The Secretary-General welcomes the peaceful holding of the presidential and House of Representatives elections in Liberia on 10 October. According to the spokesman to the Secretary General, Stephane Dujarric, the Secretary General congratulates the people of Liberia who turned out enthusiastically in high numbers to vote. The Secretary-General commends the efforts of the National Elections Commission and security institutions for this important milestone in the history of Liberia. The Secretary-General reiterates the continued support of the United Nations to the consolidation of peace and democracy in Liberia, the statement concluded. (Visited 36 times, 36 visits today)Commentscomments
October 12, 2017 11:26 UTC
As the National Elections Commission (NEC) gearing up to announce the provisional results of the October 10, 2017, report coming from Nimba County speaks of trouble brewing in District #4 of the County when ballot papers and poll workers were held hostage on grounds, a situation said to creating fears in poll workers. According to a live report from the County on the National Broadcaster, the Liberian Broadcasting System, as a result of this, the report said the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Liberia National Police had to move in. The bid to bring sanity in the affected district, the ERU was able to retrieve some of the voting materials, while the poll workers at still been held hostage. (Visited 69 times, 71 visits today)Commentscomments
October 12, 2017 08:26 UTC
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters conduct special operations to rescue civilians trapped in Raqqa city center and used as human shields by ISIS. Today, SDF special units rescued 100 civilians, most of them women and children, in Nehda and Berid neighborhoods. As clashes continue in the Raqqa city center, SDF special units continue with operations to rescue civilians. The operation to liberate Raqqa launched by the SDF on June 6 continues on its fourth month. Most of the Raqqa city center has come under SDF control.
October 12, 2017 08:03 UTC
By Thomas M. BurtonThe first placebo-controlled study of two vaccines against the Ebola virus found they both successfully created a powerful antibody response for a year, suggesting they both could be tools to save lives in a future epidemic of the deadly disease. The research, by doctors from the U.S. and Liberian governments and elsewhere, was published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study looked at 1,500 patients in Liberia, and took place amid and after the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia from 2014 into 2015. Source: News Now / Wall Street Journal(Visited 5 times, 5 visits today)Commentscomments
October 12, 2017 07:52 UTC
By BFN News |Equatorial Palm Oil’s 50% owned joint venture company, Liberian Palm Developments (LPD), has entered into a loan agreement of up to $30 million with KLK Agro Plantations, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK), for the operations and funding for LPD. The loan will be used to continue to develop the operations of LPD and finalise the construction of the first stage of the new 60 metric tonne palm oil mill being built on Palm Bay estate. Equatorial Palm Oil said the construction of the 60 metric tonnes per hour (mt/hr) palm oil mill at Palm Bay estate is progressing well. Geoffrey Brown, executive director of Equatorial Palm Oil, said: “This funding from KLK Agro will drive our operations into production in the latter part of 2018. The commissioning of the palm oil mill, expected in Q3 2018, will be a very significant milestone not only for the company but also for the communities amongst whom we operate and for the Liberian Government.”Source: News Now(Visited 19 times, 19 visits today)Commentscomments
October 12, 2017 07:07 UTC
Monrovia – The 54th Legislature of Liberia is poised to see several new faces as many incumbents have been shown the exit door by the electorates. J. Fonati Koffa, head of the Special Presidential Task Force, is one of the new faces joining the legislature from Grand Kru County. Liberia’s National Legislature has often been branded as rubber stamp legislature and not doing much to attend to the plights of constituents they represent. Candidate - replacing Hon. Candidate replacing Hon.
October 12, 2017 05:03 UTC
The party’s chairman, Benjamin Sanvee, said they have called on the National Elections Commission (NEC) not to announce any results from the elections until they (LP) have presented their findings to the NEC. But the Liberty Party says should NEC go ahead to announce the results, they will take legal action against the NEC. The Liberty Party isn’t the only party crying wolf on the electoral process; the Alternative National Congress (ANC) and the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) have both expressed similar concerns as the Liberty Party. The angry voters say they want the National Elections Commission (NEC) allow them vote because they have legitimate voter cards. “Thus far, given the environment before, during the polls and sorting process, Liberia is on track to achieving a credible poll,” he said.
October 12, 2017 04:52 UTC
Monrovia –The National Election Commission (NEC) says it has quarantined voting materials from precinct No. The National Elections Commission has launched an inquiry and made a decision to quarantine the materials from the Precinct,” Cllr. Korkoya further disclosed that counting at polling places continued throughout the night. Voting and counting have ended and results sheets posted at polling places. There were some incidents of late opening of polling places.
October 12, 2017 04:30 UTC
Paynesville - Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, in his capacity as Chairman of the ‘One Health Coordinator Platform’ (OHCP) has endorsed the declaration of commitment to institutionalize the one health approach in Liberia. The Declaration of Commitment was signed by representatives of line ministries and agencies at the official launch in June, 2017. The Vice President noted that one of the strategies to get the country to better deal with any major public health event is the institutionalization of the One Health approach in the form of a coordination to productively facilitate the collaboration of multi-sector entities in addressing those public health issues that cannot be solved by a single sector. “This signing of the Declaration of Commitment for One Health Coordination speaks to our Government’s support to this institutionalization process. He further averred that following the Ebola outbreak in 2014 which killed more than 11,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the one health approach was proposed as a strategy to harness the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally and globally to attain an optimal health for people, animals, plants and the environment.
October 12, 2017 04:18 UTC
Monrovia – The Liberia Elections Early Warning and Response Group (LEEWARG) and its partners, are cautioning political parties and supporters to remain calm as the results are being announced and avoid speculations. In the group in a statement read by Ambassador Tunde O. Ajisomo they also called on supporters of political parties to avoid early celebration and look up to the NEC for the official results as announcing unofficial results has the potential to ignite unnecessary tensions during this critical period of it nascent democracy. “Liberia has entered into a very crucial phase of the electoral process, which is the counting, collating, verification and announcement of the results. “We therefore encourage all political parties and the general public to exercise restraint and wait patiently for the declaration of the official results by NEC. LEEWARG also encourages all party supporters and the entire citizenry to remain calm while waiting on the NEC to execute its constitutional mandate.
October 12, 2017 04:07 UTC
The results show that the two test vaccines, cAd3-EBOZ and rVSV-ZEBOV, pose no major safety concerns and can produce immune responses within one month after vaccination that last for at least one year. From February 2 through April 30, 2015, PREVAIL enrolled 1,500 men and women ages 18 and older in the study. One group received one test vaccine, the second group the other test vaccine, and the third group received a placebo (saltwater injection). It was important to include the placebo so that the research team could, compare how well the test vaccines worked. Some participants who received the test vaccines had temporary mild to moderate side effects, including headaches, muscle pain, fever and fatigue.
October 12, 2017 04:07 UTC
On top of that, the running mate to Boakai, J. Emmanuel Nuquay, made Bong County his second home, regularly touring the county and vigorously campaigning. With provisional results in from 82 polling centers from the over 250 polling centers across Bong County, the CDC is ahead of the ruling Unity Party in Bong. Jewel proves supremacy yet againThe good showing of the results clearly means that Senator Taylor is distinguishing herself as the “political face” of Bong County. For many first time voters, they knew little or nothing about the traditional politics or the old history of Bong County politics. Judging from the way the votes are being counted, the CDC performance in Bong indicates that the Taylor’s factor is key to CDC performance in the county.
October 12, 2017 03:56 UTC
Cyrus speaking upon the return of 15 officers from Ivory Coast, told reporters that private security service is an integral part of the country’s security sector. Recently SEGAL graduated 125 security guards in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, who recently completed a month long intensive training in Basic Security Operations at the Liberian National Police Training Academy in Monrovia. He said such a partnership should include the provision of specialized training in other countries for private security guards. He thanked authorities of the Liberia National Police for affording SEGAL security guards the opportunity to benefit from such an intensive training. He also called on the government to allow trained private security guards to handle fire arms at their posts of assignment.
October 12, 2017 03:43 UTC
Gbarnga, Bong County - It is becoming a nasty October 2017 to remember for incumbent lawmakers in Bong County as they are not doing well at the ballot box. Preliminary results gathered from polling centers across Bong County show that five incumbents are losing their seats with others still threading on slippery paths. Out of the seven incumbent lawmakers that contested for their respective seats, only two survived. In electoral district one, the People’s Unification Party candidate Tokpah Mulbah, is trailing to prominent businessman and candidate of the All Liberian Party candidate (ALP), Albert Junior Hills. The October 10 polling results could serve as a huge lesson to incoming lawmakers.
October 12, 2017 03:33 UTC
‘No Result is Official Except from NEC,’ Says KorkoyaThe chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya, has called on the general public to accept only elections results from the NEC. In his first post-election day address yesterday, Korkoya said the NEC will today, October 12, begin announcing official preliminary results of the October 10 Presidential and Legislative elections. “Let me once again admonish everyone that the announcement of official results of the elections is within the power of the NEC. It is the only constituted authority legally allowed to make pronouncements of national elections results,” he said.
October 12, 2017 02:26 UTC