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Liberty Speaks On Difficulties in Clearing Goods From Freeport

Liberty Party is concerned about the increasing difficulties being faced by business owners in clearing their goods from the Freeport of Monrovia and is urging the Government of Liberia to pay keen immediate attention to the plight of the business people concerned; majority of whom are middle-class Liberians who try to make life in the private sector. We are informed that BIVAC is doing inspection on Containers that have already been inspected from where these business owners did their purchases. As per the Contract between the Liberian Government and BIVAC, pre-inspection is conducted at the port of embarkment so as to save business people the headache of inspection of goods during clearance from the Freeport of Monrovia. Contrary to the Contract mentioned between the Liberian…

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Fearing the Charles Taylor Replay

Gambia President Yahya Jammeh, who was defeated in a presidential election almost three weeks ago, fears he may be arrested and prosecuted for several cases of human rights violations during his 22-year reign. Concord Times’ Lyndon Ponnie, from Accra, Ghana reports that top diplomatic sources in the sub-regional organization, ECOWAS have hinted that fear of being prosecuted by Gambia’s incoming president Adama Borrow propelled Jammeh’s U-turn on the election result. Top ECOWAS sources who attended the just ended Ghana presidential and general elections told this paper that President Jammeh believes that his successor will charge and prosecute him for accesses during his rule, and that one way to avoid this is by rejecting an election result that he earlier accepted. According to our sources, taking…

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More than 1,000 Russian athletes involved in state-sponsored doping scheme, second part of McLaren Report claims

By Liam Morgan at the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel More than 1,000 athletes across summer, winter and Paralympic sports were involved in a widespread state-sponsored doping system in Russia akin to an “institutional conspiracy”, Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren has claimed when delivering the second part of his report here today. This includes at least a total of 600 summer athletes and 95 winter athletes, the report revealed. Medalists from London 2012, the 2013 Universiade in Kazan, the 2013 World Athletics Championships and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics were implicated, according to McLaren, although no names were given. The report featured evidence of the tampering of samples of 12 medallists from Sochi, four of which won gold. Six winners of 21 medals at the Winter…

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OPG Summit Opened in Paris with Calls for greater Government Openness

(Paris, France-December 7, 2016)The President of the French Republic, Francois Hollande has officially opened the 4th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 in Paris with over a dozen heads of state, thousands of civil society leaders and other high-level government reformers calling for greater openness in government to serve as a countervailing force to rising authoritarianism and receding civic space in many parts of the world. President Hollande, who is the current OGP government co-chair and summit host, opened the summit by reminding guests of the current global geopolitical backdrop. He called on civil society everywhere to demand more transparency, more consultation by rejecting corruption and fraud in government. The French President said citizens the world over are demonstrating their…

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President Sirleaf Consoles President Barack Obama

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of condolence to the President of the United States of America, His Excellency Mr. Barack Obama, following the death of 36 persons and the injury of many more in a fire disaster in California recently. On Friday, December 2, the tragedy occurred when fire broke out during an electronic dance party, killing dozens who could not escape from the dilapidated two-storey warehouse, known locally as the Ghost Ship in Oakland, California. According to a Foreign Ministry release, President Sirleaf, in her message to her United States of America counterpart, said, “The people of Liberia join me in extending to you and the people of the United States, especially the families of the victims, deepest condolences for this…

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Jerry Rawlings’ Daughter wins Parliamentary seat in Ghana

Dr. Ezanetor Rawlings, daughter of former Ghanaian president John Jerry Rawlings has won the parliamentary seat for Klottey-Korley Constituency of the Greater Accra Region on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). Dr. Rawlings won the NDC primaries in November and was helped in her national campaign by her father, former president Jerry John Rawlings to win KlotteyKorley Constituency. Her mother, the wife of JJ Rawlings ran as independent presidential candidate but has lost, report by Lyndon Ponnie in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.

European Union Announces Support for Liberian Prisoners

As the world celebrates International Human Rights Day, the European Union Delegation to Liberia has announced support for two new projects to improve conditions in prisons in Liberia funded through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). Speaking about the decision to fund these projects, European Union Ambassador Tiina Intelmann said “Human rights apply to everyone, including prisoners. For the European Union, standing up for someone’s rights means not just speaking out, but taking action to change things. Permanent solutions to the challenges facing Liberia’s criminal justice system will take time, but the European Union believes there are practical steps that can be taken now to improve conditions for prisoners.” The projects, which will start in January, will cover six counties. One project…

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CBL issues new regulations on money transfers

The Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has issued a new regulation governing inward personal remittances received via money transfer institutions from abroad. Under the regulation, payments of money transferred or money sent from abroad to a recipient in Liberia will now be made both in Liberian and United States dollars respectively. Accordingly, recipients of money transfers sent from abroad will be paid 25 percent in Liberian Dollars and 75 percent in United States Dollars. The Liberian dollars payment will be made at the CBL published selling exchange rate prevailing on the date of the payment of the transfer to the recipient. The exchange rate shall be conspicuously displayed on the premises of the financial institutions.

NANA AKUFO ADDO-PRESIDENT ELECT OF GHANA

Wind of Change Blows Away Ghana’s President -As Election Commission Releases Final results NPP Standard bearer and President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo Nana AkofuAddo of the opposition New Patriotic Party in Ghana obtained 53.61% to win that West African nation presidential election. The incumbent John Dramani Mahama got 44.66%, being the second sitting African leader in recent weeks to lose to an opposition. The president called his opponent to concede defeat, wishing him well in his new position. The New Patriotic Party (NPP) standard bearer had claimed victory earlier the day before. Polling took place on Wednesday December 7. Concord Times editor, Lyndon Ponnie in Accra, Ghana reports that delay by the electoral commission to announce the final result nearly caused chaos in the country. There was…

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Liberia’s Amos Sawyer Heads West African Community Observers To Ghana’s Elections

Former Liberia Interim President Dr. Amos Sawyer is heading an ECOWAS 49-member observer mission to Ghana’s presidential and general elections. The elections are slated for Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Dr. Sawyer was head of the Interim Government of National Unity (IGNU). The observer mission will ascertain whether the elections are free, transparent and credible. It comprises 80 short-term observers and 14 long-term observers. The short-term observers, drawn from all ECOWAS member States except for Ghana, and the ECOWAS Parliament, also includes members of the civil society, representatives of electoral commissions in West African nations, ambassadors of Member States accredited to the ECOWAS, and observers from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping and Training Centre. The observers will be support by a technical team from the ECOWAS…

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

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