Karnwea, Dahn Cross Over to LP

Mr. Karnwea and Dr. Dahn are both sons of Nimba County hailing from the Zoe-Geh Statutory District. Unlike Mr. Karnwea, Dr. Dahn is aspiring for the county Electoral District #5 representative seat. Mr. Karnwea told partisans of his new party that he has officially resigned from the ruling party to join ranks with the LP to move Liberia forward. Mr. Karnwea then used the occasion to thank the executives and partisans of the UP for the time granted him to have served the party over the years. Brumskine, referred to Mr. Karnwea as an important figure who has joined the party to vigorously forge it ahead.

February 15, 2017 02:15 UTC

President Sirleaf Dedicates 70 Affordable Housing Units in Brewerville

Monrovia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has dedicated 70 modern and affordable housing units, constituting Phase III of the NASSCORP Village Housing Estate in Brewerville City in Montserrado County. President Sirleaf was speaking at the dedicatory ceremony on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 of the National Housing Authority-NASSCORP Village Housing Estate outside Monrovia. She urged the Management of National Housing Authority (NHA) to construct more of such housing units, especially for low-income earners in other counties to alleviate the serious housing problem facing ordinary Liberians. Prince Wreh, Acting Managing Director of the National Housing Authority (NHA) in a special statement, thanked the Liberian Chief Executive for the support towards the National Housing Authority. He pointed out Phase I - constituted 58 units, Phase II constitute 35 units and now Phase III constitutes 70 units totaling 163 units constructed by NHA.

February 15, 2017 02:13 UTC

House Endorses Report to Allow Pre-Trial Detainees Vote in 2017

Monrovia – Members of the House of Representatives have unanimously voted to endorse a report from its Judiciary and Elections Committee that would allow pre-trial detainees to vote in the ensuing 2017 Elections. Report by Henry Karmo - This email address is being protected from spambots. The House’s Plenary made the decision on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in its 11th Day Sitting. Albert Sims and representatives from the Carter Center as legal experts who attended the hearing and advised the committee on what is best. However, officials of Ministry of Justice and the National Election Commission did not turn up during the hearing and they are yet to explain reasons for their absence.

February 15, 2017 01:59 UTC

Audit Report Links Grand Bassa County Officials in Missing Scrap Money

Buchanan, Grand Bassa County – An audit report by the General Auditing Commission (GAC) has established that there were several irregularities in the sale of scrapped irons by the administration of Grand Bassa County between June 2014 and July 2016. “US$89,203.00 generated from the sales of scrap metals to African Business Import & Export and Varney Scrap Group/ North Star was not reflected in the county accounting records. The report stated that during the period, Grand Bassa County Administration made payments amounting to US$95,000.00 from the scrap account without adequate supporting documentation. Many students seeking financial aid in Grand Bassa were optimistic that the sale of the scrap would have helped them acquire education. “Importantly, confirmation revealed that 807.46 tons of scrap metals were lifted by vendors and were not disclosed to the GAC by the County Administration,” the audit report added.

February 15, 2017 01:50 UTC

Taa Wongbe of Alternative National Congress Distances Himself From Viral Sex Tape

Of recent is a sex tape alleging to be that of Taa Wongbe – an aide of the unblemished presidential aspirant, Alexander Cummings. Wongbe has vehemently denied being the one in the tape, citing a slight resemblance with the man in the footage. The enterprising young man said he finds the sex tape alluded to him extremely offensive and has the propensity to affect his family. “Since a video went public a few days ago, many including friends of Taa Wongbe started to receive calls that indeed it was him on the video,” he wrote. ““Some went as far as passing judgement on his character, and attempted to ruin a young man career.

February 15, 2017 01:36 UTC

ECOWAS Parliament Convenes Extraordinary Session

The Fourth Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament over the weekend convened its first extraordinary session for the Year 2017 in Abuja. Senators Prince Y. Johnson and George M. Weah of Nimba and Montserrado counties, respectively, and Representatives Jefferson Karmoh, Edwin M. Snowe and Fata H. Siryon of Sinoe, Montserrado and Bomi counties, respectively, constitute Liberia’s representation to the regional parliament. During Friday’s opening session, the Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Moustapha Cisse Lo, lauded President Sirleaf for her leadership role that ensured the peaceful resolution of the Gambian crisis. According to the release, the extraordinary session adopted the draft report for the implementation of the Supplementary Act relating to the enhancement of its powers. During Friday’s opening session, new members of the regional legislative body were also sworn in, the release said.

February 15, 2017 01:05 UTC

LRA Reminds Lawmakers about Tax Obligations

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives have been reminded to pay their real property and other applicable taxes in line with new election laws. In a letter to the House, the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) informed the lawmakers that the real property tax payment season has commenced and runs from January 1– July 2, 2017. The LRA’s information is in consonance with Article 30 (b) of the 1986 Constitution that compels citizens to honor their tax obligations, as the New Election and LRA Laws have indicated. “The NEC and LRA are collaborating to ensure that these Real Property Tax receipts or certificates are factual,” said an executive member of the LRA. An LRA staff who begged anonymity said several lawmakers owed over US$300,000 in real property taxes, including current tax obligations.

February 15, 2017 00:56 UTC

Liberian senator urges Ghana to help ensure credible presidential polls -

ACCRA, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) — Liberian Senator George Weah on Tuesday appealed to Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo and regional bloc ECOWAS to help ensure that the upcoming presidential polls in Liberia on Oct. 10 are credible. The Liberian Senator also applauded the resilience of president Akufo-Addo, who was successful at his third attempt at the presidency, describing it “as a lesson for all of us. If you don’t succeed at your first attempt, try again.”Weah hopes that the period in office of president Akufo-Addo will be marked by stonger bilateral relations between Ghana and Liberia, as well as the realization of the vision of continental integration. President Akufo-Addo thanked the Liberia Senator for the visit, assuring him that Ghana will continue to support and advocate the deepening of democracy in countries within the region. He indicated that the bonds that exist between Liberia and Ghana would be strengthened even further in the coming years, assuring that Ghana, together with ECOWAS, will do its best to ensure that the upcoming polls pass off peacefully so that the will of the Liberian people upheld.

February 15, 2017 00:53 UTC

Russia Violates Treaty & Moves Into U.S. Waters — Now Even Republicans Are Calling For An Investigation Into Trump's Red Ties! -

In a move straight out of the Cold War, Russia has positioned a spy ship in the waters off the coast of Delaware and carried out flights near a U.S. Navy warship. They also deployed a cruise missile, in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Donald Trump’s administration apparently doesn’t see a connection between the events, but then again with his team’s apparent ties to Russia, would they really tell us if they did? READ MORE OF THIS STORYSOURCE: News Now/ Perezhilton.com(Visited 13 times, 13 visits today)Commentscomments

February 15, 2017 00:53 UTC

Living in Darkness, but Holding On to Hope in Liberia -

By HELENE COOPERFEBSAYON TOWN, Liberia — For the first time in 26 years, the electricity came on in Hayes Lewis’s modest house in this cluttered Monrovia suburb. The very next day, Mr. Lewis went out and purchased a television set, a fan and a single light bulb. The purchases cost him $250 — about a quarter of a year’s income for the 62-year-old jack-of-all-trades. But it was money Mr. Lewis had been longing to spend. READ MORE OF THIS STORYSOURCE: News Now/ New York Times Online(Visited 35 times, 35 visits today)Commentscomments

February 15, 2017 00:45 UTC

White House: Trump Forced National Security Adviser Resignation -

U.S. President Donald Trump asked for and got the resignation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn because of an “eroding level of trust” in him and his explanations about his contacts with Russia, the White House said Tuesday. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said, “The president concluded he no longer had trust in his national security adviser.”Flynn, a retired Army general, was ousted Monday night just three weeks into his tenure as one of Trump’s top strategic advisers, a virtually unheard of quick departure for a top official at the start of an American presidency. Spicer said Trump was pleased that Flynn had talked with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, and concluded there was nothing legally wrong with their discussions, even though Flynn was a private citizen, not a government official, at the time. READ MORE OF THIS REPORTSOURCE: VOA News Online(Visited 16 times, 16 visits today)Commentscomments

February 14, 2017 20:26 UTC

Says New Spokesperson, Predicts His Freedom Soon -

Being pessimistic of his boss getting closer to God while in prison, Mr. Paye assured Liberians and the world over that Mr. Taylor has no interferences in the Country’s current political process, stressing, “Mr. Charles Gankay Taylor is not interested to interfere in the Liberian political process, his concern is to serve his God while in prison,” the Taylor spokesperson speaking further said. He expressed confidence that Mr. Taylor will be released before the ending of his imposed 50-year jail term, adding, “Mr. Taylor will be release before the elapse of his jail term, I can assure you and the rest of the Liberian people that Mr. Taylor will be released soon,” Mr. Paye speaking to a local radio station boasted. Recently Mr. Charles Taylor through his wife in Liberia, Victoria Taylor terminated the the services of Senator Sando Johnson as his official spokesman, replacing him with a former bodyguard, Isaiah Kamara Paye.

February 14, 2017 10:04 UTC

Trump national security aide Flynn resigns over Russian contacts -

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned late on Monday after revelations that he had discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump took office and misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations. Flynn’s resignation came hours after it was reported that the Justice Department had warned the White House weeks ago that Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail for contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump took power on Jan. 20. Flynn’s departure was a sobering development in Trump’s young presidency, a 24-day period during which his White House has been repeatedly distracted by miscues and internal dramas. The departure could slow Trump’s bid to warm up relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Flynn submitted his resignation hours after Trump, through a spokesman, pointedly declined to publicly back Flynn, saying he was reviewing the situation and talking to Pence.

February 14, 2017 09:51 UTC

Liberia’s Chief Justice Wants 2017 Contestants Out Of Judiciary -

Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor has reiterated his call on judges and judicial workers with interest in contesting the pending presidential and legislative elections to quit the judiciary. The first time Justice Korkpor made the call was during the opening of the November Term of Court. The First Judicial Circuit Court which comprises Criminal Courts “A” to “E”, open on the second Monday of February, May, August and November each year. Chief Justice Korkpor noted that while judges are yet to be paid in keeping with the Judicial Cannon that bans them from participating in commercial activities, integrity issues range on within the judiciary. He called on justice actors to dedicate themselves to the duties they have to perform during the February Term of Court.

February 14, 2017 09:36 UTC

Harrison Karnwea Quits UP, Queues For LP Vice Presidential Candidate -

A senior partisan of the ruling Unity Party (UP) and Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Mr. Harrison Karnwea has quite the party to join the opposition Liberty Party of Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine describing his new heaven as the right place to be. Karnwea who hailed from one of Liberia’s vote rich counties, Nimba County has reportedly joined the opposition Liberty Party in order to capture the Vice Presidential candidacy for the Party as the 2017 general presidential elections drawing closer. What a misery?” Annie Freeman a resident of central Monrovia expressing her feelings on this latest development said. This is indeed worrisome,” Jonathan Jack, a professor of one of the local universities speaking to our staff warned.

February 14, 2017 09:06 UTC

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