SEATTLE, United States, 15 February 2017, -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- Bill and Melinda Gates have released their 2017 Annual Letter noting that we are witnessing the fastest progress the world has ever seen in global health and poverty reduction. The 2017 letter is addressed to investor and philanthropist Warren Buffet and celebrates the incredible progress made since 2006 when he made a gift of $30 billion to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 27% of women now use contraception in sub-Saharan Africa. (Unicef)* Extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa has decreased by 28% since 1990. Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) for The Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation.
A meeting with Staffan de Mistura, the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Syria, is not currently on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s agenda, as stated by Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, RIA Novosti reported. Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennadiy Gatilov said that de Mistura would visit Moscow on February 16. The Special Envoy himself confirmed this, noting that he plans to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu. However, when asked whether Putin’s meeting with de Mistura is planned for February 16 in Moscow, Peskov said, “It’s not on the schedule.”READ MORE OF THIS STORYSOURCE: News Now/ UAWire(Visited 35 times, 28 visits today)Commentscomments
Ambassador Mcintosh has taken time to talk with and encourage these young women and men (former fighters) to think and act right. Secondly, it gave an opportunity for Ambassador McIntosh to instill new practices and techniques into the old farmers. Technical experts came to Liberia from the Chinese Farm in Sierra Leone to look at the ADA training sites. Ambassador McIntosh. was ‘stretched to revolving source of income to sustain the operation now that the first eight months training programme was over.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has with immediate effect has dismissed Atty. Evelyn Kou Lah-Adile as Assistant Minister Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ms. Lah-Adile was dismissed based on an investigative report from the National Security Agency, which charges her with criminal conspiracy, forgery and impersonation in connection with the unauthorized issuance of Liberian passports. Former Assistant Minister Evelyn Kou Lah-Adile is further requested to refrain from leaving the country and be prepared to answer a call from the Ministry of Justice to which the report has been forwarded. The Minister of Foreign Affairs has also proposed that the case of the others including Mr. Momolu be turned over to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution.
BEIRUT: As Syria’s war approaches its seventh year, two new rounds of talks on resolving the conflict are scheduled to take place in Astana and Geneva. The first meeting is in the Kazakh capital Astana, and is expected to build on talks held there last month sponsored by the Syrian government’s allies Russia and Iran, and rebel backer Turkey. The Kazakh foreign ministry said representatives from the government and armed rebels, as well as UN envoy Staffan de Mistura and US officials, would be invited to the summit. The discussions were due to begin Wednesday and last two days, but were postponed until Thursday due to unexplained “technical reasons”, Kazakhstan’s foreign ministry said Wednesday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday said the Astana meeting would be a chance to “monitor the commitment of different parties to refrain from using force and to promote, encourage, the political process.”A Syrian source close to the government said the discussions in Astana would be “purely military.”READ MORE OF THIS STORYSOURCE: News Now / The Manila Times Online(Visited 11 times, 11 visits today)Commentscomments
During the country’s 14-year war, logging contracts were handed out to cronies of then-President Charles Taylor. It reveals how all of Liberia’s large logging contracts – which cover ten percent of the country – are illegal on multiple counts. Global Witness has collected evidence demonstrating that logging companies are owned by powerful government officials such as House of Representatives members Alex Tyler, Moses Kollie, and Ricks Toweh. This despite a ban on Liberian politicians owning companies with logging contracts. Norway, which has signed a US$ 150 million deal with Liberia promoting community forestry and conservation, should ensure Liberia investigates and cancels illegal contracts as the country promised in the deal.
By SETH ROBSON | STARS AND STRIPESAn airport that once hosted the largest U.S. Air Force base in the Philippines is negotiating to host commercial flights to North America, a move welcomed by veterans who have settled in the country. The corporation that runs Clark International Airport, known as Clark Air Base before the Air Force departed in 1991, announced talks with airlines last week. “We are currently in negotiations with air carriers, pertaining especially in connecting Clark to North America,” airport chief executive Alexander Cauguiran told the Manila Bulletin newspaper. The airport, which has not named the airlines it’s talking with about U.S. routes, already hosts domestic flights and international routes to the Middle East, Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore. READ MORE OF THIS STORYSOURCE: News Now/ Seth Robson/Stars And Stripes Online(Visited 6 times, 6 visits today)Commentscomments
50% of Sierra Leone’s national budget accounts for recurrent expenditure while 86.7% of Liberia’s budget accounts for recurrent expenditure. From this US$40.6 million plus, the Speaker alone bags US$444,945.00 while the Senate Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate receives US$482,203.00 in a period of one (1) year. Our National Legislature is one of the most clandestine and incompetent assembly anyone can ever imagine. We must demand immediate reduction in the salaries and benefits of Liberian Lawmakers through mass civil action. Corruption has been an acceptable standard or value in the Liberian Legislature.
Accra, Ghana – Senator George Weah, a former world player, is the second high profile football personality to visit Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo. Ivory Coast and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba first visited President Nana Akufo-Addo at the Flagstaff House on February 10. Senator George Weah has confirmed he will run for President of Liberia for a second time after a failed bid in 2005. His previous Presidential bid was defeated by current President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. During his football career, Weah became a UN Goodwill Ambassador.
Monrovia – Senator George Weah’s continuous absence and short stay at the ECOWAS Parliament sessions has begun raising eye brow among members of the parliament and has also sparked a new set of regulations to govern sessions, meetings and missions. “At a personal level, I need hardly emphasize that this conduct is not benefitting our highly exalted offices as representatives of over 300 million citizens of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Sources within the Parliament informed FrontPageAfrica that members of Parliament being embarrassed by the ambiguous nature of the communication immediately called the Speaker out, requesting him to mention Amb. The Parliamentarians were concerned that the ambiguous nature of the communication which they believed was generally undermining their credibility. It can be recalled that in May 2016, Senator Weah who heads the Liberian delegation to the ECOWAS parliament transferred his official responsibility to Representative Edwin Snowe to make Liberia’s case at the regional body.
Monrovia - The National Port Authority (NPA) has embarked on a training initiative for marine personnel assigned at the major ports in Liberia. The first phase of the training currently taking place in Monrovia is under a mandate from the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The NPA boss also described the first phase of the training of marine personnel as the beginning of a necessary undertaking. For the past years, the NPA has engaged the Maritime Institute of Ghana to conduct such training for Liberian marines. And based on the NPA engagement, a delegation from Ghana is currently in the country to conduct the training for Liberian Marines.
During Monday’s confirmation hearing for the commissioner-designate for Land, Planning and Policy, J. Adams Manobah, of the Liberia Land Authority, the Grand Kru County lawmaker said due to the voluminous responsibility of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, land conflict resolution has been weakened. He added that the creation of the Land Authority seeks to address various land conflicts in the country. “If the land rights Act is passed, it needs to be reviewed and reduced to regulations that will fast track land conflicts." "Because one of the major challenges in the land sector is private land and concession land conflicts.”According to him, in order to resolve these land conflicts, there must be title registration rather than clinching to the deeds registration which he described as “the crux of land conflicts”. Commissioner-designate Manobah said in order to make the authority vibrant, there is a need for resource mobilization, capacity building and training.
Monrovia – Tax evasion is not a crime that has been taken seriously in Liberia, but the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) is struggling to curb such financial malpractice that appears to be causing the government to lose millions of dollars in revenue generation. To avoid the uproar from the protesting Liberian importers during the Christmas season; the government backtracked on its regulations. The new system is still being resisted by these Liberian importers as they claim the taxes are too high, but the LRA says it is working on sensitizing importers. Exploring other areas of generating revenue has come with challenges especially as the public decry the US$0.01 tax on voice call. “Like these business people who import - when these goods come they clear through one person…; the tax authority do not know the other importers and these importers are subject to other taxes,” Tamba said.
Monrovia – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has dismissed Atty. Evelyn Kou Lah-Adile as Assistant Minister Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ms. Lah-Adile was dismissed based on an investigative report from the National Security Agency, which charges her with criminal conspiracy, forgery and impersonation in connection with the unauthorized issuance of Liberian passports. Former Assistant Minister Evelyn Kou Lah-Adile is further requested to refrain from leaving the country and be prepared to answer a call from the Ministry of Justice to which the report has been forwarded. The Minister of Foreign Affairs has also proposed that the case of the others including Mr. Momolu be turned over to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution.
Butaw District, Sinoe County - It was a scene of jubilation at the Butaw Compound in Butaw District, Sinoe County on 10 February 2017 as Golden Veroleum Liberia and the people of Butaw District signed a Memorandum of Understanding Incorporating Social Agreement following more than 4 years of discussion. To promote healthy water supply and better sanitation, the agreement also seeks to construct 7 hand pumps and two sets of pit latrines within Butaw District. I beg them now, because GVL is doing great things in Butaw, the relationship between GVL and Butaw is pleasant. Dixon Patten, GVL Assistant Manager for Community Affairs and Social Sustainability in Butaw, said GVL is committed to implementing the MOU. The construction of a three-beDroom Butaw clinic staff quarter is the first community development fund project by GVL.