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The Ministry of Justice has ruled that the mysterious deaths of Gifty A. Lamah, Albert Peters, George Fabhboto and Emmanuel Barten Nyeswa, which all occurred within a period of eight days in October, resulted from “unnatural” causes.
Lamah and Peters were discovered dead in the early morning hours of October 2, 2020, while George Fabhboto, died on in an accident on the 4th of October. The three individuals were all employees of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA). Emmanuel Barten Nyeswa, the late Director-General of the Internal Audit Agency (IAA), was found lying on the floor in front of his house after an alleged fall on October 10th, 2020. Read more...
Trevor Noah to host Grammy awards
South African comedian Trevor Noah will host next year's Grammy awards, the organisers have announced.
Noah said he was "thrilled":
Quote Message: Despite the fact that I am extremely disappointed that the Grammys have refused to have me sing or be nominated for best pop album, I am thrilled to be hosting this auspicious event.
Quote Message: I think as a one-time Grammy nominee, I am the best person to provide a shoulder to all the amazing artists who do not win on the night because I too know the pain of not winning the award!"
Harvey Mason Jr, the chair and interim president of the Recording Academy, said Noah was the "best choice" as host.
The nominees for the award will be announced on Tuesday at 17:00 GMT.
Liberian economist, accountant, administrator and diplomat, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, has been named by the African Development Bank as its Country Manager designated for Uganda, East Africa.
Mr. Ngafuan who is also regarded in academia as one of Liberia’s brightest scholars was among others who competed for the position and triumphed as the finalist.
With many years of experience in Public Finance and Diplomacy, Ngafuan is counted on highly by the African Development Bank Group to bring some wealth of experience to it. As an economist and accountant, Mr. Ngafuan worked at the Central Bank of Liberia as head of International Banking during the Taylor Administration, and Budget Director at the National Budget Bureau during the early part of the Administration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Read more...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The outgoing administration of U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday issued a new temporary rule that could require tourist and business travelers from two dozen countries, most in Africa, to pay a bond of as much as $15,000 to visit the United States.
The U.S. State Department said the temporary final rule, which takes effect Dec. 24 and runs through June 24, targets countries whose nationals have higher rates of overstaying B-2 visas for tourists and B-1 visas for business travelers. The Trump administration said the six-month pilot program aims to test the feasibility of collecting such bonds and will serve as a diplomatic deterrence to overstaying the visas. Read more...
Washington DC USA – November 19, 2020: The new American envoy to the Republic of Liberia in West Africa has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
According to our correspondent on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Mr. Michael McCarthy was confirmed on Wednesday, November via a voice vote. Ambassador McCarthy’s confirmation by the full Senate means he is clear to take up assignment in Monrovia as a key principal in the implementation of U.S. Foreign policy to Liberia.
On May 27, 2020, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Mr. McCarthy as Ambassador to Liberia.
He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, and recently served as Consul General of the U.S. Consulate General, Johannesburg, South Africa. Read more...
President-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce Linda Thomas-Greenfield as his nominee for ambassador to the United Nations and Jake Sullivan as his national security adviser, several people familiar with the matter told The Washington Post.
Thomas-Greenfield spent 35 years in the Foreign Service, retiring in 2017. She served as assistant secretary of state for African affairs and was ambassador to Liberia during the Obama administration. She is now a senior counselor with the Albright Stonebridge advisory firm. Read more...