Hawa Bangura, a Sierra Leonean woman tried and found guilty of human trafficking, will have to spend eight years of her life in a Liberian prison.
She was sentenced on Thursday, January 17, 2019 by Presiding Judge Roosevelt Willie when he rendered the final judgment in the human trafficking case involving Defendant Bangura who has been detained at the Monrovia Central Prison since her arrest on November 30, 2017.
Though, one guilty of human trafficking by law is required to spend the maximum sentence of 10 years, Judge Willie of the Criminal Court”A” at the Temple of Justice stated that the court could not sentence Defendant Bangura for 10 prison years because report obtained by the court from the Probation Office about her character shows that she had no previous criminal record.
Judge Willie then ordered the Ministry of Justice to work with the Ministry of Gender and that of the Foreign Ministry to ensure the repatriation of the two victims involved with the case back to Sierra Leo…
MONROVIA, Montserrado – Youth and Sports Minister Zeogar Wilson says he is pleased with the just-ended 2018-19 National County Sports Meet.
The national sporting events began on Sunday, December 16, 2018, across four different venues in Liberia and concluded on Sunday, January 13 at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, where fans turned up in their numbers to support their favorite counties in the quarterfinals, semifinals, and final stages.
Unlike the previous tournament where the lack of organization was widely seen, the 2018-19 event turned out to be different, with significant improvements, which surprised many Liberians.
For the first time in the history of the event, teams wore customized jerseys and played with customized balls which carried the names and logos of the companies that sponsored the event.
With the improvement in the organization of the tournaments, Liberians across the world were excited as they expressed their joy when watching the games that were broadcaste…
By David A. Yates
Dr. Grace Dinkins, a Liberian surgeon is in the country to contribute her quota.
Dr. Grace-Ann Dinkins, a Liberian surgeon based in the United States of America, arrived in the country on Wednesday, January 16 to meet with senior government officials, including Montserrado County District#9 Representative Munah Pelham Youngblood.
Dr. Dinkins is a Liberian awards athlete from the 1984, 1995 and 2000 summer Olympics in the U.S.
According her travel itinerary, while in the country, Dr. Dinkins will hold discussions with the government and some humanitarian groups to identify priorities, particularly underprivileged girls.
Dinkins is the chief executive officer (ECO) of the Africa Investor Group (AIG), a company that helps medical institutions and other humanitarian organizations.
She is also a general surgeon based in Lynwood, California, Dr. Dinkins is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the U.S. including College Medical Center and MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Ce…
Ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) party Montserrado County District #7 Representative Solomon George says plans are underway by the CDC to crown President George Manneh Weah as First Priest and Prophet of Liberia.
Making the disclosure over the weekend, Rep. George warned that those making mockery of the President for opening a Church will be cursed by God.The CDC lawmaker was being honored by a group calling themselves “Strategic Journalists Committee,” for his outstanding oversight and representation role played in 2018.
Mr. George stresses that President Weah would have been praised if he were to open a Zoe Bush for some ungodly people in the country.
Rep. George argues that no matter President Weah’s affiliation with other secret cults or organizations like the Mason, he will still serve Christ Jesus.
Meanwhile, Rep. George has expressed frustration at the first sitting of the 54th Legislature, especially the House of Representatives.He says there are many members of…
Liberia’s Police Chief Col. Patrick Sudue has appealed to the New York Police Department in the United States to assist in building the criminal investigative capacity of the Liberian Police and to develop coordination between the two entities in ensuring the fight against terrorism, cyber crimes and transnational crimes.
Liberian Police Spokesman Moses Carter told journalists in Monrovia Tuesday, 8 January that Col. Sudue held meeting with some authorities at the New York Police Department (NYPD) in person of Joseph Reznick, Deputy Commissioner of Internal Affairs; Thomas P. Galati, Chief of Intelligence; and John B. Hart, Deputy Chief Executive officer, Intelligence Bureau.
Additionally Col. Sudue has asked UN executives that LNP should be accorded the opportunity to second one of its personnel at the UN Headquarters in New York to serve as liaison from LNP to the UN.He also requests that the LNP be given the chance to serve on future UN missions.
Mr. Carter says Col. Sudue got t…
The All Liberian Music Festival will be organised by entertainment company Uprok Events. The company's CEO T Mark Korpu said the event would take place at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia on 14 March. It would feature performances from several A-list artists and bring together producers and record label scouts in search of new artists.
"The festival is predicated upon the need to sow neatly and tightly the loose intra-cultural relationship in Liberia by using music as a potent weapon of intercultural understanding, and medium of appreciation for the country’s arts and culture," Korpu said.
He said being the first of its kind in Liberia, the festival was also aimed at promoting unity among Liberian music industry players – something which had been lacking over the years. "We will also like to announce that certain percentage of the total revenue generated will go to a development project to aid the industry, and this will be an entertainment arena that wi…
WOONSOCKET – The Northern Rhode Island Council of the Arts has announced the names of five contestants for the title of queen of the 2019 Mardi Gras Ball festivities.
The Mardi Gras Ball will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23, at St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland St. Festivities will include music and dancing with Jeff Gamache and Runaway Train and the featured zydeco band Squeezebox Stompers. A full Cajun buffet will be served. Tickets are $30 in advance and can be purchased by calling Lorraine Cloutier at 401-762-9072 or from the contestants.
The title of queen and two princesses will go to the contestants who sell the most raffle and event tickets. Tickets for the raffle are $1 each, and prizes will be drawn on the night of the Mardi Gras Ball. First prize is $500 cash; second prize is a $300 gift certificate to Mohegan Sun; third prize is a $100 Visa card; and fourth prize is a $50 gift card to Savini’s Pomodoro Restaurant.
The queen and her court will be crowned in…
German soccer club Paderborn 07 has signed two forwards from the United States, including former Tyler Junior College standout Mohammed Kamara, to help its bid for promotion back to the Bundesliga, TJC coach Steve Clements said. The second-division club announced Kamara, after a year with UCLA, will join the Paderborn, German club.
Khiry Shelton is joining from Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City.
The 21-year-old Kamara (6-0, 170), who was born in Monrovia, Liberia, scored five goals in 14 games for UCLA. He signed a deal through June 2020 with Paderborn, worth around $300,000, Clements said. The 25-year-old Shelton, who made his MLS debut in 2015 for New York City, was getting a contract through June 2021.
“They fit well with our way of playing with their qualities," Paderborn managing director Markus Kroesche said.
Paderborn was relegated from the Bundesliga in 2015. After gaining promotion from the third division last season, the team is seventh in the second season. …
Police in Grand Kru County are interrogating the City Solicitor of Barclyville Sauda Blamo and three other persons, including a clan chief in connection with the death of a man identified as Oldman Beah, 25.
The deceased reportedly drowned on December 30, 2018 in the Dorbor River in Bottoh Poe town, Bolloh District, Grand Kru County. His remains were discovered on December 31, the following day. According to the Police, City Solicitor Blamo allegedly ordered the burial of the late Oldman Beah without proper investigation.
The victim, who hailed from Nimba County, was working at a goldmine in Grand Kru when he me met his demise.In a related development, Police in Grand Kru have also charged a 40-year-oldman Arthur Teah with rape and aggravated assault for sexually abusing a 66-yearoldwoman Theresa Popoe on New Year day, January 1, 2019.
The accused reportedly escorted the victim on her way from an entertainment center and raped her on a football field in the county.Meanwhile, a 45-yea…
New Castle, Delaware- The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) says its attention has been drawn to media reports regarding the fast pace at which Liberia's President, George Manneh Weah, is accumulating material wealth, mainly real estates in the country since his ascendency to the nation's presidency nearly a year ago.
ALJA says in a country where majority of the citizens barely survive on less than one US dollar a day coupled with the lack of social services as a result of economy hardship, it is deeply troubled by the speed at which President Weah and some members of his inner circle are amassing costly real estates.
According to an ALJA press release issued on January 15, 2019, the Association quoting media reports cited the 46-unit building complex being constructed on the Robertsfield Highway in Margibi County by President Weah and his US 150 thousand dollars house, which is being rebuilt in Sinkor, Montserrado County, as some of the prop…
The National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia (NACCEL) has frowned on early child Marriage in Liberia, calling government to take action against the practice here. Leaders and members of the council spoke at a dialogue Tuesday, 8 January in Monrovia, requesting government to put stop to any other harmful traditional practices against women and children.
The dialogue was organized by NACCEL in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs with support from the United Nations Population Fund.The group recommends that government takes immediate action in stopping teenage pregnancy by denouncing early child marriage in all sectors of society.
The comments from the traditional leaders were contained in a declaration on ending teenage pregnancy signed by Chiefs of the 15 counties at the close of a recent traditional leaders’ dialogue in Monrovia.
They note however that it is their right to know their tradition which they are charged to promote and protect in a positive manne…
According to LIB Life, Jaredo and his former records labelmate Davero are in a love relationship.
The pair are yet to officially announce their rumored relationship; however a leaked photo of them kissing in a lonely place and a number of public appearances by the two of them suggests the two are an item.
The source added the two have been dating for more than a month now and things are actually moving on well between them by hanging out and getting to know one another.
“Both artists are madly in love with each other and want to make the relationship serious,” the source said.
Jaredo’s new love, Davero, who worked with the SOG record label for a while, is one of Liberia’s emerging female singers.
As a highly successful star in her own right, Davero, 26, is currently one of the top grossing female artists in the country and has shared stages with top artists like Nigerian artists Davido, Kcee, Flavor and Tekno. She is also MTN LMA’s best female artist of the year (2018).
The Criminal Court “A” at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia has sentenced a woman believed to be 26 years old, Jonetta Pinky Abul to 25 years imprisonment for murdering her fiancé, Morris Johnson.
In his final judgment Monday, 7 January, Judge Roosevelt Z. Willie ordered that Pinky serves 22 years behind bars, and three years on parole, based on proof of good behavior.But both prosecutors and defense counsels have taken exception against Judge Willie’s ruling.
Government lawyers are contending that the law here is clear that the punishment for murder is life time imprisonment or death by hanging; while the defense too announce that they will appeal against the judge’s decision before the Supreme Court of Liberia.
Prosecutors say Pinky killed the late Morris at her S.K.D. Sports Complex Community residence on 14 June 2018 with a kitchen knife that she says she brought forth to scare the deceased during a night time altercation with the deceased.
But she denies the charge of murder. …
WILKES-BARRE — Martin Dartoe wasn’t looking to become a hero Monday night, he was just trying to do the right thing.
The off-duty Wilkes-Barre Department of Public Works employee helped detain a suspect who was fleeing from state police following a traffic stop, according to a release by troopers.
Suspect Jason Alexander Hackett allegedly showed signs of intoxication and dropped packets of suspected heroin as he fled.
But Hackett didn’t get very far, thanks to quick thinking by Dartoe, a former college wrestler and native of Liberia.
“I was born in war-torn Africa,” Dartoe said. “I just reacted and I’d do it again.”
According to a criminal complaint filed by state police, a trooper attempted to stop Hackett, operating a 2015 Jeep Cherokee, for traveling 50 mph in a 35 mph zone on Kidder Street at about 8:40 p.m.
Hackett turned into a parking lot and failed to stop, then turned onto Scott Street. He stopped near Hortense Street and abandoned the Jeep, troopers added.
“I was in my car …
MONROVIA, Montserrado – The head coach of the Liberian national team, Thomas Kojo, has invited 26 locally based players for Lone Star’s training camp ahead of the crucial 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against D.R. Congo in Kinshasa on March 22.
The list, which includes four goalkeepers, eight defenders, 10 midfielders, and four strikers, is dominated by LISCR Football Club, which is represented by nine players. The 2018 Liberia Football Association First Division champions, Barrack Young Controllers, followed with eight players while the LPRC Oilers has four players included. Nimba United, Monrovia Club Breweries, NPA Anchors, Watanga Football Club and second division side FC Bea Mountain each have one player represented.
The names of Kojo’s selected players were released by the Liberia Football Association through its official Facebook page. Players will have their medical examination before beginning training on Wednesday, January 16 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in C…
Liberia’s National Housing Authority (NHA) and Chaste Mutual Investment Limited of Nigeria have reached a deal for the construction of 100,000 housing units.According to the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two institutions, Chaste Mutual will provide financial and technical support towards the construction of the housing units, while the NHA will be responsible for the architectural work.
At the signing of the pact Tuesday, NHA’s officer-in-charge Tonia D. Johnson represented her institution, while Chaste Investment Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ayo Olatunde was there for his firm.
Madam Johnson welcomed such investment to construct “affordable” homes for Liberians, noting that the NHA will work along with the Ministry of Internal Affairs to acquire lands in Grand Bassa and Margibi counties for the implementation of the project.
She expressed excitement about the interest of investors who want to work with the NHA which would enable it live up to its responsibility …
Monrovia November 7th 1839
Mr B. Coates
From the caption of this you will perceive that I am again in Terifirma. “In the land of the free and the home of the Oppressed.” Rejoice with me! For I assure you Sir I was hartily sick of America and rejoiced to hear it said embark & be off. My treatment in Am. sometimes bore hard, particularly when traveling. In justice to same I must say whenever I met with Gentlemen I found no difficulty. It was lamentable however I too often found vagabonds under that Garbs. Enough of this
We had a fine passage of thirty eight days out from Norfolk. Peace and concord existed among all; the Missionaries were very agreeable, all enjoyed good, except Mr. Teage who took Cold after a few days which brought on the plurisey and after a short illness of some eight or ten days, and sixteen days out from Norfolk; Your very obliging letter by Mr Pinney dated at Phila 27th July I received same six or eight da…
Any one who enters the village of the Grebo tribe must be offered the bitter nut as indication of welcome. The golf-ball sized nut is split into many thin wedges and the stranger dips the nut in pepper dust and bites down, followed by a sip of Cane Juice.
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Greenville is the capital of Sinoe County in southeastern Liberia and lies on a lagoon near the Sinoe River and the Atlantic Ocean. It is located about 150 miles southeast of Monrovia. As of the 2008 national census, the population stood at 16,434.
A hoard of bronze Kru currency rings discovered in the Sinoe river at Greenville is now in the B…