-Pres. Sirleaf Saves The Day
-Requests 1 Week To Address Concerns
For the second time in less than two weeks, hundreds of students attending various elementary and high schools in Montserrado County, converged on the grounds of the Capitol Building in Monrovia, home of the Liberian Legislature, to seek redress to their concerns regarding the now adamant position by recently confirmed Education Minister George Werner, that all schools across the nation will close down by the end of July, 2015, and also that there will be no sitting for the annual West African Examinations for ninth and twelfth graders. But As Our Staff Who Witnessed The Students Turnout Yesterday Reports, it became glaring that the initial peaceful assembly quickly turned into a perfect platform for political agitation by several diehard militants of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), of Montserrado County Senator George Manneh ‘Oppong’ Weah, who is fond of referring to himself as “Liberia’s next President in waiting.”
-Former LPRC Boss Provides The Answer
-Greaves Cites Huge Salary, Board Fees Payments
By A. Omaska Mark
Alarming reports of economic failure at the controversial National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has drawn attention where across Liberia, and perhaps in some parts of the world where Liberians reside.
It is reported and confirmed by some officials at NOCAL that the onetime much adored lucrative Oil Company is incapacitated to settle office rental fees due to bankruptcy, which many attribute to poor economic management by authorities that run the public entity.
Members of the House of Representatives have accepted a request by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for a consultative meeting to discuss issues surrounding reform in the educational system.
Following the reading of a letter to House Speaker J. Alex Tyler dated July 1, 2015 in Session Thursday, the Lawmakers resorted to a long Executive Session, after which 27 voted in favor of the President’s request, while four voted against with one abstention.
-Senate C’ttee Advances Therapy
The Senate Committee on Education has recommended that to fulfill the previously scheduled nine-month academic calendar, the Ministry of Education should adjust the end of the 2014/2015 academic year to September 30, instead of its proposed July 31, 2015 deadline.
The Senate Committee’s recommendation comes in the wake of several weeks of arguments surrounding the academic calendar for 2014/2015.
-BIN Officer Nabbed With Drugs
Reports from Grand Cape Mount County in Western Liberia say, the Commander of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) assigned at the Bo-Water-side Check Point has been arrested and subsequently detained for trafficking ten (10) kilograms of compressed high grade marijuana, following a security tip-off.
-As Pastor Issues SOS Appeal
A raging fire has destroyed the edifice of the New Hope Missionary Church, as well as the building housing the Global Mission School on Lynch Street in Monrovia.
The Global Mission School is an auxiliary of the New Hope Missionary Church and an elementary institution that provides academic learning for over 200 kids of the community and its surroundings.
As the Ebola virus disease resurfaced in the country, the Defense for Children (DCI-Liberia) is promoting a hygiene campaign to prevent outbreak among childrenat public and private schools.
The initiative is being roll out in five counties including Montserrado, Margibi, Bomi, Gbarpolu and Grand Cape Mount Counties with the mobilization and distribution of anti-Ebola and other sanitary materials in early July.
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has applauded the Firestone Natural Rubber Company and expressed satisfaction for its significant contribution to Liberia’s recovery efforts. “This is very impressive,” she emphasized.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader made the assertion following a guided tour of the Hevea Wood Operation Factory situated at Division No. 16 on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The visit there was to aquaint herself with activities at the Firestone Natural Rubber Company in lower Margibi County.
The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has concluded a two-day training of trainers’ workshop in Monrovia, challenging participants to use the knowledge and skills acquired to help make journalism better in Liberia.
Speaking at the close of the workshop on Wednesday, PUL President K. Abdullai Kamara underscored the need for more training of journalists in the country to enable them catch up with evolving challenges and professionalism.
-Refugee And Migrant Numbers Highest On Record
The large majority of the 137,000 people who crossed the Mediterranean Sea into Europe during the first six months of 2015 were fleeing from war, conflict or persecution, making the Mediterranean crisis primarily a refugee crisis, a UNHCR report released today concludes (see report at http://bit.ly/1LHpsDL).
One third of the men, women and children who arrived by sea in Italy or Greece were from Syria, whose nationals are almost universally deemed to qualify for refugee status or other forms of protection. The second and third most common countries of origin are Afghanistan and Eritrea, whose nationals are also mostly considered to qualify for refugee status.