William V.S. Tubman University Forges Historic Partnership with African American Universities
William V.S. Tubman University (TU) once again steps forward as a leader in innovation. It has entered into a relationship with three historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Howard, Morgan State, and Tuskegee Universities.
Architectural students from these universities arrive in Liberia today, March 7, 2014, for a ten day spring break visit to TU. The young American architects will showcase their creative talents by designing a state of the art, futuristic and innovative learning center where e-books, as well as traditional learning materials will be available to the TU and larger community. The nine students accompanied by three instructors from each institution will be involved in a charette challenge at the TU campus for three days followed by selection of the final/semifinal designs by members of the Liberian Chamber of Architects and Mr. Nathaniel Baker, Architect/Program Advisor. The E-brary will have four wings, with dedication to a student development center, faculty development center, information communication technology center, and the main library. The project is called the Harriet Tubman Centennial Architectural Design Challenge. Full story...
Liberians To Observe Decoration Day
(MONROVIA, MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014): The President of the Republic of Liberia, Her Excellency Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has issued a Proclamation declaring Wednesday, March 12, 2014, as Decoration Day and is to be observed throughout the Republic as a NATIONAL HOLIDAY.
The Proclamation is in consonance with an Act passed on October 24, 1916, by the National Legislature declaring the second Wednesday in March of each year to be known as Decoration Day, and to be observed throughout Liberia as National Holiday.
The observance is in recognition of the nation's past heroes and heroines who have lived and died in the interest of their country.
The Proclamation stated that it is befitting that a day be set aside to celebrate the memory of those blessed dead who have lived and died in the interest of their country, thereby keeping ever alive their deeds and invaluable contributions made to society and the state for onward march to progress.
The proclamation has further ordered that the National Ensign be flown at half –staff from all public buildings, military camps, and private residences from 12:01 Anti meridian to 5:30 post meridian.
Ex-forestry boss arrested for corruption
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The former head of Liberia's state forestry agency has been arrested and indicted for allegedly defrauding the country of millions of dollars by issuing bogus permits that allowed foreign companies to exploit the country's hardwood forests between 2006 and 2012.
Moses Wogbeh, former managing director of the Forestry Development Authority was being held at Monrovia Central Prison Friday night, said Information Minister Lewis Brown, who told The Associated Press that a lawyer for the agency has also been arrested and seven other officials are being sought on the same charges. Full story...
EFFICIENT LOGISTICS SERVICES CLARIFIES LOGISTICS CONTRACT DEAL WITH NEC
MONROVIA FEBRUARY 28, 2014
Efficient Logistics Services, a 100 percent Liberia-owned logistics firm, has responded to recent attacks in the media about its ongoing contract with the National Elections Commission (NEC) that was awarded on January 16th 2014. Recent media reports have suggested that the procurement processes used by the NEC were fraudulent. In so doing these reports have attempted to tarnish the impeccable reputation of Efficient Logistics by implying a form of illegal conspiracy. Efficient Logistics vehemently refutes these allegations and warns the media and other perpetrators that further unsubstantiated allegations may lead to suits for defamation and/or libel. Full story...
President Sirleaf Makes Appointments to LACE, LIBTELCO, LBDI, Investment Commission, Immigration and Naturalization, Drug Enforcement Agency, Ministry of Youth & Sports
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Tuesday, February 25, 2014) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appointed the following officials to positions in Government, pending confirmation hearing where applicable:
Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment
Mr. Peter Z. Kamei – Chairman of the Board of Directors
Liberia Telecommunications Corporation Board of Directors
Cllr. Carlos Smith – Member
(replacing Dr. El Mohamed Sheriff)
Liberia Bank for Development and Investment Board
Mr. Eugene Peabody – Member
(representing Liberian shares)
National Investment Commission
Mr. George G. Wisner – Executive Director. Full story
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President Sirleaf Departs Country on Official Visits to Nigeria and Chad
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Tuesday, February 25, 2014) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf departs the country on Wednesday, February 26, for official visits to Nigeria and Chad.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader’s visit to Abuja is in response to an invitation from Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to attend that country’s Centenary on its amalgamation, scheduled to take place in Abuja on February 27.
Immediately thereafter, President Sirleaf will be travel to N’Djamena, Chad, to chair the Heads of State Committee of the African Union Authority on the African Common Position of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
It may be recalled that last year the Liberian leader was privileged to have been chosen by the United Nations Secretary-General to co-chair a development agenda that would succeed the Millennium Development Goals. Upon the completion of that task, in May 2013, at the Assembly of Heads of State of the African Union, she was again selected to the chair a Committee that would draw up a Common African Position to be adopted into the final Post-2015 Development Agenda.
While President Sirleaf is away from the country, the Honorable Morris Dukuly, Minister of Internal Affairs, will serve as Chairman of the Cabinet in consultation with the Vice President, Dr. Joseph N. Boakai, Sr. She is expected back at the weekend.
President Sirleaf Receives 11-Member Indiana University Delegation;
University of Liberia to Open School of Nursing in September 2014
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Tuesday, February 25, 2014) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has described as rewarding the collaboration between the University of Liberia (UL), Indiana University (IU) and the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Medical Center.
The collaboration between the two universities and the government referral hospital has led to the near completion of a nursing curriculum to be included in the UL academic program that will lead to the establishment of a School of Nursing. Full story...
Liberia – China Sign 13.5 Million Economic & Technical Cooperation Agreement
(MONROVIA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2014): The Governments of the Republic of Liberia and the People's Republic of China have signed an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement for China to provide gratuitous assistance of 13.5 Million United States Dollars (80 Million RMB Yuan) to Liberia aimed at further enhancing the friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries.
Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan signed on behalf of Liberia while Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, H.E. Zhang Yue signed for his government. Full story...
HARRY GREAVES IS FRUSTRATED
By Alfred Wilson
On Friday February 14, the former Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) Harry Greaves speaking as guest on the Sky FM Radio talk show “50/50” made a host of grave allegations against the current management of the LPRC under the stewardship of Managing Director T. Nelson Williams,II, the Board of Directors, three Liberian owned importers; Srimex, Aminata and Conex and even the president of Liberia, Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Full article...
Liberian Stories : Nina Simone's Liberian Life
Think about this: If you're a black American musical star, critically acclaimed but still relegated to performing for audiences of "hip" folks, "in the know", thirtysomething, with a young child and a record of political activism through both song and deed that has begun to make life in your home country uncomfortable, where do you go to find some semblance of peace and home? Many in the U.S might think somewhere in the U.S, or Europe. Nina Simone lived in Barbados, and ended up spending many years in Europe. But in between that, she lived in the oldest republic on the continent of Africa, the Republic of Liberia. Full article...
President Sirleaf Begins Nationwide Tour, Visits Lofa County; Expected to Dedicate Yandohun Mini-Hydro Project
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Monday, February 17, 2014) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf departs the Capital Tuesday for a three-day official visit to Lofa County.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the visit to northwestern Liberia is the beginning of the Liberian leader’s nationwide tour this year. She will visit six of Lofa’s seven districts: Foya, Vahun, Kolahun, Voinjama, Zorzor and Salayea. Details...