Ugandan sex education campaign under fire

A new Ugandan sex-education campaign to reduce teen pregnancy, maternal mortality among young women and girls, and the cost of post-abortion medical care, is generating heated debate. The one year campaign “Let Girls Be Girls” was officially launched on 13 July by the Health Ministry and UN Population Fund (UNFPA). It aims to address the […]

Nobel Laureate Gbowee wants education reform

Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee has frowned on the poor quality of the Liberian education system and called for a reform in order to tackle the current challenges facing it. Gbowee who heads the Gbowee Foundation, a peace building and advocacy initiative providing several scholarships to deserving students both at home and abroad, stated that it was disheartening to […]

Swedish court upholds genocide sentence

A Swedish appeals court has upheld the decision of life in prison for Rwandan Stanislas Mbanenande, who was convicted of participating in the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Mbanenande, 54, is now appealing to the Swedish Supreme Court but is aiming for it to first be heard again in the appeals court. Mbanenande is arguing that the appeals court committed […]

African leaders’ children succession, is Liberia next

Robert Sirleaf on Wednesday announced his Montserrado county senatorial bid, breathing  new life into President  Sirleaf succession plan. Robert Sirleaf is the son of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, current President of Liberia. Robert Sirleaf speedy ascent to the top—he only came to Liberia when his mother became the President of Liberia—feed into the narrative that proximity […]

Building food security in Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP), set up in 2005, aims to make fully food secure the millions of people still dependent on food aid, provide support to the vulnerable to prevent the depletion of livestock, and create productive assets at community level. But nearly a decade on and over US$3 billion spent, how successful […]

Ambassador Allen praises French help to Liberia

Liberia’s ambassador to France Dr. C. William Allen has presented his letters of Credence to French President Francois Hollande. The présentation ceremony took place on Tuesday, July 8,  at the Elysee Palace, the seat of the French Presidency. Ambassador Allen said Liberia remains grateful to the people of France for their many support to Liberia during the period of […]

New deadline to register for EFLA elections

The deadline for the registration of candidates for elections of the new leadership of the European Federation of Liberian Associations (EFLA) has been extended to Saturday to allow for the registration of more candidates. The first deadline was June 30. The elections will be held in Finland on July 25. According to the chairman of […]

Illiteracy puts Liberia at risk, says Ngafuan

Liberia’s Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan has warned that if Liberia does not put an end to illiteracy, it will be illiteracy that will put an end to the country. Foreign Minister Ngafuan, who cautioned the nation about the risk of illiteracy, spoke over the weekend when he delivered the commencement convocation speech during the 15th graduation […]

Swedes spend millions on beauty

  Business is booming for the Swedish beauty industry. The revenue from the country’s beauty salons has increased by half a billion kronor since 2008, new statistics show. Swedes spend an increasing amount of money on beauty treatments, such as skin care, hair care, manicures and pedicures. “There’s been an incredible develepment in this industry compared to […]

Liberia to ratify Kampala convention

Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has reiterated the Liberian Government’s commitment to tackle the situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) through the ratification of the Kampala Convention. The Kampala Convention is the instrument adopted by the African Union to protect and assist internally displaced persons in Africa. The convention, which was signed by African […]