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Archive for February, 2012

Alcohol is a burden that kills teenagers

Alcohol is a burden that kills teenagers

By Clemente Ferrer   The Galician Health Service has launched a campaign with the goal of preventing alcohol consumption among teenagers. This initiative was adjudicated last year following the celebration of a public contest, which was provided with a budget of 1 million Euros. There have been various ad campaigns against alcohol consumption with some […]

Analysis of Liberia's 2010/11 Budget

Analysis of Liberia’s 2010/11 Budget

By Nyankor Matthew      The proposed budget for 2010/11 fiscal year is quite voluminous when compared to budgets from prior fiscal years, and contains detailed information than previous budjgets.      The theme for the 2010/11 budget is the “Lift Liberia Development Strategy” budget, which according to government financial managers is focused on the Poverty Reduction […]

Mayor Mary Broh and the Parking Controversy

Mayor Mary Broh and the Parking Controversy

By Ralph Geeplay Monrovia City Mayor, Mary Broh, this week met with members of the Liberian Assembly regarding the institution of parking tickets her city council introduced last year to skeptical lawmakers who questioned the fees motorists would pay if they are caught violating the city’s parking ordinance.      The meeting, however, took a strange […]

Mandingoes Born in Liberia are Liberian Citizens

Mandingoes Born in Liberia are Liberian Citizens

By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh                     The truth is: Mandingoes born in Liberia to a Mandingo parent or parents are Liberians, period! So what’s the debate about, and where’s it going? Intellectual or “jawbone” exercise? That Mandingoes who were born in Liberia, grew up in Liberia, and attended public and private schools there are not Liberian citizens? Are […]

Mayor Mary Broh and the Parking Controversy

Mayor Mary Broh and the Parking Controversy

By Ralph Geeplay      Monrovia City Mayor, Mary Broh, this week met with members of the Liberian Assembly regarding the institution of parking tickets her city council introduced last year to skeptical lawmakers who questioned the fees motorists would pay if they are caught violating the city’s parking ordinance.      The meeting, however, took a strange […]

President Sirleaf's Inaugural Address Should Be About Jobs, Jobs and More Jobs

President Sirleaf’s Inaugural Address Should Be About Jobs, Jobs and More Jobs

By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh The one and only time I ever had a summer job was in 1975, when as a teenager, I was hired to work briefly with other students at the Ministry of Information in Monrovia. I believe the late Edward B. Kesselly was Minister at the time, and we worked as a team […]

Can Ellen Turn Inaugural Rhetoric into Reality?

Can Ellen Turn Inaugural Rhetoric into Reality?

By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh Monday, January 30, 2012      Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made a clarion call for peace and democracy during her historic inauguration in January – the second for her this decade, and in the presence of many she also called for true reconciliation, hope, equality and opportunity for all.      Sirleaf was right to call […]

The Giving Away of our Ancestral Land to Multinational Corporations

The Giving Away of our Ancestral Land to Multinational Corporations

By E. Quilly Boyoue      There have been persistent reports about the expropriation of rural land, and the increasing dispossession of its inhabitants by the government of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. For example, on January 20, 2012, the New York Times published an article detailing how the government has been giving away tracks of ancestral land […]