Bomi County officials are to be blamed for the appalling state of the county’s economy, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has said.Bomi is considered one of the most underdeveloped counties in Liberia despite, its proximity to the country’s economic powerhouse, Monrovia.At a political rally in Tubmanburg City, Bomi County over the weekend, CDC senatorial candidate for the region, Prof. Duannah Kamara, blamed officials of the region in government for the difficulties the citizens are faced with at the moment.“The lack of peace and reconciliation among county officials is responsible for the underdevelopment of our beloved county,” Prof. Kamara declared.Shifting the blame to the county’s current leadership, the CDC senatorial candidate stressed that the deep-rooted disunity and an intensive and prolonged power struggle are reasons behind Bomi County’s appalling economic state.The CDC said those were reasons the party selected Prof. Kamara to stand in the election in order to “redeem Bomi County.”Commenting on his candidacy, Prof. Kamara disclosed a platform packed with promises for “economic empowerment, education, and massive infrastructural development that will involve all stakeholders of the county.“I have already crafted an economic policy intended to transform the lives of the people,” he declared. “Poverty remains a serious problem affecting the nation but Bomi’s situation is extreme and we need to work harder to fix it in the not too distant future,” the CDC candidate insisted.He used the medium to extend aid to ailing child who had been struggling with hydro-seed for the past years.According to the parents, the child had been suffering from the complication since birth but there had been no one to assist their son get medical attention.Prof. Kamara promised to bring the child to Monrovia in order to get advanced medication. He expressed regret about what he called Liberia’s poor health system, stressing; “Why should people be so closed to the country’s capital and suffer from such a problem without help.”Profile:Prof. Duannah A. Kamara is a son of Big Geveh, Sueh Mecca District; Bomi County.Kamara currently serves as Administrative & Finance Officer at the African Development Bank Liberia Office, Professor at the University of Liberia, both in the Graduate and Under Graduate programs. Prior to this, Mr. Kamara served as Director General of the Bureau of General Accounting (BGA); Ministry of Finance, as controller at National Food Assistant (NFA) Program, and both as Assistant Income Manager, and Director of Administration at the National Port Authority. He holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA), and Master in International Management (MIM) both from the University of St. Thomas; Minnesota , USA, Bachelor in Accounting with Honor (Cum Laude) from the University of Liberia. He is married with kids.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As part of her humanitarian contributions to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD), authorities of the Special Emergency Activity to Restore Children’s Hope (SEARCH) yesterday presented a cash contribution of US$2000 to Montserrado Electoral District #13 Representative, Saah Joseph.The amount, according to SEARCH executive director Sondah Geepea-Wilson, is to help Rep. Joseph in his fight against the EVD through the provision of his personal ambulance service.Rep. Saah’s ambulance service transports persons within Montserrado County, who might show signs of Ebola, to isolation and treatment centers within the county.SEARCH, she said, received the money it presented to the Montserrado Lawmaker from her donor, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to enhance Rep. Joseph’s capacity to run the ambulance service in this critical period.“We are honored by what you are doing with your ambulance service by transporting those being afflicted by Ebola to the various treatment units. We don’t have enough money to help you in the fight, but little is enough when God is in it,” Mrs. Wilson told Rep. Joseph as she presented the US$2000 cheque to the lawmaker on behalf of her staff. He could use the money either for fuel or to increase whatever given to his co-workers in the fight against the EVD.SEARCH is a locally based non-governmental organization (NGO) engaged in the provision of protection and welfare services, including health and medical, to Ivorian and Sierra Leonean refugees otherwise referred to as “persons of concern.”Receiving the cheque, Rep. Joseph expressed gratitude to SEARCH leadership for the empowerment, and promised to remain committed, because it is based on the fight to contain Ebola that he announced the arrival four new ambulances valued at US$40,000.“Our services look expensive, but it is the contrary since we have directed our efforts to save the lives of our people. Our goal is for every Liberian to have access to quality health services, whether Ebola exists here or not,” Rep. Joseph assured.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Former United States President William (Bill) Clinton yesterday told a hall packed with major health stakeholders that his visit to Liberia is in celebration of the country’s return to “normal life.”“We are here to celebrate in theory Liberia’s return to normal life,” President Clinton said as he made remarks at a health stakeholders’ gathering yesterday at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Sinkor.If no new Ebola case is reported in the country by Saturday, May 9, Liberia will be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO).The former US President, who was in the country along with his daughter, Chelsea Clinton Mezvinsky, said they joined Liberians both at home and abroad and the many partners in the fight to eradicate the virus as they anxiously await that day. President Clinton could not hide his excitement in seeing how much progress the country has made in defeating the deadly virus.During his one-day visit in the country President Clinton held a major meeting with health stakeholders. He praised President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberians and everyone who ensured that the country reached the stage where the Ebola virus has receded.He noted that the global community, in collaboration with the affected countries needs to figure out how to keep such a devastating pandemic from happening again.He said this can only be done by building a vibrant health sector and training of healthcare practitioners. He indicated that training healthcare workers adequately to tackle such an emergency will help to prevent it from recurring.Included in the former US President’s itinerary was the opportunity for him to interact with some of the many Ebola survivors and learn how he and his family, as well as his Clinton Foundation could be of help to them.Mr. Clinton spoke against stigmatization of survivors, who he said need to be embraced by the larger society.He also stated that he was in the country to support the government in whatever way possible to restore the country and to keep things moving again.Before he made his remarks in the hall, he interacted with the Ebola survivors. He asked them about their major challenges, which they said included stigmatization, community rejection, medical conditions and job loss.Following her dad’s remarks, Ms. Clinton, who also spoke of the joy of Liberia returning to normal life, called for a moment of silence for the many who died as a result of the virus infestation.Speaking earlier, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stated that the Clintons’ visit added more impetus to the hard work that she and her lieutenants are doing to stamp out the disease and begin the building of resilient health sector. President Sirleaf also told President Clinton and his entourage that Liberians had to come together as a team in order to defeat the virus.As the Ebola virus still rages in neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea, Liberia has now officially gone 36 days without a confirmed case. It is now remaining six more days to complete the 42 days — two incubation periods of the virus — to be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) have secured the premises of Ecobank-Liberia Limited in Kakata, Margibi County, after the bank came under attack by 10 armed men around 12:30 Sunday morning. The robbers reportedly armed with single barrel guns and other deadly weapons, fired on police officers who returned fire on the attackers.The shootout resulted in the death of the gang’s ring leader only identified as Akin, a Nigerian national. Akin, according to sources, has been on the police wanted list for several months for his alleged involvement in some of the armed robbery incidents especially on banking institutions in Monrovia and its environs.In this latest attack, Akin and his men entered the bank by cutting the bars of one of the windows near the generator using an oxygen tank and a saw blade. The shootout with LNP officers which ensued left four of the robbers wounded. They were taken to the C. H. Rennie Hospital in the Margibi County where unconfirmed reports say the robbers are in critical condition. The wounded suspects include Samuel David, 29, who was part of last November’s attack on Equatorial Palm, police said. He was on previous occasions charged with armed robbery, and was jailed at the Grand Bassa Prison Center, but escaped under dubious circumstances.The others are Alex Yakpawolo, 33, who told police he was recruited by Akin as the driver for the operation; Junior Johnson, 35, and Abraham Doe, 34. The robbers damaged the bank’s close circuit (CCTV) camera, and the automated teller machine (ATM) server. A release from the LNP said a high alert has been issued by the police in the county in search of the remaining five suspects said to have been waiting in a get-away vehicle.The LNP has informed residents of Margibi County not to provide hideouts for the escaped robbers who are being pursued by law enforcement officers, warning that anyone harboring them will be arrested and charged with armed robbery.The LNP said despite the drawdown of the UN Mission and the logistical constraints coupled with low budgetary support facing the police, it will continue to provide professional services to the public. The LNP has assured the business community of its fullest protection from criminals and called for information sharing with the police.Several residents of Kakata City who visited the scene of the incident commended the police for their prompt intervention that saved the bank from being robbed.Meanwhile, the commercial driver, who claimed that he was hired by the gang’s ring leader, has confessed to his involvement. Suspect Yarkpawolo told reporters that Akin convinced him to join the group to break into the Kakata Ecobank branch to become rich. He said prior to the July 24 attempt, Akin allegedly hired six security guards from the well-known firm Security Expert Agency of Liberia (SEGAL), which is assigned at the Ecobank Kakata Branch. Through that arrangement, suspect Yarkpawolo said SEGAL security guards were allegedlyproviding the gang with regular information about the bank and when their planned burglary should take effect.While in the process, he said Akin obtained passports for the six SEGAL security guards with the understanding that after their mission succeeded the guards would leave the country.He allegedly named Alline Gerald, SEGAL-Kakata shift commander as one of the six guards he could identify by name. He admitted knowing the rest of the five guards, but not by name.According to their arrangement, suspect Yarkpawolo said the SEGAL guards agreed to acknowledge the suspects upon the transfer of government monthly salaries to the bank. He said, on Saturday July 23, the suspects were told by Akin that the mission was ready and that they should move to Kakata. At about 8 p.m. he said, the SEGAL security guards (three in uniform and three in muftis) escorted them and managed to cut the chain to the back door of the bank where they entered.While managing their way to the bank’s vault, explained suspect Yarkpawolo, the SEGAL guards alarmed that police officers were around.For his part, suspect Junior Johnson, a scraps and iron dealer at the Iron Factory, said from the beginning he never knew anything about the planned bank robbery. He however admitted that he was contacted by Akin to meet him in Kakata to cut some irons. Suspect Johnson further stated that upon arrival in Kakata, he along with the other suspects were taken to the bank at night where he was forced by Akin and the others, including the alleged six SEGAL guards, to break into the bank.According to him, it was the SEGAL guards who directed the robbers to where the keys to the safe were kept. In reaction to the robbers’ claims, SEGAL CEO/General Manager, Momo T. Cyrus, denied his security guards’ involvement in the attempted burglary at the Ecobank Kakata branch.He said it was the prompt, professional action of SEGAL guards that elicited the swift response of the police to the attack. He said the robbers crossed over the fence and entered the bank’s compound through the back after which SEGAL guards raised the alarm prompting immediate state security intervention.Meanwhile, Mr. Cyrus underscored the need for government to allow the private security guards to carry guns to combat the current rising tide of criminal activities. He said if his guards on active duty were armed, they would have prevented the robbers from entering the bank.Ecobank Liberia Acting Managing Director, David K. Thompson, who confirmed the attempted robbery on the bank, expressed regret over the incident.Condemning the robbery, the president of the Liberia Bankers Association and Chief Executive Officer of Liberia Bank for Development and Investment, John B.S. Davies, described it as a threat to the country’s banking sector.“As bankers, we are engaging government through the Central Bank of Liberia to help assign armed state security at various banking institutions. If this can work, robbery of banking institutions could be curtailed,” Mr. Davies maintained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The signing of the Book of Condolence for Lofa County District # 1 Representative Eugene Fallah Kparkar has been postponed to an unknown date, but the itinerary for the funeral rites will begin Thursday, December 1, 2016, according to the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives.The reason for the postponement of the signing of the Book of Condolence was not disclosed, but reports gathered say a new date will be agreed upon and announced by the Kparkar family in collaboration with the House of Representatives, the Liberty Party (LP), and the Executive.According to the itinerary, the body will be taken from the Samuel Stryker Funeral Parlors at 10am for a few hours repose at the Capitol Building.Afterward, the body will be escorted to the Free Pentecostal Global Mission Church, on 10th Street, Sinkor, for a night of wake-keeping.On Friday, December 2, at 10:00am, the body will be flown to Foya District, Lofa County, for another night of wake-keeping.At 10:00am the next day, the funeral service will be held at the Free Pentecostal Church Global Mission in Foya, to be followed by interment.Rep. Kparkar, 41, died at the BLK Super Specialty Hospital in New Delhi, India, after a protracted illness. He was elected to the House of Representative in 2005.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Following a “Secure and Hold” situation at North Peace Secondary School on Friday afternoon, the Fort St. John RCMP is reminding people that filing a complaint that leads to a police investigation, knowing that it is false, is a criminal offence.Public Mischief is a criminal code offence that is punishable of up to five years in jail.Sgt. Steve Perret says the Secure and Hold was put in place as a precautionary measure while police investigated the complaint, and no charges will be laid in this instance.- Advertisement -RCMP say the complaint was reported by a student, and the nearby Robert Oglivie Elementary School was put into a secure and hold as well – because the incident occurred near the end of the day.Police quickly determined the complaint to be false, and the Secure and Hold was lifted as soon as police and school staff confirmed there was no risk to student safety.
talkSPORT’s Spanish football expert Graham Hunter joins the Sports Bar to discuss a whole host of issues including Gareth Bale’s claims that La Liga is better than the Premier League.The Real Madrid star, formerly of Tottenham, made the call during the week after Los Blancos paid £63million to land World Cup Golden Boot winner and Colombian sensation James Rodriguez.Also on the agenda is Luis Suarez’s switch to Barcelona and how he could potentially make his debut in a mouthwatering El Clasico after he completes his four-month ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.
Anthony Bonner has advanced to the last 32 at the World Snooker Championships in India.Letterkenny man Anthony Bonner has qualified from his group and has also won his first knockout match to move into the last 32 of the World Amateur Snooker Championship. Bonner is a supremely talented player and has won a whole host of honours in the sport both locally and nationally.Bonner will be hoping he can now advance to the last 16 of the World Amateur Snooker Championships which are being held in Bangalore, India. He’ll be hoping his blistering start to the competition can continue as he looks to make a real impression at the prestigious championship.The standard is very high, and players from all over the globe are participating in the tournament.However, Bonner is flying the Donegal flag and his next match is on Thursday morning.Hopefully the popular Letterkenny man doesn’t REST up, and CHALKS up another crucial win as he attempts to bring the World title back to the hills. DONEGAL MAN ADVANCES TO THE LAST 32 OF THE WORLD AMATEUR SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: November 25th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Anthony BonnerIndianewsSportWorld Amateur Snooker Championships
5 In the same week we saw Harry Kane denied two clear-cut penalties following a referee’s failure to look at VAR, more must be done by referees.HOW DOES THE TABLE LOOK? 5 Serbia went up the other end and should have been awarded a penalty when Mitrovic was clearly held by Stephan Lichsteiner and Fabian Schar.Having hit the frame of the goal earlier in the game, Stoke City man Shaqiri then raced through on goal to slot home and break Serbian hearts.STAR MANAs mentioned above, Newcastle United man Mitrovic was incredible on the night and deserved to be on the winning side tonight.Strong and powerful on the night, he bullied the Swiss defenders all night and was duly rewarded with an early goal.His link up play is exceptional and the way he occupies defenders is vital to the way Serbia play.MOMENT OF THE MATCHWhile Granit Xhaka’s strike was absolutely sensational and Xherdan Shaqiri could have scored one of the goals of the tournament so far had his shot not hit the bar, there is one moment which needs to addressed. 5 A late winner from Xherdan Shaqiri sealed all three points for Switzerland in a pulsating game in Kaliningrad. When Schar and Lichsteiner combined to haul down Mitrovic, it seemed inevitable referee Felix Brych would stop play and award a penalty.However, not only did he not do that, he failed to consult VAR.For all the complaints about the system, the assistant referees in their cosy van and full kit have tended to get the big decisions right.However, if they are not used by referees properly, the idea will never catch on. Schar and Lichsteiner combine to haul Mitrovic to the floor Shaqiri celebrates his late winner 5 Harry Kane was held inexplicably in the box on two occasions, but no penalties were awarded A great header from Mitrovic gave the Serbians an early lead 5 Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who was imperious on the night, scored a fabulous header inside five minutes after a great cross from Southampton man Dusan Tadic.But the Swiss grew in confidence in the game, stretching the ageing backline of their opponents to full effect in the second half.Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka hit a swerving, venomous first time shot from 20 yards to draw the sides level and leave the tie finely poised. All of the top three teams can still qualify, but Costa Rica are eliminated
Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 10 Alli himself praised manager Mauricio Pochettino’s tactics for helping him play such a huge role.“The manager makes it very clear what you have to do. So going into the game, you know your role and what you have to do,” he said.“We knew Jorginho is a big part of them playing out from the back and dominating possession. He’s obviously a very good player and likes getting on the ball.“We thought that if we could stop that — and we wanted to win the ball up high — so I wanted to be as close to him as possible to make sure that we did win the ball up high, break early and create the chances we did.”But Alli wasn’t actually Man of the Match, according to WhoScored.com. So who was find out the Man of the Match in every Premier League game at the weekend below. 10 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace) – 8.43/10 Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 Leicester City Harry Kane (Tottenham) – 8.80/10 West Ham United 0-4 Manchester City Glenn Murray (Brighton) – 7.27/10 huge blow 10 Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Chelsea Everton 1-0 Cardiff City REVEALED tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City deals whoops shining Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star no dice Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) – 7.97/10 Bournemouth 1-2 Arsenal 10 Fulham 3-2 Southampton Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) – 9.22/10 Dele Alli helped keep Jorginho quiet in Spurs’ 3-1 win Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – 8.03/10 10 getty images Latest Premier League Stories 10 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Leroy Sane (Man City) – 10/10 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arseanl) – 7.49/10 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January gameday cracker Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Huddersfield Town Manchester United 0-0 Crystal Palace REAL DEAL There may have been some top team performances in the Premier League at the weekend but some individuals stood out too.Dele Alli was just one of those players with his work off the ball stifling Blues star Jorginho and allowing Spurs to wreck their opponents’ day. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars getty 10 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 10 10 Watford 0-3 Liverpool Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 10 Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield) – 9.16/10