AllAfrica News: Liberia

Ebola Vaccine 'Highly Effective', Results Show
[WHO] Results from an interim analysis of the Guinea Phase III efficacy vaccine trial show that VSV-EBOV (Merck, Sharp & Dohme) is highly effective against Ebola. The independent body of international experts - the Data and Safety Monitoring Board -- that conducted the review, advised that the trial should continue. Preliminary results from analysis of these interim data are published today in the British journal The Lancet.

Ebola Has Been Contained - Offical
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The head of Liberia's Independence Management System, Tolbert Nyenswah, Thursday, July 30 said the country has successfully contained the Ebola Virus Disease. Mr. Nyenswah said: "Today we can safely say the outbreak has been contained and we have regained our freedom. We will remain vigilant as we observe the 42 days as prescribed by the World Health Organization."

Ebola Disrupts Birth Records, Poses Trafficking Threat - UN
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -West Africa's Ebola epidemic has disrupted birth registrations in Liberia, leaving hundreds of thousands of children without citizenship and in danger of being trafficked or illegally adopted, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said on Friday.

Churches Reject 'Christian State' Proposal
[Inquirer] The Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) has for the first time officially spoken on the proposed Christian State proposition saying that Liberia was never founded as a Christian State.

Unregistered Children Born During Ebola Crisis At Risk of Exclusion, Trafficking
[UN News] The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today that the more than 70,000 Liberian children whose births were not recorded during the Ebola outbreak may be unable to access basic health and social services, obtain identity documents, and risk the danger of being trafficked or illegally adopted.

'A Very Good Man in Africa' - Stephen Ellis
[African Arguments] Stephen Ellis who died yesterday was one of the greatest Africanists of his generation. He was also a great friend to me and my family and also to RAS. He edited African Affairs from 1998 to 2006 bringing several bright young academics to the journal.

Police Chief Criticizes A.B. Kromah
[New Dawn] Deputy Police Director for Operations, Prince Mulbah, has criticized the law enforcement strategies of his predecessor, Col. Abraham Kromah as a "blatant disrespect for our people" and commercial motorcyclists.

Deserted Liberian Chimps Eclipsed By Zimbabwean Lion
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -For decades, the rights of animals has been violated in Africa by research groups and tourists. In sub-Saharan Africa, endangered species are killed for leisure or used as organs donor. In Liberia, chimpanzees were used for research purposes for three decades by the New York Blood Center. Many of the chimps captured lost their family, tortured and confined for nearly the rest of their lives, and were subjected to an unimaginable end.

Brown Debunks Global Witness 'Snake Oil' Report
[LINA] Information Minister Lewis G. Brown has refuted reports by the advocacy group Global Witness that the Government of Liberia is involved in unwholesome acts such as confiscating private lands for use by concessionaires.

Birth Registrations Plummet in Wake of Ebola Epidemic
[IPS] Liberia's Ebola epidemic may have subsided but its after-effects are still being felt, with tens of thousands of infants going unregistered at birth, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF says.

Noted Scholar Dies
[African Arguments] The Leiden African Studies Centre is very sad to report that Prof. Stephen Ellis died on July 29, 2015. Stephen had leukemia, a disease that first manifested itself three years ago, and was treated effectively until three weeks ago.

Matilda Parker's Trouble Deepens - State Challenges Validity
[Inquirer] The Government prosecutors have challenged the validity of the US$1.2 million criminal appearance bond filed on behalf of the suspended Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA) and her Comptroller by Family Dollar Universal Insurance Service (FDUIS).

Armah Jallah Gets Over U.S.$1.4 Million
[NEWS] Senate Pro-tempt Armah Z. Jallah has been allotted more than one million United States dollars in the 2015/2016 draft national budget recently passed by the House of Representatives.

Boakai Aging for Presidency
[New Dawn] As the debate intensifies gradually for President Sirleaf's possible replacement, Nimba County Representative Worlea-Saywah Dunah thinks Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, who has already accepted a petition to vie in 2017, is aging for the Liberian presidency, and that the governing Unity Party would find it challenging to market him because of such factor.

Pres. Sirleaf Orders Release of Three Prisoners
[LINA] President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has instructed the Superintendent of Sinoe County, Roosevelt Quiah, to work with authorities of the Greenville Prison to release three persons serving terms at the prison.

Babies of Ebola Survivors to Join Prevail Research
[LINA] Babies born to Ebola survivors will be admitted in the on-going Ebola Clinical Research being conducted in Liberia by a joint Liberia-US scientific group under the canopy of Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus in Liberia (PREVAIL).

Engineer Denounces Lawsuits Against Road Construction Firms
[LINA] Public Works Resident Engineer for Nimba County, Lahaisan Warati, has called on Nimbians to engage government authorities and avoid lawsuits against construction companies operating in the county.

Kaleidoscope of the International Conference On Africa's Fight Against Ebola, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
[Sierra Leone Government] The recently concluded International Conference on Africa's fight against Ebola held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea focuses on Africa helping Africans in the Ebola Recovery and Reconstruction and attracted AU Foreign Affairs Ministers, Ministers of Health, Heads of States.

Called for Life, By Kent and Amber Brantly
[Ebola Deeply] The American doctor Kent Brantly made headlines last year when he contracted Ebola while serving as a medical missionary in Liberia. Brantly became the first patient to ever receive the experimental drug ZMapp, and was evacuated to the U.S. for treatment. Called for Life, a memoir written together with his wife, Amber, takes readers into the heart of the Ebola outbreak - and into Kent's own battle to live.

Senior Police Officers Indicted for Manslaughter
[Inquirer] The grand jury for Montserrado County has indicted six senior officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) on allegation of manslaughter after beating one Mohammed Jalloh to death.

Children Born During the Ebola Outbreak in Liberia At Risk of Exclusion
[Unicef] Monrovia, Liberia -UNICEF is supporting a drive by the Liberian Government to register more than 70,000 children whose births were not recorded during the Ebola crisis, leaving them vulnerable to marginalization and exclusion.

Bong Citizens to Hold Mass Meeting
[NEWS] Several students of the Bong County Technical College and some concerned citizens have written the county administration and Legislative Caucus requesting for a meeting with the leadership on persistent delays in the completion of the construction of the college in Gbarnga.

EJS Congratulates Obama for Nuclear Agreement Success
[NEWS] resident Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has congratulated U. S. President Barack Obama and the Government of the United States for the outstanding and remarkable success in reaching a groundbreaking Nuclear Agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

GVL to Rehire Former Employees
[NEWS] President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has disclosed that Golden Veroleum-Liberia (GVL) has agreed to begin rehiring former employees laid off as a result of the May 26th incident in Butaw, Sinoe County.

Last Surveillance Cases to Be Released Tomorrow
[NEWS] The head of the Incident Management System (IMS) Deputy Minister Tolbert Nyenswah has disclosed that the last 17 persons who have been under observation as a result of the recent Ebola virus attack will be released this Saturday.

Liberia's Low Blows Amid High Road Woes & Travel Challenges
[FrontPageAfrica] While Grand Kru is breathing a sigh of relief over the construction of a road that has made the county more accessible, other parts of the country remain a challenged

Tough Measures Announced for Prospective Jurors in Liberia
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Liberians and their foreign partners who have become victims of juror malpractices in the judiciary may finally get some respite, according to a new policy launched by Chief Justice Francis Korkpor. The policy, New Management System, comes into place following a legislation passed two years ago by members of the National Legislature to repeal the jury law.

Maryland, River Gee, Grand Gedeh to Host Next Independence Day
[LINA] President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced that Maryland, River Gee and Grand Gedeh counties will jointly host the 169th Independence Anniversary celebration next year.

'Do Justice to Your Fellowman At All Time,' Says Chief Justice
[LINA] Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor has challenged graduates of the 15th class of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) to do justice at all times to their fellowman irrespective of their color or creed.

TRC 'Rock of Gibraltar' Must Be Eroded At All Cost
[New Republic] On Sunday, July 26, Nimba County Senator Prince Y. Johnson again slammed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in a special Independence Day sermon at his church.