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No Oil! COPL To Re-Evaluate After Liberia Well Fails

Drill testing at Mesurado-1 well failed to find any hydrocarbons and will now be plugged and abandoned. The exploration well is located some 50 miles off the coast of Liberia. In a statement released recently, Canadian Overseas Petroleum Limited (COPL) said it has to take stock after drilling results from its highly-anticipated exploration well offshore Liberia disappointed. The recent drill tests carried out at the Mesurado-1 well by owner and oil super major ExxonMobil failed to find any hydrocarbons. The well, which sits in the LB-13 Block, will be plugged and abandoned, with no further logging operations conducted, the statement pointed out. “We are naturally disappointed by the lack of hydrocarbons in the targeted reservoir sands in the Mesurado-1 well,” said COPL chief executive Arthur…

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Single Biometric Identity Card for ECOWAS Citizens

ECOWAS has adopted a single biometric identity card regime. At the 50th Ordinary Session of the Authority and Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, in Abuja on Saturday, the leaders said the identity card regime will facilitate the free movement of citizens of the sub region. President Muhammadu Buhari commended member countries of the ECOWAS for adopting the single biometric identity card. The Nigerian leader indicated that the single biometric identity card would also facilitate the establishment of a single currency in the sub-region. He pointed out that considerable progress had also been achieved  in the areas of industrial policy, mineral exploitation, agriculture, environment, infrastructure, telecommunications and energy. The Nigerian President also disclosed that  the subregional organization has put in place a coordinated capacity…

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Garbage Consumes Upper Pipeline Community

By Deltin Dorley  The community chairman of the Upper Pipeline Community in Paynesville City has called on the government to stop the dumping of dirt in the community. The area is being used as central duping site; and Mr. Partrick T. Gayflor told this paper in an exclusive interview that the garbage was damaging the health of the residents. Mr. Gayflor said the community is being used to dump dirt collected from the Red Light market and other areas. We are suffering from the pollution caused by the garbage here; Mr. Gayflor said adding that government must stop this kind of practice. Mr. Gayflor stated that it’s not just the pollution being caused by the stockpile of garbage but the road block as well. He…

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Med View Airline Begins Flights To Liberia

Med-View Airline, a private Nigerian aviation firm, will today launch its maiden flight from Lagos, Nigeria to the Roberts International Airport (RIA), Liberia. The airline will be operating a regular flight to Accra (Ghana), Monrovia (Liberia) and Freetown (Sierra Leone). In a letter to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, also Chairperson of ECOWAS, the Management of Med-View Airline says the historic arrival of its maiden flight Number VL0203 is part of its efforts to support the President’s agenda of facilitating free movement of trade and services within the ECOWAS region. “Madam President, we are very delighted with your sterling and inspiring leadership both at the national and international levels. Indeed, we are pleased that you have introduced vigor and dynamism to the activities of ECOWAS, and…

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Gambia’s Jammeh to be ‘rebel leader’ if clings to power: opposition

Banjul (Gambia) (AFP) – Gambian President Yahya Jammeh will effectively become a “rebel leader” if he fails to leave office at the end of his mandate in January, the nation’s government-in-waiting said Sunday. Halifa Sallah, a spokesman for the opposition coalition that spurred president-elect Adama Barrow to victory over Jammeh in a December 1 poll, said the longtime leader had no constitutional mandate to remain in office beyond January. “Any president who loses constitutional legitimacy becomes a rebel,” Sallah said. “Anybody who is a military officer or civil servant who refuses to be under another constitutional authority obviously would also become a rebel,” he added. The Gambia’s top brass have flip-flopped over whether they will remain loyal to Jammeh, drawing warnings from the international community.…

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Dealing With The Razzmatazz And Euphoria of Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant

By Martin K. N. Kollie National Debates must be characterized by Patriotism, Sincerity and Substance. We must hold our leaders accountable by what they say they will do for the people. We must never run away from speaking the truth even if it hurts. The debate surrounding Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant is becoming increasingly interesting and I thought to weigh in from where I sit. This is just an initial analysis, but I shall endeavor to publish a full column of my thoughts in due course. Liberia is a functionally illiterate society besieged by mediocrity, self-pity, neglect and penury. Every small development in Liberia appears like a discovery of diamond mine or a deposit of gold, even if it is overdue. This is what happens…

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Christine Lagarde: IMF chief convicted over payout

French court has found International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde guilty of negligence but did not hand down any punishment. As French finance minister in 2008, she approved an award of €404m ($429m; £340m) to businessman Bernard Tapie for the disputed sale of a firm. Lagarde, who always denied wrongdoing, was not present in court, having left France for Washington. The IMF board is to meet “shortly” to consider the latest developments. On Friday, Lagarde told the trial she had always acted in good faith. Verdicts of the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR) are not subject to appeal, French media say. Nonetheless, Lagarde’s lawyer said his team would consider appealing, Reuters news agency reports. Lagarde replaced Dominique Strauss-Kahn as IMF managing director in…

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Aki and Pawpaw are no longer on talking terms

For sometime now, there have been worries and concerns that one of the biggest brands in Nollywood, the Aki and Pawpaw brand, may be running its last course as the brand we used to know. There have been speculations that all is not well between the two diminutive figures who many earlier thought are twin brothers, but who are in fact colleagues destiny and fortune brought together. According to rumours, problem started between them when one of them, Aki, Chinedu Ikedieze, got married and reportedly asked his performing partner, Osita Iheme, Pawpaw to vacate the flat they shared together for him and his wife. This, according to reports, put a strain on their relationship. This report got so popular that the duo had to say…

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The-Dream Thinks Jay Z Should Meet With Donald Trump

The-Dream thinks Jay Z should open his schedule to meet with Donald Trump. In an interview with the Associated Press, the 39-year-old producer showed support for Kanye West’s visit with the president-elect and explained why he wants others to do the same. “Jay Z should go next,” he declared. “Everybody should so you can come back and report to us and let us know what’s going on. We need briefings, too.” According to the Radio Killah Records founder, Yeezy will be sharing the details of his Trump meeting — at some point. “Eventually, ‘Ye is going to tell — whatever that is,” he predicted. “And we know ‘Ye is blacker than black. You cannot not go and see him. You can’t. It’s the same thing…

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Protest Against High Taxes

Hundreds of Marketers from the Waterside market joined dozens of custom brokers, users and other clearing personnel at the Freeport of Monrovia to demonstrate against what they called, “Government cruelty and anti-people” stance against the poor people of Liberia. The demonstrators, who gathered at the front gates of the Freeport of Monrovia, were joined by others to protest against “Hash government tax regime”. They told newsmen that government tax policies were anti-people. Some of the protesters told this paper yesterday at the Freeport that hundreds of containers with goods are stranded at the port due to heavy taxes. We bring our goods for sale for the Christmas, but huge taxes placed on them have restrained us from clearing them, said one demonstrator. He revealed that…

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

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