Th Invincible ElevenMonrovia – The Liberia Football Association (LFA) has relegated Invincible Eleven (IE) FC to the third division. It follows their refusal, despite a reminder on 10 April, to pay a fine of L$150,000 for refusing to honor a league match away to Nimba Kwado FC in Sanniquellie, Nimba County on 6 April. Reported by Christopher Walker, [email protected]Chapter eight, article 10 of the rules governing the Orange-sponsored LFA national league imposes a penalty on clubs refusing to honor league games. Points obtained by clubs from playing IE will be extracted, including Mighty Blue Angel’s 3-1 win at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium on 9 April. Meanwhile Junior Professionals have paid the fine of L$150,000 following their refusal to honor a league match away to Nimba Kwado on 26 March.
April 13, 2019 13:18 UTC
And Section 48, which also provides that “The Head of State shall report to the National Legislature within three months of receipt of the report of the TRC, and on a quarterly basis thereafter, as to the implementation of the Commission’s Recommendations. All recommendations shall be implemented. He said maintaining the rule of law is important for maintaining a stable and more peaceful society and acts as the number incentive for attracting international trade, commerce and foreign investments to the country. In this breath, the advocates or lawyers for Justice Ja’neh must perfect an appeal to the Full Bench of the Honorable Supreme Court. Francis Korkpor, will be compelled to recuse himself and the remaining Justices will decide the appeal.
April 12, 2019 18:56 UTC
Monrovia – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in partnership with Caritas-Monrovia has begun responding to victims of a fire disaster that devastated over eight homes in the Kissi-Camp Community, the Borough of New Kru Town. However, CRS in collaboration with Caritas have begun initial intervention with a cash donation of US$9,720.00 to 39 households affected by the incident. According to him, Wednesday’s donation is half of a total cash donation intended for victims of the disaster. Mr. Rastetter explained that the cash distribution was done in line with the number of victims occupying various households. This intervention was made possible with funding from CRS and implemented by Caritas-Monrovia in collaboration with the Liberia National Disaster Management Agency,” Rastetter added.
April 12, 2019 12:56 UTC
Monrovia – Criminal Court “C” at the Temple of Justice Wednesday, April 10, 2019, dropped charges against former National Port Authority boss Matilda Parker and Comptroller Christiana Paelay. Report By Kennedy L. Yangian klyangian @Frontpageafricaonline.comSupporters of the two female defendants jubilated on the grounds of the Temple of Justice following the court ruling. Arthur T. Johnson rejected the prosecution’s plea, adding that if the court accepts the prosecution’s plea the Defendants will not get a free, fair and transparent trial. The judge said the court found it difficult to understand the legal and factual basis for the prosecution’s application for continuance/time. According to Judge Kontoe, the prosecution has miserably failed to show good cause why the case should be remanded to the Supreme Court.
April 11, 2019 14:37 UTC
By this, the NBC director general said, locals will be aware of concession agreements, their expectations managed and conflict prevention achieved. He added that after many years of investment in Liberia, communities remain in the affected state. The Platform also includes community-based civil society members responsible to manage peace between concessions and affected communities. MSPs are identified as a significant embodiment of the National Bureau of Concession’s mandate: assuring integrity and compliance through monitoring and evaluation. Two major – A concessions in Grand Bassa and Rivercess Counties operate at loss for more than a decade.
April 11, 2019 14:03 UTC
WASHINGTON – The World Bank has unveiled a new plan to help African countries strengthen their human capital. The World Bank will increase its investments in human capital in Africa by 50% in the next funding cycle. This includes new World Bank grants and concessional finance for human capital projects in Africa totaling $15 billion in fiscal years 2021-2023. The World Bank will invest these funds strategically to unblock structural constraints to human capital development. Twenty-three African countries, covering over 60% of the region’s population, have joined a coalition of nearly 60 countries to join the Human Capital Project, committing to a set of accelerated investments in their human capital.
April 11, 2019 13:52 UTC
Serene Health Mobile team on one of their missionsMonrovia – Serene Health, a Liberian-based community health organization, which has been providing healthcare for Liberians with severe medical conditions, will on Friday, April 12, 2019, unveil and share its 2019 work plan with partners and potential partners. “We trained and deployed 26 midwives and community health volunteers to monitor and support 102 pregnant women until delivery. With limited access to health care in rural settings and long distance to health facility, there is a dire need for mobile community health care. This would enable far away community with limited or no access to health care to get care from trained professionals. She later resigned in 2013 to establish Serene Health, which she is currently managing.
April 11, 2019 12:33 UTC
Report by Alaskai Moore Johnson, [email protected]As a result of this study, which would lead to full operations of the steel giant, at least 1000 Liberians would be added to its staff. “ArcelorMittal Liberia is now completing the engineering phase of a feasibility study to identify the optimal concentration solution for utilizing the resources at Tokadeh. In May 2018, ArcelorMittal, which is a Luxembourg-based steel production company, announced that it has started work on a feasibility study at the Tokadeh iron ore mine. ArcelorMittal said they had commissioned the study in order to identify an optimal concentration solution for utilizing the mine’s lower-grade resources through the study. ArcelorMittal had originally planned a Phase II expansion at Tokadeh in order to achieve the production of 15 million metric tons per annum (Mtpa) of concentrated sinter fine ore.
April 11, 2019 11:03 UTC
Monrovia – The Liberia Health CSOs Network (LiHCON) has called on the government of Liberia to increase budgetary support to the Health sector in order to end preventable maternal, newborn, child and adolescent deaths in the country. Despite donor supports, Madam Jarwolo said the government of Liberia needs to do more to support the health sector. According to Madam Jarwolo, the Liberia Spotlight on GFF will serve as an advocacy tool that provides simple and useful information about GFF activities in Liberia. This, the LiHCON Chairperson says, will focus on Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH). LiHCON is also a member of the Africa Health Budget Network – AHBN based in Abuja, Nigeria.
April 11, 2019 10:52 UTC
The European Union (EU) has launched a new project in Margibi, Nimba and Bong counties under the title, “Strengthening the Human Rights of Prisoners within Correctional Facilities and at Grassroots Level,” a release has said. It also aims at improving access to justice by enhancing local capacities, awareness and resources to provide protection of prisoners’ rights, according to international human rights instruments. Lambrecht spoke recently at a ceremony marking the launch of project in Kakata Prison Facility, Margibi County. It addresses several knowledge gaps faced by target groups involved in the administration of justice, such as correctional officers, lawyers, magistrates as well as detainees, religious representatives and community leaders. The aim is to protect detainees whose rights are being at risk of violation through illegal arrests, prolonged detention, inhuman detention practices, SGBV, and no access to legal counseling and representation.
A local civil society group, Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) has released its first quarter Legislative Performance Report on lawmakers in the 54th Legislature. With support from partners, IREDD over the years has been monitoring the work of the legislature and individual lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The report, according to IREDD, covered the period of January 15 to March 19, 2019. IREDD has meanwhile recommended that the leadership of the Legislature should demand for efficiency and productivity from legislative committees members. Particularly, IREDD calls for the adherence of legislative rules on record of the vote to improve transparency in vote-taking on legislation and national decisions.
Criminal Court ‘C’ has freed former managing director of the National Port Authority (NPA), Matilda Parker and Christina Paelay, the entity’s former comptroller, on corruption charges of awarding a falsified wreck removal contract for US$800,000 to Denmar Martin Flomo of Denmar Enterprises. Madams Parker and Paelay were freed due to state lawyers’ inability to ensure the appearance of several witnesses, who were to testify against the defendants; thereby leaving the judge with no option, but to drop the multiple corruption charges against them. The grand jury’s indictment also alleges that Parker made fraudulent payments to co-defendant Deneah M. Flomo. The petition was heard and the Supreme Court on October 4, 2017, reminded the case and mandated the court to resume jurisdiction. Johnson to appeal the judgment to the Supreme Court.
By Edmund Zar-Zar BargblorThe wave of attacks on foreign-owned shops in some (South African) townships raises uncomfortable questions about xenophobia in South Africa. Do foreign-owned small businesses have an unfair advantage over those owned by South Africans? Are other African nationals residing in South Africa being targeted for reasons that have nothing to do with the economic disparities presently prevailing in the country? Nigeria also contributed financially to liberation movements in South Africa and to the front line states of Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, which were constantly harassed by South Africa. The South African Government, it is hoped, will endeavor to stop and put to an end the various “xenophobic attacks” and violence against fellow Africans residing in South Africa….
Economic growth remains below population growth for the fourth consecutive year, and although regional growth is expected to rebound to 2.8 percent in 2019, it will have remained below three percent since 2015. This issue of Africa’s Pulse also looks at how fragility is holding back Sub-Saharan Africa, and how the digital economy can help the continent move forward. “The digital transformation can increase growth by nearly two percentage points per year and reduce poverty by nearly one percentage point per year in Sub-Saharan Africa alone. This is a game-changer for Africa,” said Albert Zeufack, World Bank Chief Economist for Africa. Africa’s Pulse also found that fragility in a handful of countries is costing Sub-Saharan Africa over half a percentage point of growth per year.
Weighing the first branch of government in terms of performance and responsible conduct, the public at some point has been seeing the Senate in high esteem. These Senators have also gone ahead to accuse the Senate Pro-Tempore, Albert Chie of tampering with the ballots cast during the voting on March 28. They also accused Pro-Tempore Chie of taking the ballot box to his residence after the vote cast; something which leaves them doubtful that the process was transparent. Since these bitter exchanges erupted in the Senate, the respect it once had has begun to dwindle. The demeaning situation unfolding in the Liberian Senate does not only impact the members, but the entire country as well.