News 

Liberian Chief Justice Jailed Security Officer for Contempt

Monrovia – A security officer at the Roberts International Airport, Levi Johnson was Wednesday reprimanded at the Monrovia Central prison following a decision from the Supreme Court. He is expected to spend a week at the prison for what the high court calls disrespect to the Associate Justice Sie-A-Nyene Yuoh. At the contempt proceeding against security Johnson and James Ballah of RIA the court declared that Justice Yuoh went to receive a family member from the Roberts International Airport when she was overlooked by the security officer. She was represented…

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Politics 

An Africa First! Liberia outsource education to a private American firm.

IN January, Liberia’s minister of education made a far-reaching announcement, which nevertheless has largely flown under the radar – until now, when a top UN official has come out strongly in opposition to it. Liberian education Minister George Werner announced that the entire pre-primary and primary education system would be outsourced to Bridge International Academies to manage. The deal will see the government of Liberia pay over $65 million over a five-year period; public funding for education will support services subcontracted to the private, for-profit, US-based company. Under the public-private…

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Sports 

Afcons Qualifiers: Liberia Tops Group A

By Hawa Wesseh Liberia will top group A after overcoming the Shore-men of the Red Sea on Tuesday afternoon in Monrovia at the famous Antoinette Stadium. It was a game Liberia had to win, if she wanted to get out of the group, and she did it in good fashion. Liberia scored its first two goals in the first half, before adding three more in the second. William Jerbo scored a hat trick after near misses in the first half. His goals came during the 47′, 57′ and 94 minutes.…

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News Sports 

Afcons Preview: Liberia Vs. Djibouti

Liberian Listener Staff Report Monrovia and the Antoinette Tubman Stadium comes alive this afternoon as Liberia meets Djibouti on home soil. Nicknamed Shore-men of the Red Sea, Djibouti is in Liberia to put up a dogfight and do some damage, and given the unpredictability of Lone Stars and their inconsistency, Djibouti might pulled a surprise win or draw, unless Liberia puts in a good performance. It’s a tight Group A with both Tunisia, Togo, and Liberia sharing the spoils at 6points apiece. Liberia is at the bottom third with Tunisia…

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Liberia Spends $1b A Year But 1 High School In River Cess County

By J. Yanqui Zaza President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in her January 25, 2016 Annual Message, stated that Feasibility studies are completed for the “…Gbarnga to Mendekorma, Lofa …feasibility studies are also ongoing…” for Ganta to Zwedru, Zwedru to Fish Town, Buchanan to Greenville, Barclayville to Pleebo and Sanniqueville to Cote d’Ivoire.” Presumably, a traveler will not have to wash away the dust from his/her body after driving miles on the would-be-paved inter-county Highway; or will not have to wait for the dust to clear from the road after a truck…

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Sports 

Alex Nimley gets second chance in Romania: “I need to be focus”

By Will Unwin In Manchester City’s history only two Liberians have graced the club, both failing to leave a long-term mark. When George Weah arrived in 2000 to great fanfare, he was seen as an ageing hero ready to show his class for Joe Royle’s newly-promoted side. Sadly, within a matter of months, the former Ballon d’Or winner had exited Moss Side without a making an impact. The second striker born in Monrovia to rock up at Platt Lane was the talented teenager, Alex Nimely, a kid with ferocious talent…

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Artists & Reviews Op-ed 

The arrogance of Minister Amara Konneh

At a recent farewell dinner thrown in his honor by “Friends of Amara Konneh”, the outgoing Finance Minister told several hundred guests that he and the Sirleaf administration had nothing to apologize for. “Madam President,… we have done well,” Konneh told his boss at the gathering, “and we owe no one an apology for our success.” How arrogant. What a slap in the face for the Liberian people. What a kick in their butts even as they lie on the ground, beaten by foreigners in their own country. How much…

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Politics 

SIX QUOTES: Verbatim

1. “We did good, we did good!” —Amara Konneh, Finanace and Development Minister, in a farewell speech touting the development initiatives and accomplishments of the Sirleaf led administration, a speech in which the min said he owed no-one an apology, esp, amidst denunciations from the administration’s critics, that less was being accomplished 2. “What will Konneh’s legacy be, having come to the party when that job was already done? With all of the money that passed through his hands, why are Liberians not better off?” —Liberian Daily Observer editorial, the…

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Op-ed 

Associate Justice Ja’neh Frowns On ‘Random Writs Of Arrest’

By Richard D. Baysah KAKATA—-LINA, Supreme Court Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh has warned magistrates and judges against the random act of issuing writs of arrest on citizens “only to generate bond fees.” He described such act as “total nonsense and an embarrassment to the judiciary.” Justice Ja’neh sounded the warning in his remarks during the induction of two new female Stipendiary Magistrates into office in Kakata, Margibi County recently. He advised judges and magistrates to desist from such “unethical behavior” and revert to the moderate method of issuing summonses instead.…

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Politics 

In Defense Of J. J. Roberts

By: Carl Patrick Burrowes, Ph. D. March 15th was the birthday of one of the greatest men that ever lived. As happens every year, the day went largely unnoticed by those who today feast on the fruits he planted.That man was Joseph Jenkins Roberts, who labored to lay deep the foundation of Liberia. Yes, he was the country’s first president, but that was only one among many significant achievements. Less known but equally noteworthy, he won quick recognition of Liberia’s independence from both Britain and France, the two superpowers at…

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