Sports 

Africa Cup of Nations 2013: Predicting How Rest of Draw Will Play out

        Only one day and two matches remain before the full knockout round is set in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Tuesday’s matches saw Nigeria advance by the skin of their teeth, scoring two late goals to beat Ethiopia 2-0. Burkina Faso also toothed their way to a 0-0 tie against Zambia, eliminating the defending champion Chipolopolo in the process. With the matches being streamed on ESPN3.com, Africa’s premier international tournament has received unprecedented exposure and acclaim. On one hand it is sad the tournament is almost finished, but on the other,…

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Op-ed 

How Probable Is Liberia’s 2030 Vision?

      By:  Percy Harris Few months back, I was tuned into CNBC—the ubiquitous business channel noted for its critical analysis of events impacting economies around the world— and the billionaire financier Warren Buffet was on talking about the strength of the U.S. economy, and the likely precipice ahead (i.e. the fiscal cliff) if Washington did not take immediate action(s). Interestingly, the conversation veered towards education and the future of America. In that segment, something very peculiar was noticed. As Mr. Buffet spoke about the future of his country,…

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Business Politics 

Abolish Or Privatize LPRC

      By: Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh Long before one of the world’s leading auditors, Ernst & Young, was appointed by the European Commission to conduct a systems and financial audit of the Liberian Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) from the period of October 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004, most Liberians see the institution as a breeding ground for waste and corruption. Like the Liberian Produce Marketing Association (LPMC), the Liberian Broadcasting Service (LBS), the Liberian Electricity Corporation (LEC), the Liberian Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), and many more are money-wasting bureaucracies that…

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Society Arts & Leisure Sports 

Weah Appeal For Suspended Players

        LFA Press Release The governing body of local football, Liberia Football Association, LFA, has officially lifted an indefinite ban placed in mid June 2012 on three top notched actors of the senior national football team of Liberia. Francis Grandpa Doe, Dioh Williams and Anthony Laffor (then captain) were banned for acts mismatched with guiding principles of the national under former coach Kaetu Smith, whose recommendation for suspension of the trio was backed by the LFA and they were indefinitely thrown out of the national mid way…

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News Politics Society Arts & Leisure 

President Sirleaf “Enduring Legacy”: A Rejoinder

    By: Ralph Cherbo Geeplay Let’s pick some bones with Ms. Shirley N. Brownell, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Communications Director and her well written op-ed, “Journey to Partnership: An Enduring Legacy for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.” Shirley is fresh from a trip to Washington DC where she, Sirleaf and delegation called on high profile US officials recently, including outgoing Secretary of State and former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Brownell returned home enthused, concerned that her boss’s legacy is being discussed early and her name thrown around: “even with five…

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Politics Society Arts & Leisure 

Journey to Partnership: An Enduring Legacy for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

      By:  Shirley N. Brownell Monrovia – The word “legacy” gets bandied about in political circles, almost ad nauseam. With reference to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, comments abound – even with five full years to go in her second and final term – that “it’s time for Ellen to think about her legacy, the legacy she will leave Liberia.” Everything that this President does, or says, is examined, nay dissected, through the prism of how that action will affect her legacy. Never mind that she inherited, in 2006, a…

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News Sports 

Crystal Palace Nails Liberian Youngster

      Hawa Wesseh, Listener sports Liberian youngster Alex Nimely is now signed to Crystal Palace in the English league. At Palace Nimely is expected to be a regular forward in Coach Ian Holloway’s squad, a break he has not had since his playing career began in England reports say. Before going on to Europe, Nimely laced his boots for Liberia’s FC Mighty Barrolle for a year, 2005-06. He also played for Barrack Young Controllers in the Liberian league for three years, before moving on to Cameroon for a…

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Tributes 

My Encounters with Peter Ballah, AKA Flomo

    By: Nvesekie N. Konneh Like many Liberians my first encounter with the late Liberian comedian, Peter Ballah would come obviously when I heard his comedy skits that were recorded on cassettes in the 1980s. At the time, I lived in my home town of Saclepea, Nimba County. The humorous skits on radio came in the form of advertisements that were also packaged as public service messages. When I moved to Monrovia in 1988, I encountered his act first hand on TV.  When the war came in the early…

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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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Politics Society Arts & Leisure 

Koijee’s Apology

    By: Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh Politics is a tough sport. Just ask Jefferson Koijee. The young “revolutionary” of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), got that message the hard way after he was suspended indefinitely by his party for his public criticism of party founder and “First Partisan” George Weah during the 2012 national Vision 2030 conference in Gbarnga, for accepting the Peace Ambassador position from President Sirleaf. Koijee captured the moment by his obviously frank and in-your-face public criticism of Weah and Sirleaf, which did not go well with…

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