AllAfrica News: Liberia

Red Cross Condemns Ebola Vaccine Claims
[New Dawn]The Liberian Red Cross says it is not providing vaccination to any Ebola patient, and terms as evil, the act of people wanting to use the institution's identity to carry out clandestine their deed. A Red Cross' statement dated July 17, 2014 says it has been speculated in some quarters that Red Cross' staffs are in communities vaccinating suspected or confirmed patients with the deadly Ebola virus.

UN Agency Warns of Fruit Bat Risk in West African Ebola Epidemic
[UN News]The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is urging increased efforts to improve awareness among rural communities in West Africa about the risks of contracting the Ebola virus from eating certain wildlife species, including fruit bats.

'I Am Not Backing Off'
[NEWS]Amid reports that he would back off from the Montserrado County senatorial race in support of Robert A. Sirleaf, the political leader of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Ambassador George M. Weah says he will not back off from the race.

WHO Regional Director Here On Ebola Issue
[Inquirer]The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo, said they are worried about the spread of the Ebola virus in Liberia.

Liberia's War Crimes Trap - Who's Next On Sanctions After Ja'neh, Nagbe?
[FrontPageAfrica]From behind the walls of his prison cell in the U.S., Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu, a former Defense Minister for Charles Taylor's National Patriotic Front of Liberia, paints perhaps the clearest picture yet that a series of recent events pointing to a war crimes tribunal for post-war Liberia may be within reach.

Nocal's Check Book Stolen
[New Republic]It was disclosed yesterday, July 17, 2014 at Criminal Court "C" under the watchful eyes of Judge Yussif D. Kaba that several lees of checks of the Hydro Carbon Development Fund of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) have been stolen.

Boley Beats 'War Chest' - Says He's Prepared to Return, If ... ... ... ..
[New Republic]Former leader of the Liberia Peace Council (LCP), one of the notorious rebel factions blamed for the killings and destruction visited upon Liberians and the nation, has beaten 'war chest,' declaring that he has no regrets of being a rebel leader, and furthered that he is prepared to return into being a rebel under the same circumstances and conditions if called upon to do so.

Ebola Prevention - Not Bitter Kola or Vaccine
[Inquirer]ASSISTANT HEALTH MINISTER for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah, has disputed media reports that the nut, 'Garcinia Kola', commonly known as bitter kola, is a cure for Ebola.

Sea Erosion Leaves Thousands Homeless
[VOA]The homes and businesses of thousands of poor people living on Liberia's coast are being swept away by rising sea levels. Liberia's Environmental Protection Agency says a project is underway to help stop the erosion, but that there is not enough funding.

137,366 Carats Diamond Exported
[New Republic]Liberia has exported 137,366 carats of rough diamonds worth over US$62 million, a 2012 LEITI reports released June 2014 has revealed.

In Japanese Oil Deal - What Happened to $8.5 Million Earmarked for Development Projects?
[Heritage]There is public concern regarding the status of a US$8.5 million, which was reportedly deposited in an Escrow Account at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) for development projects in Liberia.

'We Are Setting Budget Frameworks' Senator Gaye Asserts
[New Republic]The Co-Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways, Means and Finance has indicated that the Legislature is setting up budgetary framework and layout before commencing deliberation on the matter.

Liberia, Sierra Leone to Hold Ebola Prevention Meetings
[Heritage]The Grand Cape Mount County Health Team (CHT) and its partner, Medical Teams International (MTI) have reached an agreement with health authorities in neighboring Sierra Leone to hold cross-border Ebola prevention meetings in the interest of two countries.

Pres. Sirleaf's Buddy in Corruption Web - Forwarded to Justice Ministry for Prosecution
[New Republic]The New Republic Newspaper has gathered that the Liberia Anti-corruption Commission (LACC) has linked President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's best friend, Mr. David Kortie, to corruption allegation.

Miatta Fahnbulleh Joins Senatorial Race Vows to Cause Noise
[New Dawn]Liberia's all time musical icon, Miatta Fanhbulleh, petitioned Sunday, 20 July in Bentol, Montserrado County to contest for the senate has told supporters and well-wishers that her acceptance to join the race against George Weah and Robert Sirleaf, son of President Sirleaf, is to cause noise for things to happen.

ANC Supports Robert Sirleaf?
[New Dawn]The Alternative National Congress or ANC has pledged public support to the senatorial bid of Mr. Robert Sirleaf, son of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

WHO Regional Director in Liberia
[NEWS]World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo has arrived in Liberia on an official visit to contribute to the fight against the Ebola disease.

'Self-Sufficiency in Poultry Product'
[NEWS]The Minister of Agriculture Dr. Florence Chenoweth yesterday was full of praise as regard the poultry industry in the country particularly with improvement works at the Obasanjo Farms Liberia Incorporated.

'Presidential Escort Was Stolen'
[NEWS]The principal defendant in the case involving a presidential escort vehicle used in the allege trafficking and illegal possession of narcotic drugs stunned his listeners Monday when he testified that the vehicle was stolen by an unknown person at a car washing area on Buchanan Street in Monrovia.

'Prosecution Makeup' - Police Commander in Drug Case Speaks Out
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -The drug trafficking trial of Police Commander Perry Dolo and four others took a dramatic twist Monday at the Criminal Court "C" at the Temple of Justice in continuation of the trial. Defendant Perry Dolo a former police commander of the Presidential escort vehicle assigned at the Executive Mansion is standing trial along with four others following their arrest on November 11, 2013 for alleged drug trafficking.

Liberty Party Expresses Caution Over Citizenship Saga
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -The Chairman of the Liberty Party Atty. J. Fonati Koffa has stressed the need for political participants and strategists in the upcoming senatorial elections to focus on the issues and deviate from the mudslinging and character assassination attributes of a nasty political campaign.

'Concealing' Assets Leaves Gov't Officials Suspended
[FrontPageAfrica]In what continues to receive mix views with some Liberians considering it a cosmetic fight against corruption, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in a statement has announced the suspension of several officials of government following the release of a report by the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission naming public servants and political appointees who failed to disclose and file their assets with the LACC as of June 2014.

'You Pull Rope, Rope Pull Bush' - Woewiyou Writes From Prison
[FrontPageAfrica]The family of Mr. Tom Woewiyu submitted the following letter he reportedly wrote from prison to Liberia's Ambassador to the U.S. Jeremiah Sulunteh

Highway to Grave? Lack of Diversion Signs On Monrovia-Ganta Highway
[FrontPageAfrica]Gbartala -Commuters that ply the very busy Monrovia-Ganta highway have become endangered due to the high rate of accidents on the road that serves Bong, Margibi, Nimba and Grand Gedeh routes from the capital. The accident prone highway has now become a source of concern to road users.

Action Aid Stresses Safety for Women
[New Dawn]Action Aid Liberia has frowned on the government here for not putting in place proper measure to protect women. The charity says women often face various challenges in society, including sexual harassment, rape and abuse, among others, stressing that it's government full responsibility to provide safety for women in the country.

'Defiant' Gov't Officials Suspended
[NEWS]President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has suspended for one month without pay several officials who refused to declare their assets with the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC).

Proposal for Early Warning Mechanisms Approved
[NEWS]ECOWAS Special Representative to Liberia, Amb. Baba Tunde Ajisomo has disclosed that ECOWAS Heads of State have approved Liberia's Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan's proposal for the establishment of the National Early Warning Mechanisms.

President Sirleaf Suspends Officials of the Protocol Section of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and State for Presidential Affairs
[Liberia Govt]President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has suspended key officials of the Protocol Sections of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and State for Presidential Affairs.

Brumskine Shows Sign of Comeback - Fully Participates in Liberty Party's Event in Kakata
[New Republic]Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, former two-times Standard-bearer of the Liberty Party (LP) who parted company with politics immediately after the 2011 general and legislative elections, is said to be showing signs of imminent comeback to full-time politics.

Plans to Upgrade, Expand Harper Port Concluded
[Heritage]Golden Veroleum Liberia Oil Palm Company operating in Sinoe and Grand Kru counties has concluded plans to rehabilitate and expand the Port of Harper in Maryland County.