June 2015

Masonic Craft “Must” Lead Liberia? It Is They Who First Must Answer, What Happened to Liberia?

The distinguished Liberian entrepreneur and politician, Benoni Urey, Chairman of the Lonestar Communications Corporation, made a pretty important speech on Masonry, unquestionably Liberia’s most powerful secret society.

Addressing the St. John the Baptist Feast Day ceremony held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church last Thursday, he said the next President of Liberia “must” be a Mason.

Grow Team Leader Jaime Reibel addresses small rubber farmers in Kakata, Margibi County

GROW-Liberia to Support Small Rubber Farmers

The general manager and team leader of GROW-Liberia has promised to work with small rubber farmers in Liberia to ensure that the value of their product becomes a reality.

Mr. Jaime Reibel made the promise last Saturday in Kakata, Margibi County at the end of a weeklong technical training for Ribbed Smoked Sheets (RSS) production in Liberia.

More than 50 participants, including stakeholders, as well as owners of smaller farms from the sector, attended the training held at Bright Farms in Margibi County.

Cross section of participants at the Launched of the program

To Establish Common Market in West Africa,

To support the standardization and competitiveness of ECOWAS enterprises, while ensuring compliance with international best practices, the Ministry of Commerce through the National Standards Laboratory yesterday launched the West African Quality System Programme (WAQSP).

It is also intended to develop a sustainable quality infrastructure in order to facilitate trade and encourage the establishment of a West African Common market.

President Sirleaf with meeting with Dr. Kent Brantly, his wife Amber and their two children.

Gov’t to Honor US Ebola Survivor on ‘26’ day

The government of Liberia is poised to bestow a distinction on United States Ebola survivor and hero, Dr. Kent Brantly, who became infected with the virus while serving in Liberia during the heat of the Ebola crisis.

The government has said this year’s July 26 Independence celebration is dedicated to people who were in the frontline fighting Ebola, adding that Dr. Brantley is listed among those to be honored during the country’s 168th independence celebrations scheduled to be held in Greenville, Sinoe County.

'Supporting a Gender Agenda in the Constitution Reform Process through Media'

Monrovia- The minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Julia Duncan Cassell, quite recently put women’s groups to the task. She urged every individual to campaign and ensure that women- related issues are brought before the country for legislation.

Liberian Women’s Action Committee along with its partner, UNDEP has taken the challenge and on June 29, they hosted an open dialogue that attracted media institutions, government officials, decision makers and women’s organizations.

Harry Greaves

LET'S LECTURE: What Can We Learn from NOCAL's Predicament?

How did NOCAL ever get into the pickle it is in? I keep asking myself. Part of the answer is in the governance arrangements that attend our state-owned enterprises. When Steve Tolbert set up public corporations in the 1970s, it was his intention that they would be a contributor, not a burden, on the public exchequer. The National Port Authority used to contribute millions of dollars to the government back then. But today, most of our public corporations survive thanks only to subsidies from the government.

Mr. Kenety Gee, first from right, presents one of the boxes of medical items to representatives of JFK (2nd from right) and Phebe (3rd from right); in the background is the 40-ft container with the items

Chicago Global Health Initiative Donates US$703K Medical Items to Hospitals

The US-based medical organization, Chicago Global Health Alliance (CGHA), recently donated a 40-foot container of assorted medical items to three major health facilities in the country.

They are the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK) and Redemption both in Monrovia, Montserrado County and Phebe in Bong County.

The items valued at US$703K include surgical, diagnostics and consumable medical goods.

Minister Dukuly addresses participants at the end of the National Urban Forum

Dukuly Urges Mayors, Commissioners

The Minister of Internal Affairs (MIA), Morris Dukuly, has called on mayors and commissioners across the country to take responsibilities for the improvement of their cities in order to implement the National Urbanization policy.

Minister Dukuly gave the admonition last Thursday when he spoke at the end of the two-day National Urban forum held at the Monrovia City Hall.

The National Urban Forum intended to highlight environmental and other social problems associated with congestion and to develop a roadmap for the formulation of a National Urban Policy; present the


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