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LIBERIA: A SISTER-STATE IN NEED

September 18, 2014
LIBERIA: A SISTER-STATE IN NEED

  By Sheila Durant  Like many Americans, we in Maryland have watched and listened to the graphic daily news stories chronicling Ebola’s escalating devastation in Liberia and other West African nations. Our hearts break as we witness the deaths of innocent Liberians and courageous health-care providers. And we wonder: How can one of the...

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Obama announces ‘Operation United Assistance’ to confront Ebola

September 17, 2014
Obama announces ‘Operation United Assistance’ to confront Ebola

By Joe Teh When disaster strikes Africa, it’s common for the world to look up to former colonial powers to take the lead in offering assistance. For example, when a former French colony faces problem like the military situations in Mali and the Ivory...

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LIBERIA DECRIES BLANKET STIGMATIZATION

September 13, 2014
LIBERIA DECRIES BLANKET STIGMATIZATION

NGAFUAN: Africa could be unwittingly writing a prescription of blanket stigmatization Since the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus within the Mano River Union countries of West Africa and subsequently in Nigeria, an aura of paranoid and hysteria seems to be prevailing in many...

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Ebola Situation in Liberia: Non-Convention Interventions Needed

September 13, 2014
Ebola Situation in Liberia: Non-Convention Interventions Needed

During the past weeks , a WHO team of emergency experts worked together with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and members of her government to assess the Ebola situation in Liberia. Transmission of the Ebola virus in Liberia is already intense and...

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LIBERIAN COMMUNITY REMEMBERS PATRICK SAWYER

September 12, 2014
p-sawyer memorial

  By  Moses D. Sandy Southwest Philadelphia- “Ebola is wicked; it robbed my children, Ava, Mia, and Bella Sawyer of their dad…” These were the excruciating words of Mrs. Decontee Kofa-Sawyer when she paid homage to her late husband, Patrick Papu Sawyer, the man...

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MITIGATING THE FEAR FACTOR IN EBOLA AWARENESS

September 3, 2014
MITIGATING THE FEAR FACTOR IN EBOLA AWARENESS

THE EXPERTS MUST SET THE AGENDA: Dr. Walter Gwenigale, Minister of Health and Social Welfare.  By Joe Bartuah Whether it is formulated in a normal situation, or in an emergency setting, the object of any public policy emanating from a democratic governing structure ought...

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SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT EBOLA THROUGH MUSIC

August 26, 2014
SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT EBOLA THROUGH MUSIC

“ake away the fear, don’t hide yourself. People can still survive from Ebola,” so say the lyrics of the Ebola Rap, a song written by Charles Yegba, a Liberian artist seeking to raise awareness about the virus in his community. But Charles did not...

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ANTI-EBOLA ROBOT BOUND FOR LIBERIA

August 20, 2014
ANTI-EBOLA ROBOT BOUND FOR LIBERIA

By Joe Teh The image above looks much like a florescent light, the old school lamp that you pump to make the light glow. Or, is it a room heater of a newer type? No! It’s a smart UVC (ultra-violet controlled), a kind of...

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The Scourge of “Eating” Syndrome in African Public Service

August 20, 2014
The Scourge of  “Eating” Syndrome in African Public Service

  By Joe Teh When African progressives stood up against colonial domination in favor of self determination, their ambitions were full of dreams to make Africa a better place for Africans. Unfortunately, however, the post colonial era has been a period of sustained pillage...

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U.S. DOCTORS GEAR UP TO HELP LIBERIAN HEALTH WORKERS

August 14, 2014
U.S. DOCTORS GEAR UP TO HELP LIBERIAN HEALTH WORKERS

By Joe Bartuah In the wake of the deadly Ebola virus, which is ravaging member states of the Mano River Union (MRU) and now Nigeria, a group of concerned leading healthcare practitioners from the medical campus of the University of Massachusetts (UMass) in Worcester...

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Fighting Ebola: Passion for her country and love for public health helps IU alum conquer fears

August 13, 2014
Fighting Ebola: Passion for her country and love for public health helps IU alum conquer fears

Tiawanlyn Gongloe, a graduate of Indiana University and its School of Public Health-Bloomington, lives in Monrovia, Liberia, where she works for the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare as a member of the National Task Force, which was created to eliminate the Ebola virus...

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FOE MAKES ANTI-EBOLA DONATIONS

August 12, 2014
FOE MAKES ANTI-EBOLA DONATIONS

By Our Ganta Correspondent In an effort to step up preventive measures against the deadly Ebola Virus,  the Friends of Edith Gongloe-Weh (FOE), has made several donations valued at over $LD 25,000 (over twenty-five thousand Liberian dollars) to the people of Nimba County.  The...

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MISINFORMATION UNDERMINES ANTI-EBOLA CAMPAIGN

August 9, 2014
MISINFORMATION UNDERMINES ANTI-EBOLA CAMPAIGN

 By Moses D. Sandy  The campaign for the containment of the world’s deadliest illness to date, the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), is day by day becoming an up-hill task for heads of states and governments in West Africa. The rapid transmission of the disease...

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CITIZENS’ INITIATIVES: KEY TO UNLEASHING AFRICA’S POTENTIAL

August 6, 2014
CITIZENS’ INITIATIVES: KEY TO UNLEASHING AFRICA’S POTENTIAL

By Torli H. Krua As Africans gather for an economic summit in the United States of America, the inspiration for all sides lies in the words of Alexis de Tocqueville. “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will...

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EBOLA: A THREAT TO HUMAN SECURITY

August 5, 2014
EBOLA: A THREAT TO HUMAN SECURITY

  By Joe Bartuah Ebola, the deadly virus that has already begun to mimic some menacing features of the 14th century Bubonic Plague, which almost wiped out the population of Europe, is fast becoming an imminent threat to human security worldwide. Because we now...

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TWO EBOLA SURVIVORS NOW HELPING OTHERS IN GUINEA

August 3, 2014
TWO EBOLA SURVIVORS NOW HELPING OTHERS IN GUINEA

 Mohamed and Zena are two survivors of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea who have taken on a new role as informal Ebola Ambassadors, working with community groups to show that the disease can be prevented if people take recommended precautions. The two Guineans, who...

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Evacuation Underway for Two Americans Infected With Ebola in Liberia

August 1, 2014
Evacuation Underway for Two Americans Infected With Ebola in Liberia

By Joe Teh Evacuation of the two American missionary health workers who recently contracted Ebola in Liberia, is underway. The two, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, would be brought to the US on a special chartered  medical plane which left Cartersville, Georgia late...

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EBOLA VACCINE READY FOR TRIAL

July 31, 2014
EBOLA VACCINE READY FOR TRIAL

  By Joe Bartuah EBOLA ALERT: Even though the deadly Ebola virus has occasionally been attacking and killing people in some parts of eastern and central Africa in the past 38 years, it seems that its most recent virulent attack in West Africa is...

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Challenges and Rewards of Working on Ebola Outbreak

July 30, 2014
Challenges and Rewards of Working on Ebola Outbreak

July 2014 WHO/ T. Jasarevic “It was great that Mauricio and I arrived the same day; we were able to share first, very shocking, impressions and to go through the process of adapting to difficult working conditions together,” says Dr Catherine Houlihan, an infectious...

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Ebola Extends Targets to Include Doctors and Health Workers

July 23, 2014
Ebola Extends Targets to Include Doctors and Health Workers

Victims of the Ebola virus now include doctors and health workers who are on the frontlines fighting to stop the spread of the disease. In Liberia, the latest victims include two A erican aid workers. Dr. Kent Brantly, 33 and Nancy Writebol. Dr. Brantly,...

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1 in 2 Counties is Ebola Infected in Liberia

July 18, 2014
1 in 2 Counties is Ebola Infected in Liberia

Checking by the Ebola numbers, half of Liberia is currently responding to the deadly disease. By Pinnacle Health Staff Writer Monrovia – In one of its plenary sessions this week, the Liberian Senate is using its constitutional leverage to highlight the challenges and dangers...

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FORMER NIMBA SUPT. WARNS AGAINST STEREOTYPE

July 14, 2014
FORMER NIMBA SUPT. WARNS AGAINST STEREOTYPE

 By Our Staff Former Nimba County Superintendent, Mrs. Edith Gongloe-Weh says in as much as she does not condone any act of violence, the Liberian Government and all those anxious for Nimba-bashing “should not jump the gun” in labeling the recent Zolowee incident as...

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Eight West African nationals busted in $6 million Tax fraud

July 9, 2014
Eight West African nationals busted in $6 million Tax fraud

   PHILADELPHIA – Eight West African immigrants are facing tax fraud and identity theft  charges following the busting of a tax fraud ring in which they allegedly cheated the US government of about six million dollars. All of the charges are federal crimes which...

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Nimba Riot Points To A Wider Problem

July 7, 2014
Nimba Riot Points To A Wider Problem

By A staff Corespondent While armed protestors were rumbling Arcelor Mittal Steel’s mining site,  engaged in fire power with security forces and setting bridges ablaze characterized by massive looting, local as well as national officials tried to explain to the media what they thought...

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First basketball Star of Liberian Descent Drafted into NBA to Charlotte Hornet

June 27, 2014
First basketball Star of Liberian Descent Drafted into NBA to Charlotte Hornet

By Joe Teh   Basketball is the second most popular sports in Liberia. However, no Liberian basketball player ever made it on the world stage, let along the professional world. But all that changed Thursday night. The Charlotte Hornet/Bobcats of billionaire basketball mega star...

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Liberia Posts Surging Ebola Toll As the Virus gathers More Strength

June 27, 2014
Liberia Posts Surging Ebola Toll As the Virus gathers More Strength

  By Joe Teh The last time Liberians probably heard of a surging attack was during their senseless war. Over ten years have passed. The resurgence of the Ebola virus many thought had been defeated imposes no less traumatic stress on a population still...

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THE POWER OF UNITY

June 9, 2014
THE POWER OF UNITY

By Edith Gongloe-Weh  On November 25, 2013, the former Superintendent of Nimba County, Mrs. Edith Gongloe addressed a large gathering of the women of Kpaiblee Administrative District in Behwalay headquarters, Nimba County. The impressive gathering was in commemoration of 16 Days of Activism Against...

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Tom woewiyu – Another NPFL Pillar Crumbles

June 3, 2014
Tom woewiyu – Another NPFL Pillar Crumbles

By Moses D. Sandy mds66.sandy@aol.com /cell: 3024944688   Grand Bassa County senatorial hopeful, Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu desire of returning to the Liberian Senate for now remains a shattered dream. At the moment, no one knows whether Mr. Woewiyu will participate in the October 2014...

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UNMIL begins troops withdrawal from Butuo Monday

June 1, 2014
UNMIL begins troops withdrawal from Butuo Monday

  SANNIQUELLIE -The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)  is ending its military presence in Butuo, Nimba on June 2. An UNMIL official told the Liberia News Agency over the weekend the closing of field operations in Butuo, a town in which  Charles Taylor...

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At The Heart of Dual Citizenship Debate

May 23, 2014
At The Heart of Dual Citizenship Debate

Fears of Diaspora take over of government jobs and doing nothing except to transfer huge amounts back to America is the  defining problem that is stalling progress towards dual citizenship. By Joe Teh Dual citizenship grants a Liberian who has naturalized in another country...

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THE BURDEN OF BEING THE VOICE OF THE VOICELESS

April 26, 2014
THE BURDEN OF BEING THE VOICE OF THE VOICELESS

    By Joe Bartuah Thursday, April 24, 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of The NEWS newspaper in Liberia. In observance of the event, the author, a former Managing Editor of the paper proffered a pep-talk for The NEWS staff as indicated hereunder. Even...

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Liberia and Guinea launch joint effort to fight Ebola

April 26, 2014
Liberia and Guinea launch joint effort to fight Ebola

  Anyone who has seen disease attacked disastrous zone knows it’s not a comforting feeling staying there. The stigma that you are from the area in which a disease has struck automatically marks you for isolation.  So it is with people living in Ebola...

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Different Ebola Strain Found in Guinea As Death Toll Goes Up

April 17, 2014

  The strain of Ebola virus now wrecking Guinea and Liberia may be different, but not weak. With the death toll escalated to 137 as of today, fears that the Ebola virus might spread then expected are becoming an instant reality in the two...

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Aureus raises over $15m to finance its Liberian mines

April 17, 2014

The Canadian Gold exploratory company, Aureus Mining, has raised $15.6 m to fund the development of its Liberian concession. The Liberian concession, known as New Liberty, will formerly begin production of gold in early 2015. According to Aureus officials, the company is to raise...

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On the praise train with God: ” Help Us!”

April 14, 2014
On the praise train with God: ” Help Us!”

  By a Pinnacle Staff Writer, in Monrovia  Every second Friday in April is Fast and Prayer day in Liberia. Usually people of all faiths gather in their places of worship to pray for the nation, its leaders and peace. It’s a day that...

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FIRST BRAIN SURGERY PERFORMED IN LIBERIA

April 12, 2014
FIRST BRAIN SURGERY PERFORMED IN LIBERIA

  By Ballah Kollie MONROVIA, April 10 (LINA) -The Medical Director of the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Regional Referral Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County says the hospital has carried out the first brain surgery in the country. According to Dr. Francis Nah Kateh, the...

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Ebola, Corruption and the Misery of the Liberian People

April 4, 2014
Ebola, Corruption and the Misery of the Liberian People

By Jay Wehtee Wion A national major health crisis (EBOLA) has hit Liberia, never seen before in our history, and the Liberian government which passed a national budget of US$600 million was able to “chip in $250,000.00″ in a request for a mere $1.2...

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Ambassador Jeremiah Sulunteh calls UL graduates to action

April 2, 2014
Ambassador Jeremiah Sulunteh calls UL graduates to action

Liberian Ambassador to the United States may not be an alumna of the University of Liberia. But he understands all too well the needs and contributions of the university. Citing great graduates from the institution, Ambassador Sulunteh recounted how UL has been the center of...

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For Geeman, following his dream is not far from being real

April 2, 2014
For Geeman, following his dream is not far from being real

Growing up in the central town of Ganta, Nimba County in Liberia, George Garsua Sikpa has always fond of playing music. The hobby led him to join the Charles D.B. King band in Ganta. more than that, George was an active  school choir member....

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Can Pres. Sirleaf Continues to Hold The Nation Together?

March 25, 2014
Can Pres. Sirleaf Continues to Hold The Nation Together?

Liberians nicknamed President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf “Iron Lady” following her election in 2005, in reference to her tough talking stance on public policies under previous presidents. Such reverence to a leader who suffered immensely for being critically acclaimed and intolerant to bad governance set an...

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Public Works, African Dev. Bank officials Tour Maryland and River Gee ahead of Road Project

March 13, 2014

  By John Bropleh  HARPER, March 12 (LINA) – A 16-member team of engineers and environmentalists from the Ministry of Public Works and the African Development Bank (AfDB) are on an assessment visit to Maryland and River Gee counties. The team is undertaking the...

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