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Tragedy hit the Freeport Community on Bushrod Island opposite the cement factory CEMENCO, adjacent the International Standard Industry or ISI…

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NEC qualifies 10 candidates for R’Cess by-election

NEC qualifies 10 candidates for R’Cess by-election

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-as campaign starts The National Elections Commission (NEC) has qualified ten candidates to contest the April 21, 2015 Rivercess County…

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Ebola on the rampage again

Ebola on the rampage again

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The Ministry of Health has disclosed that so far, there are only two new suspected Ebola cases in Monrovia. The…

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Kakata residents gear up for “Morning Glory”

Kakata residents gear up for “Morning Glory”

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The Zion Christian Fellowship Church located in  World Bank Community, Kakata, Margibi County has scheduled the next phase of its…

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UNDP, Govt. fight sea erosion in New Kru Town

UNDP, Govt. fight sea erosion in New Kru Town

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Liberia have concluded the first phase of a 100-meter costal…

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Plan International warns against complacency

Plan International warns against complacency

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Plan International Liberia is warning that the gains achieved in the Ebola fight here could be reversed once complacency is…

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Gender Ministry seeks Women, Children Protection at Gbarnga Confab

Gender Ministry seeks Women, Children Protection at Gbarnga Confab

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The Ministry of Gender and Social Children Protection has emphasized the need for the protection of the rights of every…

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Ebola survivors stopped from traveling

Ebola survivors stopped from traveling

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A local organization, Young Liberia, dedicated to de-stigmatizing Ebola survivors across the country, has strongly expressed frustration and condemned recent…

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Sen. Chie’s lawyers blame Urey

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Taylor transfers to Rwanda?

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Brumskine-Konneh ticket!

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Court denies Urey’s motion

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Nat’l Constitution confab rescheduled

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Intruders scare LACC

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Finance, CSA snub plenary

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PYJ predicts 2017 ticket

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10 candidates for R’cess by-election

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Lawmaker held at Klay Checkpoint

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Messed-Up Macro

25-03-2015 Hits:71 Commentary ROBERT SKIDELSKY  - avatar ROBERT SKIDELSKY

ITHACA – Until a few years ago, economists of all persuasions confidently proclaimed that the Great Depression would never recur. In a way, they were right. After the financial crisis...

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China's trial-and-error economy

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HONG KONG - Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang's work plan for 2015, revealed at this month's National People's Congress, highlighted the country's shift to a "new normal" of 7% economic...

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How Scary Is the Bond Market?

19-03-2015 Hits:98 Commentary Robert J. Shiller  - avatar Robert J. Shiller

NEW HAVEN – The prices of long-term government bonds have been running very high in recent years (that is, their yields have been very low). In the United States, the...

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MUSCAT FC mourns Opor

26-03-2015

MUSCAT FC mourns Opor

MUSCAT FC is mourning the death of one of its brightest rising soccer stars Opor Thompson. According to MUSCAT FC founder Theophilus Collins, Opor died on Monday this week at...

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LFA League closes on Friday

19-03-2015

LFA League closes on Friday

The President of the Liberia Football Association, Musa Bility has disclosed that the 2013/14 national league will close this Friday at the BYC -PHP home ground, U. N Drive, south...

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LAF approves US$32, 000 budget

25-02-2015

LAF approves US$32, 000 budget

Members of the Liberia Athletics Federation or LAF have approved the organization’s budget for 2015 at an Extraordinary Congress held at the head offices of the Liberia National Olympic Committee...

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In less than a decade, the country has gone through significant recovery stages that have brought social, economic and political transformations, affecting every fabric of life and enabling the oldest African independent state to retake its place among the comity of nations. Once again, Liberia is playing active roles in every world body whether at sub-regional, regional, continental or global level. These gains have been made possible primarily because of the current peace prevailing here.

But this country stands at the crossroads at the moment. About a month or so from now, Liberians will go to the poll for general and presidential elections to elect new leadership for the country. The manner in which we conduct ourselves during these elections will crucially determine whether or not, the gains achieved since 2003 will be solidified for greater political, social and economic successes.

The August 23, 2011 National Referendum was the first step toward the conduct of democratic elections. However, elections in themselves do not guarantee peace and stability as we have observed here and in neighboring countries. Whether you belong to the ruling party or the opposition bloc, we all should realize that peace and stability are two cardinal instruments needed to continue to exist as a nation and move on with development not only for ourselves, but our children, grand children and great grand children.

This is why we reiterate call for a peaceful campaign process, leading to the elections and even the post-election environment. If recent news of arms discovery here and there is anything to take cue from, then we should take the utmost care towards these elections in order to preserve the nation state.

Lest we should forget, there are thousands of investment partners here whose primary interest is the continuous stability of the country with a favorable economic environment where investments will continue to boom. And importantly, any government that will emerge from the polls whether ruling party or opposition bloc will rely on taxes from investors to deliver on campaign promises and provide social services to the people. 

Since the 14-year civil conflict, Liberians have traveled abroad and returned with great investment ideas. Today, many citizens are competing with aliens on the local market – whether in used cars business, petroleum products, provision or grocery shops, more and more Liberians are venturing into entrepreneurship, which is good for our economy.

However, the basis for a strong and prosperous economic environment is security and political stability. The gateway to achieving these standards is through free, fair and credible elections that will leave no room for contention and subsequent violence.   

We call on political party standard bearers and their followers to go through the electoral process with a high degree of maturity, placing Liberia above personal interest, greed and sentiment. We need the current peace prevailing in the country to build upon and advance with development and prosperity. He that has ears let him hear!!

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