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Over ten years of leadership and receiving over US$16 billion in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and millions of dollars from development partners, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is grappling with building a vibrant economy. Though the President and her lieutenants usually boast of tremendous increase in the country’s national reserve since taking office in 2006; however, things have not been favorable...
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Grand Cape Mount Senator Varney Sherman has reechoed his prediction that the country’s economy will face very serious challenges with the downsizing or closure of concession companies and reports that oil companies in the country are yet to find a single bottle of marketable oil, and with Anadarko shutting down operations. Cllr. Sherman spoke at a day-long discussion on...
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Just days before President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s annual message, where she implored the Legislature to enact several proposed bills into law, such as the Domestic Violence Act, two Kenyan rights activists in Monrovia critiqued the section of the proposed bill concerning FGM, calling it “weak... vague, bleak and ambiguous and lacks grit to prosecute offenders.” “As a mother and...
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President Ellen Jonson-Sirleaf, in her annual message yesterday, admitted that in the past, the Judiciary was seen as a weak link in fighting corruption and the overall administration of justice. However, the President informed her audience that the judiciary has been demonstrating what she considered as “willingness” to enforce ethical requirements on all officers of the court, and are implementing...
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Mr. Joseph Daffa Wiles, the manager of Greenville Port in Sinoe County where the alleged wreck was removed, yesterday told Criminal Court ‘C’ that he was finding it difficult to testify against his former boss, Matilda Parker, whose confidence he said he has enjoyed. Mr. Wiles, who testified as prosecution’s third witness, said Madam Parker in 2009 appointed him to...
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Camp Johnson Road, once Monrovia’s thriving business community, has been overtaken by used commodities sent by Liberians in the United States and other countries to family and friends. Before the civil war, stores with the latest fashion, including shoes and women’s dresses, were owned by Lebanese and Indian businessmen, located on Camp Johnson Road. “Now Liberians are doing their own thing...
I thought I’d become immune to the indignities of travelling with an African passport, but an encounter last month proved me wrong. After a series of meetings in Dakar, I travelled back to London via Madrid on a red-eye Iberia Airlines flight. Disembarking from the plane in Madrid in the early morning hours, I got separated from my white...
Last night’s State of the Nation address made many claims of accomplishments, backed by countless statistics, and tremendous projections for the future. Five major themes stood out – Security, Corruption, Agriculture, Infrastructure and Education. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf asserted that Liberia is prepared to handle its own security come the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown. To buttress this claim,...
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On Saturday, Coach Junior of Island Queens could not believe what fate had for his side when they went down 3-0 against World Girls at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium. Though Island Queens had several chances and could have scored the opening goal, they made hopeless use of their chances. World Girls, with a trio of Miatta Morris, Josephine Pajibo and Nancy...

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