Ellen turns 70 today

President Ellen Johnson –Sirleaf today October 29 turns seventy years old. The Liberian leader is the first African female democratically president in Liberia, yea Africa.

Last week, the aging Liberia leader observed her government 1,000 days of its activities since inauguration on January 16, 2006 with mixed reactions from the public.

While president Johnson-Sirleaf can be credited for redeeming the image of the country internationally, she conceded at the recent cabinet retreat in Kakata  Margibi County that her government has not done  much to achieve its  domestic agenda.

There are increased hardships in the country where the ordinary Liberia has not feel the impact of the much talked about improve economy in the country. Under the Unity party led government, the price of a bag of the country staple, rice utter rice) jumped to US$35.00 while the par-boiled rice which is hardly seen on the local market now goes for US$60.00. The bulk of the people of remained in object poverty endeavoring to survive on less than US$1.00 per day.

Meanwhile the President is expected to officially launch an academic meet the challenge program today in Monrovia.

The program which is under the auspices of the Mano River Union Youth Parliament-Liberia Chapter (MRUYP-Liberia), and the International Quizzing Association-Liberia (IQA-Liberia) will be held at the Cecil Dennis Hall, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is expected to engage the Liberian students through academic programs that will restore and rejuvenate the academic spirit and impulse the need for academic excellence amongst the youth.    

The ceremony will witness William V.S. High School engaging St. Theresa Convent High School in a pre-launch exhibition match.

According to an MRUYP-L and IQA-L release, the program will be implemented in six phases dividing the Country into five regions, with the Ministries of Education, Youth and Sports, Finance and Planning and Economic Affairs playing advisory and supporting role in project implementation while MRUYP and IQA-Liberia will coordinate and supervise the project.

The MRU youth parliament has representatives in all the 15 counties who will serve as county coordinators of the project under direct supervision of the Project Coordinating Unit (PCU) made up of IQA and the MRU Youth Parliament, the release noted.

The release said, the first phase of the program will bring together 64 schools in Montserrado and Margibi counties, while the second phase is expected to bring together schools from Lofa, Nimba and Bong counties, followed by the third phase with schools from Grand Kru, Sinoe, Rivercess  and Grand Bassa counties while  the fourth and  fifth, phases will bring together schools from Grand Gedeh, Maryland, Rivergee, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, and Bomi Counties and the six phase will be the grand final among winners of each phase.

The National wide event which will be aired on radio and televisions in the country will help bring the game to the people and encourage a broad-based participation and awareness of the game as was done in the past while honors and awards will be given to winners of each regional competition and to students who will exhibit exceptional performance and participating schools will receive recognition as participants. 

 It is expected that the program cover the fifteen (15) counties with in the targeted six months October to May 2009 and directly benefit over 50,000 (fifty thousand) high schools and over 60,000 (sixty thousand) indirect beneficiaries in elementary and junior high schools and out of school youth across the country, the release concluded.

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President Sirleaf Honored

One of the world’s largest micro-financing groups based in the United States, the  Women’s Opportunity Network, has awarded President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia the 2008 International Women’s Leadership Award.

At a recent honoring program in New York, Opportunity International-USA said it was honoring the Liberian leader for her commitment to transforming the lives of women and for being a strong advocate for the advancement of women.

The Liberian leader, ‘Opportunity Network’ noted, has been entrusted with the most challenging task any Liberian leader has ever faced – rebuilding a post-conflict nation. Her outstanding leadership, the group asserted has revived national hope and restored Liberia’s international reputation and credibility.

 An Executive Mansion release said, the former President of Ireland, Madam Mary Robinson, presented the award on behalf of the group. She described as courageous and uplifting the Liberian leader’s commitment to the advancement of women. Her leadership, the former Finish President said of President Johnson Sirleaf is making a transformational effect in the lives of women.

Britain Appoints Ambassador

The Governments of the Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland announce the appointment of a new Ambassador to Liberia and High Commissioner to Sierra Leone.

According to Foreign Ministry release, the new Great Britain and Northern Ireland Ambassador is Mr. Ian Noel Hughes, Her Majesty’s Non Resident Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia. He assumes duties in March 2009.

  Ambassador Hughes, an outstanding diplomat replaces Madam Sarah Macintoch, who will be transferring to another diplomatic service position.

Liberia ends World Cup, Nation Cup Campaign

Liberia national team

Liberia national team

The Liberia national soccer team is expected to end her World Cup and Nation Cup campaign today in the Liberian capital when she takes on Algeria in the last match of the joint 2010 World Cup and Nation Cup qualifiers.

Liberia is at the bottom of  Group 6 with 2 points from five matches played. Algeria is at the top of the group with 9 points from five matches while Gambia and Senegal are at the 2nd and 3rd positions respectively with 8 points each. A win for Algeria will take her to the Nations Cup while the match will serve as a test match for Liberia for future competition . A lost for Algeria and a win for Senegal or Gambia will take either of them to the Nations Cup.

The last time Liberia qualified for the Nations Cup was in 2002.

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