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Schiff mauls Cipollone on impeachment trial’s first day

On the first day of the Senate impeachment trial, President Trump’s lawyers were caught off-guard and unprepared. White House counsel Pat Cipollone and a crew of several other lawyers for the president arrived for their first day of the trial, apparently expecting things to start off slowly with sleepy arguments over the rules for the trial. Opening arguments were not expected until Wednesday. Cipollone was granted an hour to speak a few minutes after Chief Justice John Roberts entered the Senate chamber and the trial began in earnest. He used only three of those minutes. He spoke in a halting voice and said little of substance, simply asserting that Trump “has done absolutely nothing wrong.” And then he sat down, yielding the floor to the…

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AGATHA NIMENE BEGS HAT-TRICK…AS LIBERIA WOMEN’S U-20 BEAT GUINEA WOMEN’S U-20

Liberia’s young sensational female football star, Agatha Nimene, scored three times as newly founded Liberia Women’s U-20 defeated visiting Guinea Women’s U-20, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Central Monrovia. Agatha opened her scoring as early as four minutes, when she curled in a set-piece from 28 yards. She added a second eleven minutes later when she converted a penalty after Guinea defender handed the ball in the eighteen box. The Blanco FC goal puncher completed her hat-trick in the fifty-first minute from another penalty following another handball by the Guinean defense. Despite the 3-0 victory for Liberia women, Guinea dominated possession in most part of the match but struggled in their finishing and poor in defense. The game which was a first leg match…

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After Rigorous Vetting Process, Weah Finally Gets his Choice for Agriculture Minister

By J. Lyndon Ponnie It’s almost seven months since President George Weah dismissed his agriculture minister Dr. Mogana Flomo. At the time, he told the Liberian public that he would only name his replacement if he got the rightful and ideal person no matter how long it took. He added that he needed a new minister of agriculture that will make agriculture work for Liberia-food production, with emphasis on the production of the country’s staple food-rice. The Liberian President had earlier promised to tackle, give attention and prioritize the issue of agriculture the same way he is dealing with road connectivity in the country. And after a seven-month search and rigorous vetting process, the former soccer star turned politician, has got his choice for the…

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NEW YORK FEDERAL RESERVE PLEDGES SUPPORT TO LIBERIA CENTRAL BANK

The Head of a five man delegation US International Affairs and Senior Vice President of New York Federal Reserve, Michael Schetzel, has lauded the Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Aloysiou Tarlue for cordial working relationship with the FED. Mr. Schetzel said his institution values the relationship with the CBL and will continue to exert all efforts to enhance the capacity of the Bank. According to a release, the meeting with the US financial delegation was centered on the CBL’s regular operations and administration of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) and its Customer Security Program (CSP) which was recently implemented. In remarks, the CBL Executive Governor, Aloysius Tarlue, underscored the rebranding of the CBL as a binding challenge to restore bank’s…

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Guinea opposition suspends anti-government protests

Guinea has been wracked by protests for months as people take to the streets to try to prevent President Alpha Conde changing the consitution to allow him to serve a third term Guinea’s opposition has announced the suspension of protests against President Alpha Conde’s suspected bid to prolong his rule, after days of demonstrations that left at least three people dead. The National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC), an alliance of opposition groups, raised the stakes last week and called for “huge” and “open-ended” demonstrations. The unrest was sparked by concerns that Conde intends to use a planned constitutional reform to seek a third term in office. But the FNDC said it was “suspending the protests from January 15”, according to a…

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LIBERIAN SENATE SUMMONS FINANCE, FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTERS TO EXPLAIN COUNTRY DEFICIT AT ECOWAS PARLAIMENT

The Liberian Senate has summoned the Ministers of Finance and Foreign Affairs to appear before its Executive Session Tuesday. The Senate’s decision comes in the wake of a report submitted to that body by Liberia’s Representative to the ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Steve Zargo, on the performance of the Country at the sub-regional Parliament. Senator Zargo in his report to the Liberian Senate disclosed that Liberia has a deficit of 5.9 Million United States dollars in the implementation of Community program and levy. Following lengthy deliberations, members of the Senate voted to summon the two Ministries to explain reasons behind underperformance at the ECOWAS. The upper house of the Liberian legislature wants to find out why other member states are performing well and Liberia is still…

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ECO Crisis: Nigeria and other English-speaking countries demand ECOWAS meeting

Nigeria and six other members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Thursday demanded a crucial extraordinary meeting to discuss the controversial renaming of the CFA Franc as ECO by eight of their counterparts. The demand was contained in a communique issued at the end of a meeting by the countries, namely Nigeria, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. On December 21, 2019, the eight French-speaking West African countries announced their decision to dump the French CFA Franc for the ECO single currency scheduled to take off this year. ECO is the name adopted for the common currency of the ECOWAS by the Authority of the Community’s Heads of State and Government at their 55th Ordinary Session in Abuja. The…

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Death Toll from Road Accidents Rises in Ghanaian

Deaths through accidents have been a canker that has bothered Ghanaians over the years. Many people perish on Ghanaian roads year-in-year-out and efforts by successive governments to reduce or eradicate it entirely have failed. And in 2019, it wasn’t a different story as the toll of deaths on the roads increased exponentially, the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) has said. Road crashes claimed 2,284 lives in 2019. This marked a significant increase from 2018 where 2,020 died on Ghana’s roads. The Greater Accra Region had the most road fatalities with 449 followed by the Ashanti Region with 448 deaths and the Eastern Region with 349 deaths. The Upper West Region featured the least deaths with 49 recorded cases. The provisional data did not streamline…

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Pres. Weah Unveils Advent of 2 Investments in Single Day

The President Liberia George Manneh Weah, in brief remarks at the dedication of a state-of-the-art cement production facility in Monrovia disclosed that projections of favorable economic growth for Liberia this year has found expression in the advent of two investments just in a day. “A good day for Liberia today and the Liberian people,” the President broke the good news as he mounted the podium Thursday, January 16, 2020, to deliver a statement minutes before he cut ribbons opening the modern cement factory. “Today, the Liberian economy experienced the launch of two major investments. This shows the level of confidence investors have in our economy and the Liberian Government. The investments launched will greatly impact the Liberian economy and will also provide jobs to thousands…

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SECTION OF 14TH MILITARY HOSPITAL TO BE DEDICATED ON ARMED FORCES DAY IN LIBERIA

MONROVIA, LIBERIA (Daniel Ankrah Reports for ELBC) – The Liberian Government says is expected to dedicate a section of the 14th Military Hospital on celebration of Armed Forces Day on February 11, this year. The Chief of Staff of the AFL Major General Prince C. Johnson said about ninety two percent of the project has been completed. Speaking with ELBC Thursday, Major General Johnson disclosed that the Outpatient Department is the section of the Hospital that will be dedicated on Armed Forces Day this year. It can be recalled that sometimes ago, President George Manneh Weah broke grounds for the construction of a 200-bedroom military hospital. The hospital is currently being constructed by the engineering battalion of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).

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

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