME’ during the 11th Ministerial Conference of the WTO in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Addy’s address at the WTO was Liberia’s first since the nation became a member. “Our accession served as a blueprint to implement the structural reforms needed and to ensure a predictable and transparent trading environment notably through Liberia’s WTO Post-Accession Strategy and Implementation Plan,” Minister Addy said. Minister Addy said, “Today, we find the multilateral trading system under threat.
The first was President Samuel K. Doe, whose widespread injustice, mismanagement, corruption and wickedness (massive extra-judicial killings) led the country to civil war. The Supreme Court also mandated NEC to publish the redone FRR across the country; and that no one whose name is not on the final roll should vote. It was the serious tampering by NEC of this FRR that primarily led to the electoral fraud. This, the Daily Observer said in its Tuesday editorial, was a clear and open defiance of the Supreme Court’s mandate. And we plead with all the ECOWAS leaders to be reminded of the age-old dictum, “A stitch in time saves nine.”
A great example of such principles-minded people are the instructors teaching in the Mass Communication Department of the University of Liberia. Any freshman student turning his/her back on careers in Science and Mathematics to succeed quickly in Mass Communication at UL faces serious disappointment upon meeting the instructors there. Amidst the social and economic temptations confronting almost all instructors at the UL, there is no confirmed or unconfirmed report connecting any Mass Communication instructor to compromising ethics and principles to satisfy the desires of under-performing students. In fact, in order to prevent students from interfering with their decisions, Mass Communication instructors usually delay in giving test papers out to students after a semester exam. About the author:Joaquin M. Sendolo is a member of the 98th graduating class of the University of Liberia with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Mass Communication.
The party suspended Dr. Jones on the basis of a formal complaint the party’s assistant national secretary general, James Roberts, filed against him alleging that he ordered his security officers to assault him (Roberts) and forcefully removed a 7.5KVA generator from the party’s headquarters in Congo Town. Although Dr. Jones did not admit to or deny Roberts’ allegation, he said after sober reflection, he has decided to break all ties with the party as its standard bearer and a founding member. He made the statement to the party’s supporters and well wishers in Virginia, USA, where he is currently visiting. Dr. Jones meanwhile praised MOVEE partisans for their support during the campaign period, although their goal of winning the presidency did not come to pass. Liberia, Dr. Jones said, remains a land of many possibilities and that anyone who will win the runoff needs to realize the necessity of economic empowerment for the citizens; to reorganize and restructure the country’s economy to create wealth and opportunity for all Liberians to become more productive to build the middle class.
The Governance Commission (GC), the institution responsible to formulate policy recommendations and implementation strategies to ensure that government functions in ways that are accountable and transparent, is to shortly commence a policy dialogue that will highlight the status of the Liberian economy. According to the GC, this will enable the parties to explore possible policy options aimed at addressing the short-term and long-term economic challenges. The Liberian economy is heavily reliant on the extractive industry and agriculture from where raw materials are accumulated and subsequently exported for foreign exchange. The Liberian economy encountered a shock in 2014 when the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) struck the country. According to Markets Insider, the world market price of iron ore as of December 13, 2017, is US$69.34.
The Intellectual Property Development Plan (IPDA) document is a crosscutting one which is linked with diverse policy areas to ensure effective coordination with other activities that strengthens the country’s ability to generate economic growth, both in terms of GDP and human capital from IP. LIPO Director General Roosevelt Gould said the IPDA document, if absorbed into a nation’s development agenda, will lead to investments, promote research, and create a culture of innovation. “Without an IPDA document, it is difficult for a country to stimulate and protect the results of indigenous creativity and innovation. The world is now being controlled by IP, and so, this IPDA plan will strengthen IP infrastructure for economic growth and lots more. “My vision is to make Liberia the hub of innovation and the creative art, which is possible through this document,” Gould said.
December 14, 2017 21:11 UTC
Journalist Mae Azango, whose 2012 reporting on female genital mutilation won her several international awards, is set launch her debut book ‘Voice of the Trumpetess.’The book tells the extraordinary story of her life – an epic of struggles, setbacks, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph. Voice of the Trumpetess, which blends Liberian pidgin English with standard English, is a moving and exhilarating autobiography that comes with many good moral lessons. The launch will take place at Palm Springs Hotel on Sunday, December 17. She also talked about the abuses she went through with her first love, who didn’t hesitate to beat her up on many occasions. Throughout the book, Mae Azango was unfortunate in relationships, from one abusive man to another.
December 14, 2017 21:00 UTC
The highly anticipated ‘Providence’ movie which tells the story of two sisters and the lives of two families that collided in a heart-wrenching tale of love and the pursuit of happiness, premiers tomorrow. The movie will premier on Friday at the Silverbird Cinemas (TSMO Mall) with ticket prices set at US$25, US50 and US$100. Gates will open at 7 PM, the time set aside to take photos with the cast on the red carpet. Fox will be in the country for the premier along with entire movie cast including Lisa Wu and Van Vicker. There they stumble upon her diary, and Richlou decides to explore further, which opens a door for a lot of secrets.
December 14, 2017 21:00 UTC
In its bid to capture the presidency, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of George Weah, the party is holistically winning huge support from other opposition political parties with the latest coming from the opposition Liberty Party (LP) as its Vice Presidential Candidate, Harrison Karnwea expressing his unflinching support to the presidential bid of George Weah in the December 26 runoff election. The grounds of the CDC headquarters in Congo Town was today overwhelmed as dozens of Liberty Party partisans and executive trooped towards the podium where the ceremony took place with the LP vice standard bearer expressively poured his overwhelming support to the CDC. Yesterday, four stalwarts of the Party including its National Chairman and National Campaign Manager, Benjamin Sanvee and Musa Bility, also Israel Akinsanya, Maxwell Grigsby and J. Fonati Koffa pledged their support to the CDC, promising to campaign hard to ensure Weah’s victory. Koffa, now representative-elect of District 1, Grand Kru County, told Voice of Grand Kru that he believes Weah’s agenda is in the best interest of his district and offers the best hope for the people in the South-eastern Liberia, which is one of the most impoverished parts of the country. (Visited 81 times, 12 visits today)Commentscomments
December 14, 2017 18:45 UTC
Monrovia – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed gratitude to partners for their support to Liberia's post-war recovery that has impacted the lives of the Liberian people through the restoration of electricity to Liberia. The rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant was initiated by the Liberian government through partnership with friendly governments and institutions including the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of the United States of America, the European Investment Bank, the Germen and Norwegian governments. According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf was speaking on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Funders Meeting of Mount Coffee Hydropower rehabilitation project held at the Mamba Point Hotel in Monrovia. She said successive governments will build upon development programs initiated by her administration. She said that despite the challenges in restoring full power supply in the country, her administration remains on track with works on transmission and distribution, efforts that have started to show fruitful results.
December 14, 2017 16:30 UTC
Located in Buchanan City, about a two-hour drive from the nation’s capital, Monrovia, Elizabeth Village and Resort is a luxurious place that offers the perfect leisure we all desire. The village, sitting on a peninsula perched atop the Benson River, is the first resort in Liberia built from mud, and are designed in the oval or rondavel style. The village is built and solely owned by Liberian entrepreneur Hesta Baker, who said the idea behind the village, nicknamed ‘luxury meets culture,’ is to promote Liberia’s culture. “When I was building the village, I decided it should be different from other resorts in the country. Hesta Baker noted that the realization of this vision is a legacy to her great grandmother, Elizabeth Moore Johnson, after who the resort is named.
December 14, 2017 14:32 UTC
The MSC is part of series of the annual end-of-year Statutory Meetings of ECOWAS that are taking place in Abuja, Nigeria. The meetings come on the heels of this weekend’s 52nd Ordinary Summit of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government. The meetings continued on Wednesday and Thursday, December 13 to 14, 2017, with the 79th Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers. Earlier, the 22nd Meeting of the Administration and Finance Committee (AFC) and the 27th Ordinary Meeting of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council at the Ambassadorial Level previously preceded the MSC meeting. The 52nd Ordinary Summit of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government climaxes the meetings this weekend, the release concludes.
December 14, 2017 12:49 UTC