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Amon N’Douffou V of Sanwi in southeastern Ivory Coast, on Tuesday, pledged financial support towards rebuilding the iconic structure in Paris. “I am in full consultation with my elders – we are going to make a donation for the rebuilding of this monument,” the traditional ruler said of the structure which he claimed played a huge part in his kingdom’s history in the 17th century. News 

Ivorian Chief Wants To Rebuild France’s Notre Dame

    In just 24 hours, a fund to restore the medieval Notre-Dame cathedral that was devastated by fire has hit over $1 billion, with donations still pouring in from around the world. The Paris landmark was heavily damaged Monday night after a fire broke out during a Roman Catholic Mass and quickly spread to the roof and iconic church spire. Firefighters managed to save the 850-year-old Gothic building’s main stone structure, including its two towers, but the spire and roof collapsed. There are also fears that an unknown number…

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To appropriate the apartment, she allegedly called on an intermediary, the Portuguese businessman Veiga, who is also a representative of Asperbras, a Brazilian construction giant that is making inroads in Brazzaville since Brazil helped clear the debt of Congo. News 

Congo President’s Daughter Buys Luxury Trump Apartment

    The Sassou-Ngueso family, which has ruled Congo for nearly 40 years, has been embroiled in another controversy, this time, involving alleged money laundering. The daughter of the president of Congo-Brazzaville allegedly misappropriated public funds to buy a luxury apartment in the Donald Trump residential and hotel complex in New York, said the Global Witness, an anti-corruption NGO.Claudia Sassou-Nguesso, who is also the president’s director of communications, allegedly purchased the $7 million apartment in Manhattan in the summer of 2014, raising new concerns about Trump’s ties to international money…

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President Bio is concerned about creating a new country. Corruption––whether organized or petit––and scandals, small or large, are no more as government officials in his administration have all realized that a new dawn has come and spread in Sierra Leone. President Bio has and continues to reach out for wisdom and the best advice from all Sierra Leoneans in-country and abroad, including from the opposition as well as from people who once criticized him. News Op-ed 

President Bio Takes Sierra Leone to the Next Level.

The Editor, Good Leadership is about humility, self-consciousness, character, openness, and vision.  It is about focus and the desire to cherish new ideas and count on individuals who can contribute to one’s vision and priorities. Sierra Leone’s new president retired general Julius Maada Bio gets it.  Since taking office, President Bio has won the hearts and minds of Sierra Leoneans.  He has forged connection and made national unity and honest reconciliation a bedrock.  He has relied on the talent, professionalism, and experiences of Sierra Leoneans with meaningful contributions to make…

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The Senegalese thought that would be the case after a wildly successful debut 16 years ago that came with a freewheeling style of play and memorable celebrations. A national holiday was declared after the victory over France, and it's still considered among the best performances by an African team. Cameroon (1990) and Ghana (2010), neither of whom qualified for the tournament in Russia, are the only other African teams to reach the quarterfinals. News Sports 

World Cup 2018: Senegal Lions

    DAKAR, Senegal — When the World Cup trophy tour reached Senegal, President Macky Sall got the taste of being a champion. It’s an experience he hopes is real in Senegal one day. Sall optimistically turned to Senegal coach Aliou Cisse that day and said: “It won’t be long.” That’s some pressure for a team making only its second World Cup appearance. But that first appearance, in 2002, was memorable. A team of relative unknowns led Senegal to the quarterfinals in a run that began with a 1-0 victory…

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"It is always important to be part of a collective, the African collective needs to work together legislatively," said Modise in an interview with the SABC. Modise said she hoped issues such as the representation of women would improve, adding that while regulations wanted each country sending a delegation of five members to include one female it was incumbent on member states to appoint more female leaders to the African parliament. News Politics 

‘We need young people in Pan African Parliament:’ Malema

      Tshidi Madia South Africa is committed to strengthening the pan-African parliament even though it still hasn’t made a decision on its Malobo protocol, the newly sworn-in member of the Pan African Parliament (PAP), Thoko Didiza has said. Didiza, Chairperson of the national council of provinces Thandi Modise, former president Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela and the EFF’s Julius Malema were among the five south Africans who were sworn into the 255-member institution on Monday. The new members of the PAP have committed to assisting in strengthening the…

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The passage of the act is being challenged by the some Senators, who called on Thursday, May 3, for the version sent in by members of the Lower House to be amended. The House of Representatives is calling for superintendents, commissioners and town chiefs to be elected. News Op-ed Public Policy 

Senator Gble-Gbo Brown Wants Elections for Superintendents

    Monrovia –The Local Government Act, along with several other bills, has lingered in the corridors of the Legislature for a long while now with hope that one day they will be passed into law by members of the legislature. The Local Government Act is aimed at decentralizing the Liberian government’s operations. The passage of the act is being challenged by the some Senators, who called on Thursday, May 3, for the version sent in by members of the Lower House to be amended. The House of Representatives is…

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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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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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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 

YOUNG AND OLD: TOGETHER, MAKE LIBERIA GROW

  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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