AllAfrica News: Liberia

Ebola Infections 'Slowing'
[Deutsche Welle]The World Health Organization says there could be a decline in the rate of Ebola cases in Liberia. The UN health agency made the announcement during a press conference in Geneva.

Ivorian Airline Resumes Monrovia Route
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -The Ivorian airliner, Air Cote d'Ivoire, has become the first African airline to resume flights to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, a key step which will make it much easier for aid workers to travel to the Ebola-hit nations. The airline partly owned by Air France-KLM (AF) commenced Liberia flights on Sunday, October 26 after kicking off its service to Guinea on Oct. 20.

Expect Conflict When Leasing Inhabited Land to Business - Report
[Thomson Reuters Foundation]London -Conflict over land is inevitable in countries like Indonesia, Brazil and Peru where indigenous people and local communities live on tens of thousands of mining, oil and gas, logging and farming concessions, a report said on Thursday.

Ellen Celebrates 76th Birthday in Silence
[Observer]Many may have forgotten or may not have been aware because of the Ebola crisis which has pre-occupied everyone's mind, that yesterday was President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's 76th birthday. The celebration was low key with the president in a calm and reflective mood.

27 Persons Detained, for Allegedly Torturing Man to Death
[Observer]About 27 persons are currently undergoing interrogation at the Tappita Police Station for allegedly torturing to death an elderly in the Town called Doe Zuaplay in Tappita District.

Kora Awards Names Kanvee 'Goodwill Ambassador'
[Observer]The biggest music awards organization in Africa, the KORA - All Africa Music Awards, has accredited and recognized Liberia's top Gospel Artist, Kanvee Gaines Adams, as their Goodwill Ambassador on Ebola.

Speaker Tyler Denies Being Probed By LACC
[Observer]The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler, has categorically denied having ever been investigated by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) for any financial or administrative malpractice as announced by the LACC Chairman Cllr. James Verdier.

U.S. Acknowledges Results in Liberia
[New Dawn]The United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, says the U.S. is beginning to "see results in Liberia", acknowledging a change in some traditional practices here.

Signs of Ebola Decline in Liberia Offer 'Glimmer of Hope' - UN
[UN News]The spread of Ebola in Liberia may be slowing, as demonstrated in the decline in burials and sickbed occupancy rates, as well as a plateau in lab-reported new cases in the West African country hardest hit by the virus, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today, while cautioning against drawing premature conclusions.

Ebola Number Puzzle - Cautious Optimism Amid Cases Drop
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -About two weeks ago, journalists and health workers who have been covering the Ebola outbreak in Liberia and caring for the sick have been stating that the rate of infection seems to be going down and that there were some empty beds at isolation centers. This trend has continued and was first voiced out by United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power when she visited Liberia on Tuesday.

Back to Ebola Zone - Washington Post Duo - Ducille and Bernstein Return
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -Just days after he was barred from a teaching workshop class at Syracuse University over fears that he may have been infected with the deadly Ebola virus following his recent assignment to Liberia, Washington Post Photographer Michel duCille is heading back to the epicenter of the outbreak. DuCille, along with health reporter Lenny Bernstein will arrive in Monrovia Friday for a second assignment stint since the outbreak in March.

High Court Cites Justice Ministry Over Unpaid Wages to Prosecutor
[FrontPageAfrica]The Supreme Court has cited the Ministry of Justice to a conference slated for Thursday following a petition filed by one of the its Senior Prosecutor, Atty. Sam Solomon to compel the ministry to pay him his seven years and four months arrears.

'A Witch-Hunt' - Liberia's House Speaker Slams LACC Indictment
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -The Liberia Anti-Corruption commission (LACC) continues to come under immense criticisms by public officials against the latest report indicting them of financial misappropriation.

Senators Want Pro-Tempore Out?
[New Dawn]If should happen, it would then be the worst disgrace for a man of his stature. Less than 93 days to the end of his tenure, the President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate may just be worry about his fate as Chief Administrator of the Senate and the possibility of his re-election come December 16.

Ambassador Power Assures President Sirleaf
[New Dawn]The United States Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) has assured President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of the U.S. Government's unflinching support to the total eradication of the Ebola virus disease in Liberia and rebuilding the country.

Minister Rannie Jackson, Others Defy Ellen
[New Dawn]Public officials, who should have resigned following their qualification by the National Elections Commission or NEC as candidates for the December 16, 2014 Midterm Senatorial election, are in complete defiance of the executive mandate. It has been almost two weeks now since the NEC published its final listing of successful candidates.

Senate to Boot Findley Out
[Observer]The Daily Observer has reliably learned that the Liberian Senate is close to obtaining a majority vote to "kick out" Grand Bassa County Senator Gbehzohngar M. Findley from the President Pro Tempore post.

Ebola Cases Are Still High in Bong
[Observer]Bong County Health Officer, Dr. Sampson Azoakoi, has stated that Ebola cases are still high in the county despite frantic efforts by the County Health Team, the County Leadership and partners to fight the deadly virus there.

Aureus Mining to Begin Gold Production in Liberia Soon
[Observer]AUREUS Mining, a mineral company prospecting for gold in Grand Cape Mount County, is expected to begin full production in July next year, the company's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) David Reading said.

World Bank Pledges Additional U.S. $100 Million
[Observer]The World Bank Group says it has raised an additional US$100 million funding in its Ebola crisis response to speed up deployment of foreign health workers to the three worst-affected countries in West Africa. The announcement increases the Bank's funding for the Ebola fight over the last three months in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to more than US$500 million. The Bank has already disbursed about US$105 million to the governments of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to fight the Ebola epidemic.

Magisterial Court to Try Several AFL Soldiers
[Observer]The Brewerville Magisterial Court has ordered the Ministry of Defense to disrobe and turn over several officers of the Armed Force of Liberia (AFL) for prosecution.

Burglary At Ebola Treatment Center Storeroom
[New Dawn]Nimba -A report from Nimba says unknown men have burglarized a storeroom of the Ganta Ebola Treatment Center and made away with several items. The robbers allegedly used knives and other weapons and broke into the storeroom.

World Bank Pledges Additional U.S. $100 Million for Foreign Health Workers
[New Dawn]The World Bank Group has announced an additional $100 million funding in its Ebola crisis response to speed up deployment of foreign health workers to the three worst-affected countries in West Africa, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to a press release. The announcement increases the World Bank Group's funding for the Ebola fight over the last three months in the three countries to more than $500 million.

Police Charged Four With Murder in Grand Gedeh
[New Dawn]Police in Grand Gedeh County have charged and sent to court four persons in connection with murder at the PTP Refugee Camp. Police charged sheet said the four suspects are charged with murder based on Section 14.1 of the new panel law of Liberia.

Finance Puts Recruits On 90-Day Probation
[Observer]Twenty four newly recruited directors at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) have been placed on a 90-day probation pending screening of their academic and criminal records, amongst others. The directors are all employees of the former Ministry of Finance and were recruited through a competitive vetting process recently to beef up the newly established MFDP.

To Provide Medicines, Other Medical Supplies to Buchannan Gov't Hospital, Arcelormittal Signs MOU With GOL
[Observer]The world's steel giant, ArcelorMittal have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Liberian Government Hospital in Grand Bassa County for the donation of drugs for a three-month period. The MOU takes effect immediately.

Labor Minister Extols Businesses
[Observer]The Labor Minister, Atty. Neto Zarzar Lighe, Sr., has lauded business and individual establishments operating in the country for their level of commitment and support to the Liberian government's fight against the killer disease Ebola.

Street Child of Liberia - Fighting a Good Cause
[Observer]Over a year ago, Street Child UK which has multiple programs to rescue street children in Sierra Leone, saw the need to send a representative to Monrovia, and establish a local body to be known as Street Child of Liberia to rescue Liberian children from the streets along with social services.

Criminal Lawyer Jason Doe Solves - the Case of the Unhappy Aunt
[Observer]"Your Honor," Prosecutor John Kieh said, "Counselor Doe is a daredevil in his cross-examination and therefore I want a re-direct of the witness to make sure that the state's position is clear."

'We Prefer Burial, Not Cremation'
[Observer]Gbarnga -Traditional leaders in Bong County have denounced the cremation of Ebola dead on ground that it is conflicting to the cultural norms and traditional practices of the country.