2 Liberian Correction Officers under Probe for aiding Prisoner escape

By Garmah Never Lomo,garmahlomo@gmail.com Two Correction officers at the Grand Bassa Prison nearly one hundred miles from Monrovia are currently under probe by the Bureau of Corrections and Rehabilitation at the Justice Ministry for illegally setting free a defendant known as Charles Edward, who was detained on alleged illicit drug charges. The correction officers are Williams S. Toe, Trainer for correction and another officers whose name is not immediately known. Inmates are mainly set free upon order of a Judge/Court or through Executive clemency, but the legal procedure is not an…

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LRA boss optimistic about raising over US$500M yearly from taxes

By Augustine Octavius, augustineoctavius@gmail.com Liberia Revenue Authority Commissioner General, Thomas Doe Nah has disclosed that the aim of the new LRA digital App tax payment scheme is intended to expand the government’s tax base above 500 million United States Dollars annually. Over the past years, the Liberian government has not been able to raise revenue above this amount yearly, causing annual budgetary deficits. The LRA boss was speaking on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at the Authority’s headquarters in the Monrovia suburb of Paynesville, when he officially launched a new application…

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Executive Mansion says it won’t withdraw Deputy Defense Min. nominee who vowed to kill protesters

-But ALJA wants Tarplah Davies’ nomination withdrawn -Rep. Acarious Gray says Tarplah has “no criminal record” The Liberian Presidency has hit back at critics who say the man President George Weah nominated as Deputy Minister of Defense for operation, Tarplah Davies’ nomination should be revoked due to a threat he made to “kill” anti government protesters few days before the nomination was made. Mr. Davies, who is said to be a former United States soldier, vowed in a recent video podcast on Faccebook to stand in defense of the Weah…

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African Bar joins calls for Liberian Gov’t to set Tribunal for Warlords

By Never G. Lomo,garmahlomo@gmail.com The President of the African Bar Association, Hannibal Uwaifo has called on the Liberian government to liaise with the appropriate international, continental and regional bodies to set up the appropriate tribunal to look into cases of all those who murdered innocent people and plundered this  land.  Lawyer Uwaifo, the African Bar President made the statement at the start of a four-day African Bar Association conference in Monrovia on Monday, October 21, 2019, which was formally opened by Liberia’s Vice President, Jewel Howard-Taylor. It is being held under…

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SPORTS: STG FC in Liberia preparing ‘Talents’ for Europe, other parts

By David S. Menjor,davidmenjor921@gmail.com The Scott Tabi Group of Companies (STG) has begun recruiting young talents in sports, mainly football for proper education, development and subsequently, relocating them to Europe and in other parts of the world where the game of football is highly lucrative. Recently, STG President, Professor Martin Scott Tabi told journalists that his mission is to re-brand the game in Liberia by producing a new generation of players reminiscent of the then George Weah Eleven. “We are interested in bringing up a new team of George Weahs…

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In Monrovia: MCC says it’s planted 10,000 trees in one week

–As scientists warn of “earth’s sixth mass extinction event underway By Wremongar Joe, Contributing Writer Liberians have for years witnessed the devastating effects of mining, logging, and agribusiness activities on their country’s natural resources including a swath of tropical rainforest that is among the most biodiverse places on the planet. Liberia’s tropical rainforest is declining at a fast pace occasioned by huge mining activities in its western and southern regions. Meanwhile, logging continues to accelerate deforestation – an obvious threat to the fight against climate change. These reckless human activities…

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LRA reforming through digital App to boost Revenue collection in Liberia

Monrovia-The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) is on Tuesday (Oct 22, 2019) launching a new application known as the LRA App to help make the registration and payment of real property tax easier. The LRA App, which will be downloaded on smart phones from google play store, will also be used to acquire Tax Identification Numbers and to calculate taxes. The launch takes place it the Authority’s headquarters in Paynesville, LRA press release said on Monday. With the Mobile App, taxpayers and members of the public will be able to identify…

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Move to boost commercialization of Cassava production in Liberia

-IITA conducts 4-Days Cassava Production Training in Bentol By Moses M. Tokpah,mosesmtokpah@gmail.com BENTOL, Liberia- is noted for having the right soil for producing cassava and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is embarking on a program to improve production by training farmers involved in this sector. Through the Smallholder Agriculture Productivity Enhancement and Commercialization (SAPEC) Project, the Ministry of Agriculture with funding from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) and the African Development Bank is conducting a 4-day Cassava Production training for over 50 persons in Bentol,…

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New Budget Law seeks to keep Concession Fees in Local Communities

The Natural Resources Management (NRM) coalition supported by USAID Liberia Accountability Voice Initiative (LAVI) brought superintendents, civil society organizations and project coordinators from Liberia’s 15 counties in  Buchanan  to educate them about the new budget law governing  the County and Social Development Fund (CSDF). About 80 people gathered at the Buchanan City Hall for a two-day workshop to learn about Section 10 of the 2019-2020 Budget Law, standard operating procedures for the County Sitting. A LAVI press release says they also learned, how to monitor the County Sitting where CSDF…

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LCC leaders lobbying in US against mass deportation, as DED deadline nears

By Our Staff Writer Liberians in the United States, who are yet to regularize their immigration status under the DED program, have barely over five months to be in the US or risk being forcefully deported. DED is the Deferred Enforced Departure program that allowed undocumented Liberians fleeing the years of civil conflict at home to live in the US. And some statistics put the number of persons in this category at up to 20,000. As US President Donald Trump’s final March 30, 2020 deadline approaches, a high level delegation…

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