Government Probes Into Shooting of Four Liberians
(MONROVIA, TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014): The Government of Liberia says it has written the Turkish Government seeking explanation on the shooting of four Liberians in the Turkish city of Istanbul by an unknown gunman.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a release on Tuesday said it has sent a diplomatic note to the Turkish embassy near the Ghanaian capital Accra and requested an investigation into the shooting incident by the unknown gunman at a coffe shop located in Sisli Mecediyeko around the Trump Tower in Istanbul.
The four Liberians are Bemore N. Toe, Patience Roberts, Deddeh Simmonds and Blessing Vinton.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been informed by its diplomatic representative in Turkey, Ambassador-at-Large Dr. Anacleto Salciccia that two of the victims have been discharged from hospital while one of the victims, Deddeh Simmonds completed a minor surgery early Tuesday morning.
Mr. Bemore Toe is also expected to undergo surgery hopefully on Wednesday morning at a local hospital in Istanbul. The Ambassador-at-Large said the Turkish Police is investigating in an attempt to bring the shooter to justice.
Special Statement by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on the Ebola Situation in the Country; “There’s No Need for Panic,” She Says
(ROME, ITALY – Saturday, April 05, 2014) Fellow citizens: My trip to Europe was planned well before the Ebola situation evolved. Before I left, I had proper consultations with the Minister of Health and his team. The situation was assessed. We felt that it was well under control; that the health team would continue to brief the nation and be very straight forward on what the situation was.
Since I left the country, I have been briefed everyday by the Minister of Health and his team. I have received information through the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Dr. Edward McClain and through the United States Embassy whom we have contacted to send representatives from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. I received a message from Ambassador [Deborah] Malac that the team should be in Monrovia shortly. Full story...
Statement By Mr. Jerolinmek Piah
Presidential Press Secretary On Comments Made By Mr. Benoni Urey
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Welcome ladies and gentlemen of the press. We have followed a lot of loose comments made by Mr. Benoni Urey, specifically targeted at the presidency.
Our initial thoughts, I must say in all honesty, is that Mr. Urey’s comments reflect serious lack of governance, political ineptitude and naivety on the part of a “political nobody” who has allowed his quest for the presidency to render him mischievous and disingenuous.
Mr. Urey argues that President Sirleaf has no interest in Liberia and its people simply because she departed the country to participate in the 4th EU-Africa Summit at the time an outbreak of Ebola was reported in the country.
If this statement came from just anybody, we would not have been surprise at all; but coming from a man who says he has the desire for the Presidency, we are not only surprised but ashamed of him.
As a person who currently works at the presidency and is intone with presidential activities, duties and functions, let me use this time to provide a little education to Mr. Urey about the presidency.
The presidency, not just of Liberia but all other countries, is an office of government that is not and cannot function as a one-stop-shop. In fact, a President must deal with multiple issues at the same time and does not shut down all other activities of government due to one. When one is President, he or she remains President no matter where he or she is - whether in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Brussels or in any other part of the country. Full statement...
Foreign Ministry Concludes Investigation into Allegations of Rental/Leases Situation at its Belgian Mission
(MONROVIA, FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the conclusion of its investigation into allegations of fraud with rental/leases involving Ambassador Francis Tuan Karpeh and officers at the Embassy of Liberia in Brussels, Belgium.
The investigation, conducted by a 7-member Investigative Committee headed by Ambassador-At-Large Robert Lormia, established that there was no criminal intent nor was there a motive for personal enrichment by Ambassador Francis Tuan Karpeh or other Liberian diplomatic officers in Belgium with respect to leased properties. The Investigation Committee however noted procedural and administrative breaches in the way payments were handled, which it concluded did not conform to accepted accounting standards. Full story...
President Sirleaf Meets with German Chancellor Merkel;
Thanked Germany for its Support to Liberia’s Development Agenda
(BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – Thursday, April 3, 2014) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has thanked the Federal Republic of Germany for its support to Liberia’s development agenda which is benefiting many sectors.
According to a Dispatch from Brussels, Belgium, the Liberian President made the assertion when she and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held fruitful bilateral discussions on the sidelines of the 4th Europe-Africa Summit on Thursday, April 3. Both Heads of State met at the Justus Lipsuis Building, headquarters of the European Union.
President Sirleaf cited Germany’s hosting of the Berlin Partner Conference in 2008, at which time Liberia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) of “Lift Liberia” was endorsed by Liberia’s partners, who subsequently committed significant resources to the achievement of the objectives laid out in the Strategy. Full story...
China Donates US $20,000.00 To Liberian Red Cross To Help Fight Ebola
(MONROVIA, FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014): The Embassy of People’s Republic of China near Monrovia has donated ($ US 20,000.00) twenty thousand United States Dollars on behalf of the China Red Cross Society to the Liberia National Red Society to help strengthen the response to the spread of the Ebola virus in the country.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, the donation was made on Friday, APRIL 4, 2014 at the Chinese Embassy in Congo town.
The deadly Ebola virus was discovered in the West African region from neighboring Guinea and spread over to Liberia and Sierra Leone, killing several victims in the region. At least seven people are said to have died from the Ebola disease since the killer disease was discovered in Liberia two weeks ago.
EDUCATION REFORM IN NIGERIA: THE CASE FOR DEVOLUTION AND DECENTRALIZATION OF AUTHORITY IN THE SYSTEM
There is no gainsaying that education illuminates the path to modernization and consequently to social and economic growth both for the educated individual and society at large.
It has been noted from the Latin root of the word Education, ducere to lead. That education leads out (‘e) – out of our unformed, primitive selves, education civilizes us, prepares us for participation in society, in culture, in public service. Education opens the gates of the world. It provides the exit, the one way out. Full article...
American Non-Profit Organization Transfers "Liberty Finance, LLC" – a Liberian-based Microfinance Banking Institution – to a Team of Local Investors
By: Tom Gitaa
The American Refugee Committee (ARC), based in Minneapolis, has transfer ownership of its Liberian Microfinance Bank, Liberty Finance, LLC to DCRB Investments. DCRB is a company registered in Liberia and includes former members of the Liberian Diaspora in Minnesota now based in Liberia. Sale terms were not disclosed. Full story...
to host this year's July 26 - Liberia's 167th Independence
Day Anniversary Ceremony
The Liberian Community in PA under the auspices of the Liberian Embassy in Washington DC will host this year’s July 26th Independence Day Celebration. This year’s celebration is expected to bring together Liberians and well-wishers from across the United States to the City of Philadelphia and Bensalem. The weekend calendars of events are as follow:
FRIDAY JULY 25, 2014- Welcome Refreshments; followed by an elegant, stylish Miss. Liberia in the U.S. Scholarship Pageant - The Marriott Hotel at Philadelphia International Airport. For ticket info, please call (215) 525-4934 or visit www.missliberia.us.
SATURDAY JULY, 26, 2014 – Tradition Mighty Barrolle vs. Invisible Eleven-IE Soccer Match to be played in the city of Bensalem, Bucks County. In addition to the Main Soccer Event, other activities are also planned. Some of these activities that will take place throughout the day are a LIVE BAND and several Cultural performances. Food and Cultural artifact vendors will also be on sight. The Saturday event will be climaxed by a formal INDEPENDENCE DAY BALL in the City of Philadelphia.
SUNDAY JULY 27, 2014 – Interfaith Thanksgiving Service-Philadelphia
*Participants to this year’s celebration will include: Liberian Embassy Officials, dignitaries, local government officials, and die-hard fans of Mighty Barrolle and Invisible Eleven Sports Association.
Release: Philadelphia Organizing Committee
Sirleaf Appoints Officials to Liberia National Police,
Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation, Ministry of Labor
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA - Thursday, March 27, 2014): President
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appointed the following officials
to the following positions in Government pending confirmation
by the Honorable Liberian Senate, where applicable:
William K. Mulbah - Deputy Director of Police for Administration
Mr. Gregory O. W. Coleman - Commissioner of Police for
Mr. Alex A. Kawah - Deputy Commissioner/Commandant for
Water & Sewer Corporation Board
Rufus S. Berry, II - Member
(Replacing Mrs. Loris Shannon)
Ebenizar Z. Gibson - Assistant Minister for Trade Union
Urges International Community To Assist In The Management
Of The Ebola Epidemic In The Region, Terming The Ebola
A Threat To The Security Of The Region
27, 2014: In the wake of the outbreak of the Ebola Haemorrheagic
fever in the Republic of Guinea, which has reportedly
spread to neighboring Liberia, the Mediation and Security
Council of ECOWAS, comprising Ministers of Foreign Affairs
and Defense of the ECOWAS sub-region, has expressed
deep concern over the outbreak, which it considers a
threat to regional security. Full
Sirleaf Commissions Four Government Officials of Integrity
Institutions; Challenge Them to Fight Corruption without
Fear or Favor
LIBERIA - Wednesday, March 26, 2014) President Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf has commissioned four government officials
of integrity institutions challenging them to fight
corruption without fear of favor.