LICC Introduces Diversified Agriculture

The agriculture program at the Liberia International Christian College (LICC) in Ganta City, Nimba County is gaining momentum with the introduction of what is termed as diversified agriculture. “We are involved in a wide range of agriculture activities, including animal husbandry and cash crops,” he said. There were also other types of animals, including crocodiles, several species of turtles, rabbits, monkeys and other domesticated animals. The Liberia International Christian College introduced its agriculture program some years ago and graduated 38 students at last year’s commencement convocation. Presently there are 50 students in the agriculture department.

April 20, 2017 01:52 UTC

LMHRA to Crackdown on Counterfeit Drug Sellers

At the just-ended ECOWAS parliamentary conference on health and social services, trade, customs and free movement to discuss policy on combating counterfeit and expired medical products, the Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA) yesterday announced a major crackdown on anyone selling expired and counterfeit drugs in the country. Since the establishment of the LMHRA, Director Sumo has been combating counterfeit drugs on the Liberian market. He explained that LMHRA is working with importers of drugs to make sure that their products meet regulatory requirements, including prolonged effectiveness. There are many carrying drugs in buckets and treating people with some counterfeit and expired medicines,” Mr. Sumo warned. “We are in a modern era and should not be selling drugs to people in buckets.

April 20, 2017 01:41 UTC

Failed by Logging Companies, Communities Turn to Forest Ownership

But she is better known for her resistance to a logging company when it operated here a few years back. Zubah Town and Weamah, and their neighbors see a way out of what they describe as a nightmare: Community Rights Law. The 2009 Community Rights Law makes it possible for communities to have full ownership of forestlands around them. Under the Community Rights Law, communities must complete a rigorous nine-step process to acquire the right to their forest. “The CRL mandates an executive committee to be established on which lawmakers of the district with the community forest is a part."

April 20, 2017 01:30 UTC

Dr. Mills Jones Gets Endorsement From Nimba County Women

Mills Jones, has ended a tour of vote-rich Nimba County, particularly to amass supporters ahead of the October elections. The women recalled Dr. Jones’ immense help to them through the loan scheme in introduced when he served the Central Bank. Dr. Jones visited major cities and towns in the nine electoral districts in Nimba County. Dr. Jones in a thankful mood emphasized the need for an inclusive economic growth and development. Some politicians and pundits have criticized Dr. Jones for the policy of financial inclusion, especially the microfinance program supported by the CBL during his tenure.

April 20, 2017 01:07 UTC

CDC Experiences Exodus – Kanio Gbala Joins Liberty Party

He officially joined the Liberty Party – one of the opposition parties gaining momentum of late. Kanio made a triumphant entry into Liberty Party Wednesday. Bility described himself as the CEO of the Liberty Party. Appreciating his acceptance into the Liberty Party, Kanio iterated his desire to contest Montserrado County District 3. Kanio promised to double the dedication he had to the CDC for the Liberty Party.

April 20, 2017 00:56 UTC

British Parliament Backs May’s Plan for Early Elections -

LONDON — The British parliament voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to back Prime Minister Theresa May’s call to hold early general elections on June 8, three years ahead of schedule. May pushed for the snap poll in hopes of smoothing the Brexit process. The vote in parliament was 522 to 13. The two-year exit negotiation process began last month when May triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon EU treaty. However, the British leader has been weighed down by the opposition’s protests over how the negotiations on trade and taxes are conducted.

April 19, 2017 17:37 UTC

Tension Erupts In Firestone, Workers Reject New CBA -

Tension has reportedly erupted on the plantation of Firestone Liberia in Margibi County, as workers there are said to have unanimously rejected a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the company and the workforce. During the meeting, the workers’ representatives and supervisors accused the Firestone Agricultural Workers Union of Liberia (FAWUL) of being induced financially by the management of Firestone so as to sign the bogus CBA at their disadvantage. It can be recalled that on March 6, 2017, Firestone workers angrily boycotted a planned meeting with the company management on grounds that an initial CBA between the workers and the company had already been tempered-with at the disadvantage of the workforce. The aggrieved workers said how and when Firestone will transfer its pension liabilities to the government is not well understood as indicated in the document. The aggrieved worker accused Firestone management of deducting US$30 from each worker who were supposed to pay US$15 as their monthly housing fees.

April 19, 2017 15:33 UTC

Liberian Leader, WFP Regional Boss pledged support to Zero-Hunger Strategic Review & School Meals -

By: Eldred Wlemongar ThomasPresident Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and World Food Prpgram Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Abdou Dieng have reaffirmed their support for the ongoing government-led zero hunger strategic review exercise and the school feeding (also known as home-grown school feeding) programme. The Liberia Zero-Hunger Strategic Review process, led by the Government of Liberia with support from WFP, has progressed smoothly since it started in September 2016. The zero-hunger strategic review is intended for the country to identify the measures that need to be implemented to attain zero hunger status by 2030 in line with the Sustainable Development Goal No. She therefore requested that the launch of the zero hunger strategic review report in May 2017 be done together with a concept note to promote home-grown school feeding as a mechanism to combating hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. Discussions focused on promoting home-grown school feeding programme, social safety nets in Liberia through food security initiatives and the comprehensive food security and vulnerability assessment that WFP and partners are committed to conduct in 2017.

April 19, 2017 14:15 UTC

Man lived with woman's dead body for 3 days while getting high, cops say -

HOPATCONG — A borough man is facing charges after a woman living with him died and he continued to reside with her body and get high for three days last month, police said. Officers found Matthew Schmarr, 35, of Hopatcong, in his bed and the body of the 52-year-old woman in another bed across from him when they investigated on March 21, Lt. Thomas Kmetz said. Police went to Schmarr’s residence after receiving a report that he had sent a suspicious text to the mother of his child, Kmetz said. Officers tried to get inside, but when they could not, they found a neighbor with a key, Kmetz said. Investigators determined Schmarr had a juvenile in his care from March 18 to March 19, and that Schmarr drove to Paterson on March 18 to buy heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine, Kmetz said.

April 19, 2017 13:07 UTC

MTMA Receives From U.S. Based Liberians US$4,000 Donation -

Madam McGowan said Liberians in the diaspora were excited for the level of contributions this American institution is making in Liberia by impacting sound education in the minds of Liberia’s youthful population, especially the girls children. She lauded the efforts of the founder of the institution, Ms. Katie Meyler who she noted saw a positive reason for the establishment of this very unique and important institution; catering to the girls children of Liberia. We are grateful to this organization,” Ms. Briggs said. MTMA is committed to supporting its students through the 12th grade with tuition, basic healthcare, and tutoring. The Academy also serves as an incubator for innovation and a research & development center to test initiatives that, if proven successful will be implemented in schools across Liberia.

April 19, 2017 12:56 UTC

Economic Growth in Africa is on the Upswing Following a Sharp Slowdown -

The region is showing signs of recovery, and regional growth is projected to reach 2.6% in 2017. However, the recovery remains weak, with growth expected to rise only slightly above population growth, a pace that hampers efforts to boost employment and reduce poverty. Furthermore, several oil exporters in the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) are facing economic difficulties. The region experienced a slowdown in investment growth from nearly 8% in 2014 to 0.6% in 2015. “With poverty rates still high, regaining the growth momentum is imperative,” says Punam Chuhan-Pole, World Bank Lead Economist and the author of the report.

April 19, 2017 12:11 UTC

Deported DACA Recipient Sues US Government -

WASHINGTON — A 23-year-old man, who was granted protection from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), has filed a federal lawsuit demanding the federal government to release information about his “sudden” deportation. Juan Manuel Montes filed suit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California after U.S. immigration officials failed to provide any documentation to explain the legal basis for sending him back to Mexico. Read more of this reportSource: VOA News(Visited 16 times, 18 visits today)Commentscomments

April 19, 2017 12:00 UTC

We Liberians Must Pay Keen Attention To Contents We Read

The recent action by the CDC and other political stooges who congregated and proffered a resolution in support of the NEC Chairman, Cllr. Even though Fromoyan resigned, that did not delegitimize the elections results as Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was declared winner. Mr. Korkoya has violated our laws. Mr. Korkoya needs to GO! Whatever citizenship he holds, Mr. Korkoya is a Liberian first and foremost.

April 19, 2017 02:26 UTC

Where Are The Other Political Parties in Liberia?

But conspicuously absent from the endorsement are the ruling Unity Party, Liberty Party, the Alternative National Congress, the Movement for Economic Empowerment, strongman firebrand Prince Johnson's political party and other parties. Supposedly, there are about 25 registered political parties in Liberia. Thus, the Supreme Court of Liberia will be the final arbiter of this important constitutional matter, and no amount of party endorsements will settle the crisis. Liberian immigration authorities must be subpoenaed and are in a better position to tell if Mr. Korkoyah did use US passport at any time to enter and leave Liberia. Mr. Seibo had turned his house into a virtual manufacturing plant for NEC voting materials.

April 19, 2017 02:15 UTC

Town Trap Is Not For One Person: The Case of ‘Code of Conduct’

Phrases like "government employees," when taken into consideration, include those very people who drafted and approved the Code of Conduct. If that’s the case, the 2014 “legislated” Code of Conduct of Liberia is no exception. Questions that often bother my mind are whether the legislators, who voted to approve the Code of Conduct, actually read and understood the meaning of the very document’s contents. Another area of the COC we must look at is Part II, which has to do with the application of the code of conduct. If officials are yet to affix their signatures on the COC document, who should be held responsible now?

April 19, 2017 02:15 UTC

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