December 2014

Feeding Those Who Cannot Feed Themselves

Mental Health Leadership and Advocacy Program (MHLab) over the Christmas season fed dozens of mentally disabled and homeless people living in the streets of Monrovia, Liberia.

Witness standing around 12 different parts of central Monrovia said they observed a jeep filled with four of MHLab workers handing over to homeless people plate of food, along with soft drinks, wrapped in aluminum foil.

PERSONS OF THE YEAR: EBOLA Health Workers on the Frontline Battling Ebola

It is this time of the year again when the Daily Observer newspaper decides whom to be crowned as their Person(s) of the Year. These are persons, who, in our thinking, made the most significant impact for the betterment of the general Liberian society and humanity.  

 

Our Personalities for this year are the gallant men and women—the health workers—who have been and are directly on the frontline battling the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).

 

Hope for 2015

Nine year-old Arthurline Quinah, an Ebola survivor and orphan from New Kru Town, believes all the hopes and dreams that her late mother had for her future may have gone with the wind.

An uncle, who asked to stay unidentified, says a lot of Arthurline’s future looks bleak because of the death of her single mother, Nickey Nagbe, and two other relatives that were swept away by Ebola.

“My ma loved us a lot and always dreamt of us having quality education and a brighter future. Before Ebola carried her away, she always spent her last on our education,” Arthurline says.


Liberian musician Emma Smith (L) and Legendary Icon Madam Aisha Kone

Form MRU Ebola Taskforce, Musician Urges Prez Sirleaf

A renowned Liberian musician, Emma Smith is calling on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to lead an effort to form a Mano River Union (MRU) Ebola task force that would propel the Liberian leader to achieve another historic milestone in this regard.

According to Madam Smith, regional effort by countries affected by the virus would help greatly in combating the epidemic and reduced the spread if the joint effort is materialized.


Some Ebola survivors seated in the front row

EBOLA SURVIVORS BATTLING WITH STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION IN BONG

As the Government of Liberia and its international partners continue to make significant gains in the fight against the Ebola virus disease, its impact on survivors and communities is becoming more noticeable as survivors have complained of being stigmatized and discriminated against.

Some of the Ebola survivors recently told the Daily Observer at the Bong Ebola Treatment Unit situated in Suakoko District, that they (survivors) and their families are being rejected by their surviving relatives for fear of infection.

SRC Staffs Complain of Poor Living Condition

Staff members of Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC) in Margibi County, have complained of poor living an working conditions of the employees and contractors on the plantation.  They say their living and working conditions are in a deplorable state, with homes of the employees and contractors falling apart.

The Rubber plantation that is located in the Gibi district, Margibi County has five different camps,  four of which are in a deplorable, with bad living standards. But the camp occupied by senior and junior staff members is up to standard, decent and livable.


Grand Gedeh Senator G. Alphonso Gaye

Sen. Gaye Throws Hat in President Pro Tempore Race

One of Liberia’s financial specialists and shrewd administrators, who is now serving as Senator for Grand Gedeh County, has expressed interest in becoming the President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate.

Senator G. Alphonso Gaye reaffirmed his intension yesterday to the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview via mobile phone while on his annual constituency break in Grand Gedeh County.


CBL Executive Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones

CBL Declares Financial Sector Stimulus

The Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has announced a major financial sector stimulus reducing interest rates on existing stimuli with banks for Liberian businesses and paying off the outstanding loan obligations of all private schools, from kindergarten through high school. According to the CBL, the commercial banks have already provided the CBL with the list of schools and the amounts involved.


In this Oct. 16, 2014, photo, Dr. Tom Frieden, left, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, takes questions about Ebola from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, USA

Timeline of the Worst Ebola Case on Record

Ten months of confusion over the outbreak of the worst Ebola case on record, from March to December 2014, exposed the world’s poor response to halt the spread of an insidious disease that killed at will.

As the virus raged following its outbreak in March, the World Health Organization admitted it botched attempts to stop the outbreak in West Africa, and blamed factors, including incompetent staff and lack of information.


Prof. Wilson K. Tarpeh, Chairman of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Campaign and Mobilization Committee for Montserrado County and Senator-elect George M. Weah

“Weah Will Not Be a ‘Bobo’ Senator”

The Chairman of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Campaign and Mobilization Committee for Montserrado County in the just ended Special Senatorial Election, Prof. Wilson K. Tarpeh, has clarified that Senator-elect George M. Weah will not be a ‘bobo legislator,’ as being widely speculated, arguing that the 48-year old soccer legend is full of potentials.

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