Liberia’s citizenship debacle -

The fact that Mr. Kokoya’s citizenship can be challenged, brings to the fore the reality that Liberia’s outdated and backwards constitution should be modified to 21st. Dr. Panjabi is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, while Rima is a staff at Harvard JFK School of Government. Liberia declared them non-citizens because of the clause etched in the constitution nearly 200 years ago that restricted citizenship to Negroes only. His is a case study of the crass discrimination of the Liberian constitution. The fact is Ghana, Sierra Leone, Cote D’Ivoire all have dual citizenship and do not discriminate because of race, like their neighbor Liberia.

April 18, 2017 19:48 UTC

Merger Of ALP Of Benoni Urey, MDR Of Prince Johnson Underway, As Johnson Denies Of Being War Crime Convict -

As the October 10, 2017, general and presidential elections approaching, several political parties are doing all in their powers to win the votes of electorates by chasing the preferred choice as running mates. Latest information gathered in the media has hinted this outlet that two political parties including the All Liberia Party (ALP) of businessman Benoni Urey and the Movement for Reconstruction and Democracy (MDR) of Senator Prince Y. Johnson for the past weeks have been holding close-door meetings for a possible merger. Speaking on the issue to reporters at the headquarters of the MDR, an official of MDR, Alexander Wahpoh confirmed that discussions were currently taken place behind close door, but declined to name the number of parties involved in the merger. The questions being asked by many Liberians who spoke to the GNN-Liberia pondered over as to who will become the second in line if the issue of merger between Prince Johnson and Benoni Urey respective parties are confirmed. In a related development, the political leader of the MDR Senator Prince Y. Johnson has disclosed that he has never been accused by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of being a war crime convict.

April 18, 2017 19:07 UTC

President Sirleaf Calls for Collaboration with WFP

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received in audience the Regional Director of the World Food Program (WFP) for West and Central Africa, Abdou Dieng, at her Foreign Ministry Office in Monrovia. According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf called for collaboration between the government and WFP that will set a roadmap for a homegrown school feeding program that focuses on the preparation of nutritious meals to enhance the growth and development of school children. She, however, stressed the need for collaboration towards the realization of tangible outcomes. Mr. Dieng thanked President Sirleaf for the opportunity and appealed for her support and advocacy to resuscitate the school feeding program. The School Feeding Program in Liberia targets some 300,000 school children across the country.

April 18, 2017 18:22 UTC

Zimbabwe at 37: We are 'masters of our own destiny' – Mugabe -

Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, has said citizens are now masters of their own destiny thirty-seven years after attaining independence from the British. The 93-year-old was speaking at the Harare National Stadium where the country was celebrating its 37th independence anniversary. “Fellow Zimbabweans, now we enjoy the fruits of our independence and we can now call ourselves the masters of our own destiny,” he however cautioned, ‘‘We, however, need to be mindful that our assignment is not yet over.’‘Read more of this reportSource: African 7 times, 7 visits today)Commentscomments

April 18, 2017 17:26 UTC

Trump Administration Seeks Tougher Stance on Buy & Hire American -

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration says it is time for tougher enforcement of rules governing the hiring of certain foreign workers in the United States, and to review laws requiring U.S. government agencies to use American-made products. President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign an executive order regarding “Buy American/Hire American” rules on Tuesday as he visits a tool-making manufacturer in the midwestern state of Wisconsin. In a briefing for journalists, senior administration officials said lax enforcement and numerous legal loopholes mean American workers and companies lose jobs and business to foreign competition, which hurts the U.S. economy. Read more of this reportSource: VOA News Online(Visited 5 times, 5 visits today)Commentscomments

April 18, 2017 15:00 UTC

River Gee County May Cutoff During Pending Rainy Season -

River Gee County, one of the counties in southeastern Liberia may be inaccessible before the commencement of the rainy season in the country, as the road leading to River Gee and Maryland counties plays a major transit route that supports the economic viability of the region; the route is now faced with serious accessibility problem. With just a few days of rainfall in the region, the route leading from Putuken is now a major challenge facing citizens and commuters in that part of the country. The southeast is comprised of Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Maryland, Grand Kru and possibly Sinoe counties. Although some parts of the road leading from Zwedru, Grand Gedeh to the border with River Gee County is being graded by the engineering battalion of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), but the rest remains an irritating route for citizens and travelers. Our reporter travelling in the region said if nothing is done promptly before the rainy season officially starts, the rest of the counties in that region will be completely cutoff from the country.

April 18, 2017 11:37 UTC

Political Parties Bosh Jerome Korkoya’s Alleged Dual Citizenship -

Several political parties have come in strong defense of the National Elections Commission (NEC) boss, Cllr. Jerome Korkoya amidst calls for his resignation from the commission over doubt about his nationality. It can be recalled that some individuals under the banner of civil society has in recent time been calling for the resignation of chairman Korkoya over his nationality for being an American citizen which constitutes dual citizenship, something the constitution of Liberia speaks against. “The following political parties, being seized of the obligation to continually support and advocate for a peaceful and credible conduct of the 2017 general and presidential elections, henceforth calls the resignation of the current NEC chairman as untimely, counterproductive and ill-advised,” Morlu speaking on behalf of the political parties stressed. Korkoya as chairman of the commission is tantamount to an attempting de-legitimization of the fifteen Senators and several lawmakers elected under his gavel as chairman,” Morlu noted.

April 18, 2017 11:15 UTC

Court Dismisses Quincy ‘B’ Writ of Arrest, Drops Charges Against Manager -

Traffic Court Judge at the Temple of Justice Jomah Jallah has dropped charges against the manager of the late Quincy “B”. Judge Jallah has ordered the writ of arrest of the body of the late Quincy “B” dismissed. The sheriff noted that the living body for which the writ prayed for by the Ministry of Justice and issued by the Traffic Court is dead. Judge Jomah immediately on April 11, 2017 dismissed the case against the Quincy “B”. Quincy ‘B’ manager, Louis Mc Carthy was charged for consent of unregistered vehicle and failure to maintain proof of financial security.

April 18, 2017 10:41 UTC

Simeon Freeman Predicts 2017 Elections Risks -

Simeon Freeman noted the bottlenecks and other bureaucracies that pose serious risks to the elections as noted by Mr. Simeon Freeman are the lack of fund to support the work of National Election Commission (NEC). The NEC is yet to get half of the money budgeted for the holding of the elections, and according to the MPC, it is a major constraint that threatens the elections. “All of these are distractions that are not favorable for our elections in this country,” the MPC political leader observed. The MPC tough-talking political leader said also that high cost of government`s expenditure was unfavorable to holding elections in the country. It is not divisive, but it is a mobilization call, rallying call to communicate well and Senator Prince Johnson statement is a call to action,” the MPC political leader said.

April 18, 2017 10:30 UTC

US airstrikes hit Syrian mosque, group says 40 killed, dozens injured, human rights group says -

Syrians said the US airstrikes hit a western Aleppo mosque on March 16, killing at least 40 worshipers and injuring dozens more. The US said the bombings targeted a meeting hall hosting al Qaeda terrorists. Any attempt to gather information about the building would have revealed that it was a popular gathering spot for residents at the time of the intended attack, Human Rights Watch said. Furthermore, the investigation found no evidence to support the US claim that members of al Qaeda or any other armed group were meeting in the mosque, the report said. Read more of this storySource: News Now/News 24 Jax(Visited 12 times, 12 visits today)Commentscomments

April 18, 2017 07:30 UTC

Hillary Clinton 'apologised to Barack Obama for shock election loss after he told her to concede to Donald Trump' -

Hillary Clinton reportedly apologised to Barack Obama on election night after the president called her to tell her to concede to Donald Trump. A new book detailing the dramatic final hours of the Clinton campaign describes how “Obama’s legacy and her dreams of the presidency lay shattered at Donald Trump’s feet”. The Clinton campaign had been confident of victory on the day: almost every poll leading up to the election had the Democrat heading for the White House. Read more of this storySource: News Now/The Telegraph(Visited 9 times, 9 visits today)Commentscomments

April 18, 2017 05:37 UTC

Macdella Foundation, Bill Rogers Youth Foundation to Promote Education

Charlesville, Margibi County - The Macdella Cooper Foundation (MCF) in partnership with the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation (BRYF) have joined forces to work together to improve sports and education for Liberian youth in one packet. The MCF, which is owned by Macdella Cooper, a presidential aspirant in the 2017 election is an international charity organization. Similar to MCF, BRYF is also owned by Bill Rogers, a Liberian athlete based in the United States of America, and its aim is to build the mind of the young people through varieties of sporting activities. Speaking during a one-day visit paid by the BRYF to the MCF at Charlesville in Margibi County over the weekend, Madam Cooper it was an honor to partner with Bill Rogers to launch the initiative. “We will be working with the MCF to explore the talent of the Liberians youth for the next generation,” he said.

April 18, 2017 03:11 UTC

Justice Banks Ends Petition Hearing in Sable Mining Case

Monrovia - Behind closed door with journalists disallowed, Associate Justice and Justice in Chamber of the Supreme Court Philip A.Z. Banks, III has ended a hearing into the Writ of Certorari filed to the high court by state prosecutors. Associate Justice Banks last week at the start of the hearing asked all journalists who had assembled at the Supreme Court for the hearing to leave, claiming that the hearing was a conference intended only for the parties to the case. The writ of certiorari by law is a writ filed to the high court by the prosecution against the judgment of judges of subordinate courts. Associate Justice Wolokollie ruled and disbanded the entire jury but the case is yet to be ruled to trial while it is pending before the full bench of the Supreme Court for adjudication.

April 18, 2017 03:00 UTC

Simeon Freeman Expresses Apprehension Over Liberia’s 2017 Election

Monrovia - Elections are going to be risky if the government is does not intervene, the political leader of the Movement of Progressive Change, Simeon Freeman, has warned. He said the budget of the National Elections Commission is low and it is a worrying concern for all. He disclosed that the NEC requested for US$25 Million for the conduct of the election but the amount was reduced to US$20 Million. Commenting on the allegation that the Chairman of the National Elections Commission, Cllr. He noted that President Sirleaf has appointed many people in government that are American, adding that -“The resignation of Korkoya should be non-issue.

April 18, 2017 02:48 UTC

Liberian Markets Inundated With Illegal Medicinal Drugs

When we have resistance to our imported medication, then we are in a very serious, serious situation." Abraham Dorley an herbalist says more regulation will help ensure that fake or untrained herbalists don’t sell traditional medicines. Also the Liberian Drugs Enforcement Agency (LDEA) arrested a huge quantity of expired pharmaceutical drugs in Monrovia following a tip-off. The expired drugs, according to the LDEA, were discovered and arrested in an unfinished building in the Johnsonville Community outside Monrovia. The number of drugs arrested was 75 cartons of several types of expired and counterfeit drugs such as; Vermox, HIV test kit, Amodiaquine, Septrin, Gentamycin, paracetamol, and sterilized water.

April 18, 2017 02:37 UTC