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: Liberia refuses to close borders as neighbors struggle

MONROVIA, LIBERIA / DAKAR, SENEGAL Of the three West African countries hardest-hit by the Ebola outbreak, Liberia is the only one to be rid of the virus completely. When World Health Organization made the announcement last month, Liberians greeted the news with prayer, song and celebration. But the virus has yet to be beaten in neighboring Guinea or Sierra Leone, where health officials announced this week two people had come down with the disease in the capital, Freetown. The virus’s endurance has people in Liberia worried. The three hardest-hit countries…

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