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President Weah Issues Executive Order Suspending Tariff on Rice

President George Manneh Weah has with immediate effect suspended tariff on rice, Liberia’s staple food. The President’s action, which is contained in Executive Order #98 issued February 4, 2020, manifests his Government’s commitment to reducing the prices of essential commodities, including rice, as to make them available and affordable on the local market, according to a statement from the President’s office. The Executive Order suspends import tariff on rice as classified under tariff nos. 1006.30.00 (packing of more than 5kg or in bulk); 1006.30.00 (packing at least 5kg); and 1006.40.00 (broken rice) under Revenue Code of Liberia Act 2000. President Weah believes Executive Order 98, as part of exigent measures intended to achieve the desired objectives of easing economic burden on citizens and residents, will…

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Ghana Parliament rejects request to probe Airbus bribery scandal

Parliament has rejected a request to probe the airbus bribery scandal. The request for the probe was made by the Assin South MP, Rev. John Ntim Fordjour, who wanted a full-blown parliamentary inquiry into the matter. “Mr. Speaker, with due regard for the diligent commitment exhibited by President Akufo-Addo in respect of the judgment by the UK and USA courts in relation to the Airbus SE bribery scandal, as demonstrated by promptly charging the Office of the Special Prosecutor to collaborate with its UK counterpart to conduct inquiry into determining the complicity or otherwise of any Ghanaian government official, past or present and to take the necessary action required by Ghanaian law, I, in the spirit of patriotism, do accordingly implore the House to explore…

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US voices alarm over Guinea referendum

Opponents of Guinean President Alpha Conde’s suspected plans to stay in office for a third term rally in the streets of the capital Conakry in January 2020 The United States on Friday voiced alarm over Guinea’s plans to hold a constitutional referendum, which the opposition calls a ploy by President Alpha Conde to stay in power. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who had urged Conde to respect democratic transitions of power when they met in Washington last year, said the United States was “concerned” by plans for the March 1 referendum and legislative elections. “We question whether the process will be free, fair and transparent and accurately reflect the will of all eligible voters,” Pompeo said in a statement. “We urge all parties to engage…

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‘Minamino is an unbelievable addition for Liverpool’ – Gomez hails Reds’ £7.25m new boy

Takumi Minamino is an “unbelievable addition” for Liverpool, says Joe Gomez, with the Japan international expected to make a positive impact at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp moved to further bolster his attacking options when snapping the 25-year-old up from Red Bull Salzburg. He was acquired for just £7.25 million ($10m) as a relatively low release clause in his contract was triggered. Minamino is being eased into life on Merseyside, with the versatile playmaker admitting that he still has plenty of adjusting to do. Gomez, though, believes that he will prove to be a shrewd addition to a squad that has pulled 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League table. The England international told Soccer AM of the newest arrival at Liverpool: “He’s a happy, positive guy. He’s got a…

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“Give Us George Weah,” A Sierra Leonean Speaks on “Leadership Swap”

Out of entrenched bitterness for President George Manneh Weah, some detractors of President George Manneh Weah often choose to say just anything that their wandering minds conceive, as if they needed their mouth to ease the pains of their inward political frustrations. It is perhaps out of this psychological ailment that some folks recently began to parrot with wild gimmicks about making a swap of presidents between Liberia and Sierra Leone, suggesting that the British colony’s present head of state, Maada Bio, would be a better president than Liberia’s George Weah. But before the last echo of such a ridiculous insinuation faded out, a Sierra Leonean rights activist, Sylvester Swaray, rose up to puncture the anti-Weah propaganda. Swaray, a longtime Journalist, who is familiar with…

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Liberia’s First Lady Impressed with Progress at Construction of City of Hope for less fortunate Children

First Lady Clar Marie Weah has expressed delight over the tremendous progress being made at the ongoing construction of the City of Hope project in Marshall, Margibi County. The City of Hope Project, which is being constructed by Mrs. Weah’s Foundation- the Clar Hope Foundation, is a massive facility to serve as a home, school, vocational training and rehabilitation center for less fortunate Liberians. Mrs. Weah said the progressive pace of the construction work made her extremely excited that the dream of building a home to transform the lives of orphans, street girls and disadvantaged youths was being realized. “I’m so happy that the buildings are going up,” said the First Lady in an interview with reporters after touring the project. “It makes me proud…

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1.2 MILLION GALLONS GASOLINE CONSIGNMENT NOW AVAILABLE IN LIBERIA

MONROVIA, LIBERIA– A consignment of 1.2 million gallons of gasoline has arrived into the Country. Commerce Minister, Wilson Tarpeh, told reporters during a press briefing Friday that additional 2.1 million gallons of the product is expected in the coming days. According to Minister Tarpeh, the 1.2 million gallons already in the country plus the additional 2.1 million gallons expected days would supply the market until mid-February. The Commerce Minister reiterated that government remains committed to provide services to the Liberian people. Our reporter who visited several filling stations on Friday said the huge cues of vehicles seen in the past weeks have disappeared with regular supply of gasoline ongoing.

LIBERIAN STUDENT UNION CONFIRMS LIBERIANS STUDYING IN CHINA ARE WELL AND SAFE

MONROVIA, LIBERIA – The President of the Liberian Students Union in China says all Liberians studying in that Country are well and safe. Madam Yamah King said no Liberian student has been affected by the corona virus outbreak in China. Speaking Friday with ELBC via phone from China, Madam King said there are over one hundred Liberian students studying in four Chinese cities considered epic-centers of the Coronavirus, including Wuhan. According to her, the students have food and water but are strictly restricted from moving about. Madam King, however, praised the Liberian Embassy in China for the support and concern it continues to render the Liberian Student Community in China. She said the embassy recently donated one thousand five hundred United States dollars to the…

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Liberia’s Education Authorities Announce New Regulations for Senior High School Graduation

(Monrovia, Liberia, February 1, 2020)-In an effort to strengthen and standardize our educational system of the Republic of Liberia, the Ministry of Education is pleased to announce that all senior high school students must pass ANY THREE (3) subjects in the West African Secondary Schools Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) before they can be allowed to take part in graduation ceremony. Meanwhile, no senior high school authority or administrator should deny any senior student from sitting the West African Secondary Schools Certificate Examinations (WAASSCE), due to tuition arrears or project fees in the school. Note: All public senior high school 12th Graders are urged to attend the Tutorial Classes organized by the Ministry of Education and funded by the Government of Liberia for better performance in the…

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Lawyers Aren’t Supposed To Lie In Court, But Bolton Shows Trump’s Already May Have

WASHINGTON ― Lawyers are not supposed to make false assertions in a courtroom, but President Donald Trump’s legal team has already violated that standard by pushing a claim on the Senate floor disputed by former national security adviser John Bolton’s description of Trump’s hold-up of military aid to Ukraine. “We’re in court,” Trump lawyer Ken Starr told senators Monday. “We’re in democracy’s ultimate court.” If that were actually true, though, Trump’s legal team could face sanctions from the presiding judge for spending much of its argument period on Saturday claiming there was no evidence that Trump had held up the aid in an attempt to coerce Ukraine into announcing an investigation of his political opponent. Barely a day later, published reports revealed that Trump’s former…

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