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Liberia’s National Oil Company Sacks Entire Staff

By; James Butty The National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) Tuesday sacked its entire staff of 200, saying it did so to save itself from collapse due to declining oil prices. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf endorsed the cuts, saying they will reduce costs and put NOCAL on a more viable financial footing. A statement issued Tuesday said Sirleaf instructed NOCAL’s board of directors to restructure for organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Rodney Sieh, publisher of Liberia’s FrontPage Africa newspaper and online magazine, said the reductions are not surprising given NOCAL’s reputation…

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Ebola Returns To Liberia Again

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — A patient has tested positive for Ebola in Liberia’s capital, officials said Friday, deflating hopes that the country had beaten the disease after weeks with no new cases. Liberia has seen the most deaths in the West African Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 10,000 people. But since it discharged its last case on March 5, it was counting down to being declared Ebola-free. Countries must wait 42 days from when the last patient tests negative to be declared free of the virus. But a…

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Tobago records 3 murders in 10 days

By Elizabeth Williams THERE have been three murders in Tobago in ten days. The latest is 60-year-old father of two, Curtis James, who was found strangled on his bed at his home in Concordia on Saturday afternoon. Police officers said robbery appears to be the motive. The murder toll in Tobago for the year to date now stands at five. The latest comes as a spate of robberies in the Concordia area turned fatal. James, who was robbed recently at his home, was discovered dead shortly before 4 p.m. He was found lying…

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Caught Between The Scissors: Ambassador D. McKinley Thomas

Ambassador Thomas Must Openly Address The Issue of His Credentials, As Revealed By The Liberian Community In France…  By: Patrick Tokpa Johnson In the course of human events, it’s almost inevitable that somewhere and some time, at some decisive point, displeasures will flare and someone will say something unpleasant about someone else. These unpleasant things are often right but it is the responsibility of those being accused to prove his accusers wrong, therefore when one educational and academic credentials are brought into question, all must be done to prove the…

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Op-ed Politics 

Dr. Mill Jones Must Be Held Accountable!

  The Editor, Will lawmakers ever hold Dr. J. Mills Jones (Central Bank Governor) accountable for debasing our national currency and economy? Hey, if you don’t believe Dr. Jones is debasing our currency, just look at the historical chart of the Liberian Dollar! From 2002 to 2013, the Liberian Dollar averaged L$74 to 1 US$ — but in 2014, it spiked to L$90 to 1 US$! Why? Because in 2013/14, Governor Joseph Jones started printing money recklessly to lend to Liberians, who in return are now chasing the almighty US…

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Liberia: No Budget or 73million House Says!

  Listener Staff Report Reports say the Liberian House of Representative wants 73 million dollars directly distributed to the 73 districts within the country, meaning a million dollar a district.  It says the senate’s rejection of its proposal, that the amount be inserted within the draft national budget is unfortunate. Alex Tyler,  House Speaker introduced the line item which observer say is untimely given that Liberia is currently experiencing a budget shortfall of about 74million. Finance Minister, Amara Konneh told lawmakers in the Liberian capital of Monrovia that the country…

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President Sirleaf Under Probe For US$200M Public Relations

  By  E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor Members of the House of Representatives have set up a special committee, headed by the Committee on Judiciary of that body, to probe the more than US$200m allegedly spent on international public relations by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and some of her key officials. The decision by the House was predicated on a communication dated January 29, 2014, from Maryland County Representative Bhofal Chambers. The communication quoted Dr. Chambers as stating that his attention was drawn to the alleged ‘unexplained and unauthorized expenditure’ by the Executive Mansion…

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Fighting Global Poverty: Liberia A Case Study

By Semantics King, Jr. MINNEAPOLIS,  Many Liberians joined the rest of the world in observing Christmas last month and New Year this month. Arguably, many ate their staple food, rice and a very decent meal for the very first time in a long time while some never got a chance to do so during those festivities. One of the major reasons for the disparity is that many Liberians can’t afford a decent meal as they are extremely poor. It’s critical to discuss this disparity for two reasons: One) the Liberian…

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Liberia: Richard Tolbert and 2017 Presidential Election

By: Meniapkei  Dumoe While he has done nothing to attract attention to himself after his time at the helm of NIC (National Investment Commission), Richard Tolbert is not to be forgotten in any sound analysis of who could contest and win in 2017. Richard Tolbert has a lot on his side he could use in a potential play for the presidency in 2017. Apart from having solid professional credentials, he also proved effective in attracting $16 billion dollars in FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) during his time as head of the NIC….

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Liberia:Person Of The Year

The editorial staff of the Liberian Listener is pleased to recognize: Madame Francis Johnson Morris Allison, Former Chair Liberia Anti Corruption Commission [LACC] as our person of the year! During her tenure at the LACC, she pushed the Liberian presidency and the legislature to give her commission prosecutor powers to fight corruption—REQUEST DENIED, and quite the public servant[a former Liberia Chief Justice], she did her work never minding the the high tension political environment in which she operated,bringing integrity, candor and statesmanship to the post. Specifically this year, Madame Allison…

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