Monrovia - A young Liberian entrepreneur, Mohamed Pussah, is developing software to improve learning outcomes in schools across the country. Pussah says, when completed, the software will track students and teachers’ performance and enhance integrity and accountability in public schools. He said the software system he’s developing would help track students and teachers in class. The Liberian education system is emerging from a prolonged and brutally destructive period since the end of the civil unrest. The country’s education system is significantly behind most African countries in nearly all education statistics.
March 09, 2018 04:07 UTC
Monrovia - Senator Peter Coleman of Grand Kru County, Chair of the Senate Health, Gender, Children and Social Protection Committee, says survey conducted by health and monitoring entities shows that motorcycle related accidents have increased the level of disability among young people in Liberia. Report by Henry Karmo - This email address is being protected from spambots. “It is hard time we take a more rational approach on this issue. The communications were made to the plenary by Senators Geraldine Doe-Sheriff of Montserrado County and Steve Zargo of Lofa Counties on the decision by the Liberia National police to remove restriction on commercial motorcyclists plying major streets. “These two factors taken together were sufficient reliance to impose the then restrictions.
March 09, 2018 03:56 UTC
Monrovia - Social Organization Society, SOS, has welcomed 19 children into its family homes, as part of development responses to strengthening Liberian families. The children, according to SOS, lack parental care or were at the risk of being vulnerable without parents. The 19 children bring to a total of 117 children at its Monrovia family home. Receiving the Children, SOS Children Village-Liberia Executive Director, Augustine A.K. This, he said, was done through an exercise that qualified them to form part of the SOS Children Village.
March 09, 2018 03:22 UTC
Monrovia - Expelled members of the Unity Party (UP) continue to exert every legal means to ensure that their expulsion by the National Executive Committee of the former ruling party is thrashed. But the expelled UP members rejected the ruling and announced an appeal to the NEC Board of Commissioners. On Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at an appeal hearing before the NEC Board at its Sinkor Headquarters, the expelled UP members arguing through their counsel Cllr. Jonathan Massaquoi stated that the ruling by NEC hearing officer to dismiss their complaint against the party’s executive committee was a reversible error. Massaquoi the party’s executive committee comprises of 65 members and it requires 2/3 majority (42 members) of the membership to take any such decision at the party’s headquarters.
March 09, 2018 03:11 UTC
The adjustment, if approved, will result to a balance budget of US$536.2m, which is consistent with the Public Finance Management (PFM) Act. The austerity measures, according to the Chief Executive, necessitate some changes to address priorities of his government. For the FY2017/2018, the National Legislature approved a budget of US$563.5 to facilitate Government’s operations and undertake needed public sector investments. The approved revenue envelop for FY2017/2018 US$563.5M, representing a 6.1 percent reduction to approved amount of US$600.2M for FY 2016/2017. Use of goods and services projected at US$128.7M out of which US$80.9M was allotted, leaving US$47.9M as balance in appropriation.
March 09, 2018 03:11 UTC
The National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) have confirmed three cases of Lassa Fever in Montserrado and Nimba counties. As of March 7, 2018, no new confirmed Lassa fever cases have been reported, the release said. Since January 1 this year, a total of 28 suspected cases of Lassa fever have been reported across Liberia, including 12 deaths. In recent years, a consistently increasing trend in the number of Lassa fever cases has been observed in Liberia and other countries across West Africa. This includes Nigeria, where an ongoing outbreak has led to 353 confirmed cases, with 78 confirmed and eight probable deaths since January 1, 2018.
However, the Sierra Leoneans interviewed said they were residing in Liberia and recently returned to Sierra Leone to cast their votes in the country’s presidential and general elections on March 7. Authorities at the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) told the Daily Observer on yesterday that the returning Sierra Leoneans did not have travel documents and therefore they could not allow them to enter Liberia. He indicated that those who came did not even have Laissez Passez to even substantiate that they are even Sierra Leoneans. Commissioner Reeves’ version of the incident contradicted social media reports that the Liberian government had closed its borders with Sierra Leone. However, there were reports that between 20 and 50 buses were waiting on the Liberian side of the border to transport the Sierra Leoneans to Monrovia.
The previously approved budget was US$563.5 million. According to the summary from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), the strategy of the adjusted recast budget is to protect essential items, such as compensation, drugs, food, among others. Similarly, there is a 55% cut to travels except for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Legislature, Ministry of State and the Judiciary. “This situation has necessitated a revision of the original approved budget of US$563.5 million to realistically align expenditure with revised revenue projections,” President Weah wrote. The President said the approved revenue envelop for 2017/2018 was US$563.5 million (about 6.1% reduction) to the approved amount of US$600.2 million for 2016/2017 budget.
-Lawmaker wants it turn into tourism CityIn other countries, the capital city of the main political province (county) is equally developed or at least less developed than the country’s capital city and there are visible decentralization in infrastructures. Despite being the seat of the government, Montserrado County’s capital city, Bensonville, which once housed former Liberian Presidents, lies in ruins and appears to have been marginalized. Montserrado County District #1 Representative Lawrence M. Morris told journalists that “he is building a consensus” to get budgetary support to the City of Bensonville, which he hopes to turn into a “Tourism City.” Other cities in Bensonville are Bentol and Croizerville. “Historically, Bensonville is actually the Capital City of the seat of government, which county is Montserrado, and it is marginalized… Bensonville and Careysburg are gateway to Montserrado County. Before his death in 1980, Tolbert had planned to make Bensonville the country’s new capital city.
When I enrolled at D. Twe in the 10th grade in 1980, there were many organizations, including the Science Club, Drama and Debate Club, Bible Club, Press Club, as well as the choir and sports. As God would have it, Mr. Best was in office when I arrived at the Daily Observer office to deliver the note. When she came back out, I was informed that Mr. Best was waiting to see me. Following his pep talk, Mr. Best had me accompany him to the newsroom, where he introduced me to Mr. T. Maxson Teah, then News Editor of the Daily Observer. Test him and let me know whether he has a foundation for development,” Mr. Best instructed.
The Management of Harbel Supermarket has clarified media reports linking it to the Abi Jaoudi Supermarket in Monrovia, noting that it no longer operates the latter. Harbel Supermarket authorities say they have only two branches in Monrovia, Bushrod Island and Gardnersville. Recently, MOCI’s inspector general, Josephine W. A. Davis, busted a chain of expired goods discovered in the warehouses of the Abi Jaoudi Supermarket on Randall Street, Monrovia. According to Ms Davis, the investigation landed the MOCI’s team at the Abi Joaudi Supermarket, where a stockpiled of frozen food, including sausage, chicken, meat, cheese, juices, among others was raided. It was observed that local employees in the warehouse were seen repacking expired goods.
Mr. Berdeh said that ever since the school year started there had been reports of students carrying narcotic substances to their classrooms. Based on those reports, the school’s Administration decided to conduct a surprise search of the various classrooms. “Upon the discovery of these drugs, we immediately contacted the police ‘Crime Services Department (CSD)’ to apprehend the student and carry out further interrogation,” he said. St. Lawrence Catholic School, based in Ganta, is one of the most popular schools, with a student population of about 800. The Crime Services Department of the Liberia National Police (LNP) Ganta Detail, who confirmed the incident say the suspect is undergoing investigation while awaiting court trial.
Ignite your influence and inspiration; they are the greatest assets of your presidency. Mr. President, Liberians the world over are salivating for inspired leadership. Effective leadership is influence and inspiration, assets you have in abundance. The young people of this country will work for free, and the most influential person who can inspire that action is you. It will inspire them to move up to the bigger challenge of going to the schools you promised to develop or revamp.
VP Taylor also reaffirmed her commitment to work with the new county administration to ensure that whatever good the government intends for the country, the county will have her equal and appropriate share to develop itself. According to the release, VP Taylor made the statement recently in Gbarnga at a program marking the induction ceremony of the Superintendent, Esther Walker, who is the county’s third successive female superintendent. “Over the next few years, we will continue to work together to lift not only Bong County, but the whole of Liberia,” VP Taylor said. Walker acknowledged that the locals deserve a better life, assuring them of a cordial working relationship to improve the county. Walker of the Bong Legislative Caucus’ willingness to work with the office of the Vice President to ensure that the county is developed.
The enduring power of using sports used by the International Olympic Committee at that Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea that brought North Korean athletes to join their brothers in South Korea under a united flag cannot be overemphasized. To get my point clear let me give a brief review of the Korean War that lasted from 1950-1953. It was on June 25, 1950, that the Korean War began. Kim, who in the not-so-distant past threatened to annihilate South Korea, invited Moon to visit for talks by letter delivered by his younger sister, Kim Yo Jong. About the author: Journalist Omari Jackson graduated from the International Olympic Committee in Ancient Olympia in 1989 and went to his first Olympiad in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga., United States.
March 09, 2018 02:03 UTC