AllAfrica News: Liberia

Mystery Over Ebola Survivors' Ailments
[IRIN]Dakar -For some Ebola survivors, overcoming the lethal viral assault has not heralded a full return to good health. An array of ailments including headache, joint pains, vision and hearing problems have afflicted convalescents; experts are still uncertain of the exact cause.

'Ebola Outbreak Far from Over' - MSF
[MSF]Three months after MSF called for states with biological-disaster response capacity to urgently dispatch human and material resources in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the outbreak remains far from over and more help is still needed.

UN Secretary General Visits Liberia
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -The United Nations Secretary General, His Excellency Mr. BAN Ki-moon arrives in Liberia Friday morning, December 19, 2014 for a one day official visit. The UN Secretary General is leading an 18-member delegation which includes Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization. While in Liberia, the UN Secretary General and his delegation will meet with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other high officials of government.

Warning the Two Candidates Against Violence
[Inquirer]IN RECENT TIMES there have been violent confrontations between rival political parties and candidates in the ensuing Special Senatorial Election slated for tomorrow, December 20, 2014.

Another Oil Deal Sealed
[NEWS]The House of Representatives has ratified another oil agreement for the awarding of a Production Sharing Contract (PSC) for Oil block-LB-16 following two days revision of the document. The contract has been endorsed by the Liberian Senate.

Oil Deal Provides U.S.$22 Million in Revenue
[NEWS]The President of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) Dr. Randolph A. McClain has disclosed that Oil Block 16 generated US$22 million in revenue for the Government of Liberia.

Ebola Crisis Update - 18th December 2014
[MSF]MSF's West Africa Ebola response started in March 2014 and counts activities in Guinea, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone.

House Passes 50 Laws Out of 180 Bills
[Observer]House Speaker Alex Tyler has revealed that the Lower House has ratified a total of fifty (50) Laws out of the One Hundred Eight (108) bills which were introduced during the 3rd Session of the 53rd National Legislature.

Govt Urged to Reopen Schools
[Observer]The significant decline of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country makes the re-opening of schools a matter of urgency, a press release from the Potential Youth for Education and Societal Empowerment of Logan Town, (PYESE) states.

U.S.$22 Million 'Oil Block 16' Leased
[Observer]The lease of Block LB-16, off the shores of Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties, has been ratified by members of the House of Representatives and immediately transmitted to the Liberian Senate for concurrence in accordance with Article 35 of the Liberian Constitution.

Mass Citizen Movement for Cheap, Stable Electricity in Sight
[Observer]The National Legislature may enter the New Year (2015) under strong pressure from some Liberians who have begun serious mobilization to converge there in February to compel Legislators to pass a new energy law, denouncing the Liberia Electricity Corporation's monopoly over electricity.

Roman Catholic Cleric Pays Solidarity Visit to Liberia
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -A top cleric of the Roman Catholic Church has reaffirmed the commitment of the Catholic Church in helping to combat the deadly Ebola Virus in Liberia. Speaking Thursday at a meeting with the National Catholic Church Ebola Response Team in Monrovia, Cardinal Peter Turkson thanked members of the Catholic Church in Liberia who have been at the forefront in helping to fight the deadly Ebola virus while assuring the willingness of Pope Francis to help Liberia eradicate the disease.

'Greatest Day' - Robert Sirleaf Campaign Rally Wows Monrovia
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -As campaigning for the 2014 special senatorial election draws to a close and electorate left to make a decision in the 15 counties of Liberia Saturday, candidates are busy wrapping up their campaign process and the densely populated Montserrado County Thursday locked down as Independent Candidate Robert Sirleaf campaign made a last-minute pitch to woo voters.

Incumbent Edge? Why Jewel May Be Re-Elected in Bong County
[FrontPageAfrica]Sanoyea District -Although the odds seem to favor the incumbent senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, the much-awaited senatorial election in Liberia, particularly Bong County, which comes up on Saturday, December 20, 2014, promises to be a titanic battle between Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor of the National Patriotic Party (NPP), Unity Party's (UP) Ranney Banama Jackson and Augustus Jonathan Flomo of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).

Liberia's National Legislature Ratifies Oil Block 16
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -The National Legislature has finally ratified the production sharing contract between the Republic of Liberia and the Liberty Petroleum Corporation, Petroleum Oil Limited and the New Millennium Oil and Gas on Liberia's offshore oil block 16.

World Bank Group Supports Budget Management Fiscal Transparency
[FrontPageAfrica]Washington -The World Bank Group's Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$30 million grant to support the Government of Sierra Leone in its efforts to respond to the unprecedented challenges posed by the Ebola crisis. Today's financing includes a US$10 million grant from the World Bank Group's International Development Association's (IDA)* Crisis Response Window (CRW), which is designed to help low-income IDA countries recover from severe disasters and crises.

Election Violence - NEC Must Take Responsibility
[New Dawn]On Saturday, December 20, 2014 Liberian voters across the country go to the poll to elect fifteen senators in the Special Senatorial Elections. Thirteen out of the fifteen incumbent Senators, who've already served for nine years, are racing alongside one-hundred and twenty six other candidates for the fifteen senatorial seats in the fifteen political subdivisions of Liberia.

Tomorrow Is D-Day
[Inquirer]All is now set for the conduct of the Special Senatorial Election throughout the country, Liberia's electoral body, the National Elections Commission (NEC) has disclosed. Thousands of Liberians will tomorrow go to the polls to elect 15 Senators of the first category as the tenure of 15 Senators of the first category expires. 139 candidates are vying for the 15 Senatorial seats at the National Legislature.

NOCAL Outlines Local Content Component of Lb-16
[Inquirer]The National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has been outlining the importance of the local content component of the recently signed and rectified LB-16.

Robert Sirleaf Launches Campaign
[Inquirer]Independent candidate, Robert A. Sirleaf ended his campaign yesterday for the Special Senatorial Election as thousands of supporters turned out at various locations to climax the campaign.

Sanvee Denounces Sirleaf-Weah's Supporters Clash
[Inquirer]Liberty Party candidate, Benjamin Sanvee, has condemned Ambassador George Weah of the Congress of Democratic Change and Independent candidate, Robert Sirleaf for the violence that took place on Wednesday and branded the two senatorial candidates as being "irresponsible". Mr. Sanvee who called yesterday on a local talk show said there was absolutely no reason for any violence to have taken place on Wednesday between supporters of Ambassador Weah and Mr. Sirleaf and that it is irresponsibility to the highest

Lawmakers End Third Session - As House Finally Passes New Oil, Gas Laws, Rectifies Block 16 Agreement
[Legislature of Liberia]The Third Session of the 53rd Legislature finally came to a close today with members of the House of Representatives unanimously voting to pass the new oil and gas laws and at the same time rectifying the lease agreement for Oil Block 16 exploration.

D-Day- Liberians Set For Senatorial Poll
[NEWS]Supporters of George Weah stood by as they watched queues of Robert Sirleaf's supporters (some in convoy) marched through the principle streets of Monrovia.

Ban Ki-Moon Arrives Today
[NEWS]United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to visit Liberia on the first leg of his five nations' tour to Ebola affected countries in West Africa today.

Gongloe Chides Senator Johnson
[Heritage]Monrovia -Counselor TiawanGongloe has described as totally untrue, Senator Prince Johnson's campaign message that he could influence the Liberian Government to free on compassionate grounds those being tried for allegedly vandalizing Arcelor Mittal properties, if defense lawyers withdraw the case from the court.

UN Secretary General Pays Official Visit to Liberia Today
[Heritage]Monrovia -The United Nations Secretary General, Mr. BAN Ki-moon, arrives in Liberia this Friday morning, December 19, 2014 for a one- day official visit.

Legislature Ratifies Block 16 Oil Agreement
[Heritage]Monrovia -The 53rd Liberian Legislature has ratified the Production Sharing Contract (PSC) of Liberia offshore oil Block 16 between the Government of Liberia (GoL) and Liberty Petroleum Corporation Liberia Limited, Pillar Oil Limited and New Millennium Oil and Gas.

MOH&SW to Deploy 4700 Thermometers At Polling Centers
[Observer]In support of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country and the holding of the special senatorial election, the Ministry of Health Social Welfare has disclosed the deployment of 4700 thermometers at various polling centers across Liberia.

Despite Ebola, Some Serious Progress Proceeds
[Observer]The signing last Wednesday of the US$37.28 million Ganta-Yekepa Pavement Agreement is a tacit indication that despite the havoc Ebola has inflicted on the country, we are making some serious progress.

Bassa Lawmaker Faces U.S..$18,877 Damages Lawsuit
[Observer]Representative Gabriel B. Smith of Grand Bassa County District# 3 has been charged by the Buchanan City Court