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Liberian '80s duo Zack and Geebah reunites



The group was popular in 1980s Liberia. They are said to have sold more than 200 000 copies of their music including the records ‘Just for You’, ‘For the Love of Money’ and ‘Sweet Liberia’.
Even as the group lasted less than a half-decade following the success of ‘Sweet Liberia’, the lingering popularity of their songs has kept the duo on the lips of Liberians, many of whom consider Zack & Geebah one of their country’s best groups.
Before the civil war in Liberia broke out in 1989, the men of the group went their separate ways. But the decision was not unanimous.
“Geebah never wanted a split,” Zack told local media recently. “He wanted the team together but a split like this is common in the music industry. When the split occurred, I opened a studio and was about to go solo before the war came. I was on the verge of receiving a bank loan to fully support my new dream but the war destroyed everything.”
They had first decided to record their own music after a larger band they wer…

President Launches 10-Year Educational Plan

Liberia’s president has launched a 10-year plan to deliver quality education for all of the country’s children.
George Weah – the former football star who was elected leader in January – said schooling was a key pillar of his “pro-poor agenda”.
“Our kids deserve the best and we must provide them that,” he said. “There are people here who get no opportunity and are in search of it to help better their lives.
“We, as a government, must be in the position to help lift them out of their predicaments. We have to be honest to ourselves if we truly want to change and make our country a better place.”
President Weah said teacher development, improved infrastructure and changes to the school curriculum are all crucial in achieving success.
Liberia – affected by years of civil war and then the deadly Ebola outbreak in 2014 – has one of the world’s worst out-of-school problems.
42 per cent of primary-age children are not in education and over two-thirds of girls do not have basic reading skills…

700 kilos of cocaine on German container ship, 3 crew arrested

Container ship VEGA MERCURY was intercepted by Algerian Navy ship and helicopter off Oran, Algeria, on May 29, after Algerian authorities have been alerted by Spanish authorities on probable drugs shipment on board. More than 700 kilos of cocaine were found in boxes marked as “Halal Meat”, loaded into reefer container or containers. Container ship was taken to Oran and as of May 30, is berthed at Oran. 14 people were already arrested as suspects in drug trafficking. Seized cocaine originated from Latin America and most probably, containers were transshipped in Valencia, because VEGA MERCURY is a shuttle container ship trading in the Mediterranean.
The news wouldn’t be worth publishing – most part of trafficked in shipping containers drugs reach its’ destination anyway, without crew/owner involvement or knowledge, and we don’t even know the scale of the traffic, but in this case three crew were among arrested suspects. That’s unusual. Probably, it’s some kind of drug trafficking schem…

Liberia native Captain George Jones fulfills dream of retiring as a commissioned officer

CAMP COURTNEY, Japan--In 2002 Sgt. George Jones, a Marine Corps infantryman, stated that his dream was to retire as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Jones, a Liberia, West Africa native, had at that point survived a civil war in his homeland and joined what he called “The best looking service in the world.”

“In 1994, I came to America as an 18 year old kid with my parents,” said Jones, the G-4 current operations officer for 3rd Marine Division. “We came to America because it was my dream to visit the United States and at the time they were the only ones offering refugees the chance to resettle.”

Jones said while staying in Liberia he stayed pretty close to an American embassy. This familiarization led to his wanting to become a U.S. Marine at a very young age.

“It was obvious why I joined the Marine Corps,” said Jones. “I like a challenge, and I wanted to be one of the best of the best.”

Upon arrival to the U.S, Jones started paying for college course out of his own pocket but real…

Eddie Theater Dramatizes Happenings Around The Grebo-krahn National Park



 Eddie Theater has begun dramatically transmitting educational messages to targeted communities in the society.
The drama, uniquely segmented in three sophisticated series under the theme:“THE WAHALA OVER GREBO-KRAHN” pinpoints the layers of challenges including confrontation and hurdles which had over the years hindered the creation of the park. Basically it aims to underscore the relevance of our national forests and all of their constituent biodiversity that are pillars as far as our national existence is concerned.
The drama discourages the ugly tendency of depleting or abusing the forest resource by poachers and illegal miners, something which has and continues to undercut our national economy to the gross disadvantage of present and succeeding generations. It essentially mirrors the value of what Mother Naturehas endowed us as nation and people while encouraging the communities to avoid the wanton abuseof our rich heritage so as to safeguard potential risk.
The group which co…

Eddie Jarwolo: From Street Kid ... to Liberia's Kingmaker

Eddie Jarwolo, 44, has a role in shaping Liberia's future without political office or much money to his name.
The founder and executive director of Naymote Partners for Democratic Development, Jarwolo is grooming a new generation of socially conscious, politically active Liberian youth.


My vision was to have a quality of leader that could make our life better.


Eddie Jarwolo
“Most elected leaders are not accessible, they’re not responsive,” says the married father of two, “and they’re not accountable to those who elected them.” He is trying to bridge the divide between government and disaffected youth by teaching them to communicate through public forums. At a recent three-hour event organized through Naymote’s Youth Legislative Program, Jarwolo says six legislators, including Deputy Speaker Prince Kermue Moye, met with a diverse group of 50 students and youth leaders to discuss lawmakers’ responsibility to serve them.
 Through his School Law and Justice Program, three members of …

God Wants Followers To Buy Televangelist $54 Million Private Jet, Says Televangelist

Jesse Duplantis asked his followers to help fund a $54 million jet.
“I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the earth today, he wouldn’t be riding a donkey…He’d be in an airplane preaching the gospel all over the world.”
That was the case Jesse Duplantis, a Louisiana televangelist, made in a video posted to his ministry’s website, in which he asked his disciples to donate money for a private jet that costs $54 million.
Duplantis, who has a global following, showed framed photos of the three private jets he already owns hung next to a picture of the new jet he has his eye on. The Falcon 7x, different from his other jets, has three-engines and a range of 5,950 nautical miles, which allows Duplantis to “go anywhere in the world in one stop,” he said in the video.
The 68-year-old Christian minister is based in Destrehan, a census-designated place in St. Charles Parish about 25 miles east of New Orleans.
Duplantis said his ministry paid cash for the jets he already owns, the mos…

2 women taking selfies struck by lightning in Germany

Two young women suffered serious injuries after lightning struck them while they were taking selfies in western Germany, officials said Monday. A spokesman for Bochum police said first responders found the 23 and 21-year-old women lying on the ground with their clothing torn in the city's Wattenscheid district on Sunday evening.
Paramedics had to resuscitate the 23-year-old and she remains in intensive care with life-threatening injuries, Bochum police spokesman Volker Schuette said.
The younger woman told police the last thing she remembered was walking with her friend on a footpath and recording each other with their smartphones, Schuette told The Associated Press.
"Clearly they were surprised by the storm," he said.
The 21-year-old was also hospitalized, but her life is not thought to be endangered.
Western Europe has experienced heavy storms in recent days, following an unusually long stretch of very warm weather this month.
Flash floods as high as 1.6 meters (5.3 f…

Nigerian Pastor Arrested in Liberia for US$250,000 counterfeits

Police authorities in Monrovia say they have arrested a Nigerian Pastor, named Amos John Iledare of the Testimony Church of God off the Robertsfield Highway for allegedly dumping US$250,000 counterfeit money on the Liberian market. Pastor Iledare was arrested along with two forest bureaus operators. Police Inspector General Col. Patrick Sudue told local journalists Monday May 29 that the amount was dumped on the Liberian market in February, this year allegedly by Pastor Iledare who apparently doubles as a businessman. Col. Sudue said out of the total US$250,000, police have been able to confiscate only US$12,700, leaving the rest which appear 90% real in circulation. “Ladies and gentlemen of the press, if I display this money to you, you will not believe it. There’s no distinction from that of the actual United States banknotes. Texture is almost the same, the money is like almost 90 percent real,” says Col. Sudue. He says the images on the counterfeit and the actual US dollars are t…

Tim Weah scores as US beats Bolivia 3-0

Josh Sargent scored in his American debut, fellow 18-year-old Tim Weah added a goal in his second international match and a young United States team beat Bolivia 3-0 in an exhibition Monday night. Walker Zimmerman put the Americans ahead in the 37th minute and Sargent doubled the lead in the 52nd. Weah, the son of former FIFA Player of the Year and current Liberia president George Weah, scored in the 59th. Weah, born on Feb. 22, 2000, became the fourth-youngest American to score when he displaced Sargent, who was born two days earlier. Sargent’s goal was particularly memorable — with his back to the goal, he intercepted a pass over his head from the goalkeeper, played the ball to himself and put it in the net with a strong right-footed shot from about 11 yards. With no World Cup to play for, interim U.S. coach Dave Sarachan went with youth. He gave six players their debuts, raising the total to 15 in four matches since the Americans were eliminated in qualifying. Defenders Erik Palme…

Meet Danielle A. Urey LoneStar/MTN Youngest and First Female Board Chairman

Lonestar Cell MTN has named Ms. Danielle A. Urey, Lonestar Cell MTN newest Board Chairman is youngest, and first female Chairman of its Board of Directors. This historic decision was reached through a unanimous vote by MTN Group and the Liberian partners. MTN Group is a leading mobile telecommunications operator with presence in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East. She is the youngest female Chairperson in the history of MTN. Ms. Urey comes to this crucial position highly prepared. She holds a BBA in Finance and a BBA in Business Administration from the University of San Diego in California, U.S.A. She also holds a master’s degree in Energy, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School in London, UK.

History of 'OAU, Welcome to Liberia' and the 33 Million Price Tag on Unity Conference Center

President Tolbert ordered the Unity Conference Center to be built at a cost of $33 million, adjacent to the multi-storied Hotel Africa and fifty-one beach villas (one for each visiting African head of state) for an additional $36 million.  Former President Johnson-Sirleaf states that the OAU was not held in high esteem by ordinary Liberians, who instead conceptualized the organization as an all-male dictator’s club dedicated to showcasing political power, demagoguery, and rubbing shoulders while attending cocktail parties, without positively impacting the local political environment in any appreciable way. The singular hit song produced by the Liberian Dream Afro-Disco Band was the song “OAU, Welcome to Liberia” (1979). This piece was recorded at the Ambassador Studio in Kumasi, Ghana, as a prelude to Liberia’s hosting of the 16th annual 1979 Organization of African Unity (OAU) confab. These ostentatious “white elephant” construction projects were widely criticized at the time, maki…