-State Minister, Chinese Company To Face Lawmakers Inquest
By Eugene K. Myers
Grand Bassa County District#4 Representative, J. Byron Browne, wants Plenary of the House of Representatives,to summon State for Presidential Affairs Minister, Dr. Edward McClain, along with the management of a Chinese construction company, tofurnish reasons whyrenovation works on the Executive Manson, official seat of the Liberian presidency,has not been completed, despite huge annual budgetary allotments for the project.
It can be recalled that during the July 26,2006 celebrations of the country’s 159th Independence Day Anniversary, the Executive Mansion was gutted by a mysterious fire, which caused what was later described as“considerable damage to the building,” by engineers.
-Ebola Scare Disrupts Election Fever
-LBDI Branch Ordered Shut, Quarantined
Reports from Robertsport, the administrative seat of Grand Cape Mount County, say there is a resurgent fear of the possibility of people there contracting the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), especially as respective campaign caravans of various senatorial candidates in that county have started to storm the town.
According to a source in that south-western Liberian coastal community, the situation has been further exacerbated by the abrupt shutdown of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment’s (LBDI) local branch.
The bank’s premises have reportedly quarantined for twenty-one days, something which has sent fear and shockwaves in the political community there, mostly those representing candidates and are relying on the banks to withdraw campaign funds, after one of its staff was diagnosed with a suspected case of Ebola.
However, up until press time last evening, efforts to get details, especially regarding the closure and quarantining of the LBDI’s Robertsport Branch, yielded no further results, as mobile phone connection with our source there was disrupted.
-As Gov’t Launches 16 Days Activism
By W. Eric Davis, Sr.
The Liberian Government has announced that, in the wake of the unprecedented onslaught of the killer hemorrhagic disease in across the country, which has been classified as “an emergency health and development issue, “according to Gender, Children and Social Protection Acting Minister, Julia Duncan-Cassell, women and children are still falling unfortunate victims to various sorts of gender based violence.
Referencing official statistics collated by her Ministry, Acting Minister Duncan-Cassell disclosed that between January and September, 2014, a total of nine hundred and forty-two (942) gender based violence cases reported and recorded, 450 (47.7% were rape, while domestic violence, including persistent non-support, spousal battering and abandonment accounted for 467 (49.5%), and twenty-five (25) represented” harmful traditional practices, as well as other forms of violence.”
“Provide Free Condoms To Male Survivors”
-Dr. Atai Omurutu
The Head of the Island Clinic Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU), Dr. Atai Omurutu, has alarmed that male survivors of the Ebola disease are infecting their female partners with the virus, and wants Government to distribute free condoms, in an attempt to halt reduce the chances of their female spouses contracting the virus.
She said this is so because the male Ebola survivors have refused to follow medical advice to refrain from sex for three months after their discharge or to use condom during sexual intercourse.
Rev. Bowier Cautions Liberian Youths
By Charles P. Dennis
Liberian youths have been cautioned against getting involved in election related violence that he believes, if not spoken against, may push the country into the dark days of its history.
Speaking during yesterday’s Ministry of Information press briefing, former Information Minister, Rev. Emmanuel Z. Bowier, noted that young people are often used by politicians as the instruments to achieve their political goals, but at the end of the day, leave them abandon them to the consequences of their actions.
Mr. Bowier caution comes following an ugly display of violence between supporters of Independent Senatorial Candidate, Robert A. Sirleaf, and a group of partisans of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), of Mr. George M. Weah, also a Candidate in the up-coming but unpopular race for the Liberian Senate for Montserrado County, in the PHP Community in Monrovia.
-Pres. SirleafProclaims Nat’l Holiday
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf , has declared Saturday, November 29, a National Holiday in commemoration of the 119th birth anniversary of the late Liberian President,Dr. William V.S. Tubman, and is to be observed throughout Liberia as a national holiday.
The Proclamation orders all government offices, business houses and market places to be closed during the observance from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
-Commander Urges Protection For Women, Children
The Commander of the Nimba County Detachment of the Liberia National Police has called on police officers to continue to provide justice and protection for all citizens and residents, especially women and children.
Commander Gbor Phil Tougbay, said women are partners to men and should not be victimized because of their inability to defend themselves against perpetrators of violence in society.
-House-to-House Search For Sick People Launched
The Bomi County Health Team (CHT), in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), has launched a house-to-house search for sick people in communities in the county.
The County’s Acting Health Officer, Dr. Gorbee Logan, disclosed that the exercise, launched Wednesday, is part of measures to contain the further spread of the Ebola disease in the county.
Dr. Logan said sick people discovered during the exercise will be taken to medical facilities for further examination and treatment as a means of eradicating the Ebola virus from the county.
He said the C.D.C will be in Suehn Mecca and Dewein Districts, while the
Bomi CHT along with some local government officials will be in Klay District.
Traditional chiefs in Voinjama District, Lofa County, have launched a massive anti-Ebola awareness and sensitization campaign in the district.
The exercise comes barely a week, after the holding of a two-day Ebola awareness and sensitization workshop for chiefs and commissioners by the Carter Center in Voinjama City.
Defense lawyer Arthur Johnson, has withdrawn his request for severance trial of co-defendant Beyan Taylor, charged along with three others for arm robbing the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment on November 8, 2013.
Atty. Johnson took the decision Wednesday during arguments at the Criminal Court “D,” against the backdrop that his client is innocent of the charge, a Liberia News Agency’s dispatch said.