Afcons 2015 Preview: Ghana Vs. South Africa

MATCH PREVIEW South Africa are without defender Thulani Hlatshwayo, who has not recovered from a concussion suffered in the 1-1 draw with Senegal. And Bafana Bafana will give a late fitness test to defender Rivaldo Coetzee, who missed the last game because of a knee injury. Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan, who scored the winner against Algeria, will again lead the line for the Black Stars. South Africa must win, while Ghana may only need a draw to go through. Ghana are targeting a first Cup of Nations victory against South…

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Liberian Labour Ministry registers 3,000 job seekers

MONROVIA, January 22(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. According to a release quoted by Liberia News Agency, the ministry’s Director of the National Bureau for Employment, George Saah, said qualified Liberians who are seeking employment should apply to the bureau. Saah made the disclosure recently at a two-day employment service training workshop for 50 youths and potential employment officers in Gbarnga, Bong County. He stressed the need to…

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Johnny Lewis 1946-2015: Liberian Chief Justice

Hawa Wesseh Former Liberian Chief Justice Johnnie Lewis is dead. He was 69. Chief Justice Lewis, had been ailing for some time, and will be remembered according to friends and family members for beginning the reforms which are currently ongoing in the judiciary branch as Liberia seeks to entrench the rule of law after almost three decades of social and political upheaval in the West African country. He earned his bachelors from the University of Liberia, followed by another bachelor in laws from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law…

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GBAGBA: A Review by Stephanie C. Horton

R E V I E W Robtel Neajai Pailey’s children’s book Gbagba is populated with characters bound to the changing meanings of ethics in post-war Liberia. The story touches on the role of traditional values to transform social thinking. When the young twins Sundaygar and Sundaymah leave the countryside to visit their aunt in the capital Monrovia, the collusion of adults in everyday corrupt practices—robbery, bribery, fraud, vigilantism—collides with the children’s strong moral sense of right and wrong. Immediately after the children arrive in the city, a thief “in dirty…

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UNDP helped Liberian govt pay Ebola workers Over $1 million dollars

press release Monrovia — UNDP has helped the Liberian government pay thousands of Ebola workers. Over $1 million dollars in cash payments were distributed across the country in January alone. The workers were hired at the height of the crisis to help run treatment centres, help communities prevent transmission and track people that have had contact with victims. Many worked tirelessly without pay for months as the country struggled to cope with the epidemic. “One of the biggest challenges was determining who should be paid. At the start of the…

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Liberian Girl review – striking debut evokes horror of civil war

Michael Billington R E V I E W As part of its season of plays about revolution, the Royal Court brings us a work about the first Liberian civil war, from 1989 to 1996, which led to Charles Taylor’s election as president. It marks the debut of a 31-year-old Peckham playwright, Diana Nneka Atuona, and is clearly the product of research and imagination rather than direct experience. While it might do more to put the war in a political context, it gains a striking immediacy from Matthew Dunster’s immersive production.…

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2 soldiers killed in attack on military posts near Liberia border

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast – State media in Ivory Coast says two soldiers have been killed in a raid on military posts in the southwest of the country. The Ivorian Press Agency said the attack began early Saturday morning in the town of Grabo, near the border with Liberia. The soldiers were killed in the village of Dahioke, 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside the town. One assailant was also killed. Western Ivory Coast was hit hard during Ivory Coast’s 2010-11 postelection violence, which erupted after former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to…

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Liberia Readies For Post Ebola Recovery

As of decline in the number of Ebola cases in Liberia suffice the scars and the damage inflicted by this deadly outbreak on the Liberian economy and key sectors of growth remains indelible. As such, the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning [MFPD] says, the Government of Liberia (GOL) is preparing for the aftermath of the health crisis by targeting critical areas of interest for investment to resuscitate the shattered economy as the country prepares for a post-Ebola recovery era. Cognizant of an already volatile economy, the MFDP stresses that…

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Liberia Welcomes Two Presidents from Niger And Benin

President Sirleaf welcomes Thomas Yayi Boni of Benin and Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger MONROVIA, January 8 (LINA)-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the visit of the Presidents of Benin and Niger has further deepened the support and feeling of solidarity that the two countries have for Liberia. The Liberian President said though they were just visiting the country since the Ebola crisis, she was certain that they have been with Liberia in spirit. “You have been with us through messages, telephone calls, through the meetings of ECOWAS that have provided the…

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Kenya coffee earnings jump 17 Percent

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s earnings from exports of its coffee rose 17 percent to $254.2 million during the 2013/14(Oct-Sept) crop season due to improved production and higher prices, the industry regulator said on Thursday. The east African nation is a relatively small coffee grower compared with other producers, but its speciality beans are known for their quality, attracting demand from roasters. Kenya’s Coffee Directorate said farmers benefited from subsidised fertiliser from the government during the period, helping them to raise production by a quarter to 49,475 metric tonnes. Kenyan growers…

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