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U.S. visa applicants to be asked for social media history - State Department

In a broad expansion of the information gathered from applicants for U.S. visas, the federal government is proposing to collect social media identities from nearly everyone who seeks entry into the United States, according to a State Department filing on Friday. The proposal, which must be approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), would require most immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants to list on a federal application form all of the social media identities they have used in the past five years.
The information will be used to vet and identify them, according to the proposals, which would affect about 14.7 million people annually.
Previously, under rules instituted in May of 2017, consular officials were instructed to collect social media identifiers only when they determined “that such information is required to confirm identity or conduct more rigorous national security vetting,” a State Department official said at the time.
The State Department said then that t…

Liberia’s Leelai Kpukuyou To Receive ‘African Female Business Leadership Excellence Award’ 2018

The African Leadership Magazine is expected to present on June 14, 2018 one of its prestigious awards, the African Female Business Leadership Excellence Award to one of Liberia’s female productive entrepreneurs, Ms. Leelai M. Kpukuyou who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Mini Mall Incorporated in Monrovia, Liberia. This program is expected to be held in at the Hilton Park Lane. Mayfair London.


Liberia UN Mission hands over radio station to ECOWAS

 The UN mission in Liberia is ending after 14 years of service.
However, the radio remains as it will be handed over to the Economic Community of West African states, ECOWAS.
Reacting to the transfer, Liberian head of state George Weah said the medium of communication will enable the regional organisation have a greater impact on its citizens.
The move has also been welcomed by employees , “This is a golden opportunity for Liberia to host this regional radio broadcast in the region. And for me, this is a golden opportunity to be part of the staff who came from UNMIL radio; the staff that ECOWAS inherits from UNMIL radio. I am very impressed and I am happy to be part of this staff who will launch this worthy initiative,” a UNMILL journalist said.
The 15 ECOWAS countries now have the task of ensuring that the radio station is well manged to satisfy their ambitions. Member states agree it is necessary to expand coverage to the the regional level
“The scope will be regional, i…

Exxon Involved in Corrupt Oil Deals in Liberia, Investigation Reveals

Under the leadership of former secretary of state Rex Tillerson, oil giant Exxon Mobile signed a $120 million deal for an oil block in Liberia that company officials knew was rife with corruption, according to a new investigation by the transparency organization Global Witness.
The deal between Exxon and the Liberian company Broadwar Consolidated/Peppercoast (BCP) was signed in 2013 despite Exxon’s concerns that the deal could violate U.S. anti-corruption laws. The investigation by Global Witness showed that Exxon executives were aware that the oil block they purchased was part-owned by former politicians who had taken ownership of the block through illegal means.
“Exxon knew its purchase might enrich these former politicians. The company also knew the oil block had originally been awarded to BCP after Liberia’s oil agency paid bribes,” the report read.
“Despite these corruption red flags, Exxon didn’t walk away from the deal. Instead, it engineered a plan to skirt U.S. legal exposur…

Rapper Fabolous arrested for domestic violence against his babymamma Emily B.

New York rapper, Fabolous was arrested on Wednesday night after allegedly assaulting his longtime girlfriend, Love and Hip Hop" star, Emily Bustamante.
According to  TMZ,  Fabolous turned himself into the authorities in Englewood, NJ, after it was learned that Emily first contacted police, reporting to them that Fabolous had hit her following a clash.

The 40-year-old rapper was reportedly accompanied by his attorney when he went to the police precinct. However, he wasn't jailed, he was only cited for the alleged incident and given a ticket for his court appearance.
Soon after his arrest, Fabolous hinted at some trouble, when  wrote a cryptic message on his Instagram story which reads,  '2018 tryna break my heart.'




Throwback photo of Angelique Kidjo doing the Black Panther's 'Wakanda' pose in a 1994 music video

The African legend struck the now famous 'Wakanda' pose in her 1994 music video of her global his song 'Agolo'. 

3 months after his lavish wedding, Nigerian Engineer sentenced to 7 years in prison for raping a teenager in Scotland (photos)


34-year-old Nigerian engineer, Kufre Uwem has been sentenced to seven years in prison over the rape of a teenager in Aberdeen, Scotland. Uwem, of 6 Waterton Lawn, Stoneywood, Aberdeen, who was a sub-sea project engineer, detained the woman against her will in his flat and then removed her clothing and raped her. He was also convicted of intent to rape a second woman in her flat. The offences were committed on October, 18, 2012, and October 30, 2016, at flats in Aberdeen.
Uwem continues to protest his innocence. At the High Court in Glasgow judge Lord Arthurson told Uwem: “This was a course of violent and predatory sexual offending, notwithstanding the four years between the two offences.”
 The High Court in Glasgow heard that Uwem’s first victim was a first-year student who Uwen met by chance and invited her to his flat. Once there he raped her. In a victim impact statement to the court the victim said that the rape had “a monumental impact on her life”. Uwem’s second victim was a…

16 Persons Qualified to Contest Liberia FA Positions

The Elections Committee of the Liberia Football Association has qualified 16 candidates for the Executive Committee post in the April 14, 2018 elections. The candidates were qualified after being vetted and scrutinized by the committee.
The qualified candidates include Victor P. Gboyah, Nyemah Nyanway, Judie Seton, Paywala Janyan and Kerlie Miller.
Others are Myer Beteah, Mason C. Goe, Kelvin Bayoh, Cllr. Joseph M. Kollie, Uriah Glaybo and Anthony Z. Deinuka.
The rest are Henry B. Flomo, Wallace G. Weiah, Quiwu Pepci Yeke, Ivan Brown and Beatrice Kpoto.
Meanwhile, the LFA Election Committee will release the final list of candidates it will qualify for the Presidential and Vice Presidential categories in the upcoming elections on Thursday, March 29, 2018.
The Election Committee will make the announcement for the President, Vice President for Administration and Vice President for Operations positions respectively for those to be on the ballot paper at a news conference on Thursday at 1…

Alabama man who survived execution

An Alabama death-row inmate who survived a botched lethal injection will not face another date with death under a settlement his attorney struck with the state. Doyle Lee Hamm filed a civil rights action last month after the prison medical team repeatedly punctured him in an effort to place an IV before calling off the execution just before his death warrant expired.
His attorney, Columbia law professor Bernard Harcourt, had said the procedure amounted to "torture" and was so painful that the 61-year-old Hamm hoped for a quick death.
"During this time Mr. Hamm began to hope that the doctor would succeed in obtaining IV access so that Mr. Hamm could 'get it over with' because he preferred to die rather than to continue to experience the ongoing severe pain," Dr. Mark Heath, who was retained by Harcourt to examine Hamm, wrote in a report after examining the inmate.
Hamm was sentenced to death for the 1987 murder of hotel clerk Patrick Cunningham.
His legal t…

What you need to know about Deferred Enforced Departure (DED)

Deferred Enforced Departure Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) is in the President’s discretion to authorize as part of his power to conduct foreign relations. Although DED is not a specific immigration status, individuals covered by DED are not subject to removal from the United States, usually for a designated period of time.
ALERT: On March 27, 2018,  President Trump issued a memo directing the Department of Homeland Security to begin a 12-month wind-down period of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians, starting April 1, 2018, and running through March 31, 2019. USCIS will automatically extend employment authorization documents (EADs) for current Liberian DED beneficiaries who have EADs bearing a March 31, 2018 expiration date until Sept. 30, 2018, but beneficiaries will need to apply for employment authorization for the final 6 months. DED Eligibility Eligibility requirements for a country’s nationals who are covered under DED is based on the terms of the President’s direc…

CDC Morlu singing a new tone 'Why are we calling for the implementation of the TRC report when UNMIL is leaving?'

Mr. Mulbah Morlu, was once known for his strong advocacy on the establishment of a war crimes court in Liberia. He is now singing a brand new tone.  According to Mr. Morlu, the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Report is detrimental to Liberia’s national security.
Mr. Morlu’s comments were in response to a recent call made by the United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed. 
Mr. Morlu reaction's “We campaigned for the unhindered implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recommendations to be implemented.” 
“We were traded from one prison to another in the presence of international institutions they never spoke.”
“My greatest challenge came when a Deputy UNSG called for the need for the implementation of the TRC report. I respect her but I remember in 2006 when we paraded with casket for the implementation of the TRC we are denied.”
Mr. Morlu continued: “Why are we calling for the implementation of the TRC report when UNMIL is leaving?

Don Jazzy, Music mogul `weeps’ over popular blogger Linda Ikeji engagement

Music mogul, Michael Collins Ajereh a.k.a Don Don Jazzy, who has not hidden his crush on famous blogger Linda Ikeji, `weeps’ over the news of her engagement. According to some online reports on Wednesday, Linda’s ex-boyfriend recently relocated to Nigeria where the lovebirds decided to rekindle their love affair and got engaged.
Friends console Don Jazzy over news of Linda Ikeji’s engagement Don Jazzy, whose hidden crush on the famous blogger excited fans, posted a picture on his instagram @donjazzy as he was being consoled by some friends over his dashed dreams of making Linda his `wife’. He also wrote with a crying emoji’s: Kai Linda is engaged.. It is finished.’’ Don Jazzy made several moves that he ‘proposed’ to her on social media and frequently made various posts on his instagram handle; one of such was a recent photo of Linda with the caption “When you re fine you re fine abeg.” Peter Okoye of the defunct PSquare, offered to sponsor his wedding with Linda if Don J made good his…

The "Blue Moon" is not blue - Blue moon will close out March in style

 If you missed March's first full moon on March 2, don't worry! There's a second full moon on the last day of the month.
March's second full moon reaches peak fullness on the morning of March 31 at around 8:37 a.m. EST.
A second full moon in a calendar month is commonly called a blue moon, but that's not the astronomical definition of a blue moon. Astronomers refer to a blue moon as the third full moon in a season with four full moons, as most seasons have only three full moons. And don't let the name throw you for a loop: this moon does not appear blue.
The phrase "once in a blue moon" refers to something that's rare, and a blue moon is decidedly uncommon. The next seasonal blue moon occurs on May 19, 2019, and two full moons that occur in the same calendar month won't happen again until October 2020 when full moons will start and end the month.
Blue moons weren't exactly rare this year, however. There were two full moons in January, ma…

Trump gives Liberian government 12 months to reintegrate Liberians who have been living in the United States.



The Trump administration will end a special deportation protection for Liberian immigrants living in the United States, according to a memorandum issued Tuesday. As Reuters reported, the removal of the program impacts Liberians who have been living in the United States for decades under a special protection.


Some Liberian immigrants living in the States have been eligible for Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) or Temporary Protected Status since March 1991 due to civil wars and armed conflict in Liberia. Former President Clinton first authorized DED in 1999 after a civil war in Liberia ended, the White House memorandum stated. Since then, the Bush and Obama administrations have extended the program. Under the Trump administration, however, the special status, which expires on March 31, will end in one year. Newser reported there are currently 839 Liberians who've obtained a valid work status because of the program.


"Through consultation with appropriate executive department…

Finally, Linda Ikeji, popular blogger is engaged!!!!!

Popular Nigerian blogger, Linda Ikeji is off the market as she got “hooked” by her former boyfriend, according to media reports. According to the reports, Linda’s ex-boyfriend recently relocated to Nigeria where the lovebirds decided to rekindled their love affair.

 Though Linda is yet to confirm the story; her sister Sandra, however, confirmed the good news on her instagram handle on Wednesday. She wrote @sandra_Ikeji: Congratulations @officiallindaikeji So happy sweet sis! This tells me that sometimes the wait is worth it. “Can’t wait to plan your special day @eventsbysi are you readyyyy #itsagetaway. The news was also confirmed by another sister Laura, @lauraikeji who wrote, “Congrats Linlin @officiallindaikeji.” Also, Nollywood actress, Toyin Aimakhu has already taken to Instagram to congratulate her. She wrote; “Congratulations to our very own Linda Ikeji for ticking one of the important boxes every woman has piled up on her list; as she got engaged to her heartthrob! I can’t…

Genevieve Nnaji takes off the wig and shares natural look

Yep, still beautiful. 

Trump Ends Temporary Immigration Status for Thousands of Liberians

President Trump said Tuesday that several thousand Liberians who have been living in the United States under a temporary immigrant status will have one year to return to their country or they will face deportation.

The president said in a memo to the secretary of state that he was formally ending a program that has allowed Liberian immigrants to remain in the United States and work legally since 1999, when President Bill Clinton established it in response to conditions in the country after a civil war.

More than 800,000 Liberians were displaced by the war and fled the country. Some sought refuge in the United States.

International Criminal Court Fast Facts

Here's a look at the International Criminal Court. Here's a look at the International Criminal Court, a court comprised of 123 states from around the world.
Facts: Although created by the Rome Statute, a treaty first brought before the United Nations, the ICC operates as an independent entity.


The Court is located in The Hague, Netherlands.


The ICC is the "court of last resort," committed after July 1, 2002. The Court tries four types of crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, crimes of aggression and war crimes. It is not intended to replace a national justice system.


Currently, 138 states are signatories but only 123 are considered parties to the treaty.

The United States is a signatory to the treaty, but not a party.


Cases are referred to the court by national governments or the United Nations Security Council.
The 18 judges serve nine year terms.


July 17, 1998 - The Rome Statute is adopted by 120 states, informally establishing the permanent Inter…

Late Tanzania double stuns troubled DR Congo

 Tanzania struck twice inside the last 16 minutes as the Taifa Stars defeated troubled Democratic Republic of Congo 2-0 in an international friendly in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday.
Mbwana Samatta opened the scoring in the 74th minute before Yahya Shiza Ramadhani added a second two minutes from time as the East Africans picked up an unexpected win to ease the pressure on coach Salum Mayanga.
Samatta is no stranger to Congolese supporters having spent four years at domestic giants Tout Puissant Mazembe, winning both the CAF Champions League and the Confederation Cup.
Tanzania were defeated 4-1 by Algeria on Thursday, but overcame several injuries to secure a big win ahead of the resumption of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in September.
Aishi Manula and Abdulaziz Makame were both ruled out through injury.
For the Congolese, defeat concluded a frustrating international break in which four players quit camp due to poor organisation on the part of the national federation.
According to Reut…

Check out first photos of BankyW's new home...His initial 'W' is engraved into the pool



Singer, actor and director, BankyW is the proud owner of a new home in Lagos. The singer who married actress Adesua Etomi back in November 2017, is currently moving out of his Lekki Phase 1 apartment into a bigger duplex with his own private swimming pool - that has his initial at the bottom.
Finishing touches in terms of painting are currently being done  on the property. See more photos as you continue.




Snoop Dogg hits #1on Billboard with his very first hit gospel album "Bible of Love"



Snoop Dogg‘s first gospel album "Bible of Love" which was released on March 16, 2018, has made it to the top of the Billboard charts.

The 32-track gospel album features some new music from other inspirational artists. One of the tracks on the album is titled "Words Are Few". On the track, Snoop Dogg spits about his relationship with God along with singer B Slade. The music video even has Snoop praying in a church with a choir backing him up.

The debut album made it to number 1 on the Billboards top gospel chart with 3,144 sales in the first week.

Here's the full text of the Bill Gates speech everyone is talking about



Last week, Microsoft founder, Bill Gates was in Nigeria where he addressed a special session of the National Economic Council, with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, state governors, and ministers in attendance.

He spoke on why the government needs to change the narrative of development efforts by focusing on human development, by investing on education, health and creating opportunities for the people.

Below is the ful text of the speech:
Your Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Senator Bukola Saraki, Senate President; Honorable Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House; Your Excellencies, executive governors of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Royal fathers; Distinguished ladies and gentlemen. And as you say in Nigeria, all other protocols observed. Thank you for welcoming me to Nigeria.
I’ve been coming here regularly since 2006, and I’ve always felt welcome. Nigerians usuall…

President Weah Tours Bali Island for the contruction of modern Conference Center

President George Manneh Weah on Monday, March 26, 2018 toured the Bali Island, which is situated in the middle of the Mesurado River. The Liberian leader intends to transform Bali Island into the New Monrovia commencing with the construction of a state-of-the-art International Conference Center and other standardized structures.
Speaking during a boat-ride assessment tour, President Weah commended Liberians for giving him the opportunity to lead the country with a view to enable him transform it. “While coming up as a child; growing up in Clara Town, on Bushrod Island; playing just across the shores of the Stockton Creek; I often looked into the direction of the Bali Island, viewed an undeveloped tourist attraction,” President Weah recounted.

“I wondered what was going on there,” President Weah would ask and went on to say: “I did not know anyone who knew what was going on there. There was no road, no bridge, or ferry to get over here.” he added.

According to Pre…

70 Movable Vehicles Have Been Retrieved from Former Officials – MICAT Official Reveals

Liberia’s Assistance Minster for Information Service at the Ministry of Information Culture Affairs (MICAT) has disclosed that the Special Presidential Task Force set up by the Liberian Leader Ambassador George M.Weah to retrieve all government vehicles has so far retrieved over 70 movable vehicles.
Mr. Samuel Worzie who is also member of the Task Force made the disclosure today during an interview with reporters at the Ministry of Information said 30 out of the over 70 vehicles are   non-movable but can be repair.
Worzie also disclosed that plans has been concluded for members of the Task Force to go in rural Liberia to carryout effort of retrieving government vehicles.
He used the occasion to  disclosed  that  the Director General of the General Services Agency(GSA ) Madam Broh  of  putting up a “noncompliance posture to its operations” as The Task Force  strive to recover government vehicles in the possession of former public officials.
“We are quite aware that we will never get M…

Liberia’s Weah lends jersey number to new military hospital

Liberia’s new leader, ex-football player George Weah, on Monday lent the number from his national team jersey to a military hospital as he unveiled the first major project of his presidency.
The “14 military hospital” will primarily care for Liberian soldiers returning from peacekeeping missions abroad, who are currently obliged to seek treatment in foreign countries due to a lack of specialised facilities.
“The number 14 was the number on my back playing for the Lone Stars (national team). The number is now attached to this important new institution as a symbolic reminder of what Liberians can achieve,” Weah told journalists.
The hospital will be located in the Edward Binyah Kesselly Barracks, close to the capital Monrovia.


Liberia’s police and army were disbanded after back-to-back 1989-2003 civil wars, and security was assured by a UN peacekeeping mission finally due to leave on March 30.
The security forces took back responsibility from the UN last year, but the mission has rema…

Tony Hage lives over 50 years in Liberia "The fear of outsiders is nothing new. The Lebanese community is used to it."



Son of Angola's ex-President named as suspect in $500m fraud case and barred from leaving the country

José Filomeno dos Santos???????, the son of Angola's ex-President has been formally accused of fraud over the alleged illegal transfer of $500m (£350m) from the central bank to the UK. He is also barred from leaving the country, deputy Attorney General Luis Benza Zanga said.

Dos Santos is the highest profile person targeted in new President João Lourenço's anti-corruption drive. He had led oil-rich Angola's sovereign wealth fund during his father's rule. However, he was removed from this role in January, months after a BBC investigation into Angola's $5bn fund and following an internal governance review.

The allegations against him relate to the $500m transferred to a British bank, which was then frozen by authorities in the UK. The UK say the money can now be returned.  Mr dos Santos was formally named a suspect in the investigation, along with the former governor of Angola's central bank, Valter Filipe da Silva.

Mr Zanga said there was no chance of the case …

Nigerian athlete, Blessing Okagbare breaks 22-year-old African record

Olympic gold medalist, Blessing Okagbare has broken a 22-year-old African record previously held by Mary Onyali.  She started her outdoor season where she completed the 200m race at 22.04secs at the Wes Kittley Invitational Track and Field Meet at the Abilene Christian University surpassing Mary Onyali;'s 22.07secs record held for 22 years.  Her winning time has also become the new national record in the women's 200m



The 10 Richest Real Housewives by Net Worth

 From their jet-setting lifestyles to their seemingly-endless wardrobes, the luxurious ladies of Beverly Hills, New York City, Orange County and Atlanta are raking in money not only from television, but also their business ventures and wealthy husbands.
But which one is the richest of them all? Keep scrolling to see which of the Housewives come out on top financially.


Lisa Vanderpump Reported net worth: $75 million Show: Beverly Hills Vanderpump and her husband of more than 30 years, Ken Todd, have owned and managed a number of successful restaurants including their current L.A. hostpots: SUR, Villa Blanca and Pump. They also have lines of wine, vodka and sangria, and are both credited as producers on Vanderpump Rules.

Kyle Richards Reported net worth: $50 million Show: Beverly Hills Richards first came into money as a child actress on Little House on the Prairie. The aunt of heiresses Paris and Nicky Hilton, she also owns a boutique, Kyle by Alene Too, and has re-entered showbiz as th…