July 2016

Far right, Ishmael T. Koffeh, Executive Director of the Coalition of Youth and Students Against Poverty and Discrimination in conversation with reporters at the Chicken Soup Factory Junction in Gardnersville, outside Monrovia

Pressure Group Wants Lawmakers Uphold ‘3-Day Free Calls’

The Coalition of Youth and Students Against Poverty and Discrimination (CYSAPD), a local civil society organization, has disclosed a ‘one million men’ operation campaign to petition members of the National Legislature not to tamper with or abort the celebrated three days free calls promotion offered by Cellcom GSM.

The executive director of the group, Ishmael T. Koffeh made the disclosure over the weekend during the kick-off of community awareness in Chicken Soup Factory, Gardnersville, outside Monrovia.

Dr. Djibril Diallo, UNAIDS Regional Director for West and Central Africa, in a private meeting with President Sirleaf – July 28, 2016

Before his meeting with the President, Dr. Diallo paid a courtesy call on Mr. B. Elias Shoniyin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs – July 28, 2016

UNAIDS Regional Director Dr. Djibril Diallo said UNAIDS sees Liberia as an Island of Hope – July 28, 2016

Dr. Diallo had the time to interact with journalists, including our Health Correspondent, 2nd from left

UNAIDS Sees Liberia as ‘Island of Hope’

The UNAIDS Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Dr. Djibril Diallo, has stated that UNAIDS sees Liberia as an island of hope in the fight against HIV&AIDS.

According to Dr. Diallo, their confidence in the ‘island of hope’ is based on the leadership role President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf played in the country’s fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease and “for being the tireless person that gave visibility to the response of Sierra Leone and Guinea, and not only in Africa but internationally.”

Rev. Tee Latahn

Pastor in Nimba Reaches Tens of Thousands

Tee Latahn, a Nazarene Pastor, school director and radio host, lives in Karnplay, Liberia. He is from the Dan/Gio tribe and speaks the Dan language. His congregation also speaks Dan/Gio, as do 5,000 Nazarenes in his district, plus an estimated 60,000 to 70,000 people in Liberia, and more outside of the country. Although Dan is spoken by many, written materials in the language are scarce.

"Most of the Bibles that were printed in the early 1980s are now disappearing," Latahn said.

No talks with Lartey- Nimba United

Nimba United Football Club has denied local media reports that the team is negotiating with former Barrack Young Controller’s (BYC) and LISCR FC’s Head Coach Robert Lartey over a possible deal.

The former Liberia Football Association (LFA) first division champion in a release described the report as mere speculation that is far from the truth.

Nimba United said it has no plan now or in the future to sign on Coach Lartey, and has urged those linking the coach with the Club to properly investigate.

Some of the retired NPA employees at the program

NPA Retires 15 Employees

The National Port Authority (NPA) has retired 15 of its employees following long years of public service to the government and People of Liberia.

The honorees received retirement packages in line with NPA’s regulations and the Civil Service Agency (CSA) Pension Law.

Those retired included Augustine Yeebahn, Ella Dollison Duncan; Patrick M. Konneh, (Buchanan Port former Managing Director); Sherman Kne; Moley Lombeh; Roland Dunbar; Joseph Layugar; Anna Woto-Berry and Lloyd Taylor.

OPIC-IBLL Agreement: A Timely and Hopeful Investment

The Overseas Private Industry Corporation (OPIC), the United States government’s development financial institution, last Monday signed a US$20 million commitment to the International Bank Liberia Limited (IBLL).

It is intended to support lending in such sectors as agribusiness construction, services, hospitality, manufacturing and transportation.

Our Business Correspondent David Yates reported that the agreement seeks to foster job and opportunities by supporting investments in key economic areas and by increasing long term lending to Liberia’s private sector.

Standing fourth from right is Mr. Masa Iida, First Secretary to the Japanese Embassy in Ghana and local and foreign staffs pose at the Bushrod Power Station under construction in Monrovia.

US$27M Power Generating Station Project Ready in September

A US$27million heavy fuel power generating station to improve the facility at the Bushrod Power Station in Monrovia is expected to be completed and subsequently turned over to the Liberian government by the end of September.
Funded by the Government of Japan, the station, according to Kaoru Nishwaki, consulting engineer of Yachiyo Engineering Corporation, would be used to generate and distribute electric power on a mass scale.

Board Chair John Brownell

LCM Outlines ‘Master Plan’ for Liberia’s Recovery

A civil society organization has announced what it said is a master plan to help Liberians start the debate on issues including agriculture, support infrastructure, fisheries, steel products initiative, gold and jewelry value addition, commerce, finance and banking, the sea and airports to ensure maximum benefit for Liberia.

Mr. Wallace (3rd from left) presents the items to Mr. Rennie for the patients.

Young Professionals Present July 26 Gifts to Patients at Redemption Hospital

An emerging group under the banner ‘Young Professionals United for Community Empowerment and Development (YPUCED),’ on Tuesday, July 26, donated food and other items to patients at the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, Bushrod Island.

The items donated by YPUCED at the cost of US$3,000 included bags of rice, cans of vegetable oil and toiletries. They were received on behalf of the patients by the hospital’s Administrator, Dominic W. Rennie.


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