Schools to reopen in March

Schools to reopen in March

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Both the House of Representatives and the Liberian Senate have endorsed a joint committee report at the legislature, recommending that…

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Don’t temper with post-Ebola money!

Don’t temper with post-Ebola money!

--Saah Joseph warns Montserrado County District #12 Representative Saah Joseph, has seriously warned here  that anyone caught tempering  with post-Ebola…

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Police get stern warning

Police get stern warning

Liberia’s Justice Minister and Attorney General, Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, has reminded officers of the Liberia National Police that they are…

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 MCSS trains teachers

MCSS trains teachers

…..As supt. calls for Ebola supplies The Monrovia Consolidated School System or MCSS has trained over one hundred teachers in…

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Liberia vulnerable to Climate Change

Liberia vulnerable to Climate Change

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--EPA The environmental protection agency or EPA has alarmed here that Liberia is vulnerable to climate change due to the…

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Water expert disagrees with Ellen’s 67% claim

Water expert disagrees with Ellen’s 67% claim

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A human rights advocate and expert on water and sanitation, Prince Kreplah, has challenged President Sirleaf’s claim that 67 percent…

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 Ebola survivors’ clinic opened at ELWA

Ebola survivors’ clinic opened at ELWA

The first Ebola survivor clinic has been established at ELWA hospital to respond to health problems from survivors in and…

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 Liberia tightens ties with China, Egypt

Liberia tightens ties with China, Egypt

On the margins of the 24th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the…

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The Decline of US Military Innovation

30-01-2015 Hits:44 Commentary Dan Steinbock - avatar Dan Steinbock

NEW YORK – The United States is at risk of losing its military edge. America’s armed forces may still be the most advanced in the world; after all, the US...

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Emergency Education Now

29-01-2015 Hits:66 Commentary Gordon Brown - avatar Gordon Brown

DAVOS – In an ideal world, whenever children needed help, they would get it. When girls and boys were forced from their homes or classrooms because of war, natural disaster...

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The Social Science of Medicine

28-01-2015 Hits:89 Commentary Jeremy Farrar - avatar Jeremy Farrar

DAVOS – When I was a medical student in the mid-1980s, I contracted malaria in Papua New Guinea. It was a miserable experience. My head ached. My temperature soared. I...

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LBA lifts ban on basketball

22-01-2015

LBA lifts ban on basketball

The Liberia Basketball Association has lifted the ban imposed on the game because of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. The ban was imposed on the association last August as part of...

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Upcountry basketball games for March

16-01-2015

Upcountry basketball games for March

The Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) in collaboration with the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) has set a kickoff date for a pending Upcountry Basketball Tournament from March 13 to...

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LFA protects coaches, players, medics

14-01-2015

LFA protects coaches, players, medics

The Liberia Football Association (LFA) has strongly taken a stand that will ensure coaches, players and medics get improved incentives from clubs. This decision is in fulfillment of mandate imposed by...

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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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