SWAL aggrieved member Sally H. GrayMonrovia – An opposition group calling itself Sports Writers Association of Liberia Integrity team has accused the president of SWAL Roland Mulbah of infusing names of unqualified voters on the voters’ roll ahead of the media body election on Saturday, December 15, 2018. “The past two elections of the Roland Mulbah regime have always been marred by electoral violence, something that we see creeping again in the ensuing 2018 SWAL elections.”“The eleven names that are not members of SWAL, there are a foul played. Roland Mulbah’s leadership is intruding into the work of the membership committee,” Ms. Gaye said. “These names never obtain nor have qualified for any of the SWAL membership as such they should be deleted from the Voters’ roll ahead of the elections,” Ms. Gaye warned. When contacted, Roland Mulbah refuted the allegation.
December 14, 2018 00:56 UTC
The goal of this exercise, now in its thirteenth year, is to ensure that Liberia does not return to the ugly past and this is our way of making meaningful contributions to Liberia. The popular theme in all of this begins and ends with corruption – succeeding groups accusing the preceding of Liberia’s unforgivable sin, corruption. Shielding the realities of corruption and greed from the rest of the world under the guise of protecting Liberia’s image is not the best solution to avoiding the unforgivable sin. No amount of prayers and wishes will do that for him; no amount of sycophancy will do that for him. Thanks to our 171-year-old history, we all know how those reigns ended – and how they are being remembered today.
December 13, 2018 16:30 UTC
For cancelling the three days free call is not in the interest of the subscribers because we it helps us to communicate with our families and friends far and near. Once the offer is not harming them, they should cut it off and find a best solution.”Grace Anthony, Student, UMU:“We are already used to the three days free call. So, I recommend to the government to allow the companies to continue their three-day free calls for us, the citizens because right now it is not easy. However, looking at the condition we find ourselves in, to just cancel three-day free call will be too difficult for the common people because not everyone has money to buy card regularly. And if the government agrees for this three-day free call to go, then I’m very sorry for them because it will haunt them in the future.
December 13, 2018 07:22 UTC
MONROVIA – One of China’s representative ‘technical training’ Units—Companies—in Liberia, under the China-Liberia Friendship, has absorbed dozens of young Liberians into its fold. Its name is China-Aided Liberia Bamboo & Rattan Weaving and Vegetable Planting Technical Assistance Project. Rebecca sprayed water over some part of the farm, inspected some of the leaves, and turned to the interviewer. “I joined this Chinese training Company in 2017. I am forty eight years old, and from Maryland County,” the Liberian teacher narrated to this writer.
December 13, 2018 06:56 UTC
-Vows to make illegal wildlife trade riskyThe Forestry Development Authority (FDA) has for the second time destroyed a large quantity of confiscated bush meat demonstrating yet another measure to deter the wanton killing and trading of endangered animals, and vowed to make illegal wildlife trade ‘risky’ for those engaged in the unlawful act, FDA said in a release. FDA says one of its key priorities under the law is to ensure that protected animals are fully protected in keeping with the rule of biodiversity conservation. According to the release, at least 271 pieces of wildlife parts were recently confiscated at the Bomi Highway Checkpoint from illegal wildlife traders by FDA rangers, and the joint security team. Meanwhile, Mr. Doryen has said that FDA is about to effect the long awaited retirement program involving 33 long serving employees. He also thanked the government of Norway for this gesture, and promised that the money will be used for the projected purpose.
December 13, 2018 03:32 UTC
The LRTF is a multi- partner mechanism to fund road and power infrastructure in Liberia. Plambeck said under a new and innovative financing mechanism, the Liberian government will contribute towards the project from proceeds collected from the road fund. He said the financing agreement is mainly intended to fix the Southeastern road, which is the focus area of the German government through the LRTF. In terms of impact, Mariam said after the completion of the road project, residents in that part of the country will have road connectivity and will be able to widen up the economy. Mr. Nyenpan said the financing instrument eventually culminated into the provision of US$16 million grant contributions the German government contributed to the LRTF.
December 13, 2018 03:32 UTC
Some graduates paid US$350 as graduation fees, while others paid US$310 and the graduation gowns were to be returned? They also promised to refund US$40 that was there for a bag, which didn’t make it as a part of the full graduation package. The normal rates of renting graduation gowns in Monrovia are less than US$75. The story that the graduation package was being made in and printed in China became suspicious. A well-placed source at the University of Liberia told me that the packages were being produced right on 9th Street in Sinkor, Monrovia.
December 13, 2018 02:08 UTC
The Maryland County lawmaker said over the years activities were heavily centralized in Monrovia, Montserrado County. “So, this bill intends to give some of the power to the local people,” Senator Brown said. “There is so much in it and we want to see how they (Ministry of Internal Affair) are going to do that,” Senator Brown said. “It is not a perfect law but I can assure the Liberian people that the Local Government Act was debated lengthily. And so, that is why I am proud of it,” the Maryland County Senator said.
December 13, 2018 02:08 UTC
Monrovia – The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) in collaboration with USAID and UNDP on Monday, December 10, 2018, ended programs in celebration of International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD). This year’s celebration which took place in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County was held from December 7-10, 2018 with series of activities befitting the occasion. Corruption feeds on a culture of impunity, lack of political will, limited citizens’ participation in demanding accountability and transparency from policymakers. The LACC boss stressed the need for more awareness programs along with prosecution which he pointed out would help greatly to reduce corruption. The theme for the 2018 International Anti-Corruption Day Celebration was “Say No to Corruption, Every No Counts” and slogan, “United Against Corruption”.
December 13, 2018 01:41 UTC
At the signing ceremony, the German Development Bank committed 14 million Euros which is equivalent to US$16 million for financing of Ganta to Zwedru corridor. Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah commended the German Development Bank, KFW for the signing of the US$16 million financing agreement. Tuesday’s signing of the 14 million Euros financing instrument between the two governments is under the Liberia Reconstruction Trust Fund (LRTF) arrangement. He said Germany has also contributed to the development of other areas in Liberia including the energy sector of Liberia. Under a new and innovative financing mechanism, the Government of Liberia will also contribute towards this project from proceeds collected from the road fund.
December 13, 2018 01:23 UTC
A resident of the house where the body was found explained that Daddy Boy usually goes to bed very late. He said Daddy Boy was not a bad person, but friends he was moving with, were not too good for him. Unconfirmed reports say “Daddy Boy was brutally murdered allegedly by a suspect only identified as ‘Ansu,’ a diver; reportedly accompanied by ‘CIC,’ a commercial motorcyclist of the same community. However, the eyewitness did not know what was the reason they were looking for Daddy Boy. “Ansu and Daddy Boy were long time rivals, two of them were loving to the same girl before, and have had confusion about this.
He added that attempts to revert the independence of the human rights body by removing the security of tenure will seriously question its autonomy and independence. Liberia is a founding member of the UN—a Charter that expresses a strong commitment to the principles of Human Rights; manifested and firmly articulated in the Universal Deceleration of Human Rights adopted and proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 217A(III) of 10 December 948. The Act creating the African Union expresses deep commitment to human rights and the rule of law. Article 4(m) of the AU constitutive Acts enjoins on a state to have respect for democratic principles, human rights, the rule of law and good governance. The establishment of the INCHR, proponents believe, demonstrates the country’s commitment to these human rights and rule of law.
“We have approached the Ministry of Education, and have begun the engagement for the increment of the education budget to at least 20% of the total national budget,” Karley said. This amount was disbursed in December 2017 as part of the GPE-funded “Liberia Getting to Best in Education,” a four-year initiative aimed at improving equitable access to early childhood education, and the quality of teaching in early childhood and primary education, he noted. “The US$11.07 million grant is also intended to support the government’s efforts to strengthen accountability in the education sector and improve the quality of learning,” Karley said. The specific objectives of the grant are to: (a) improve equitable access to early childhood education, teacher quality in early childhood education (ECE), and primary education in targeted disadvantaged counties, and (b) strengthen National School Accountability Systems. From 2010 – 2016, Liberia benefited from a US$40 million GPE grant to finance 453 new classrooms at the primary school level.
Recruited youth who are between the ages 18 to 35 will be incorporated into a special agricultural initiative of YOP, the release said. In a follow-up interview, YOP National Coordinator, Jesse Bengu, said that YOP agricultural initiative is designed to increase youth earnings but also enhance their entrepreneurial potentials. First, YOP is offering basic planting tools, and cash as labor subsidies to recruited youth that are from rural communities. The YOP is implemented by the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) and the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE). For the Productive Public Works component, the project supports rural youth between the ages of 18-35 years.
December 12, 2018 04:24 UTC
To ensure better protection of intellectual property (IP) and economic growth and competitiveness, as well as encourage innovation, the Liberia Intellectual Property Office (LIPO) is expected to launch the first web portal for online filing of IP registrations for all art related works in the country. Cooper, will foster awareness of the basics and importance of IP through the posting of the country’s IP law online. The database will also serve multiple purposes including IP research and IP rights protection. Cooper added, “The website portal is intended to protect local innovation, invention, creators, and users of IP rights. The Liberia Intellectual Property Office is a merger of the Liberia Industrial Property and the Liberia Copyright offices.
December 12, 2018 04:24 UTC