Huge Amount of Counterfeit U.S. Dollars Flood Market in Bong County, Police Warns

GBARNGA (LINA) - Bong County Police Commander Fredrick Nepay has warned business people in the county to beware of counterfeit U.S. dollars reportedly flooding the market. Philip T. Singbah, Bong County CorrespondentNepay told the Liberia News Agency in Gbarnga Tuesday that criminals have put a huge amount of counterfeit United States dollars on the market to exchange for Liberian dollars. He said those in the act have noticed that business people are eager to get more United States dollars for foreign transactions so these criminals are taking advantage of the situation to flood the market with the fake notes. The Bong County Police chief disclosed that police have arrested several criminals with over US$400 counterfeit banknotes, adding that those arrested are currently in detention and will be sent to court for trial shortly. He called on residents of Bong County not to hide or collaborate with criminals, warning that they are dangerous.

January 19, 2017 04:48 UTC

Fighting Corruption by “Naming and Faming”: Liberia’s Most Honest Government Officials

The idea behind Integrity Idol is to "name and fame" Liberia's most honest government officials, giving them the recognition they deserve and creating constructive conversations about collective solutions to corruption. Vote for John by phone by typing IIL 01 and sending it by SMS to the shortcode 8355. Vote for Musa by phone by typing IIL 02 and sending it by SMS to the shortcode 8355. Vote for Patrick by phone by typing IIL 03 and sending it by SMS to the shortcode 8355. Vote for Bokarie by phone by typing IIL 04 and sending it by SMS to the shortcode 8355.

January 19, 2017 04:33 UTC

VOICES: Liberians React to LoneStar Cell/MTN Halt To Three Days ‘Free’ Calls

We are already used to this three days free call. So at the end of the day, we the commoners who are depending on the three days have been eradicated by Lonestar Cell/MTN. And looking at Benoni Urey who wants to be a President and having share within Lonestar Cell/MTN. Instead of doing that, he’s sitting there allowing Lonestar Cell/MTN to hurt us. I think Lonestar should have responded in a mature and better manner than cutting down the three days unlimited calls.

January 19, 2017 04:18 UTC

Liberians React to LoneStarl/MTN Halt To Three Days ‘Free’ Calls

I would like to recommend to the government to have mercy on the GSM companies. We are already used to this three days free call. So at the end of the day, we the commoners who are depending on the three days have been eradicated by Lonestar Cell/MTN. And looking at Benoni Urey who wants to be a President and having share within Lonestar Cell/MTN. I think Lonestar should have responded in a mature and better manner than cutting down the three days unlimited calls.

January 19, 2017 04:18 UTC

Complete Lack of Professionalism on Part of MFDP and IAA

I am sure the communication to the MFDP was, among other things, meant to get me off the payroll. In my absence, between July and September, the MFDP continued payment to my accounts (LD and USD) at the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI). Apparently, when it was noticed, the MFDP requested LBDI to debit my account (See attached communication from MFDP to LBDI). I demand that the MFDP speak to the issue and clarify the recovery of payments made to my accounts as mentioned in the article. This is important because it appears to some who read the article that I knew about the transactions and had to be confronted by the MFDP to pay back.

January 19, 2017 03:18 UTC

Foreign Service Institute to Graduate 28 Emerging Diplomats

Monrovia -The Foreign Ministry’s Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute (FSI) will graduate 28 students who have acquired adequate knowledge and skills in the field of international relations with emphasis in “development diplomacy” on Friday, January 20, 2017. According to a Foreign Ministry release, the 28 emerging diplomats have successfully completed nine-month intensive post-graduate diploma training in diplomacy and international relations. However, its primary mandate is to train Foreign Service officers and contribute to the capacity building efforts of government in furtherance of its foreign policy objectives. The FSI, in collaboration with other Foreign Service Institutes around the world, attracts training programs and opportunities to build the capacities of emerging diplomats. Under his administration, the FSI has signed several Memoranda of Understanding with credible foreign diplomatic learning institutions including Turkey’s Foreign Ministry Diplomatic Academy, the Nigerian Foreign Service Academy, China’s Foreign Affairs University and the Institute of Diplomatic Studies of Egypt.

January 19, 2017 03:04 UTC

Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor Wants Female Asprants Work Harder

Monrovia - Bong County Senator, Jewel Howard Taylor has called on women in politics in the country to work harder than their male counterparts in order to be elected during the October general and Presidential elections. The Bong County Senator made this remark during a one day strategic dialogue on women’s political leadership at the Monrovia City Hall on Tuesday. “Definitely, if they (political parties) do not come with thirty percent women, we will not take their nomination,” Madam Toe said. Emmanuel Tulay, head of interparty committee, also called on women to see themselves as popular force contrary to what their male counterparts usually say. Citing a case study, he said President Sirleaf has championed the cause for women participation in politics not only in Africa but the world at large.

January 19, 2017 02:47 UTC

“Diaspora Clergymen Involvement Crucial to 2017 Election” - ALJA

The release said the slated 2017 general and Presidential elections would be a crucial period in Liberia's quest for continued peace and stability. He spoke on the theme, "The Role of Liberia's Diaspora Church in Liberia 2017 Election". He said, the critical roles of Liberian churches in the October political race can't be overstated because they do not exist in utopia. Dr. Deddeh spoke on the topic, The Church and Liberia's 2017 Elections: Maintaining a Prophetic Voice Beyond Partisan Politics, while Amb. Wilson addressed the gathering on Youth and Election Violence: How Can the Church Ensure a Violent Free Election 2017.

January 19, 2017 02:31 UTC

Liberia's Rape Court Resident Circuit Judge Joe Fayiah Is Dead

Judge Fayiah, Resident Circuit Judge of Criminal Court “E” died at SOS Clinic in Congo Town during the early morning hours of Tuesday after a protracted illness. Judge Fayiah was the longest serving member of the Judges Association, according to its President, Judge Roosevelt Willie. The fallen Judge was commissioned in 2005 as resident judge of the Rape Court (Criminal Court “E”) for Montserrado County along with Judge Yarmie Gbeisay. Judge Fayiah would be remembered by journalists covering the court for his media friendliness. At the ceremony marking his official taking over the Criminal Court “E”, Judge Fayiah assured journalists that he would ensure that nothing hindered the coverage of cases at the rape court.

January 19, 2017 02:22 UTC

Woman, 23, Charged by Police for Possessing Fire Arm

Monrovia - In the wake of series of armed robbery incidents experienced in several parts of Monrovia and its environs, the Liberian National Police (LNP) has charged Nancy Wleh, 23, for the illegal possession of a single barrel gun. Nancy Wleh charge comes following weeks of investigation by the Liberian National Police. Three other armed robbery suspects arrested along with Wleh, and they have already been charged and forwarded to court but they reprimanded at the Monrovia Central Prison pending prosecution. When contacted, Police spokesperson Sam Collins told FrontPageAfrica that defendant Wleh was an armed robbery suspect and not an armed robber. “ We only brought in Wleh here for investigation because she was link to the Johnson Street armed robbery incident but if the investigators say that was not an armed robbery that what the investigators say, no comment,” said Police spokesperson.

January 19, 2017 02:17 UTC

Talent and the Top 100 Liberian Music Videos

You will have to hold on to the closest thing to you if you plan on watching the Top 100 Liberian/African culture music videos on your TV and DVD players! M.R.P.E, LLC is showcasing Liberian music videos, and the Number 1 Artist on this on-going playlist is MEZONIC. “I used ‘Kelewele’ as a metaphor to describe a beautiful but strong-minded African girl. The scenario should be an encouraging message to all Liberian artists to NEVER GIVE UP! Click here to watch the Top 100 Liberian Music Videos 2017:

January 19, 2017 01:47 UTC

Liberia National Police Memorializes 800 Fallen Police Officers

Monrovia - The Liberian National Police has memorialized fallen officers who served the force and country diligently. Eight hundred fallen officers were also memorialized. At a special service held at the Tubman United Methodist Church hosted several law enforcement officers, Rev. Henry McDonald Deshield who spoke on the theme “A life of remembrance”, urged officers to live a life of dignity and respect. He added the sacrifices made by the fallen officers were ultimate.

January 19, 2017 01:47 UTC

Former Presidential Appointees React to Internal Audit Report

Monrovia – Former Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Amos Tweh, has reacted to the special audit report of the Internal Audit Agency (IAA) which established that several Presidential appointees who either resigned or were dismissed received their regular monthly salary for several months after their dismissal or resignation. According to the IAA report, US$31,228.40 and L$872,816 were recovered from Tweh which were paid as salary from May 2015 until January 2016. When I showed my bank statement to the President she was shocked, she was surprised so she immediately commended me. The payroll of Presidential appointees is processed by the office of the Controller and Accountant General and the Assistant Minister of Expenditure at MFDP. Presidential appointees receive 80% of their salary in U.S. dollars and 20% in Liberian dollars.

January 19, 2017 01:47 UTC

Alexander Cummings Looking Forward to Forming Coalition

Monrovia - The Alternative National Congress political leader, Alexander Cummings, reaffirms that he wants to lead a coalition to the upcoming election. "I think too often African leaders don't want to give up power, a different direction is always good for a nation and organization,” the ANC political leader suggested. Cummings explained that in spite of his international career, he had always been a Liberian, adding that he hasn’t left Liberia. Cummings thinks Liberia deserves a different kind of leader, adding that he brings the skills of consistent delivering of results, holding people accountable and making choices. “Like we listen to customers, you need to listen to the citizens, having all these skills in transforming Liberia, I'm very committed to our people,” Cummings said.

January 19, 2017 01:47 UTC

President Johnson-Sirleaf Seeks Tougher Punishment For Power Theft

President Sirleaf informed the Legislature that there not much punishment for people caught in power theft – an action which deferred government’s revenue into the pockets of unscrupulous individuals. She informed lawmakers through her communication of the need to strengthen the electricity law by amendment to ensure that people caught in power theft were severely punished to serve as deterrent. She noted that Liberia ranks among one of the highest in the world in terms of losses, amounting to 47% of which 33% is attributed to power theft. LEC Deputy Managing Director of Customers Services Famata Sirleaf said the penalty was imposed to serve as deterrent for power theft. She encouraged the community leaders to join the LEC to ensure that electricity theft was curtailed.

January 19, 2017 01:31 UTC

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