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‘American Idol’ judge Nicki Minaj comment Starts War of Words in Trinidad!

      By: Hawa Wesseh Little did American idol judge Nicki Minaj know that her comments praising Liberian native Zoanette Johnson on national television in Las Vegas would be so polarizing that Trinidadians would take to social media and the news circuits to denounce the rapper for daring to mention her country and war torn Liberia in the same breadth of sentence, but if they looked closer they probably would have seen a connection. Rolling Stone: “Ten more girls faced sudden-death elimination in Las Vegas last night as American Idol culled…

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Liberian Zoanette Johnson Takes American Idol By storm

        By: Hawa Wesseh The oldest singing competition on US TV is just taking off as the Voice and the X-Factor that are also competitors went to bed. American Idol Season 12 is here and the contestants are coming out to party and look who showed up as the bash is heating up in Las Vegas; it is Liberian Zoanette Johnson! Even five time Grammy winner Mariah Carey was unrestrained in her praises for the West African this week saying, “I feel like you’re a very giving person…

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The Liberian Farmer: Vision 2030 and the Agricultural Sector

        Solomon C. Hedd-Williams   Liberia is moving towards the dawn of an innovative future that is enshrined in a vision of progression through recovery and development by 2030. The President of Liberia Her Excellency, Madame Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf recent consultation with citizens of Bong County, signifies a start up dialogue to create a road map for broad based economic recovery which reverses the deterioration of our nation and fosters development that is sustainable. However; with the abundance of natural resources and our vast arable landmass, we…

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Sports 

Afcons: Keshi’s Moment Of Truth

      Listener staff report Nigerian Super Eagle Coach Steve Keshi named his final 23 man squad for the African Cup of Nations slated to be held in South Africa this month. Steve Keshi reports say, always wanted the Eagles coaching position and he finally landed the high profile job last year after another countryman Sampson Siasia failed to qualify the talented Super Eagles for the last edition of afcons. For this year’s edition, Nigeria lobbied the Confederation of African Football [CAF] to give them a soft opponent for…

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Liberian Coach Kaetu Smith Dismissed

      LFA Press Released The Liberia Football Association has dissolved the entire coaching staff of the Liberia national team following a run of poor outing in major international competitions in recent time. According to the president of the LFA Musa Bility, speaking Friday at a major press briefing at the LFA on Benson Street in Monrovia, the decision to dismiss the national coaches comes after thorough consultation with the chief patron of sports president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the ministry of youth and sports and the executive committee of the…

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Diamond activities in Liberia gears up

    Listener staff report Liberia is making progress with diamond mining reports say since the ban on the precious stones were lifted by the united nations security council five years ago. Under president Charles Taylor Liberia used the mineral in what became known as “blood diamonds.” According to information, the Liberian government exported 27,772 carats of diamonds during the first 9months of the 2012. According to Rough and Polished, an “information and analytics on diamond and jewellery markets,”  an industry insider, which boasts offices in Russia, the U.S. and Europe. The…

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Sports 

Herve Renard and Zambia looks to conquer Africa

Hawa Wesseh   With the Afcons tournament drawing nearer and nearer,  South African fans believe their embattled team could steal the Afcons crown expected to be hosted in their back yards next month. In a pool conducted by goal.com, the SA fans said Bafana Bafana’s capability of winning the Afcons tournament on home soil was a strong possibility. Daniel Eslick said “South Africa readers feel that the national side have a good chance of becoming champions of Africa… 42 percent of voters chose Bafana Bafana as their winners of Afcons…

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NFF cannot afford car and lodging for Keshi

    With just days to the Afcons tournament in South Africa, the Nigerian football association say it is unable to provide lodging and transportation for is embattled coach Steven Keshi. Keshi will only get an official car and apartment if commercial sponsors come to the aid of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Reports indicate that the Nigerian football trainer has been living in and out of hotels since he was appointed, replacing Sampson Siasia as head of the talented star studded eagles. He was appointed the national coach in…

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President Sirleaf continues to risk Liberia into further chaos

    By: Edmond R. Gray   The arrival of information technology made it somewhat near possible to predict future circumstances such as weather condition, sex of an unborn child, extinction of endangered species, etc. Today, we are told in advance the birth-day of a child in its fetus stage. With the help of a GPS, we can arrive at the doorstep of a distant location. But the quest to predict man’s future behaviors remains a stifling progress. For instance, fast forward to 2012; who in their rational mind would…

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Japan Gives Liberia 33.5m

    Executive Mansion Press Release Monrovia, Liberia – The Japanese Ambassador to Liberia, His Excellency Naoto Nikai, paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia on Thursday, December 13th, after signing a joint US$33.5 million agreement aimed at providing increased energy to Liberians as well as improving Liberia’s food sovereignty. Ambassador Naoto was accompanied to the Office of the President by Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan. The two, on behalf of their respective countries, had earlier signed two separate bilateral agreements for…

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