AllAfrica News: Liberia

Ebola Worsens Food Crisis in West Africa
[SciDev.Net]The Ebola outbreak's impact on household incomes has significantly damaged food security in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the West Africa countries most affected by the disease, says a report by the European Commission (EC).

Liberia - Fewer Cases, Fewer Cares
[Ebola Deeply]Last week, Liberia's Ministry of Health recorded just ten new cases of Ebola. But some say vigilance against the disease is waning along with the outbreak. Richlue O. Burphy went to Bong county to see if communities are continuing to share anti-Ebola messages.

Family of 12-Year-Old Rape Victim Horrified, Devastated
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -Relatives of the murdered rape victim Ma Musu Fofana, gather outside their home in the tiny city of Brewerville outside Monrovia, pondering over their loss of a promising member of the family. All of the relatives, even those who have come from as far as Grand Cape Mount County have nothing but good things to say about a child who only lived to see her 12th birthday.

Ebola Lessons and Questions
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Pres. Sirleaf to Launch 'Deconcentration Platform' in February
[LINA]President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is expected to launch a "Deconcentration Platform" that has been crafted detailing services to be sent to the various counties, ministries, agencies and commissions (MAC) in Gbarnga, Bong County in February.

LACC Invites Deputy Speaker to Aid Oil Money Probe
[LINA]The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has invited Deputy House Speaker Hans Barchue to aid the body probe the use of US$1.2 million given the House of Representatives by the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL).

Senate Mandates Probe Into Public Sector Salary Discrepancies
[LINA]The Liberian Senate has mandated three of its committees to review salary discrepancies in the public sector and recommend remedies for a merit-based salary structure.

'Liberia's Commerce in Reverse Order'
[NEWS]A prominent resident of Sinkor in Monrovia says the commerce of Liberia is in a reverse order with officials at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry allegedly involved in bad business practices.

Senate Probes Salary Disparities
[NEWS]The Liberian Senate has mandated its Committees on Ways, Means and Finance, Autonomous Agencies and Rules, Order and Administration to investigate persistent reports of salary disparities in the public sector.

'Liberia Continues to Shine, Despite Challenges'
[NEWS]Finance Minister Amara Konneh has told a gathering in Monrovia that despite development challenges, Liberia continues to shine in the fulfillment of its core regional, continental and international obligations in the promotion of democracy, rule of law and good governance.

Ebola - Latest Developments
[Ebola Deeply]To give you an overview of what's happening in the Ebola outbreak, we've organized the latest developments in a curated summary.

Did Speaker Tyler Lie Under Oath?
[NEWS]Contrary to report by House Speaker J. Alex Tyler that the Legislature received US$1.1million for the nationwide oil consultation, Representative William Twehway has disclosed that Speaker Tyler lied under oath.

Deputy Speaker Undergoes Probe
[NEWS]Deputy House Speaker Hans M. Barchue has been requested by the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC) to assist the investigation by providing explanation regarding his role into the disappearance of US$1.2 million provided by NOCAL for the 2013 nationwide oil consultation.

Extraordinary Intellect
[NEWS]President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has acknowledged the passing of retired Chief Justice Johnnie Lewis who ended his earthly sojourn on Wednesday at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia.

One Confirmed Ebola Case Left in Liberia
[New Dawn]Health authorities in Liberia are reporting that over the last 21 days, the average confirmed Ebola case in the country "is one," as health workers boast of chasing and hunting Ebola.

Back to School in Liberia - Are Classrooms Ready?
[Ebola Deeply]As Ebola cases dip across West Africa, schools are beginning to reopen. Guinea's schools were the first to open their doors yesterday, and preparations are underway for Liberia's schools, colleges and universities to welcome back students on February 2. But with just two weeks to go, will the schools be ready? Richlue O. Burphy reports on the challenges.

How Does MSF Care for Patients Suffering From Ebola?
[MSF]Dr. Armand Sprecher, Public Health Specialist at MSF describes MSF's clinical protocols, the challenges faced, and lessons learned during the world's largest outbreak ongoing in West Africa

Davos - UN Launches U.S.$1 Billion Appeal for Global Ebola Response
[UN News]The United Nations today appealed for $1 billion needed for the first six months of 2015 to sustain the momentum to stamp out Ebola in West Africa, where 'the epidemic has started to turn' in all three of the worst-hit countries - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Foreign Ministry Prints 11 Acts Into Handbills
[LINA]The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has printed into handbills 11 Acts passed into law by the 53rd National Legislature.

Cabinet Retreat 'Most Productive' in Recent Times - Konneh
[LINA]Finance Minister Amara Konneh has said the two-day Cabinet Retreat held in Bomi County was the 'most productive' in recent times.

Govt. Officials, CSOs Meet On Ebola Resources Accountability
[LINA]Government officials and civil society representatives are expected to meet Friday to discuss promoting accountability of Ebola resources, Deputy Information Minister Isaac Jackson has said.

Gender Ministry Reports 554 Rape Cases in 2014
[LINA]The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has reported a total of 554 rape cases in the country in 2014.

Labour Ministry Registers 3,000 Job Seekers
[LINA]The Ministry of Labour has disclosed that more than 3,000 job seekers have registered in Monrovia and some have gained employment at public and private institutions.

Gov't, Sable Mining to Sign U.S.$1.3 Billion Ore Shipment Contract
[LINA]The Liberia Government will Friday, January 23, sign a 25-year Infrastructure Development Agreement with the West Africa Exploration/Sable Mining company valued at US$1.3 billion for the transshipment of Guinean-based ore through Liberia.

President Sirleaf to Address 53rd Legislature Monday
[Legislature of Liberia]President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will on Monday, January 26, 2015 deliver the State of the Nation Address to Members of the 53rd Legislature in Joint Session at the Capitol Building.

'Internal Wrangling At House Shameful'
[NEWS]The Chairman of the National Traditional Council of Liberia Chief Zanzan Karwor says the internal wrangling at the House of Representatives is shameful and must be stopped.

We've Lost a Straightforward Jurist
[NEWS]One Of Liberia's greatest legal minds is dead. Former Chief Justice Johnnie N. Lewis died Wednesday afternoon (upon arrival) at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center. The 69-year jurist had been ill for some time up to his demise. The actual cause of death is unknown but his demise shocked the entire nation and brought the activities of the judiciary to a halt.

'Concessions Never Address Land Issues'
[NEWS]Maryland County Senator J. Gbleh-Bo Brown has disclosed that the 50 years concession agreements between the Liberian Government and Cavalla Rubber Corporation and the Maryland Oil Palm Plantation did not address land issues, especially for communities located near the concession area.

President Sirleaf Announces Death of Former Chief Justice Johnnie Lewis
[Liberia Govt]President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed heartfelt condolences to the official family - the Honorable Supreme Court of Liberia - and the Liberian National Bar Association; as well as the biological family and friends of His Honor Johnnie N. Lewis, former Chief Justice of the Honorable Supreme Court of Liberia.

President Sirleaf Assures That This Government Will Not Be Lame Duck Government
[Liberia Govt]President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is calling for efficiency, coordination and a sense of common purpose across government as they embark on the final three-years of this administration.