November 2016


Sen Albert Chie chairs the Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment.

Senate Sends Hummingbird Mineral Agreement Back to Ellen

The Senate Joint Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment; Judiciary, Claims, Human Rights and Petitions and Investment and Concessions, yesterday recommended to the plenary the postponement of ratification of the proposed Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) with Hummingbird Resources (Liberia) Incorporated pending certain explanations from the Executive.


Mr. Otis Rolley, regional director of the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), Mayor Gibson, Deputy Minister Neufville and 100RC Associate Director Ms. Liz Agbor-Tabi at the presentation .

Paynesville Admitted to ‘100 Resilient Cities’

The City of Paynesville, outside Monrovia, has been admitted to the group of 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation and dedicated to helping member cities around the world become more resilient to physical, social, and economic challenges of the 21st Century.

At a one-day workshop at the Paynesville City Hall yesterday, 100RC Associate Director, Ms. Liz Agbor-Tabi, presented a plaque of acceptance to Mayor Cyvette Gibson, and welcomed the City of Paynesville as its newest member.


An assembly of Nimba and Grand Gedeh chiefs, elders, MIA officials, Carter Center delegates, youth and observers at the Peace Confab in Grand Gedeh County

Carter Center to Support Peace Dialogues Nationwide

The second leg of peace dialogues between Nimba and Grand Gedeh counties last week ended with all parties pledging their commitment to sustainable peace in and between the two south-eastern counties.

The dialogue was initiated and organized by the Carter Center Liberia office with funds provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It was held in Gaye Town, a few miles from Zwedru and brought together chiefs, elders, women and youth representatives in face to face exchanges.


Mother Mary Brownell speaks to children, friends, family members at the honoring program over the weekend

Mary Brownell Named Humanitarian of the Year

A non-profit organization, Civil Society Network of Liberia (CSNL), has named Madam Mary Brownell as its ‘Humanitarian of the Year’ for her outstanding public service record in Liberia.

Speaking at the program over the weekend at Madam Brownell’s residence on upper Ashmun Street, Francis B. Collins, Sr., secretary general of CSNL, said the organization was delighted to bestow the honor on Mother Brownell for her many contributions to national development.


LSC President Dr. Dawn Cooper Barnes wants awareness on cancer throughout the country

Liberia Cancer Society Announces First Annual Cycling

The Liberia Cancer Society in collaboration with the Filipino Community in Liberia has announced it first annual cycling event to create awareness on cancer.

In a statement, LCS president Dr. Dawn Cooper Barnes said many women diagnosed with cancer in Liberia do not survive because they seek medical attention late due to the lack of awareness on the disease.

She added that stigmatization, discrimination and illiteracy also hamper women’s decision and ability to seek medical advice.


Beginning December 1, 25% of all remittances to Liberia from abroad through money transfer platforms like Western Union will be disbursed in LRD. (photo courtesy: The Guardian)

CBL: In-bound Money Transfers to be Paid in Dual Currency

A new regulation issued by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) will require inward personal remittances received via money transfer institutions from abroad to be dispensed in dual currency. Under the regulation, payments of money transferred or money sent from abroad to a recipient in Liberia will now be made partly in Liberian Dollars (LRD) and partly in United States Dollars (USD).


LRA Commissioner General Tamba to showcase experience in Nairobi

LRA Commissioner to Showcase Experience

Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba has left the country to join revenue administrators and development actors in Nairobi, Kenya, for the 2nd High level meeting of Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, a press release said yesterday.

Open Letter to the National Legislature

Dear Honorable Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay and Pro Temp Armah Jallah:
Please accept my compliments and best wishes on behalf of the Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC).

The ECC is deeply concerned that as the country approaches the 2017 election year, a decision is yet to be reached between the National Election Commission (NEC) and the Legislature on setting a new threshold to reapportion constituencies for the 2017 presidential and legislative elections in keeping with Articles 80 (d) and (e) of the Liberian Constitution.


Associate Justice Philips A.Z. Banks

‘Gov’t Responsible for Violence against Concessionaires’

Reflecting on violent protests that have led to millions of United States dollars’ worth of property damage against international companies operating in Liberia, as was in the case of oil palm producer Golden Veroleum (GVL) and iron ore giant ArcelorMittal, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court has shifted the blame on the government’s failure to get the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) involved into the ratification of concession agreements signed with those companies.

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