65 ‘Illegal’ Gold Miners ArrestedOn Monday, the government intensified efforts to rescue several persons still unaccounted for in the Goldmine collapse. At least sixty-five (65) illegal gold miners have been arrested by officers of the Liberia National Police, authorities said Monday. A FrontPageAfrica reporter in the area says state security have also been deployed at the gold mine following the death of 44 gold boys at the mining area. The Liberia National red Cross Society (LNRCS) has begun contact tracing so as to establish the exact information of people missing in the loose soil collapse. The country devil has been at the gold mining area for the past two weeks preventing authorities from deploying security personnel in the area.
February 19, 2019 00:45 UTC
Harris Pewee, a security guard at the Sime Darby Plantation undergoes treatment after falling prey to machetes-bearing illegal harvesters in BomiBomi County – On the verge of packing up and leaving Liberia, the management of Sime Darby Plantation is hoping that the George Weah-led government can spark one last effort to help curb the rising wave of violence on the concessionaire’s operations in Liberia. Similarly, last August Preston Nunuh, another Sime Darby Plantation security officer in Madina, was shot at and wounded on the leg with single barrel gun. Despite a buffer zone between Sime Darby and surrounding towns and villages, incidents like these are frequent. The latest comes just days after top Sime Darby executives met with President Weah. Sime Darby Plantation’s operations in Liberia is managed by Sime Darby Plantation (Liberia) Inc.
February 19, 2019 00:45 UTC
Monrovia – Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor is expected to rule into a motion filed by defense lawyers of Justice Kabineh Ja’neh calling for his recusal into ongoing trial for Ja’neh impeachment. Report by Henry Karmo, [email protected]The Chief justice is expected to render decision Tuesday after listing to arguments from teams of layers representing the two parties. “You have made a determination in the matter and that matter is a subject for the determination of an impeachment trial your honor. The Motion was filed Wednesday by Justice Ja’neh before the Supreme Court, calling on the Chief Justice to step aside from the impeachment hearing at the Senate “in the interest of justice and fair play”. Returning to status quoOn Thursday morning, the team of lawyers representing Justice Ja’neh filed another petition seeking a prohibition on the impeachment trial at the Senate.
February 19, 2019 00:38 UTC
Monrovia – Isaac Barclay, 19, has been arrested and charged by the Liberia National Police for allegedly stabbing his friend to death in the Sonniwein Community in Central Monrovia. Report by Kennedy L. Yangian, [email protected]Police charge sheet in the possession of this newspaper reveals that Barclay and the victim Lassanah Freeman, both were friends, who lived in the Sonniwein Community but on this Wednesday an argument ensued between the pair. During the argument, it is alleged that the deceased used profaned words on Barclay’s mother and this irritated him. The charge sheet further states that the heated exchanges of words that followed the alleged abuse degenerated into a fist fight between the two friends. The police further stated that after the two friends were separated from the fighting while victim Freeman was standing and not watching, Defendant Barclay ran from behind a toilet house and stabbed victim Freeman alias ‘Bucket Green’ in his chest with a kitchen knife.
Monrovia – The newly installed president of the Liberia Medical and Dental Association (LMDA) has alarmed over “lapses” in the health sector which, according to him, continue to pose challenge to healthcare workers. “When we got elected, we made a call on the Minister of Health and one issue raised was healthcare finances. Thanks to the Pro-poor Agenda, but I think it has to be of a standard,” Dr. Ekyinabah said. “There is a need to improve patient to doctor relationship, where doctors should advocate for patients and patients advocate for doctors,” Dr. Ekyinabah said, adding that it is important to making the sector proactive. Meanwhile, Dr. Ekyinnabah reemphasized the LMDA’s plan to embark on medical outreach in rural Liberia, as a means of improving the healthcare delivery system.
Monrovia – The Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia (EFFL) has accused President George Weah of “masterminding” the ongoing impeachment proceedings against Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, which they say intends to raid the Supreme Court of its independence. Report by Gerald C. Koinyeneh, [email protected]The political movement has, at the same time, announced that it will lead “Operation save the Judiciary” by rallying citizens and organizations to stage a protest in line with the Constitution of Liberia. The EFFL described the impeachment trial as “an affront to Democracy and a direct attack on good governance”. Added the EFF: “The EFF is unapologetic to evidently and reliably unearth that the President of the Republic of Liberia, H.E. The EFF also accused the Presidnet and the ruling party of several mischiefs prompting Associate Ja’neh’s impeachment.
Tappita, Lower, Nimba- The government of Liberia has release 59 suspects who were recently arrested at the Kartee Village Gold Mining area in Gbaneipea Town by the Armed Forces of Liberia alongside with the Police Support Unit of the Liberia national police. Franklin Doloquee/ County CorrespondentThe release comes as authorities failed to recover more bodies from the mine collapse last week. The failed efforts to recover more bodies is stirring fears of an environmental and health catastrophe with no word on how authorities intend to removed bodies under the collapsed area. The National Disaster Management Agency says the smell of decayed bodies under thin soils has begun to soar the air, creating atmospheric pollution and other environmental hazards. The government, through the National Disaster Management Agency, has been able to mobilize the available resources to get the Armed Forces of Liberia increased its rescue operations, the Liberia National Police manned the affected area and other ministries and Agencies provide their medical, technical and logistical support.
February 18, 2019 19:41 UTC
An Incident Command Post has been set up by the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) in the town of Gbanipea to the scene of the disaster which is 45 minutes’ walk away from Gbanipea. At least sixty-five (65) illegal gold miners have been arrested by officers of the Liberia National Police, authorities said Monday. A FrontPageAfrica reporter in the area says state security have also been deployed at the gold mine following the death of 44 gold boys at the mining area. The Liberia National red Cross Society (LNRCS) has begun contact tracing so as to establish the exact information of people missing in the loose soil collapse. The country devil has been at the gold mining area for the past two weeks preventing authorities from deploying security personnel in the area.
February 18, 2019 15:00 UTC
According to Mr. Costa, Lonestar Cell MTN was given an ultimatum by Justice Minister Frank Musah Dean. Let it be made categorically clear that no LNP officer has visited nor been deployed at the premises of Roots FM 102.7 as alleged by its Management.”The action led to Roots FM going off the air. But the LNP, defending its action, clarified that it had not shut down Roots FM 102.7 FM as insinuated by its management. The Liberian National Police has cordoned off the site during its ongoing investigation with which Lonestar Cell MTN is fully cooperating. The government has pressured Lonestar Cell MTN to remove our transmitter and antenna from their site, it was the condition upon which they allowed Lonestar Cell MTN access back to their own facilities.
February 18, 2019 14:46 UTC
Conteh (4th left), Hon Melvin Snowe (2nd from right), Mr. John Ajumah (right) and Former Liberian Foreign Min. Madam Marjon Kamara (near left)Abuja – The Head of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Nigeria Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as well as heads of other international election observation missions and the United Nations to Nigeria have called for calm among Nigerians in the wake of the postponement of the elections. Others included Former President of Zambia, Rupiah Banda, for the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa Election Observation Mission; Belgian Member of the European Parliament, Maria Arena, European Union Election Observation Mission; Former President of Botswana Festus Mogae, and Former President of Latvia, Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, National Democratic Institute/International Republican Institute Election Observation Mission, and United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas. Two days earlier, the head of the ECOWAS Election Observer Mission, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expressed optimism over the successful holding of the polls. According to the release, the former Liberian President made the remarks at a briefing for the observers at the ECOWAS Commission Headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, February 14, 2019.
February 18, 2019 14:42 UTC
MONROVIA – The Tony Elumelu Foundation, the leading African-funded and founded philanthropy committed to empowering African entrepreneurs, has announced its last call for applications into its prestigious 2019 Entrepreneurship Programme. Open to African entrepreneurs from the 54 African countries, the Entrepreneurship Programme accepts business ideas as well as existing businesses with less than 3 years of experience in all sectors of the economy. Additionally, six of Tony Elumelu Foundation entrepreneurs were recognised on the Forbes 30 under 30 list, among many other achievements, some have been appointed on the boards of global companies, government and developmental institutions, influencing policies at various levels. The Programme is inspired by Tony Elumelu’s economic philosophy of Africapitalism and his vision to institutionalise luck and democratise opportunity for a new generation of African entrepreneurs. Applicants can apply on TEFConnect – www.tefconnect.com – the largest digital networking platform for African entrepreneurs
February 18, 2019 14:37 UTC
In an effort to ensure the effectiveness in the utilization of the County Development Fund (CDF) and the Social Development Fund (SDF) which are jointly known as the County Social Development Fund (CSDF), the House of Representatives is reviewing a proposed law to amend a portion of the budget law to be protected from constant changes on an annual basis. The draft law is named: “An Act to Establish a National County Social Development Fund (CSDF) or Stand Alone Law.”The stipulation of the CDF for each county is US$200,000 in the fiscal budget and the Social Development Fund (SDF) involves payments emanating from Concession Agreements. The House’s Plenary voted to send CSDF’s Stand Alone Law to the Joint Committee on Judiciary and the Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning for critical revision and will report to Plenary within two weeks. The CSOs claimed that all the funds allocated in the budget directly to counties as National County Social Development Funds, in the tone of US$3m (US$200,000 for each county). But, the USAID-funded LAVI partners want members of the House of Representatives and the Senate to sidestep themselves being chairpersons of the CDSF sittings to avoid political influence and encourage increased citizens participation in economic and fiscal decision-making.
February 18, 2019 02:28 UTC
The World Bank Group Liberia Country office here has introduced a five year strategic plan to help the government achieve its pro-poor agenda plans. According to the World Bank Group there is a need for Liberia to have more infrastructure development that will put the country on the right trajectory of development to be compared with its neighbors in the region. World Bank Country Director Henry G. R. Kerali told scores of Reporters in a interactive discussion at the World Bank Country office in oldest Congo Town on February 7, 2019, that in order for Liberia to achieve the more infrastructure that are needed the World Bank have introduce its five year strategic program which is the Country Partnership Framework or (CPF). The Country Director pointed out that the CPF program will also promote development of innovative solutions and disruptive technologies to reduce poverty. Meanwhile, he says the total finances over the five year period is centered around $US300 to 500 million to buttress the government’s efforts in achieving its pro-poor agenda plans.
General Francis Behanzin, ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, has called for reduction of the cost of elections to make democracy affordable, more participatory and inclusive. To this end, he urged EMBs to redouble their efforts, adding that the regional depot for electoral materials being contemplated by ECOWAS, could facilitate pouring of resources, eliminate duplication of costs and ultimately make elections less expensive. Commissioner Behanzin also briefed the ECONEC Mission led by the chair of Sierra Leone’s Electoral Commission Mohamed N’fah-Alie Conteh on ECOWAS’ support to member states organising elections, including through the deployment of Long- and Short-term observation missions. “Nigeria is a big country, and whatever happens here affects the rest of Africa and West Africa in particular,” Conteh said. Both Commissioners expressed the hope that the Nigerian elections on Saturday, February 16, and March 2, would be peaceful and with integrity to strengthen democracy and good governance in the country and the ECOWAS region at large.
For possible establishment of vocational educationA team of experts from the United States of America is visiting the Liberia International Christian College in Ganta, assessing the school’s facilities for possible establishment of the vocational education in the college. She said, the team comprises agriculture experts, who is also carrying on the construction of “green hopper” for a green storage. “Among the team are eye specialists who are carrying on outreach, examining people with eye problems and identifying the appropriate eye glasses for use,” she said. The Liberia International Christian College is a faith-based college located in Nimba, owned by the United Liberia Inland Church. Sheets explained on some soil scientists currently teaching the students about army worms and other diseases that are common among crops.