Ellen Attends Thank You Party Ahead Of AfDB 50th Ann Celebration In Abiidjan


Ambassador Johnny McClain introduces Embassy officials and staff to President Sirleaf

Ambassador Johnny McClain introduces Embassy officials and staff to President Sirleaf

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has arrived in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire to participate in the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group from May 25 to 29, 2015.

Other highpoints of the meetings are the election of the Bank’s 8th President, the commemoration of its 50th Anniversary, and the formal admission of South Sudan as its 54th regional member country and its 80th global member.

The 50th Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank’s Board of Governors and the 41th Meetings of the Board of Governors of the Bank’s concessionary window, the African Development Fund (ADF), signal the Bank Group’s return to its headquarters in Abidjan after more than 11 years in Tunis, Tunisia. The AfDB returned to Abidjan in 2014. Continue reading

Deputy Public Works Minister Demands Quality Rural Roads–Inspects Several Infrastructure, Agric Projects In Southeastern Liberia


Deputy Public Works Minister for Rural Development and Community Services Jackson N. Paye

Deputy Public Works Minister for Rural Development and Community Services Jackson N. Paye

Deputy Public Works Minister for Rural Development and Community Services Jackson N. Paye has insisted that quality rural road network remains a major priority of the infrastructure Ministry and cautioned road contractors to produce nothing but the best.

“The benefits of the better rural roads and bridges to the local population are enormous, and those who build them must do so with high standards for these roads to last longer,” Minister Paye noted recently during an inspectional tour of the Agriculture Sector Rehabilitation Project (ASRP) in southeastern Liberia

Inspecting the projects in Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru and Maryland last week, Paye he was fairly satisfied with most of the Continue reading

Ellen Inspects Progress On Independence Day Projects – Woos Collective Efforts


The Bailey Bridge constructed over the Darbawulor that connects Greenville to Barclayville constructed by the Ministry of Public Works

The Bailey Bridge constructed over the Darbawulor that connects Greenville to Barclayville constructed by the Ministry of Public Works

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is urging citizens of Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties, co-hosts of the 168th Independence Anniversary, to get a little more involved in giving the two capital cities – Greenville and Barclayville – a facelift.

The Liberian leader admonished citizens to clean their yards, cut the high bush growing all around the two cities, and paint their houses. “They all need to join in to do their little part to make the two cities look good,” she pleaded.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the call at the end of her visit to Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties to access the level of progress and preparation for the celebration of this year’s Independence Anniversary scheduled to be co-hosted by the two counties. Continue reading

25 Journalists Undergo WAJA/PUL ‘Gender Sensitive’ Reporting Training In Monrovia


Press Union of Liberia President K Aabdullai  Kamara

Press Union of Liberia President K Abdullai Kamara

Twenty-five journalists, predominantly females, will Monday (May 18) commence a three-day intensive Gender Sensitive Reporting training in Monrovia, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) disclosed Friday in Monrovia.

The PUL is convening the Gender Sensitive Reporting Workshop, on behalf of the West African Journalists Association (WAJA), and the Norwegian Journalists Union, as part of a broader Women Reporting Women Project.

The workshop is a regional initiative, aimed at improving the quality of gender sensitive reporting that seeks to encourage and enhance in-depth analysis and debates on issues concerning women, a statement said.

The training will also  offer skills and knowledge to those who report women issues, but who are not necessarily equipped with the right tools to give a fresh, insightful perspective into subjects such as domestic violence, rape, inheritance, divorce, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, lack of access to education and health and Continue reading

ILGA Report: 76 Countries Declare Same-sex Sexual Acts Illegal– Criminalizing Countries Drop From 92 to 76


Geneva, 13 May 2015 – A few days before the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, ILGA, a human rights advocacy group launches at the Palais des Nations in Geneva the 10th edition of its annual report on State-Sponsored Homophobia, a world survey of laws: criminalisation, protection and recognition of same-sex love, authored this year by Aengus Carroll and Lucas Paoli Itaborahy.

“While in 2006 – said the Authors – 92 countries criminalised same-sex sexual acts between consenting adults, we now see this number falling down to 76 countries in 2015. However, the situation is still unacceptable: more than one-third of the world’s States consider same-sex sexual activity illegal. On the other hand, although 2013 saw an alarming rise in the number of States considering a new wave of criminalisation through “homosexual propaganda” laws, in fact only a small number actually implemented them.” Continue reading

Heralding A New Day At LPRC: The Man, The Challenges & Possibilities For Liberia’s Down Stream Sector


By Jesefu M. Keita,Jr.

 The Man-Sumo Kupee:

Hon. Sumo Kupee, Managing Director Liberia Petroleum Refining Company as of May 2015

Hon. Sumo Kupee, Managing Director Liberia Petroleum Refining Company as of May 2015

Hon. Sumo Kupee is the most recent former Senator of the Food-basket county of Lofa; a position he held for 9 consecutive years providing qualitative representation and leadership for the third populated county in the country. As a son of Zolowo town, Mr. Kupee has been one leader that has remained steadfast in ensuring that peace, tranquility and development take root in LofaCounty since the crisis came to an end a decade ago. In concert with other prominent sons and daughters of Lofa, he has honestly worked in reconciling the people of Lofa County. He has been a champion for various developmental initiatives including poverty eradication, capacity building for young people, humanitarian assistance, and donations to worthy causes among others. Through the ‘Sumo Kupee Humanitarian and Education Foundation’, the New Managing Director at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) has striven to provide humanitarian assistance and educational aid to the people of Liberia in general and citizens of Lofa in particular. Continue reading

Ellen Backtracks On Dismissal Of LIPA Officials


Though she initially booted them out of government, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has directed that the three officials of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) recently dismissed be “temporarily reinstated pending the fulfillment of certain conditions”, the Executive Mansion said Saturday. Continue reading

Giving Back To Alma Mater: Jimmy Jolocon Gets Lab Equipment From Alumnus Trinida Kollie


Partial view of the 2014/2015 senior class members who are excited about the donation in their school's lab

Partial view of the 2014/2015 senior class members who are excited about the donation in their school’s lab

Authorities and students of the Jimmy Jolocon High School in Gardnersvillle are celebrating the donation of a consignment of laboratory equipment that would have cost the school thousands of United States dollars to acquire.

The donation made recently by alumnus Trinida Kollie will help boost the school’s lab and prepare students for national and other exams, officials have said.

Trinida, currently residing and working as a nurse in the United States, was among the school’s 3rd batch of graduates in 1999, and the proprietor of Jimmy Jolocon, Emmanuel Doe Weiah, says he is very surprised by the donation and proud of his school’s product. Continue reading

Ellen Visit To Cote d’Ivoire Strengthens Ties


Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her Ivorian counterpart Ivoirian President Alassane Ouattara spoke on border security and stronger bilateral ties

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her Ivorian counterpart Ivoirian President Alassane Ouattara spoke on border security and stronger bilateral ties

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her Ivorian counterpart Ivoirian President Alassane Ouattara Monday (Apr 26) expressed the desire to organize another meeting of the Joint Council of Chiefs and Elders of border communities of both countries in Guiglo, in July next year.

The meeting is aimed at continuing the dialogue and consultations launched by the two countries in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County two years ago.

In October 2013, several hundred traditional chiefs and elders from bordering communities in Grand Gedeh, Nimba, Maryland and River Gee counties of Liberia, as well as those from Guiglo, Danané, Tabou and Tai of Ivory Coast held a four-day meeting in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County  to improve relationships between and  amongst inter-regional and trans-border groups, Continue reading