Matilda Parker’s Trial Begins After Christmas Break

MONROVIA—The trial of two former officials of National Port Authority (NPA) former Managing Director Matilda Parker and Comptroller Christina Paelay continues Monday after a week break due to the Christmas season. Presiding Judge Blamo Dixon told parties that the case will be suspended due to the Christmas season to resume Tuesday December 29, 2015. Judge Blamo also stated that after the Tuesday, December 29, 2015 hearing the case will be adjourned for the New Year break to resume on January 5th 2015. “Let me inform you that this case will…

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Confronting The Liberian Education Challenge

Introduction and Definition The Liberian education system is seriously ill with the condition worsening by the day. What exact illness is it suffering from? I use the disease model as a metaphor to highlight how grave the issue is and suggest bold, yet practical paths to its recovery. Three steps are typically necessary when one uses the disease framework: description of the problem, a diagnosis of the cause, and a prescription of the remedy. The term education system here refers to the collection of individual institutions that are involved in…

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Stewart Travelogue: The disconnect between the people and their leaders is all too obvious

By: John Stewart I Just returned from a grueling 5-day trip to the heavily forested Gainwolala District, Gbarpolu County where no roads exist and where even telephone contact is extremely difficult. I visited the towns of Kpayeakwelle, home town of Senator Daniel Naateng, Glaingasiasue which lost 18 persons to the deadly Ebola disease and the District headquarters of Palahkwelle. A full account follows below but suffice it to say that the people in this district are isolated, have suffered and are still suffering from official neglect. The disconnect between the…

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