Lofa’s SAC FC Qualifies, Two to Go

first_imgLofa County’s lone and struggling 3rd division outfit, SAC FC, has unexpectedly crossed over to the 2nd division after a 2-2 pulsating draw against Rivercess County’s Paye FC on Monday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.The green-and-blue boys in the opener on Thursday, 1 May, downed Joy Conquerors from Montserrado County, 3-2.The Lofa boys qualified with four points out of two games from a three-member team in Group A.Joy Conquerors FC sits second on Group A log with three points, while Paye FC has one point.The Montserrado boys (Joy Conquerors) suffered their first defeat in the opener against SAC FC, 3-2 and convincingly whipped Paye FC 4-1 over the weekend.In Group B’s battle, a decider match between No Bad Day FC of Montserrado County and Mighty Dragon FC from Bong County was on up to press time yesterday. Both teams shared six points, but a draw from the Montserrado could qualify, while the Kpatewe Boys need a win.Young Pro-G FC and Grandcess FC, a game which is a mere mockery, would climax the day.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘We Have Fallen far Behind’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said conditions surrounding the country’s recovery process have caused Liberians to fall far behind.Addressing the nation on the state of the economy on Wednesday May 28, President Sirleaf stated the difficulties in the recovery process have been a result of constraints on the part of government to prioritize everything at the same time.“Our continued post-conflict recovery process is of such that we must continue to do everything at the same time,” she said.The Liberian leader likened the post-conflict recovery process to driving an old bus while at the same time repairing its many deficient and dysfunctional parts.“As we know, for the past years our bus has been parked, some of the parts have gotten rusty, some are unusable, and many of our people were left stranded and abandoned on the sides of the road. From opportunity to morality, our children, and in many respects ourselves, have fallen too far behind,” President Sirleaf stated.This statement is, however, in sharp contrast with several comments made earlier that the country has now been placed on the right trajectory for economic growth and infrastructural development. Efforts have, however, been made to restore the country’s damage infrastructures, power, roads, ports and other facilities.The Liberian economy is reported to have been experiencing robust growth of seven percent annually for the past six years. There have been indications that this is the highest on the African continent during this period. But amidst the barrage of praises for the level at which the economy is reportedly growing, poverty continues to affect many citizens, as many producers are even unable to access the market with their products due to bad roads; the absence of affordable electricity has tightened profit margins for most businesses.Complaints continue to mount that the economy is not adequately impacting the lives of ordinary Liberians.Many have voiced their suspicions that these purported growth rates are unrealistic and only meant to boost the image of the country outside. At the same time, others argue that the attraction of about US$16 billion, which brings to the fore multinationals such as ArcelorMittal , China Union and others, are serving as backing to this “reality.”President Sirleaf even said the Liberian economy remains “fundamentally strong”, in the midst of hiking prices of commodities, a skyrocketing foreign exchange rate between the United States and Liberia dollars and a stressful banking sector. She blamed the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) for lack of coordination, which she said is the cause of most of the economy’s problems.She was quick to promise robust pending actions, however, to ensure that the economy is restored to its core standard.“This is why the engine is up and running, we must keep moving forward – determined to always give our collective best to close the gap between where we are and where we know we can be.”“This also is why all Liberians are right to be concerned that the engine of our bus must keep beating. This engine is the economy. To keep us moving forward, the economy must keep working by our people and for all our people,” she stressed.According to the President, the only way to open new doors of opportunity for Liberians is to expand the space for increased participation of Liberians, and to break down the walls of monopolies so that more people can continue to benefit from quality services at affordable prices.She indicated that in terms of national economies, no country is an island. “On our own, we cannot build all of our roads, pave all of our streets, rebuild all of our schools and hospitals, secure our borders, and make ourselves feel entirely safe. On our own, we cannot meet all of our needs. Certainly so, the government – indeed no government on the face of this earth – can employ all of its citizens.”President Sirleaf said this is why all Liberians have determined and agreed that by the year 2030, most of the population should have climbed up from poverty to prosperity.“It therefore means that each of us -– government and private sector, civil society and non-governmental organizations, legislators and judges, community leaders and the media, students   and   workers — each   of   us, without   necessarily compromising the demands of our individual callings, continue to act in ways to ensure that more Liberians are able to work and earn a decent living,” she said.The Liberian leader furthered: “It means that more Liberians must not just wait for a government job but be empowered to own their own businesses and employ others. It means more Liberians must be able to pay their bills, send their children to school, care for their families, and travel if they desire, retire with dignity, and treat themselves with some of the nicer things that life has to offer.”“It means that our society must become one in which all Liberians – males and females, young and old, Christians and Muslims, abled and disabled – can all make it, if they are willing to try. Yes, this is possible.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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UNFPA Donates Vehicle to Youth & Sports

first_imgIn support of youth development and women activities in particular, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has donated a new vehicle to the Ministry of Youth and Sports in support of empowering young people in the country.During the handing over yesterday at the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Monrovia, Dr. Remi Sogunro, Officer-in-charge of UNFPA, explained that the youth of today are the leaders of today and also the leaders of tomorrow and it is important to help to empower them.Dr. Sogunro indicated that majority of the people that organizations both local and international continue to work with in Liberia are youth and this is due to the potential embedded in them.“We know many of them continue to be committed to doing their work and believe that all of us can work together to ensure that Liberia has the kind of leaders that we want. As long as these young people understand the issues around sexual and reproductive health, they will be more responsible, gain access to education and they will have good employment,” he added.  According to him, if the young people have all the best education and training, they will serve as pilots of Liberia’s economy and ensure that things are moving in the right direction.“Yesterday was the World Population Report Day, but due to the Ebola situation in Liberia, we were unable to celebrate it in Liberia. We hope that you will use the Report not only today but also tomorrow.  We pledge to give you more support.”The focus of the World Population Report is on youth and adolescents. “It is remarkable that we are here today at the Ministry of Youth and Sports to provide this support to you in helping empower young people.”In his remarks, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Len Eugene Nagbe, expressed appreciation to UNFPA for the vehicle and for its many contributions to the Ministry during the past seven years.The Minister further stressed that UNFPA has been a very strong partner to the Ministry in promoting and implementing programs that help to develop young people, including funding provided for the national youth policy and the adolescent girls initiatives.    Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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No fairness involved in the process

first_imgDear Editor,With respect to the controversial appointment of Roxanne Myers as Deputy Chief Elections Officer (DCEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), I’ve noticed that the defence has shifted its argument to one of academic superiority.This position – like the earlier one about merit – cannot hold sway, as neither candidate received their degree from an institution that is top-rated. In fact, an online search revealed that the UN mandated University for Peace from which Myers obtained her Master’s degree is ranked 3756 by Ranking Web of Universities online (See http://www.webometrics.info/en).The same site ranks the Anglia Ruskin University from which Vishnu Persaud obtained his Masters at 1178.This brings me back to the view of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who was quoted as saying that the issue at hand has more to do with the absence of fairness in the entire process – a position I agree with.Mr Persaud met all the advertised criteria. He has a post graduate degree, qualification in elections management, experience in the management of national elections, and much more. He is therefore the ‘superior’, ‘fit and proper’ candidate. In spite of this, he was sidelined in favour of Myers, whose social media-adumbrated, partisan political views disqualify her from holding such a sensitive position.Further, what makes the process even more questionable is the fact that Myers’s chief defender, Commissioner Vincent Alexander, neglects to disclose their teacher-student relationship at the University of Guyana.Clearly, this shows that there was no fairness involved in the process; and that persons, in spite of their experience and qualifications, are being sidestepped in preference for handpicked supporters of the APNU/AFC.Regards,Attiya Bakshlast_img read more

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Really, Mr Nagamootoo?

first_imgDear Editor,Responding to the suggestion by Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, that Guyana should ask for an international agency to take over the running of the local government elections, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said an “international agency running local elections would be an insult to Guyana”. Really, Mr Nagamootoo?While I certainly do not support Mr Jagdeo’s idea, the Prime Minister’s statement is the real insult – an insult to the intelligence of the people of this country.Where was Mr Nagamootoo when, in 2015, at the last general elections, the representatives of the so-called ABC countries were busily administering the elections to shape the outcome?Based on his utterance, Mr Nagamootoo would certainly believe it to be an insult to Guyana if foreign agencies and governments constantly interfere in our internal affairs. Well, then unfortunately, Mr Nagamootoo, we stand insulted. The coalition Government that you represent takes constant direction from the ABC countries and their agencies. This is what ensures that the APNU+AFC coalition will remain in place. Who better to manage our much-vaunted flag and anthem so-called independence?If it were up to us, the people…well, it would be a different story!Sincerely,Gerald A Perreiralast_img read more

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Guyanese woman, daughter murdered in Suriname

first_imgA Guyanese woman and her 10-year-old daughter were on Tuesday last found dead in their apartment in NieuwThe house in which the mother and daughter were found deadAmsterdam, a village in District Commewijne, Suriname.The duo hailed from Sparta Village, Essequibo Coast, Guyana. Dead are 37-year-old Leelawattie Sookhoo and her daughter, Tisha Ahiram. According to reports, the discovery was made on May 24 after Police in Suriname received a report that the woman’s boyfriend who was supposed to be at work did not show up.When the Police arrived at the house to check for the man, they found that the front door of the building was locked with a padlock and thought that something was amiss.They subsequently broke the padlock and entered only to find the woman lying on the ground with a cord around her neck, while the child was on the bed in a semi nude state.Surinamese law enforcement officers have launched an investigation into the double homicide.Guyana Times understands that the area where the woman lived with her children is known as a fishing area where many Guyanese reside. Nandranie Ahiram, a former mother-in-law of the dead woman, told Guyana Times that they received the dreadful news on Tuesday morning.She noted that the now dead woman was married to her son, but they separated a few years ago after she befriended the man she lived with up to the time of her demise.The former mother-in-law added that the mother of five returned to Guyana last December with her daughter, but despite the fact that one of her four sons begged her to reconcile the relationship with his father, she refused. She went back in January with her daughter, but her four sons remained with their father. She has no other relatives in Suriname, the former mother-in-law related.She noted that her son was devastated by the death of his 10-year-old daughter. Arrangements are being made for a member of the family to travel to Suriname to attend the funeral. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

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NIDO Reacts to Media Report

first_imgA group of Nigerians living in Liberia has condemned a recent publication by a local paper, which quoted “prominent Nigerians” residing in Liberia as calling on their country’s government to recall its ambassador from Liberia.The Nigerians under the banner, Nigerians In Diaspora Organization (NIDO) told the Observer that at no time did any “prominent Nigerian” residing in Liberia urged or called on their country’s government to recall their Ambassador from Liberia.“This information is false and misleading and does not reflect the true sentiments of the real prominent Nigerians in Liberia, who applaud Her Excellency Chigozie F. Obi-Nnadozie for her excellent work. Our embassy now wears a dignified new look and we now have a professional representation of Nigeria and Nigerians in Liberia.”NIDO said the authors of the newspaper’s article are confused individuals. NIDO also stated that a purported group, who calls themselves Nigerian Descendants or Naturalized Liberians, was the one soiling Nigeria’s image in Liberia.NIDO has called on all Nigerian citizens in Liberia to get wise and ignore “the antics of these charlatans.”NIDO is a recognized non for-profit making organization, representing Nigerian citizens in Liberia. One of its core values is to encourage Nigerians living in Liberia to be law abiding citizens and good representatives of Nigeria.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Senators Emerge Tight-lipped, Stone-faced after 2-hour Executive Session

first_imgLawmakers are not taking kindly to what they consider a half-hearted attempt by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to appease (quiet down, calm down) them for ‘misbehavior’ by one of her lieutenants: the Chief of Police, Chris Massaquoi.Senators seem dissatisfied with a recent communication from President Sirleaf, concerning their call on her to take strong and appropriate action against Massaquoi, for what some have referred to as juvenile behavior .It may be recalled that President Sirleaf recently wrote the Senate replying a communication sent her in which that body complained of Director Massaquoi “laying siege to the Capitol Building while the Senate was in plenary (full attendance).”President Sirleaf informed the Senate that she had written Director Massaquoi “a strong letter of reprimand (scolding  him) and…suspending him for two days to allow him time to write a letter of apology for personal presentated at a plenary sitting of the Senate.”Since that communication, lawmakers have been observed as having  assumed a non-cooperative stance with the Executive.That suggests that the Senators are divided over a decision they obviously have been mulling (considering, thinking about) in connection with reprimand they believe insufficient to discourage the Police Chief from misbehaving in the future.Yesterday’s unadopted agenda was loaded with several important items, among them discussion on the proposed Amendment to Elections Law; Report from the Committee on Banking and Finance; Report from the Ways, Means, Finance and Budget on the Act to Provide Fifteen Percent of the Fiscal National Budget for County Development; and a communication from Police Director Massaquoi.Other important items on the unused agenda included a report from the Committee on Banking and Currency on the confirmation hearing of Hon. Boakai S. Kamara, Deputy Governor for economic Policy-Designate, Central Bank of Liberia; and the much talked-about communication from the House of Representatives on the placement of US$73,000,000 in the 2014/2015 National Budget.Meanwhile, one of the older Senators confided to a few journalists that executive sessions are being convened to deliberate important national issues that need to be kept out of the media. “What is for the media and the general public, we discuss in plenary; what is for Executive Sessions remains exclusively so.”For the second time since returning to the Capitol Building from their Constituency Break on January 13, Accordingly, members of the 53rd Senate yesterday failed to conduct open plenary; instead,the presiding officer seized the proposed agenda and asked for an Executive Session to discuss pressing national issues.Every attempt yesterday to draw even the most press-friendly Senators to divulge  a gist of what is being discussed in executive sessions, failed to yield results.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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NASCORP Lauds NHA

first_imgThe management of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) has lauded authorities of the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the completion of a 35 unit housing community in Jah Tondo Town, Brewerville, outside Monrovia.During the tour of the facilities on Wednesday, vice chair for the Board of NASSCORP, Cletus Sieh said his organization is delighted with the level of work the NHA has done in completing a total of 91 units. Mr. Sieh expressed gratitude to NHA, adding, “As a partner who is a 100 percent funder of the project, we will continue to collaborate with the housing authority to address the need for housing in Liberia.”He said that supporting housing projects remains part of NASSCORP’s social responsibility.Mr. Sieh said since the appointment of Samuel Wluh as managing director of the NHA, “there have been more tangibles,” for which NASSCORP has seen the need to continue working with the Wluh-led administration to ensure that all Liberians own their own house.He said the process of constructing more of the housing units was important so that project’s funders can see that their contribution to the economy was purposeful “because of the level of developments currently taking place across the country.” For his part, NHA Deputy Managing Director for Administration, Prince A. Wreh, assured the NASSCORP officials of the commitment of the NHA to provide housing for the people of Liberia.He said his organization remains focused in addressing some of the challenges, including the provision of water, and working with the Ministry of Education to ensure that children have access to school, particularly in the Jah Tondo Town area.“We are involved in formal community developments such as social and economic surveys to capture schools, clinics and even police stations in the project diagram,” Mr. Wreh said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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EU Provides US$25K for Cassava Marketing, Promotion

first_imgTo improve Liberia’s agricultural sector, the European Union (EU) has provided over US$25,000 for the promotion, marketing and consumption of cassava products in the country.Making the disclosure at his Paynesville office, Mr. Joseph S. Morris, coordinator for the National Cassava Sector Coordinating Committee (NCSCC) told the Daily Observer that the money has been processed through ZOA/ADRA, a group of international NGOs that is implementing cassava value development program for the EU in Liberia.“This promotion is expected to be carried out through the local newspapers, national and community radio stations, television stations, as well as through the use of jingles,” Coordinator Morris said.He said his organization is working with ZOA/ADRA to implement what he described as ‘the cassava value chain development program.’“We are involved with the market promotion, because consistent market for cassava and its value added products remains a major problem for the cassava industry in Liberia,” Morris added.He explained that the exercise will encourage the marketability and consumption of cassava and its value added products that are having difficulties in accessing consistent markets.He added “We recorded over 120 thousand metric tons of fresh cassava during the Ebola crisis for which there was no market, and we are linking farmers to markets which is critical to cassava value chain development.”He noted that the NCSCC has embarked on robust market linkages for the cassava sector, both locally and internationally.In a related development, Mr. Morris said, the NCSCC has initiated discussion with the World Food Program (WFP) to include cassava value added products in the menu for its school program in the country.Coordinator Morris added that “the discussion is working well, and if concluded WFP will include cassava value added products in the menu of its school feeding program across the country.”The cassava value added products means turning cassava into gari, super gari as well as mixing cassava with flour that gives value to cassava as a product and makes it nourishing.The involvement of WFP, he said will boost the marketing and consumption of cassava value added products in the country, and improve food security.Mr. Morris said the discussion with WFP is expected to conclude in September, this year. “This is good news for the farmers because they can rest assured that they will have markets for their products.”“It would also encourage more farmers to get involved in the cassava sector, which would enable them to make money to cater to their families,” Morris noted.Morris said the arrangement with the WFP would expand the sector and bring economic development to both the farmers and consumers.“Our people have been complaining about lack of markets for their products, now they can feel happy that their worry is over because WFP will be buying most of their produce,” he said.Among the difficulties cassava farmers have complained about is the lack of markets for their produce, especially fresh cassava.He said there was no assurance that “cassava brought on the market could be bought for a fixed price, and for any reason, if there was no market for the cassava that day, famers risked losing their produce, as the preservation period for fresh cassava is 48 to 72 hours.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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