ALJA Prexy: Role of Liberian Churches in 2017 Elections is Crucial -

Mr. Sandy said the slated 2017 general and presidential elections would be a crucial period in Liberia’s quest for continued peace and stability. The LMADV is a group of US based Liberian Churches located in the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. However, he said, the critical roles of Liberian churches in the October political race can’t be overstated because they do not exist in utopia. He said the mush rooming of Liberian churches is creating more problems than good for the unity of the Liberian Christian community in the US. He called on the Liberian Ministers Association of the Delaware Valley (LMADV) to take a lead in the unification and merger of the US based Liberian churches.

January 17, 2017 18:29 UTC

Dog Kills Gambia President-Elect Son -

A son of Gambia’s President-elect, Adama Barrow, has died after being bitten by a dog, the BBC has reported. Mr. Barrow missed his son’s funeral as he was advised to remain in neighbouring Senegal for his own safety. Mr. Barrow won the presidential election last year but outgoing President Yahya Jammeh has refused to accept the result after initially conceding defeat and congratulating Mr. Barrow. President Muhammadu Buhari is leading other West African leaders to convince Mr. Jammeh to leave office as scheduled on January 19. SOURCE: BBC News Online(Visited 20 times, 20 visits today)Commentscomments

January 17, 2017 18:12 UTC

UK contractor to build £10m road in Liberia -

UK contractor Dawnus International has been awarded its third contract in Liberia, for the £10m Gangra Haul Road project for the world’s largest steel manufacturer, ArcelorMittal. ArcelorMittal is developing three iron ore deposits and a concentrator in the mountains of Nimba County, 300km north east of Liberia’s capital, Monrovia. The road construction will involve major earthworks with cut and fill quantities exceeding 1,000,000 cubic metres of soil and rock to form the cuttings and embankments. The wearing course pavement will be constructed using stone from a quarry involving Dawnus drilling, blasting and processing 40,000m3 of products. SOURCE: Global Construction Review(Visited 43 times, 43 visits today)Commentscomments

January 17, 2017 17:57 UTC

Gambia: Why I should remain President – Jammeh -

The Gambia’s outgoing leader, Yahya Jammeh, continued to insist on Monday he would not step aside for President-elect Adama Barrow to be sworn-in on January 19, brushing aside international calls and pressure from the regional bloc, ECOWAS.‎Mr. Jammeh issued the latest threat to the country’s fist change of leadership in 22 years in a telephone call to the chairperson of ECOWAS and Liberia’s President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. During the conversation posted on Youtube, Mr. Jammeh told Ms. Johnson-Sirleaf, who is leading efforts to ensure respect for the outcome of last December’s election, that the “status quo” had to remain until his country’s Supreme Court decides on an application by his party. The application wants the court “to restrain Adama Barrow from being sworn-in as well as restraining the Chief Justice or any other person from swearing him, Adama Barrow, into office.”But the Chief Justice and at the moment sole judge of the court, Emmanuel Fagbenle, a Nigerian, on Monday said he could not entertain the application because it includes him as a defendant. READ MORE OF THIS STORYSOURCE: Premium News(Visited 8 times, 8 visits today)Commentscomments

January 17, 2017 17:05 UTC

Head of Liberia’s Procurement Agency Resigns Over Global Witness Allegations

Monrovia – Mr. Willie Belleh, one of central figures of the Global Witness bribery saga in Liberia has resigned as Chairman of the board of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC). The case against Mr. Belleh spurred from an email exchange between him and Cllr. The report alleges that Mr. Belleh receive a bribe to create a loophole in the PPCC law; actually creating a loophole in the PPCC law. "But according to Mr. Belleh the email is a fabrication. It is still unclear whether Mr. Belleh who is currently in the United States of America will return home to answer investigators concerns.

January 17, 2017 16:44 UTC

Yahya Jammeh's Suicide Watch: Death the Only Option for Defeated Gambian President

AHEAD OF THURSDAY’S inauguration, Jammeh has seen his stocks fall like flies; with several of his senior ministers abandoning their posts and leaving him on an island on his own. Fagbenle said late on Monday that he could not hear the new case, dealing a blow to Jammeh's efforts to halt the inauguration of Barrow. IN RECENT DAYS, some have suggested a possible asylum or exile for Mr. Jammeh, to an African country, in exchange for him stepping down. PERHAPS MR. JAMMEH has given up on hope and on life. MR. JAMMEH does not deserve a dignified exit from power.

January 17, 2017 14:58 UTC

Gambian Parliament Passes Resolution To Bar ECOWAS Military Intervention In Banjul, As Justice Minister Flees -

Gambian Parliamentarians on Monday, passed a motion (resolution) calling on the ECOWAS Heads of State Authority to desist from using force to flush out the regime of dictator Yahya Jammeh. The resolution has barred the West African bloc from deploying troops to Banjul, to settle the political impasse. ECOWAS has thrown its support behind President elect Barrow and the Gambian people. In a related development, Gambia’s Justice Minister Mama Singhateh, has reportedly fled the country, the Freedom Newspaper has gathered. The Freedom Newspaper gathered that Mama’s absconding shocked dictator Jammeh.

January 17, 2017 12:56 UTC

Trump Clash with Civil Rights Congressman Fuels Democrat Boycott -

CAPITOL HILL — Presidential inaugurations are usually politically unifying events in the United States, but this year a record number of lawmakers plan to publicly rebuke the president-elect when he takes the oath of office. At least 26 Democratic members of Congress out of the 535 elected lawmakers are on the record saying they plan to boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday. Trump’s divisive political style, which delivered victory at the polls, enters a new phase when he becomes president. A new poll of American public opinion indicates Trump will take office with 51 percent of people in the U.S. disapproving of his transition, and a 40 percent favorable rating — which is lower than his three immediate predecessors. READ MORE OF THIS STORYSOURCE: VOA News Online(Visited 9 times, 9 visits today)Commentscomments

January 17, 2017 12:34 UTC

Istanbul nightclub attack suspect captured after two weeks on the run -

The suspected gunman who attacked an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve, killing 39 people, has been arrested by Turkish authorities. Officials said on Tuesday that he is an Uzbekistan national who trained in Afghanistan and has confessed to the massacre. He expressed hope that the interrogation would unveil the “forces” behind the attack, which has already been claimed by the Islamic State group. Most of the dead in the attack were foreign nationals, mainly from the Middle East. “The vile terrorist who attacked the place of entertainment on New Year’s Eve and led to the loss of so many lives has been captured,” Mr Yildirim said.

January 17, 2017 12:22 UTC

Zodua Citizens Looking for Positive Outcome from Sime Darby HCS Study -

In a recent meeting in Gohn, Zodua Clan the citizens expressed that they are not looking to any options for the development of their land if the Hard Carbon Study proves unfavorable for the expansion. “All we want is Sime Darby, we are not looking anywhere, so whether Carbon study, no Carbon study we are hoping for Sime Darby to come now and help provide jobs for us”, one elder said. Several callers on a local radio talk show expressed that they do not want any activity that will stop Sime Darby from expanding to their county. The company has expressed that as a responsible company, working in line with the RSPO requirements it cannot expand operations until it conducts the HCS study. The company is currently conducting a Hard Carbon Stock study intended to know the carbon content of places the company intends to expand its operations.

January 17, 2017 12:10 UTC

Police in Nigeria intercepts trucks carrying 145 stolen kids in Jos -

By Wale OdunsiPlateau State Police Command on Monday announced that it had intercepted two trucks conveying 145 children from Bauchi and Jigawa States. Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Terna Tyopev, made this know in a statement. Tyopev said the children, aged between four and eight years, “were to be shared to Plateau, Kaduna and Nasarawa States. Tyopev assured that the police would unravel those behind the act and arrest and charge them to court to serve as a deterrent to others. “This trend, if not checked, will cause embarrassment to Plateau State, North-centralSOURCE: Daily Post(Visited 5 times, 5 visits today)Commentscomments

January 17, 2017 11:41 UTC

JFK Thanks Indian Hospital

Authorities of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK) have expressed gratitude to their counterparts at Lisie Hospital in Karela, India for helping to save the lives of three Liberian children with congenital heart disease. “The three parents have come back to say thanks and to express how grateful they are to JFK and Lisie hospitals,” Dr. Camanor added. On behalf of the mothers, Mrs. Alice K. Ballah, spoke positively of how they and their sick children were catered to by caregivers while at the hospital in India. On behalf of JFK, the Administrator, Mrs. Mary Howard-Nyaquie, said the senior management was glad to see that the lives of Liberian children could be saved. Dr. Camanor, a pediatric consultant at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia, had earlier diagnosed the children with heart conditions for which she sought the assistance of the Lisie Hospital.

January 17, 2017 03:12 UTC

VP Boakai Calls on Liberians To Register For October Elections

Gbarpolu County - Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has called on Liberians eligible vote to form part of the National Elections Commission’s voter registration exercise by turning out en masse to register. ‘Wings of Boakai’ is an auxiliary group formed to ensure the election of the Vice President. The Vice President, in brief remarks, noted that the initiative was his way of working with the community to respond to some of the challenges facing them. She used the occasion to call on eligible voters to register during the voter registration exercise. "So we will always remember you that indeed our Vice President in 2017 presented a tangible gift to us,” Chairman Goba noted.

January 17, 2017 03:11 UTC

Jammeh’s Televised Phone Call to Pres. Sirleaf Was Blackmail Attempt

The Editor,Jammeh’s impromptu phone call to President Johnson Sirleaf could be analyzed in twofold: blackmail or desperation as the clock is ticking too fast against him which he realized. Listening to the televised phone call, the purpose of which is to have President Sirleaf engage her ECOWAS colleagues to have the judges travel to Gambia to ‘rule in his favor’. How many times have the other opposition parties petitioned the courts and that never stopped Jammeh from being sworn in? He perhaps sensed that these people’s seriousness for business on Thursday after realizing that Adama didn’t return directly to Gambia from Mali, but rather to Senegal. This, I believe has sent some chilling discomfort in him and therefore schemed this televised phone call to blackmail ECOWAS by disturbing the old lady (President Sirleaf) that if the Judges aren’t allowed to go to Gambia and do the job for him, he will stop the inauguration.

January 17, 2017 03:11 UTC

Ellen Congratulates ECOWAS on ECOWAS Human Rights Day

Monrovia - The Chairperson of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has congratulated the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) for declaring January 16 - each year as ECOWAS Human Rights Day. According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf was speaking on Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Maiden celebration of the ECOWAS Human Rights Day at the Monrovia City Hall under the theme: “Promoting and Protecting Women’s Rights Towards the Attainment of ECOWAS Vision 2020”. She noted that the celebration of ECOWAS Human Rights Day is a demonstration the of the Authority’s renewed dedication and a reaffirmation of commitment to the fundamental principles of ECOWAS, which according to her include democracy, good governance, respect for human rights and the rule of law. She congratulated all national human rights institutions across the region for the advocating for the rights of their people. They congratulated President Sirleaf for promoting human rights, especially women’s rights, elevating women’s issue and spearheading inclusive government as well as the ratification of various ECOWAS Protocols, among others.

January 17, 2017 02:49 UTC

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