It is 7:06 am in Monrovia on Saturday, April 19, 2014

Finance Minister Amara Konneh
The woes of Finance Minister, Amara Konneh, which have been heating up since it was announced that government is experiencing a shortfall within its budget, seem to be worsening with a recent barrage of criticisms over his performance.

The seat of the national legislature
The Chairman of the House’s Joint Committee on Public Account, Senator Edward Dagoseh, has admitted that members of the legislature have short-comings related to understanding procedures and process in formulating or drafting the national budget.
The Full Bench of the Supreme Court will shortly release its opinion over the “constitutionality” of government’s moratorium on logging activities and export of logs from the country, despite a previous ruling by then Justice in Chambers, Associate Justice Philip A. Z. Banks.

Ambassador Timmermann: “Liberia is not indebted to Germany.”
German Ambassador to Liberia, Ralph Timmermann, has declared that Liberia owes no debt to the Federal Republic of Gemany. He explained all amounts his country has contributed to the development of Liberia have been in the form of grants.

Dr. Philip Saah, Director of the National Reference Lab (1st from left), along with other personnel of the lab and two who are dressing in their hazmat suit to handle the samples
“We want to let the country know that in order to beat this disease, we have to work very fast to diagnose people [who] we think have the disease. We have not been able to do it by ourselves. We have been sending [blood] samples from here to Guinea.

LINSU President Varney Jarsey
The president of the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU), Varney Jarsey, has expressed his concern over the state of Liberia’s fast diminishing educational sector. He said it was undeserved payback from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to Liberian students, who were instrumental in getting her elected.

Finance Minister Amara Konneh

The seat of the national legislature

Ambassador Timmermann: “Liberia is not indebted to Germany.”

Dr. Philip Saah, Director of the National Reference Lab (1st from left), along with other personnel of the lab and two who are dressing in their hazmat suit to handle the samples

LINSU President Varney Jarsey

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Nurses take care of a patient with Ebola hemorrhagic fever. AFP/WHO photo

Ebola Threatens Liberia

At least 59 of out of 80 persons are now confirmed dead after coming in contact with the Ebola virus in the southern forest regions of Gueckedou and Macenta in Guinea, close to the Liberian border, Guinea’s government has confirmed. 

Reports of the virus trickling into northern Liberia suggest at least one Ebola-related death in Foya, Lofa County. Up to press time, officials in Lofa could not be reached for comment. Monrovia officials are also tightlipped, only stating that a press conference will be held Monday.

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