The newly-elected corps of officers of Liberian Travel Agency Association (LTAA) have been inducted into office, to steer the affairs of the Association for the constituted time frame of two years. They are to also ensure that local travel agencies take over the sector in the coming years. This dream, according to the Association’s new leadership, is to be engendered by government’s commitment to improve the sector. “It became about service to people by imparting their lives.”“For us at the Liberia Travel Agency Association, the industry and its many filaments are our passion and the pinnacle of our dreams to success. Minister Nagbe said one major problem that the sector’s stakeholders are confronted with is separating the regulatory and policy arms of the industry.
May 10, 2018 02:26 UTC
The senate on Tuesday finally confirmed Health Minister-designate Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah as Liberia’s Minister of Health. The CommitteePrior to President George Weah’s nominating Dr. Jallah, she worked with the John F. Kennedy Hospital. It can be recalled that the New Generation International Church leadership called on the senate not to confirm Dr. Jallah until the charge against her was disposed of. The church said Dr. Jallah was facing court charges for “action of damages for murder.”The church had threatened to resist her confirmation due to the lawsuit. However not much has been heard lately from the church especially in the wake of her recent confirmation by the Liberian Senate.
May 10, 2018 02:26 UTC
Zubah Vessilee has been named the new captain of third division club Muscat FC, replacing former captain Samuel Karmo. Former captain Karmo left the club in February this year to join first division outfit Nimba Football Club. “I feel great, it’s such a huge honor to captain such a great club,” Vessilee told this newspaper. Unfortunately, they were relegated to the 3rd division after they suffered a six-point deduction for fielding an illegal player. Vessilee also featured for Margibi County in the 2016/2017 National County Sports Meet and helped the county finish 3rd in the competition.
May 10, 2018 02:15 UTC
Report by J. H. Webster Clayeh, [email protected]Monrovia – The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and the Liberia Intellectual Property Office (LIPO) in cooperation with the University of Liberia have organized a two-day Intellectual Property (IP) Roving Seminar for academic and research institutions. The seminar was intended to enhance intellectual property awareness in academic and research institutions with a view to promoting the creation, protection and utilization of research results using intellectual property tools for the economic and technological development in the member states. Speaking at the start of the two-day event on Monday, May 7, the General Director of ARIPO, Fernando Dos Santos, said since 2017, they have been partnering with national intellectual property officers, academies and other research institutions conducting seminars on intellectual property. Weeks said being a researcher for nearly four decades, she knows the importance of intellectual property. She further said promoting intellectual property is important at a time when the university has begun to reignite its research institute.
May 10, 2018 00:56 UTC
Report by Gerald C. Koinyeneh, [email protected]Monrovia – A Special Legislative Investigative Committee on Operations of Sime Darby Plantation in Liberia has revealed that the company is in breach of the 2009 concession agreement it entered with the government of Liberia. The committee was also mandated by Plenary to verify whether Sime Darby follows all provisions of the concession agreement, especially its social corporate responsibilities in the areas of health, education, water and sanitation, housing and roads. The Committee: “Only a single Liberian citizen, Mr. Dao Metzger holds a senior managerial position as an Industrial Relations Manager. ‘The company’s human resource manager, chief security and warehouse manager are all non-Liberians, without consideration for available qualified Liberians. The committee wants proper sanitary facilities to be restored within 30 days and the employment Liberians in top position be executed within three months.
May 10, 2018 00:45 UTC
Monrovia – The head of Liberia’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has challenged the Legislature to support anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) initiatives in Liberia. Cuffy was speaking on the “role of the legislature in combating illicit financial flows (IFFs) in Liberia” before the plenary of the House of Representatives. The FIU’s vision is to build a well-equipped unit dedicated to an effective AML/CFT regime and protect Liberia financial system from abuse of financial and economic crime for the enhancement of national, regional and global peace and economic stability. The FIU has already completed the first phase of a national risk assessment (NRA) against money laundering and terrorist financing (ML &TF). The NRA is being sponsored by the African Development Bank (AfDB) with technical and financial support from GIABA and World Bank.
Bishop Karnley said enacting dual citizenship will provide other nationals the chance to enjoy similar privileges appreciated by Liberians in other countries. The debate on dual citizenship is one of several discussions that have taken the center stage in Liberia, with some supporting while others expressing firm opposition. While he sees dual citizenship important for Liberia progress, Bishop Karnley emphasized that enacting the law must come with certain restrictions or limitation, especially on vying for the presidency. This would allay fears by some Liberians that dual citizenship would deny them possession of their properties, he said. The Catholic Bishop said dual citizenship will build the confidence of some who are monetarily capacitated to invest in the country’s economy.
Report by Alpha Daffae Senkpeni, [email protected]Monrovia – On Tuesday March 8, the Ministry of Labour collaborated with the embassy of the People’s Republic of China near Monrovia to explain Liberia’s labour law to staffs of Chinese companies operating in the country. The event, held at the Chinese embassy, brought together Liberians and Chinese workers, encouraging discussions on critical issues in the Decent Work Act of 2015. It intended to minimize misunderstandings of the law, improve full compliance by the firms and help improve relationship between the investors and the labour ministry. Ambassador Fu reemphasized that his country is committed to supporting Liberia’s pro-poor agenda and called for strengthening mutual understanding between the labour ministry and Chinese companies. Meanwhile, 14 Liberian and Chinese employees working for various Chinese firms in the country were honoured by the embassy for their outstanding and dedicated work.
The Land Rights Act (2014) was submitted to members of the legislature by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, which marked a very major step in resolving the country’s land conflicts; delineates the different categories of land ownership and rights by discussing the bundles of rights associated with each land category. The proposed Act itself recognizes Government Land, Public Land, Customary Land and Private Land. Under the Private Land category, the ownership of private land shall become extinct by abandonment and the land to government if the owner fails to pay all taxes on the land for a continuous period of 10 years or the land has not been occupied, developed or used by the owner for a period of 10 years. The same private land category provides that land may be acquired by many means, including adverse possession, when the occupant remains in possession without objection for a continuous period of 15 years. Under the Customary Land, a community’s ownership of land includes the ownership and rights to use an alienate, by any means, all non-mineral resources on the land such as forests.
May 09, 2018 02:30 UTC
We, therefore, need to make sure that we provide adequate logistics for the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS) to do their job,” said Rep. Lawrence Morris of Montserrado District 1. Rep. Morris said reports of the tragic incident, which he quoted from the LNFS, is alarming and unacceptable and could be curtailed if the government and the international community provide support to the LNFS. Rep. Morris said inadequate support to the LNFS, of which about 85% goes to personnel, is hindering the ability of the entity to procure the necessary tools. “There is a need for the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation, the Liberia Electricity Corporation, the Ministry of Public Works and the LNFS to coordinate efforts that could help prevent fire disasters,” Rep. Morris said. The International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is observed on May 4.
May 09, 2018 02:27 UTC
The Director-General for the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), Fernando dos Santos, has appealed to administrators of universities, research centers and colleges across the country to develop an internal Intellectual Property (IP) policy if they want their students and professors to compete in the Information Age. His statements came after representatives of universities and research centers attended a two-day IP roving seminar for academic and research institutions, held at the conference room of the University of Liberia (UL). “This situation will cause them not to generate the huge economic and societal benefit an IP policy brings. However, with an effective IP policy, these universities and research institutions will be creating an environment that supports and encourages innovation, development and many more. “Also, an IP policy helps professors’ and students’ ideas to flourish and help them invest more time into making new discoveries since they know that they will receive incentives because of the IP policy already in place.
A group of Liberians, wearing predominantly black clothing, stormed the grounds of the Capitol Building, demanding the House of Representatives and the Senate to pass into law the establishment of a War and Economic Crimes Court. The protesters were led by Franklin K. Wesseh of the Citizens Action for the Establishment of War and Economic Crimes Court (CAWAECC) and Siaffa Kanneh of the National Student Movement for the Establishment of Economic and War Crimes Court in Liberia. Speaking to journalists, Mr. Wesseh said their protest to establish the War and Economic Crimes Court is in compliance with Article 34(e) of the 1986 Constitution. He further urged the legislature to sign a joint resolution and request the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to help establish a War Crimes Court in the country, to prosecute those responsible for the worst crimes – genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Mr. Bility is also among those advocating for the establishment of the War and Economic Crimes Court.
The funeral arrangements for the late Ms. Clarisse King, who died at the S. D. Cooper Hospital while on vacation in Liberia, will take place shortly in Richmond Virginia, the United States of America. She leaves to mourn her loss her son, Tyrell Edward Greene, her aunts, Mrs. Shirley Henries, Mrs. Jenitha Ricks-Gardner, Mrs. Mai Deshield; sisters Mrs. Ettie King, Mrs. Matilda Simpson and Mrs. Bankie King Akelere; brothers, Charles Darby, C.T.O. King III, Charles E. A. M. King, and many other relatives and friends. According to the family, a special family meeting is scheduled at her brother C.T.O. The family calls on everyone to attend the meeting in order to discuss the role of each at the Mass.
The Ministry of Health’s Quality Management Unit in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and ACCEL, on May 5 successfully completed the ‘WHO Save Lives, Clean Your Hands Campaign’ annual celebration in 18 hospitals across Liberia’s 15 counties. The annual campaign is held on May 5 throughout the world and is an extension of the WHO’s Clean Care is Safer Care Program that was launched in 2005. The objective of the campaign is to ensure that communities are safe through infection prevention, with a focus on maintaining hand hygiene improvement and making the topic a priority and part of the current national agenda. Activities marking the celebration included: Interactive phone in radio talk shows, parades, football matches as well as presentation by healthcare workers highlighting sepsis prevention through hand hygiene. Sepsis is a life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by deregulated host response to infection complications to anyone who is suffering it.
By Amin ModadMr. President, I’m sorry, but I cannot remain silent as I’ve been advised over and over by friends, family and well wishers. This could have been an important point of departure for a full-fledged development plan and could have also informed the development of national budget. President Weah, I implore you to get involved and champion the process of reconciliation and inclusivity irrespective of tribe, color, creed, or political affiliation. As a matter of fact, it seems as though we still don’t understand how these affect our economy, security, and posterity. Mr. President, it is so sad to note that the allotment to these areas have increased.