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BONG CITIZENS CRITICIZE ‘FIND’ FOR PROTECTING ‘ZOGOS’

By Patrick S. Tokpah The Foundation for International Dignity, FIND in collaboration with the New Life Foundation has safely removed vulnerable youths commonly called “Zogos” occupying the Methodist Mission compound and burned the area. The Foundation for International Dignity (FIND) is a pro-democracy and human Rights organization working to promote peace, good governance, the rule of law and access to justice in Liberia. FIND was established in 2002 as a regional organization to respond to the growing human rights concerns of Liberian refugees. The organization later registered in Liberia as a non-for-profit national organization in October, 2003 following the end of the civil war in the Country. In an interview with reporters following the exercise, FIND’s Acting Executive Director, Aaron GV Juaquellie said the action…

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PRESIDENT WEAH CREDITS UN FOR ’16 YEARS OF UNBROKEN PEACE’ OUTLINES PLAN TO REDUCE POVERTY, BOOST GROWTH

“Liberia is a UN success story”, President George Manneh Weah told the annual United Nations high-level general debate in New York on Wednesday. “After being devastated by a brutal civil conflict that lasted for 14 years, peace was restored and maintained by what was then the largest peacekeeping force in the history of this Organization”, he explained. “Under the auspices of the UNMIL [UN Mission in Liberia] peacekeepers, Liberians enjoyed 16 years of unbroken peace”. President Weah explained that when the peacekeeping force withdrew two years ago, the Government stepped up to maintain the peace. “However,” he said, “long after the guns have been silenced, the survivors have to live with the collateral damage of the war-wounded, the shattered families, the displaced populations, the resettlement…

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MCA-L SPONSORS TRAINING OF LWSC STAFF IN MANAGING CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS

The Millennium Challenge Account-Liberia (MCA-L) has sponsored the training of 27 persons in administering contracts associated with construction projects. Eighteen of the trainees were managers, engineers, technicians, and others from the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC). The training was conducted by the firm of Nicholas O’Dwyer Ltd., the Ireland-based consulting engineering firm hired by MCA-L to supervise the ongoing reconstruction of the raw water pipeline, from Mt. Coffee Hydropower Plant (MCHPP) to White Plains Water Treatment Plant (WTP). During the training, trainees received guidance on the characteristics of standardized contracts designed by the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (known by their French acronym FIDIC). These standardized contracts are used for construction projects funded by major donor agencies, such as the World Bank and other…

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HOSPITAL PATIENTS TURNED AWAY AS MEDICAL STRIKE BITES

A medical workers’ strike in Liberia has paralyzed the country’s already faltering health care system, leaving its biggest hospitals in disarray and thousands of patients without care. Government doctors, nurses and other staff are protesting against low wages, delayed payments and poor working conditions that include shortages of crucial equipment and regular electricity blackouts. Liberia, one of the world’s poorest countries where most people live without reliable access to electricity and clean water, suffered from a 2013-16 Ebola outbreak that killed more than 4,800 people, including more than 150 healthcare workers. “We are sitting and our children are sick, and they told us not to enter the gate,” said Gifty Harris, a young mother sitting against a wall with her baby on her lap outside…

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LONESTARCELL CHARGED FOR TAX EVASION, BRIBERY AND FRAUD

Lonestar Communications Corporation (LCC­­­­), Liberia’s only mobile phone service provider from 2000 to 2004, allegedly committed an array of economic crimes including tax evasion, bribery and telecommunications fraud, according to the final report of the Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). In its report, the TRC revealed that LCC was owned by two corporations-Investcom Global Limited, a Lebanese corporation, that owned 60 per cent of LCC, and PLC Limited, a corporation allegedly owned jointly by Charles Taylor, and Benoni Urey and Emmanuel Shaw II, two of Taylor’s financial advisors. TRC further revealed that because Liberia has no functioning, land-based telephone system, LCC greatly profited from its status as the only company in the telecommunications sector. In 1999, PLC Limited obtained an exclusive license to operate…

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LIBERIA BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT FORUM OPENS IN US

A Liberia Business and Investment Forum (LBIF) is taking place in the United States. The Embassy of the Republic of Liberia in Washington, DC, in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Liberia to the United Nations, Consulate General in New York, Consulates in Minnesota and Georgia, and the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA), are holding the Inaugural Liberia Business & Investment Forum. Under the title, “Prosperity Through Trade and Development”, is taking place at the New York Marriott Marquis, The purpose of the Liberian Business & Investment Forum according to organizers is to encourage private sector investment in Liberia, and also increase trade and commerce between Liberia and the United States. The Forum which includes a Plenary Session and…

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“The State of our Nation is Strong and Stable,” President Weah Declares

Monrovia, Liberia – Performing the sacred responsibilities bequeathed upon him by the Constitution, which is to give the administration’s legislative and administrative reports annually, President George Manneh Weah Monday, January 28, 2019 declared that the state of the nation was strong and stable.

Liberia’s eco-vigilantes score arresting success in struggle to end illegal fishing

For years, Liberia fought a losing battle against the foreign vessels plundering its coastline. Then a bold new  pproach sent fines – and arrests – soaring Members of Liberia’s coastguard board a ship suspected of fishing illegally in the country’s waters. Photograph: Nicole Schafer/Sea Shepherd

Hunting for an Elephant in a Town Square-The Case of LoneStar/MTN in Network Hacking Saga

-A Paragon Consultants’ Candid Observation Background There has been quite uneasiness in the Liberian GSM sector when news broke that a British young man had allegedly hacked the Lone Star mobile phone network in Liberia. The self-taught hacker, Daniel Kaye, otherwise called Spiderman, claimed he was paid £30,000 to knockout the entire network of Lonestarcell between October 2016 and February 2017. The victim impact statement presented at the British Court by the former CEO of Lonestar claimed US$70 Million in losses as a result of the 3 attacks carried out by the British man.

President Weah Reaffirms Support To Free Speech and Media Freedom as he Celebrates One Year In office

The President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, has avowed his Government’s continued commitment to the sustenance of peace, free speech and media freedom. He indicated that the enjoyment of press freedom and free speech by Liberians and those within the borders of Liberia is critical to lasting peace and development.

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All Liberia Party Standard Bearer Benoni Urey speaking to media executives at his residence in Careysburg.

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