Father of UK woman fighting IS praises her 'passion' -

The father of a woman fighting in Syria says he is “worried about her beyond belief” but will not ask her to change who she is. Kimberley Taylor, from Blackburn, is the first known British woman to travel to Syria to join the fight against so-called Islamic State. Philip Taylor, a former teacher, told the BBC of his pride in his daughter. The 57-year-old said: “People will wonder what sort of person does that, and what the parents think about it”. Read more of this reportSource: BBC News Online(Visited 4 times, 4 visits today)Commentscomments

February 17, 2017 20:33 UTC

Trump Touts 'America First', US Jobs During Boeing Factory Visit -

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump visited a Boeing aircraft factory in South Carolina on Friday, just days after workers there rejected a bid to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Trump saw the rollout of a new version of a wide-body jetliner, the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. Boeing announced Thursday that Singapore Airlines had committed to buying 10 of the huge planes, which can seat more than 300 passengers. During remarks to Boeing employees, the president said companies that fire American workers and move overseas “will pay a heavy penalty”. READ MORE OF THIS STORYSOURCE: VOA News Online(Visited 12 times, 12 visits today)Commentscomments

February 17, 2017 20:31 UTC

Liberia Ahead Of Ukraine In Index of Economic Freedom 2017 -

Liberia, Chad, Afghanistan, Sudan and Angola are ahead of Ukraine (with scores from 49.1 to 48.5). Suriname, Bolivia, Guinea and Turkmenistan follow Ukraine (with scores from 48 to 47.4). The government has launched a comprehensive set of reforms to restore growth, but progress is not yet evident,” reads the study. Financial freedom is estimated at 30 points, government integrity at 29.2, investment freedom at 25, and judicial effectiveness at 22.6, while trade freedom was assessed at 85.9 and tax burden at 78.6. The top five countries of the index with 89.8-81 score are Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Switzerland and Australia.

February 17, 2017 19:49 UTC

Nimbians in U.S. Named Vofee Jabateh as Boakai’s Running Mate -

Executive and members of the US based United Nimba Citizens Council (UNICO) have petitioned Unity Party (UP) 2017 presidential candidate, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai to accept Mr. Vofee Saye Jabateh as his running mate in the upcoming presidential elections scheduled this October. The group further praised the Liberian Vice President for granting them audience to share their view on the upcoming presidential elections and to make relevant recommendations. The group expressed confidence in the ability of Mr. Jabateh to serve the Liberian people and nation as the second in command, and noted that success is assured at the October polls if the Vice President accepts their merit-based recommendation. Mr. Vofee Saye Jabateh is the Chief Executive of the African Cultural Alliance of North America (ACANA) an NGO based in the United States which has over the years been providing assistance to Liberians and other nationalities from Africa in their bid to stay in the United States. Up to present his NGO is providing services to thousands of immigrants in the area of legal assistance, social services, community development, healthcare and the promotion of Liberian cultural.

February 17, 2017 19:18 UTC

UK Government to investigate claims war criminal Charles Taylor 'contacted allies' from UK prison -

By Elsa BuchananThe British Government has confirmed it is investigating reports that ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor, jailed for war crimes, allegedly phoned political allies from inside a maximum security prison in the north of England. In 2012, Taylor was convicted of 11 counts of war crimes, slavery, rape, recruiting child soldiers and aiding and abetting the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels in neighbouring Sierra Leone during the 1991-2002 civil war. Some 50,000 people died during the conflict. READ MORE OF THIS REPORTSOURCE: News Now/International Business Times UK(Visited 9 times, 9 visits today)Commentscomments

February 17, 2017 16:18 UTC

Liberian Senate Ratifies Terrorism Protocol Following President Visit

Monrovia - A day after President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made an unannounced visit to the leadership of the Liberian Senate, the body has passed the much coveted “Liberian Anti-terrorist Act” with several amendments. The Act seeks the prevention of terrorism, arrest and prosecution of terrorists and terrorist financing. Some legislative sources asserted that the President’ visit was to influence the lawmaker’s decision. FPA has gathered that the protocol was part of many instruments submitted to the Legislature by President Sirleaf for action in December of 2016. The act will be submitted to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for signature and printed into handbills to take effect.

February 17, 2017 04:18 UTC

Liberia Strengthens Historical Ties With Great Britain

Liberia, Dr Sheriff insisted, is heralded as a pluralistic environment upholding civil liberties including freedom of speech and the press, and thriving political space. He recommitted Her Majesty Government’s support to the new Liberian Top Diplomat to the United kingdom; as both Liberia and UK forge deeper collaboration . The Liberian Diaspora constitutes a crucial component of the economic development of Liberia. This is the underlying theme at heart of the thoughts we have been privileged to roll-out to the well-coordinated and communities of Liberians groupings in the United Kingdom. The Excellences commended President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s as a mother and key embodiment of the stability of the sub-region.

February 17, 2017 04:09 UTC

LoneStarCell/MTN Apologizes for Misleading Liberian Legislature

Monrovia - Communications giant, LoneStarCell/MTN has written a communication to members of the House of Representatives, expressing its apology following arguments and counter arguments over its recent decision to cancel the three days free call promotion. Report by Henry Karmo - This email address is being protected from spambots. The GSM Company was also mandated by the House’s plenary to restore its three-day ‘free’ call promotion. “Truth be told, we attended two hearings in some committee room; at the two hearings the discussion on adding one cent on local calls were held. "Today we are still selling our scratch card for US$1.00 and there is still an opportunity for three days on a dollar to call.

February 17, 2017 03:40 UTC

Eviction Exercise Takes Political Trend At 72nd Barrack in Paynesville

Jefferson Kojee, Chairman of the CDC Youth Wing, noted that there are over 12,000 people occupying the barrack and cannot be evicted as ordered by Defense Minister Brownie Samukai. Recently, Defense Minister Brownie Samukai told a state radio, ELBC morning show that the MoD is seriously considering the eviction of occupants at the 72nd Barracks. However, Assistant Defense Minister for Public Affairs David Dahn told FrontPage Africa in a mobile phone interview that the 72nd Barrack is not being occupied by ex-AFL personnel as claimed by Koijee. But Kojee who alleges that Minister Samukai wants to instigate chaos, also reference the secret recording saga involving Samukai and Ellen Crockum, former Managing Director of the Roberts International Airport (RIA). "Today, we are yet to know the welfare of the young man that was attempted to be killed by the son of the sitting Defense Minister,” Koijee maintained.

February 17, 2017 03:27 UTC

CDC Primaries in Limbo: Aspirants Worry Over Delays

"We want to know because the party is not telling us anything about primaries and when will it be held. The National Chairman could not be reached as he is said to be in Ghana attending a conference. The Coalition’s failure to plan or organize the primaries is brewing tension within as members are in limbo as some are threatening chaos. People are already gearing up for that fight if there are no primaries," a party member told this paper. The National Elections Commission by law must be a witness to primaries organized by political parties ahead of elections.

February 17, 2017 03:27 UTC

Please Put Tyler, Big Boy Shannon and Chambers in Crime Section

The Editor,Is there any way you could stop putting the picture of Alex Tyler and his gallery of thieves in the Politics Section of your website? They belong in the Crime Section, for crying out loud! Every time I see Big Boy Shannon, Bhofal Chambers-Bucket, and Humpty Dumpty Tyler on your website, I get sick to my stomach. Can you put these crooks in the Crime Section before I puke on myself? You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

February 17, 2017 03:12 UTC

Mis-Education & Mis-Information of Senator George Weah

EVERYTHING WE REPORTED THIS WEEK has been validated by Senator Prince Johnson, one of several Liberian lawmakers appointed to the ECOWAS parliament. Senator Johnson stated that of all the members of the Liberian delegation, the Montserrado County lawmaker is the only one noted for signing for his stipend and taking his exit. THE NIMBA COUNTY SENATOR said it was unfair for Senator Weah to excuse himself from the ECOWAS Parliament session to pay a courtesy visit to the Ghanaian President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo in Accra. I remain grateful to Senator Weah for visiting me when I was in custody and ailing at the John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital during my incarceration. WE GET DOCUMENTS AND TIPS each and every day on not just Senator Weah but others as well and like Senator Weah, they too are fond of accusing us of all kinds of things.

February 17, 2017 02:48 UTC

The Carter Center to Deploy Pre-Election Assessment Team to Liberia

The delegation will be led by Jordan Ryan, vice president of the Carter Center’s peace programs. The Carter Center has observed 103 elections in 39 countries. It conducts election observation in accordance with the Declaration of Principles of International Election Observation and Code of Conduct for International Election Observation adopted at the United Nations in 2005. BackgroundAt the end of the war in Liberia in 2003, The Carter Center affirmed its long-standing commitment to the people of Liberia and joined them to help rebuild their country and consolidate the peace. The Carter Center’s election observation work in Liberia is conducted independently of other programming.

February 17, 2017 02:29 UTC

Ellen Dedicates 3 Service Centers

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last week dedicated three county service centers in Western Liberia, bringing the number of service centers across the country to seven. The President opened the Bomi County Service Center in Tubmanburg as she ended the first leg of her county tour, which took her to Grand Cape Mount and Gbapolu counties. The Bomi County Service Center (CSC) is among other efforts the government has made to decentralize its program with the intent of bringing civil services closer to the people. She expressed gratitude to residents of Bomi County when she cut ribbons to the County Service Center. “Thank you Bomi County.

February 17, 2017 00:46 UTC

Trump Defends National Security Adviser He Ousted -

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday staunchly defended the national security adviser he ousted earlier this week, saying Michael Flynn was the victim of illegal leaks from the country’s intelligence community detailing his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to Washington and had been “treated very, very unfairly by the media.”Trump, speaking at a White House news conference alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, made no mention of why he forced Flynn’s resignation after just 24 days on the job, for what the White House described Tuesday as the president’s “eroding trust” in the former Army general. READ MORE OF THIS REPORTSOURCE: VOA News Online(Visited 3 times, 3 visits today)Commentscomments

February 16, 2017 15:41 UTC

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