February 2016

Liberia’s maternal mortality rate shows a grim picture – 1,072/100,000 live births

Liberia’s Maternal Mortality Rate Grim

One of the major health indicators to show that a country’s health sector is doing well is the maternal mortality ratio (MMR).
Until the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in March 2014 in Liberia, the country had scored some success reportage on MMR.
Stakeholders in the health sector were reporting that the 994 figure per 100,000 live births, which had been around for more than five years, had dropped to a little over 700 per 100,000.
This means that out of every 100,000 women who went to deliver their babies in Liberia, sadly, 994 died in childbirth.

Liberia’s E-Government Initiatives

In my last article on e-government, I defined and discussed e-government and the stages involved in achieving it, according to the studies by the United Nations, The World Bank, Gartner Group, et al. I also referenced Liberia’s ranking in the 2014 UN E-government Survey based on what is considered the country’s de facto national website: e-Mansion.Gov.Lr. I then went on to list the benefits of e-government as well as its advantages and disadvantages.

Union Douala now goes through to the next stage

Nimba United Showed Class

Champion Club Nimba United FC last Sunday was supposed to have been beaten more than three goals, local fans said against Union Douala in Cameroon.

Union Douala had beaten the Liberian champions 3-1 in their CAF Championship League first leg in Monrovia and as far as Cameroonians fans were concerned, the Liberians were in for a rude awakening, according to reports reaching the Daily Observer.

‘Imperial Presidency’: Blamo’s Missed Opportunity, Ellen’s Challenge

Former Senator and former Internal Affairs Minister Blamo Nelson, we are sure, has a predictable response to his critics. They complain that he did not realize that Ellen was an ‘imperial President’ until he had lost his Senate seat in Grand Kru County and his job as Internal Affairs Minister.

His response, we are also certain: “Better late than never.”

Police Director Chris Massaquoi: “Police will investigate the incident”

Kakata-Monrovia Highway Shooting Alarms Residents

Residents along the Monrovia-Kakata highway near the vicinity of Bright Farm ran helter-skelter on Saturday, following a sporadic shooting incident that left injured one resident identified as Stephen Borbor.

This is the same highway on which the former head of Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) and manager of Morris Farm, Keith Jubah, was murdered on November 1, 2009 by some “disgruntled employees.” Recalling that tragedy, the residents did not wait to see who was doing the shooting, but ran for safety.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen, Cabinet on Last Lap

The Executive branch of government gathered over the weekend to deliberate on how to end its administration on a high note by implementing tangible projects as legacies for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The 2016 Cabinet Retreat, a two-day event, took place in Julijuah, Bomi County, the paternal home of the President, who was in attendance, along with Vice President Joseph Boakai, the cabinet and their principal deputies.

The gathering was what appeared to be one of the last cabinet retreats by the Unity Party (UP) led government toward the end of its twelve-year rule.

Leon Nimley sexually abused his stepdaughter in Trenton, NJ.

Liberian Man Pleads Guilty for Rape

A Liberian man who blamed his family for forcing him to plead guilty reluctantly admitted sexually assaulting his 16-year-old stepdaughter in 2015.

Family members were not in court Friday supporting Leon Nimley, 54, when he placed his hand on a bible in court and repeatedly asked it to “forgive” him, as if the religious book was animate, for pleading guilty “against my will” to a single count of sexual assault.

Is Trial by Jury a Judicial Obstruction?

Given the history of jury performance in Liberia in both the distant and recent past, the answer to this question is, it would seem, a resounding “Yes!”

All too often the state has lost major cases because wealthy defendants—or their lawyers, or both—have “taken care of the jury,” leaving the Ministry of Justice or lawyers for the prosecution looking incompetent or clownish (ignorant).


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