Africa is re-bouncing back after stagnation and mismanagement

Beauties from Madagascar exhibits baskets and other goods from their country - Photo by Elias Mhegera

The African Continent is re-bouncing back, winning over the years of stagnation through colonization but also of mismanagement by African themselves in the post independence period. As from December 2015 Africa and China entered into a new arrangement of co-operation through the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), an arrangement which some, particularly in the western media have branded as a new form of colonialism through China’s ‘soft power’ style. The FOCAC arrangement has one main advantage which could be singled out, that it is an avenue for African to meet and discuss their continent’s pertinent demands outside the African Union arrangement which at times is hit by camps of retrogressive notions of non-interference.

Africa: Challenges in Global peace due to the changing face of wars

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visiting Chinese peacekeepers. The contribution of China's peacekeeping troops in Liberia has won high praise from Liberian government and its people.

Global peace has become one of the trickiest agenda particularly on how to tackle emerging conflicts. The changing face of wars demands corresponding new knowledge. This revelation came from the Director of the China and United Nations Keeping Centre Senior Colonel Zhou Zhe in the wake of exchanging information between his institute and a team of visiting African journalists.

LIBERIA: Sea erosion destroys several sanitation facilities

EU Sanitation Project in White Flowers Community, West Point overtaken by sea erosion

The issue of sea erosion especially in the city of Monrovia has become a serious issue of concern, with a focus on West Point Township. West Point is an over populated municipality situated in the Liberian capital, Monrovia with thousands of inhabitants, mainly less-privileged. One of the major problems confronting this area is the availability of public sanitation facilities. Both residential homes and public facilities in this area were constructed without toilets. Several residents in West Point use the beach side or goal post toilet situated on the Mesurado River nearby to defecate.

LIBERIA: Amidst poor sanitation, solid waste expert advances recommendations

Whein Town huge garbage site, an issue of health threat

The lack of safe water, adequate sanitation and proper hygiene has a severe and burdensome impact on the daily lives of Liberians. Nearly four million Liberians are ruthlessly affected by these challenges each day with staggering impact on the economy and environment. The lack of safe water, adequate sanitation and proper hygiene is causing a crisis in our country. But, Liberia’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) crisis is not due to scarcity. It is due exclusively to the lack of access, effective public policy, political will and determination. In a recent report, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that many Liberians die each year from preventable diseases attributed to unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and improper hygiene.

President Obama Extends 18 month DED for Liberians after Homeland Security’s 6 month TPS Re-authorization for Sierra Leone, Guinea & Liberia

Amaha Kassa -2nd left-, founder and Executive Director of African Communities Together leads a rally to Save TPS under drenching rain outside US Immigration building at Federal Plaza in downtown New York City

Less than a week after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Jeh Johnson re-authorized an extension of 6 months Temporary Protected Status (TPS) assigned to Ebola Affected Countries namely Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, President Barack Obama issued a memorandum Wednesday directing Secretary Johnson to implement an 18-month Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberian Citizens in the United States through March 31, 2018, according to a press release on the White House website. President Obama’s DED directive will automatically extends work permits for Liberians who were forced to flee from their country to the US because of an 11 year civil war between Sierra Leone. This DED extension doesn’t cover Liberians who did not have TPS on Sept. 30, 2007, certain criminals and people subject to the mandatory bars to TPS and those whose removal is in the interest of the United States, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Wednesday

LIBERIA: Liberia NGOs Network holds citizens WASH Awareness dialogue

Students of GW Gibson Posting with LINNK Staff at the Citizens Awareness Dialogue

The Liberia NGOs Network (LINNK) has held Citizens Engagement Dialogue Forum in partnership with WaterAid Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Forum was held under the theme: “Water for Sustainable Growth”, in line with the celebration of the 2016 World Water Week held in Stockholm, Sweden.

Richie Stephens & Ska Nation band to release 100 year old Italian Classic ‘O Sole Mio’

Richie Stephens

Award winning Jamaican singer Richie Stephens, front man of the newly formed Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band is back home after completing a grueling eight week tour of Italy. While in Salento, Stephens took on the herculean task of recording ‘O Sole Mio,’ regarded as the most well known Italian song in history. “We are talking about an iconic, best selling song that was written in 1898 that is near and dear to the people of Italy” the singer disclosed. “It is an important song – the Bob Marley, One Love classic of Italy. I had to do justice to it. I am still amazed that I was able to pull it off the way we did. Paying homage in this way will no doubt help to strengthen the bond between Italy and Jamaica” Stephens said.

LIBERIA: Government fails on WASH promises to Whien Town residents

Whein Town huge garbage site, the issue of health threat

After several months of protest by residents of Whein Town Community in Paynesville, Montserrado County on the issue of health hazard posed by Liberia’s biggest garbage site, it seems that the garbage nightmare for dwellers of that area is far from over. The Whein Town Community, just several miles from the nation’s capital Monrovia with the population approximately over sixteen thousand continues to get the pinch from the consequences of garbage as they have revealed that the Liberian Government has reneged on promises made to better the environmental condition of the place.

Countdown begins for Sizzla’s return to New York

Dancehall reggae star Sizzla is set to headline Irie Jam Media 23rd anniversary concert at Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica, New York on Sunday, September 4, 2016

After 8 years absence, reggae star Sizzla returns to New York for Irie Jam Media’s 23rd anniversary celebration. The milestone event on Labor Day Sunday, September 4 at Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica, New York will bring together – reggae dancehall artists, Mr. Vegas, Richie Spice, Anthony B, Elephant Man, I-Wayne, Bugle, Jamiel and Sizzla as headliner – to what observers say is the last major summer reggae concert for summer in New York. Sizzla’s performance on Sunday comes 8 years after he and many other reggae dancehall artists’ visas were revoked from entering the Unites States for gay bashing lyrics in their music.

LIBERIA: WaterAid, CSOs urge GoL to deliver on WASH promises

Deputy Health Minister, Dr. Francis Kateh (middle) along with WaterAid and CSO Partners

Two years ago, on August 8, 2014 the World Health Organization declared the West Africa Ebola outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. The virus destroyed the lives of more than 4,810 people in Liberia, rapidly in healthcare facilities and communities without regular access to water, good sanitation or rigorous hygiene practices. So, on Monday, August 8, 2016, the second anniversary of the declaration of Ebola as a global health emergency, WaterAid Liberia joined WASH Stake holders and civil society organizations to call on the government of Liberia to deliver on promises made to strengthen health care systems, through the provision of adequate water, sanitation and hygiene.