The key findings by the report indicated that the actual interest cost to the government over the duration of the loan is estimated at US$62,651,520 or 12% of the loan. This excludes other charges and default penalties that may accrue. Total repayment is estimated at US$599,051,520. Business News 

536.4M Loan Could Have Serious Consequences for Liberia’ -CePAR

    The ETON Finance PTE Limited-Government of Liberia Loan Agreement worth US$ 536.4 million and currently before the Legislature for ratification may have serious financial repercussions if the Legislature approved the deal, a 21-page document issued by the Center for Policy Action and Research (CePAR) said in a release yesterday. The analysis was done by CePAR’s Stephen R. Johnson (lead), Francis Kiazolu, Alieu F. Nyei and M. Boakai Jaleiba, Jr. The release said they analyzed both the loan agreement and the company’s capacity to provide the service to the…

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Although the situation doesn’t appear to be heading toward outright conflict in East Africa, this growing animosity could stall attempts to increase cooperation and integration in the region. If it escalates any further, it could also worsen already tense situations in neighboring countries. While war between Rwanda and Uganda is almost unimaginable, proxy battles have sprung from their private disagreements before. News Op-ed 

Renewed Tensions Between Uganda and Rwanda Will Ripple Across East Africa

    Despite a steady stream of denials from Kigali and Kampala, ties between Rwanda and Uganda appear to be deteriorating rapidly. The latest ebb in this historically volatile relationship stems from the Ugandan government’s pushback on what it perceives as Rwandan meddling in its domestic affairs. Though Ugandan officials have not gone public with any formal allegations, their dissatisfaction can be read in a recent string of increasingly high-profile incidents. Last year, the Ugandan government mounted a crackdown on suspected Rwandan spies operating in Uganda, including the arrest of…

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For example, if Mr. McGill recommends that Mr. John S. Bestman, LBDI President, be the next Central Bank Governor, do you think President Weah will say no?? I don't think so. Op-ed 

LBDI Confirms McGill US$200,000 Mortgage Application

The Editor, Do you think LBDI would bend its lending practices if Nathaniel McGill were an average Joe? Please, an average Joe’s application would never see the light of day because he’s credit risk! (Re “LBDI President Confirms Nathaniel McGill’s US$200k Mortgage Application”) Even though Nat. McGill is a credit risk, he’s NO average Joe.  He’s the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs.  And, as such, he has a lot of power and influence in presidential decisions. For example, if Mr. McGill recommends that Mr. John S. Bestman, LBDI President,…

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Form guide: Egypt have lost their last two friendlies, against Portugal and Greece, as Cuper looked to experiment. The team, who reached the African Nations Cup final last year, have two wins, a draw and two defeats in their last five matches. News Sports 

Russia 2018 World Cup: Egyptian Pharods

    FIFA ranking: 46 (till June 7) Previous tournaments: Egypt have appeared in two World Cups — in 1934 and 1990 — and have never won a match in the tournament. The Pharaohs became the first African nation to qualify for a World Cup in 1934, but were beaten 4-2 by Hungary in their only game. They finished bottom of their group at the 1990 tournament with two draws and a defeat. Coach: Hector Cuper: The 62-year-old spent a decade managing clubs in Spain and Italy, including Inter Milan…

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Be a True “Country Champion” President Weah

    Press Release Monrovia, Liberia—- The Emancipation Movement of Liberia Inc. (EMOL) writes to retell President George M. Weah to be a true “Country Champion” by creating Equal Fighting Chance Opportunity (EFCO) for all Liberian children through an act of Legislation EMOL said this because registered voters in 14 of the 15 counties voted for him overwhelmingly over former Vice President Joseph N. Boakai to end the old political culture, which allows the presidency to run the country as a patronage political network. EMOL is a non-profit and non-partisan…

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Evidently, Presidents Doe, Taylor and Sirleaf brought on or prolonged the hardship, suffering, misery and grief the Liberian people are currently dealing with. Yet, each of these individuals entered the Presidency on a wave of popular support. Op-ed 


    The Editor   By my own calculation, one of the greatest mistakes the Liberian people have ever made, was to elect Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf the first post-war President of Liberia. Then, again, it might have been destiny – the same destiny that brought Mr Charles Ghankay Taylor, Master Sergeant Samuel Kanyon Doe, and now, Mr George Manneh Weah to the Presidency at a specific moment in time. Evidently, Presidents Doe, Taylor and Sirleaf brought on or prolonged the hardship, suffering, misery and grief the Liberian people are…

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This is not the first time Mr. Bility’s name has been used as blame in the ongoing arrests of Liberian war criminals abroad. It may record, according to story published by Frontpage Africa newspaper, the sister of Agnes Reeves Taylor, former wife of Liberian warlord and ruler of Liberia, blamed Hassan Bility for being responsible for the arrest of her sister Agnes by English authorities for war crimes. Op-ed 

Anti-Human Rights Group Threatens Hassan Bility

    Special Release   Liberia Human Rights Campaign, or LHRC, a premier Liberian human rights movement based in the United States of America, and its national and international partners and supporters, have learned with great disdain and with an outright condemnation of an anti-human rights group who is reportedly issuing threats against Mr. Hassan Bility, a Liberian human rights activist and executive director for Global Justice Research Project. The group is said to be using a fundraising mechanism under the name “National Mandingo Defense Funds” with members in the…

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THIS RE-INVITATION OF old journalists, and the urging that they work together with new journalists, can establish a productive atmosphere. In such atmosphere, young achievers will remain grounded, so that they don’t develop a false sense of self-importance for whatever few steps they take at a time. In such atmosphere, young achievers will not run with every conceivable idea and treat it as gold. All bright objects aren’t gold. Wrestling with each emerging idea, both new and old journalists will transform that idea into something very purposeful and therefore meaningful. News Op-ed 


  K-Moses Nagbe   READING THE NEWS Public Trust, a Liberian online daily, I took interest in the clarion call placed for older journalists to return to journalism. This call is important and the idea is surely useful for other professionals—teachers, doctors, nurses, engineers, lawyers, etc. For a country still struggling because it is saddled with underdeveloped and postwar conditions, there couldn’t be a better call. A cross-fertilization of ideas between new professionals and old professionals is germane to national development. But such a fertilization is unachievable if the old…

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No later did it turn out to be set up for journalists who were now trapped and prevented from leaving the yard or the party headquarters. They were mercilessly flogged, on instructions from some party officials, who instructed that both local and international journalists be flogged and while in the process, their electronic equipments were destroyed. News Op-ed 

Who Is Advising President Weah?

  By Emmanuel Saingbe TO BE SUCCESSFUL, PRESIDENT WEAH MUST AVOID THE PITFALLS OF THE PAST   As President of Liberia, the first thing George Manneh Weah should always keep in mind is  he does not own Liberia. That is, President Weah should always keep separate what belongs to him as a person and what belongs to Liberia as a nation. And this is why all patriotic Liberians should continue to demand that President Weah publicly declare his assets. President Weah should also bear in mind to avoid the abuse…

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To me, this action on the part of the minister is an insult to the Liberian masses. The average Liberian lives on less than US$1.00 a day. McGill's loan to acquire a mansion, sends a bad message to everyone and solidifies the notion that the only quick way to get rich is working for government. This action on the part of the Minister of state undermines the "Pro-poor Agenda" Op-ed 

A Memo to Nat Mcgill, Liberia’s minister of State for Presidential affairs.

The Editor The reason some of us opposed a third-term for the Unity Party-led government under President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was the rampant corruption and flagrant disregard for accountability and transparency. This new administration under the leadership of President George Weah is set on the foundation of a “pro-poor agenda”, we expect officials of this government to live up to and act that. A few days ago, media reports surfaced about Minister of State McGill taking a US$200,000 loan from the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) to buy/build a…

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