FAO Warns People Can Get Infected with Ebola by Eating Bushmeat
By Wynfred Russell
As Liberia reports 22 more Ebola infections and 10 deaths, increasing the country's total to 196 cases, which includes 116 deaths, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a warning today against eating certain wild animals.
The FAO said that although reducing person-to-person Ebola transmission is the most important focus, it is working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness about transmission risks from wildlife among rural communities that hunt bushmeat to supplement their diets and income.
The agency said communities risk future spillover from species that naturally carry the virus, including fruit bats, some monkeys, and many deer species, if prudent action is not taken. Full story...
Foreign Ministry Warns Public Against Unscrupulous Purported 'Staff'
Monrovia, July 19, 2014: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says its attention has been drawn to some unscrupulous individuals purporting as staff or officials of the Ministry who are in the habits of engaging business entities across the nation in the name of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for official business transaction. Full story...
FOREIGN MINISTRY ANNOUNCES NATIONAL ORATOR FOR LIBERIA'S 167TH INDEPENDENCE DAY
Monrovia, July 17, 2014: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the name of the National Orator for this year's National Independence Day celebration. A Foreign Ministry release said the President of the Tubman University in Maryland County, Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell has been selected to perform the national task.
Meanwhile the Ministry has also released the profile of this year's Orator as stated below: Full story...
President Sirleaf Takes Action against Government Officials for Failing to Declare Assets
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Friday, July 18, 2014) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sanctioned several government officials for failing to file their Income, Assets, and Declaration as reported by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission.
According to an Executive Mansion release, Government officials who failed to file are suspended for one month on the job and will forfeit the salary equivalent for the same period.
Government officials who initially filed but failed to re-declare after two years are suspended on the job and will forfeit salary equivalent to the period until full compliance.
Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has commended all government officials who have complied for this exemplary discipline and the contribution which this makes to government’s commitment to transparency and accountability. - End -
President Sirleaf Makes Additional Appointments in Government,
Subject To Confirmation by the Honorable Liberian Senate, where Applicable
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Tuesday, July 15, 2014) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, continuing with nomination of officials to positions in government, has named the following persons to the Judiciary, Ministries of Finance and Development Planning, Transport, Labor, Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Industry, State for Presidential Affairs and the General Services Agency.
The Liberian leader also named other persons to the Liberia Airport Authority, Forestry Development Authority Board, Central Bank of Liberia, National Housing Authority, Liberia Telecommunication Corporation (LIBTELCO), National Port Authority, Liberia Petroleum Refining Company, Liberia Maritime Authority, and the Grand Bassa Community College.
According to an Executive Mansion release, these appointments are subject to confirmation by the Honorable Liberian Senate, where applicable: Full story...
News Flash: LIBERIA CELEBRATES ITS 167TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY WITH A VARIATION
Monrovia, July 15, 2014: The Government of Liberia announces that in keeping with the Patriotic Observance Law of 1956, this July 26, the Nation's 167th Independence Day, will be celebrated as a public holiday—but with a divergence.
According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs release, while traditional events preceding Independence Day, as well as the Formal Official Program, will continue, all other festivities have been called off.
The Office of the Chief of Protocol, Republic of Liberia, thereby announces the observance of the 2014 Independence Anniversary will thus be, as follows: Full story...
1ST Edition of Liberia/Nigeria Joint Commission Opens in Abuja, Nigeria with Focus on Education, Health and the Economy
Abuja,Nigeria,JULY 14,2014: The First edition of the Liberia/Nigeria Joint Commission has gotten under way in the Nigerian capital, Abuja with a commitment by both countries to strengthen bilateral cooperation in six (6) thematic areas. The opening session of the 2nd Liberia/Nigeria Joint Commission was addressed by Liberia’s Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan and Nigeria Minister of State II Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed at a ceremony held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria.
The Joint Commission meeting which will run from July 14 -15,2014 will focus on enhancing cooperation in the areas of Education, Health, Sustainable Agriculture Development, Promotion of Commerce Trade and Industry, Regional Peace, Security and the Rule of Law as well as Transport and Civil Aviation. Full story...
President Sirleaf Instructs Public Works Minister to Save JFK; Thanks Staff for Being on the Frontline against the Ebola Virus
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Wednesday, July 9, 2014) In the wake of the erosion which has affected the rear fence of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has instructed the Ministry of Public Works to lead a team charged with the responsibility to clear all man-made structures obstructing the drainages and flow of natural water.
Other members of the team include the General Services Agency (GSA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC).
President Sirleaf wants urgent and immediate steps taken to avoid further destruction of the medical facility, adding, “We cannot stop the rain but we can stop its adverse effects.”
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader gave the directive when she paid a visit to the premises of the J.F. Kennedy Medical Center where portion of the hospital’s fence was broken down by flood due to its undermining by surface water.
She frowned at the construction of structures in unapproved places as they are blocking free flow of water and causing floods in the streets, alleys, and communities some of which have threatened the J.F.K. Medical Center, which is the hub of Liberia’s health care delivery efforts. Full story...