Saint or Sinner: Interpretations Divided As EJS Delivers Final Annual Message

Monrovia – Depending on who you listen to, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is either a sin or a sinner. Ahead of the President’s final Annual Message Monday, key aides were busy trumpeting her achievements while critics and stakeholders were digging holes into declared accomplishments. We hope that these achievements made by Madam Sirleaf will be built upon by the next government. Corruption remain a major challenge in the society including our homes and the problem is some of us Liberians are afraid to expose our friends. “The sitting president who is not up for reelection is about to address the nation through the legislature.

January 23, 2017 16:01 UTC

Security Tight, Expectations Low as Liberian President Delivers Annual Message

Monrovia - Strange and tight security measures are in place ahead of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s Annual Message today. A FrontPageAfrica reporter on the scene reports that even accredited journalists are finding it difficult to gain access to the Capitol building. Inside the Capitol a giant poster carrying the inscription: “The Legislature Say Thank You Madam President is paying homage to Sirleaf who will be delivering her final Annual Message. Jackson Morris, a student of the University of Liberian laments that he is tired of listening to what he calls repeated lies from the president. The President's Annual Message is in consonance with Article 58 of the Constitution of Liberia.

January 23, 2017 13:56 UTC

Syria Peace Talks Begin in Kazakhstan -

ASTANA — Syrian government and opposition delegates gathered Monday in Kazakhstan’s capital for peace talks backed by Russia and Turkey that rebel sources said would not include direct negotiations. The negotiations in Astana were expected to focus on cementing a nation-wide cease-fire mediated by Russia, Iran and Turkey in December that has largely held. This undated handout photo released, Jan. 2, 2017, by the Russian Defense Ministry claims to show Russian Military engineers operating in Aleppo, Syria. This undated handout photo released, Jan. 2, 2017, by the Russian Defense Ministry claims to show Russian Military engineers operating in Aleppo, Syria. READ MORE OF THIS STORYSOURCE: VOA News Online(Visited 7 times, 7 visits today)Commentscomments

January 23, 2017 12:27 UTC

Trump to Sign Executive Orders, Meet With Ryan -

U.S. President Donald Trump is due to meet with House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and sign a number of executive orders Monday as his administration begins its first full week of work. The White House did not elaborate on what issues would be the subject of the executive orders. “I think you will see those happen very shortly,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said last week. Trump’s plan also included executive orders involving immigration and national security.He has already signed an order stating his intention to try to promptly repeal Obama’s signature health care program. READ MORE OF THIS STORYSOURCE: VOA News Online(Visited 25 times, 25 visits today)Commentscomments

January 23, 2017 12:15 UTC

Leymah Gbowee Queues For Boakai’s Running Mate? -

As standard bearers of dozens of political parties queue out for the 2017 general and presidential elections, many of them are seeking for running mates on whose reputation they will solidly build themselves. Sources closed to the ruling Unity Party (UP) revealed over the weekend that negotiations are taken place behind close door aimed are encouraging Madam Leymah Gbowee, one of Liberia’s Nobel Prize Winners to accept their proposal of becoming the running mate to Vice President Joseph N. Boakai come October 2017 in his presidential bid. Effort by this news outlet to confirm from Madam Gbowee regarding this report has proven unsuccessful. Speculations of her becoming the possible running to the Standard Bearer of the Unity Party is been heard at most entertainment centers in Monrovia and its environs, with some noting that she is the right person if the information is truth. Few years ago, the Nobel Prize Winner told local and international media of not have interest in becoming any political leader, and noted that her interest nowadays is to sever her people humanitarian areas.

January 23, 2017 12:14 UTC

UBA Liberia Wins Millennium Challenge Account

Monrovia – After a keenly contested bid process by top banks in Liberia, UBA Liberia has been selected as banker to Millennium Challenge Corporation to provide Banking and Financial Services for the Millennium Challenge Account, Liberia (MCA-L). The Millennium Challenge Account Liberia was designated by the Government of Liberia to oversee and develop Liberia's Compact. The Bank Agreement was signed on January 19, 2017 by representatives of UBA Liberia, Millennium Challenge Account- Liberia and Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Limited (the Fiscal Agent). In a related banking news UBA Liberia has won a major collection mandate from the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Foreign affairs. The mandate has giving UBA Liberia a proven dominance in the Digital Banking space in Liberia.

January 23, 2017 01:28 UTC

Master Hazeley Returns to Liberia

A retired United States military veteran, Master Herbert E. Hazeley Jr., a native of Liberia, has returned home to offer his services to his people. Master Hazeley is also a retired New York City and Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice and State Corrections officer. “I want Liberia to open the door for me to help,” Master Hazeley said, adding that practitioners will enjoy physical and mental discipline, excellent fitness and the ability to defend themselves if necessary. “There are numerous occasions when lawbreakers overcome police officers and it is because the officers are not physically prepared and this is where Master Hazeley comes in,” said an admirer of the retired US Navy veteran. “Its central message is self-defense,” Master Hazeley told the Daily Observer in an interview last Sunday.

January 23, 2017 01:13 UTC

Without Bloodshed, The Gambia Finally Freed of Jammeh: Ellen, ECOWAS Are to Be Highly Commended

Saturday, January 21, 2017 marks the day on which the suffering people of The Gambia were finally freed from the tyranny of their brutal and murderous dictator, Yahya Jammeh. When the Daily Observer, The Gambia’s first professional newspaper and first daily, founded by Liberian Publisher Kenneth Y. As the people approached the 2016 elections, the country’s numerous opposition parties decided to unite, and they put forward ONE candidate, Adama Barrow, to stand against Yahya Jammeh. They were led by the regional power, ECOWAS, whose President, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, took the bull by the horns, vigorously assisted by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, outgoing PresidentJohn Mahama of Ghana and Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, UN Special Representative for West Africa. The international community must now decide what next to do with Yahya Jammeh.

January 23, 2017 01:13 UTC

Youth Activist Promises To Assist River Transport Union in Monrovia

Monrovia - A youth activist and founder of the Youth Network for Reform, (YONER)-Liberia, Jarius Andrew Greaves, recently crossed the Mesurado River to meet with the River Union head on ways to help mitigate the situation regarding life jackets. Mr. Greaves said he read an FPA’s publication about the danger of posed to students and other passengers crossing the river without kife jackets. During the meeting held on the West Point side of the River, Eric D. Kwahin, General Manager, West Point Standard Sea and River Transport, welcomed his guests and outlined the major challenge of insufficient life jackets amongst others. Kwahin said when schools are in session, students make up half of the passengers that are ferried across the river. "Therefore the problem of security is serious.”Mr. Greaves and Kwahin exchanged contacts and Greaves promised to get back to the Canoe Transport Union as soon as possible regarding life jackets.

January 23, 2017 01:11 UTC

Aggrieved Partisans Seek Court Intervention to Participate in UP Primary

Monrovia - Aggrieved partisans of the ruling Unity Party (UP) protesting against their disqualification from participating in party’s primary elections have announced an appeal to the Supreme Court to be heard during its March 2017 sitting. But they claimed their rights have been violated by the National Executive Committee and county convention committee of the UP. However, the legal counsel of the Unity Party (UP) Atty. The Civil Law Court “B” Judge Zlahn also stated that the petitioners’ allegation that their rights and entitlement as provided for under the Unity Party Convention has no basis in facts and law. But the legal counsel for the petitioners not satisfied by Judge Zlahn’s ruling also accepted and announced an appeal.

January 23, 2017 00:53 UTC

LRA Applauds Government For Contribution To National Budget

Monrovia - Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Commissioner for Domestic Tax Darlingston Talery has applauded revenue-collecting government’s Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACs) for their contributions to the national budget for the first half of the 2016/2017 fiscal period. The meeting was intended to review their performances, discuss challenges and strategize mechanisms in addressing those challenges as a way of spurring revenue collection and meeting the targets of the 2016/2017 National Budget of US$600.2 million. The generation of domestic revenue from MACs is regulated by Sector Ministry Section of the Domestic Tax Department of LRA. He named performing entities as the Ministries of Agriculture, Education, Foreign Affairs, Public Works, Internal Affairs, Lands Mines & Energy, Transport, Post & Telecommunications, Information, as well as Liberia Immigration Service, and the Liberia National Fire Service. He assured that LRA will partner with the MACs in addressing challenges associated with enforcement and related logistics to enhance their performances.

January 23, 2017 00:52 UTC

Gov’t Objects to Libya vs Liberia Friendly in Tripoli on Jan. 24

Monrovia - The government has mandated the Liberia Football Association (LFA) to cancel a planned international friendly with Libya in Tripoli on January 24. “It is not too safe to take the national [football] team to Tripoli, Libya on grounds that CAF and FIFAhave not cleared Libya of safety [to play matches at home]. As you may be aware, Libya didn’t play her World Cup or Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying matches in Libya. Libya Football Federation (LFF) and its clubs have been desperately trying to convince CAF and FIFAthat it is safe to play football in Libya. Al-Ahli Tripoli Football Club said it had received a preliminary approval from CAF to lift the ban on the Tripoli Stadium for the 2017 Champions League.

January 23, 2017 00:42 UTC

Where We Stand: Social Democracy For A Better Liberia

We argued that, the current economic system, in its crude and hybrid forms is anti-people. From our understanding, no third world country has ever developed as the result of such recipe. The need to adopt a system of Social Democracy cannot be overe-mphasized. This people-centered system runs contrary to the current capitalist arrangement in third world Liberia. Firestone Liberia will not provide better wage, better housing facilities, health care, subsidized education, strong labor union, and etc.

January 23, 2017 00:42 UTC

Liberian Election 2017: Preliminary Observations and Advice

Role of Journalists, Press/MediaJournalists should play a key role in this Presidential election or in any other election. For example, in the 2016 Presidential election in America, the New York Times indorsed Hilary Clinton, but it covered fairly all news regarding the election. For instance, it asked: if the Presidential election were held day, who would you vote for? The 2017 Presidential election will be crucial. The Presidential election will be held in October this year, still far away and the dynamics could change.

January 23, 2017 00:42 UTC

Liberia – Closed For Business? Taxation, Corruption Hitting High Notes

Ambassador to Liberia cited a 2016 World Bank Ease of Doing Business indicator, which reported that Liberia was ranked 179 out of 189 countries surveyed. Economy, Investment Under MicroscopeAll this as African Development Bank Criticized Mills Jones tenure at the Central Bank of Liberia. In a damning report, Liberia Economic Outlook 2015, Africa’s premier development finance institution, the African Development Bank says Liberia’s reserves are “exposed to reputational risks”. firms and a number of foreign investors have identified corruption as a potential obstacle to FDI {in Liberia}. When new concessions are signed and ratified, the press frequently report on corruption allegations implicating both the legislative and the executive branches.

January 23, 2017 00:12 UTC

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