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Liberia: Simba Essel Energy to Conduct Airborne Surveys Across Its Liberia Block

Simba Essel Energy (CVE: SMB) says Bell Geospace will conduct an airborne survey across Simba’s exploration block in Liberia. Partner Essel Group Middle East (EGME) inked the deal, which will see Bell fly surveys across 2,962 sq. km of the onshore coastal strip of Liberia lying within the known extent of the Roberts-Bassa basin.

“We are very pleased to once again work with Bell Geospace and look forward to beginning the next stage in the development of our Liberian hydrocarbon reconnaissance permit,” said Hassan Hassan, managing director of operations at Simba Essel Energy.

Acquiring FTG (full-tensor gravity gradiometry) data over the onshore/shallow water will provide valuable data which will be critical in planning the future seismic program. he added.

The survey flights will start during the last quarter 2017 and early 2018. Simba has active onshore production-sharing contract in Kenya, final negotiations for a new production-sharing contract in Guinea, a new hydrocarbon reconnaissance permit in Liberia, and production-sharing contracts under negotiations in Chad and Ghana.

Liberia

Police – ‘Koijee Faked Weah Assassination Plot’

Authorities of the Liberia National Police yesterday released their investigative report into the alleged attempt to… Read more »

South Africa: Labour On Grayston Bridge Inquiry

press release

Grayston Bridge inquiry to resume in September

The much ‘anticipated M1 Grayston Bridge inquiry which was postponed in August last year is to resume in Pretoria on September 26.

The event will take place at the Pretoria Labour Centre offices, Concillium Building at the corner of Nana Sita and Thabo Sehume. The sitting will start at 9am.

The inquiry, which is being held in terms of section 32 of the Occupation, Health and Safety Act, was instituted by the Department following the collapse of the M1 pedestrian and cyclist bridge on October 14, 2015, resulting in the death of two people and injury to 19 others.

The inquiry seeks to establish the cause of the accident. It is being conducted by Lennie Samuel after being instituted by the Department of labour Chief inspector Tibor Szana.

Stakeholders include:

The Johannesburg Municipality as the client

Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) as the agent.

Murray and Roberts Infrastructure (MR) as the principal contractor appointed by JDA.

Form – Scaff as a contractor appointed by Murray and Roberts

Already a number of expert witnesses have been called, among them:

Roelf J.M an expert witness representing Murray and Roberts.

Richard Beneke, an expert witness representing Murray and Roberts.

Ric Snowden, an expert witness representing Murray and Roberts

Stefanus Francois van Zyl, an expert witness representing Murray and Roberts

Garry Farrow, an expert witness of Form Scaff.

It is expected that more witnesses will be called and that the inquiry will conclude its business at the end of September, 2018.

Issued by: Department of Labour

South Africa

Are the Hawks Diverting Attention Away From #GuptaLeaks?

If the Hawks are diverting attention away from the #GuptaLeaks and other bigger issues regarding state capture… Read more »

LRA Installs Modern Baggage Scanners At Roberts International Airport

Monrovia — Customs Officers of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) assigned at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) are undergoing an intensive training to fully prepare them to operate two electronic baggage scanners donated to the LRA by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

The equipment will facilitate clearance of arriving passengers at the country’s only international airport.

The five-day training exercise is also sponsored by the UNDP.

The modern electronic scanning machines are expected to be ready for use by travelers entering the country by early September.

Speaking during the commencement of the training, taking place at the RIA in Margibi County, LRA Commissioner for General Services Andrew W. Satiah described the initiative as a “great step forward” for the LRA in enhancing customs operations.

The Commissioner also expressed the LRA gratitude to the UNDP for the numerous support given the LRA since its inception in 2014.

He urged the trainees to focus on the training to enable them to properly operate and manage the LRA electronic scanning machines.

For her part, UNDP’s Project Manager Rose Karimi Muchiri said the training is being done in line with international standards.

She disclosed that successful participants will be awarded certificates and stand the chance to benefit from further training opportunities outside the country.

Uganda

Judicial Officers Go on Strike Over Pay

All judicial officers will from today stay away from courtrooms following last evening’s announcement by their… Read more »

Liberia: President Expresses Deep Sadness Over the Accidental Death of Two Liberian Children.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed deep sadness and regret over the accidental death of two Liberian children killed by the lead Police vehicle assigned with the Presidential convoy on Wednesday. The accident occurred within the vicinity of the ELWA junction at about 5: 23PM as the escort vehicle was returning from the Roberts International Airport to Monrovia.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Police lead vehicle hit and killed two boys; Melvin Tucker (7) and Jackson Tucker (9) while crossing the street. The driver of the lead police vehicle, Tunies Follah has been disrobed and detained, while his Supervisor, Police Superintendent, Steve Daniels is currently undergoing serious investigation.

The convoy had earlier taken President Sirleaf to the Roberts International Airport for departure to Ghana and was returning when the accident occurred.

Meanwhile, after hearing of the unfortunate incident upon her arrival in Accra, Ghana, President Sirleaf immediately spoke with the guardian of the children and assured that upon her return she will publicly share the grief of the family by visiting them. She will also take strong additional measures to avoid any reoccurrence.

Additionally, the leadership of the Liberia National Police also made contact with the family of the victims and met initially with the guardian, Jacob Garugap pending the arrival of the biological parents from Grand Bassa County.

Liberia

Ousted Speaker Returns to Work as Lawmaker

Bomi County District #2 Representative J. Alex Tyler has resumed formal work, by attending a session for the first time… Read more »

Liberia: RIA Highway Is a Death Trap – Lack of Street Lights Pose Dangers to Busy Airport Route

NOT A WEEK GOES BY without the mention of an accident on the Roberts International Airport Highway.

THE MOST-HIGH-PROFILED IN RECENT in recent months was the sudden death of Mr. Cyril Allen Jr., Deputy Minister of Commerce whose Nissan Pathfinder Jeep collided with a 20-foot container in the late morning hours in March.

ON ANY GIVEN day, motorists are keen to see broken down vehicles parked in the middle of the road or if lucky, sometimes pushed to the side of the road. But with no street lights in place, the dark highway becomes troublesome for motorists who often times resort to running into parked cars or swaying off the road in the pitch of darkness.

ACCIDENTS CONTRIBUTE to a lot of deaths in Liberia. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Road Traffic Accidents Deaths in Liberia reached 832 or 2.66% of total deaths in 2014. “The age adjusted Death Rate is 25.48 per 100,000 of population ranks Liberia #31 in the world. Review other causes of death by clicking the links below or choose the full health profile.”

ONLY 6.9 PERCENT of Liberia’s roads are paved in rural areas. It is even more complicated by a six-month rainy season which contributes to rapid deterioration of unimproved roads with many regions are inaccessible even with well-equipped 4×4 vehicles.

EVEN MORE TROUBLING, protocol for key officials in government routinely fly the already small roads with sirens ringing and forcing ordinary motorists off the roads.

IT IS NO secret that years of civil war destroyed infrastructures. But as the country slowly recovers, certain landmarks and lines need to be given special attention.

THE ROAD LEADING to and from the major international airport should not be pitched dark for passengers returning or leaving our shores.

THE PITCH DARK roads pose serious dangers to not only Liberia’s security but to the scores of travelers who come through the city.

IT IS IMPORTANT for those in authority to prioritize the lighting up of the RIA Highway to avoid the recurring nightmare of motorists’ fallen prey to death traps scenarios.

ROAD SAFETY is crucial to the development of any nation. This is why we are calling on government to prioritize this issue before a major tragedy befalls once more.

Liberia

When Cecil Dennis III Met Samuel Doe II – Reconciliation – 36 Years in the Making

Samuel Kanyon Doe Jr. was only three-years-old when his dad led the People’s Redemption Council’s overthrow of the… Read more »

Why Is Marriage a Must?

opinionBy Dora Liz Nansamba

“Well, yes my dear niece. Marriage is a must,” my aunt replied – as I turned to see her in the doorway. I must have been thinking aloud.

“Aunt, how long have you been there?” I probed.

“Long enough to see you tossing in your bed, from one end to another, until you finally murmured in your deep thought,” she affirmed.

“But I want to take my time Aunt. I am not in a hurry to get married, neither am I beating deadlines for anyone. No one sent me for a husband; so, I pray you and your sister, Ssenga Eseri, give me time,” I asserted.

“Oh no, dear niece! We cannot leave you. You have turned down two good men. Actually we think there might be a problem you should let us know,” she continued.

“Aunt, the two men I turned down were not my choice. What would I be doing in a marriage with a very old man fit to be my father?” I went on.

“I agree the other one was too old. What about the recent one?” she insisted.

I was getting cornered.

“But aunt, too old and too young, still is the same thing. The recent one is two years younger than I am,” I fought back.

“But he did not mind about it. He acts more mature than his age,” Aunt said.

“I do not like him. I feel more superior, and that is not good for a marriage,” I responded.

I was beginning to sound so full of myself.

“Eh! You! I am not here to sweet-talk you. I am saying you must get married before you clock 30. The women of this family find husbands, get married and stay in their marriages. You are not an exception. Stop feeling so high and mighty. I know you are a lawyer and you must think you are everyone’s judge. Put down all your degrees and start a family… ” she advised.

“I don’t think marriage is for me. I love myself the way I am. Single and free. I don’t want to get into something I am not ready to uphold. The quarrels and misunderstandings involved in a marriage, the promiscuity and infidelity, the lies and deceit, when I think of it all, I feel I am better off alone,” I stood my ground.

“One of the greatest women of the 20th century, Margaret Hilda Roberts, may she rest in peace, made her husband’s name more famous than her own family name. Thatcher is the name everyone knows. I don’t think you, Doris, are even a hundredth of what she was and here you are thinking that you are better than everyone else,” she persisted.

“Wow! Aunt, you have humbled me. I know I cannot achieve what Margaret Hilda Roberts Thatcher achieved, and I agree she was a great woman. But I do not want to get married,” I replied.

“I am afraid you will,” she interjected. “You are not going to waste all that beauty and brains on singlehood. If you cannot find a man, I will suggest as many as I can for you and it will be up to you to make a decision on who to get married to.”

“Hahahaaa… Seriously, that is not even an option. If ever I am to get married, I will be in it alone,” I said as I laughed.

“Lwantondo, you will get married. Get down and work on it. I need results soon. Okay?” she said.

“Who is Lwantondo?” I asked?

“Your grandmother gave you that name when you were a little girl. You had the mother of all attitudes who got pissed off by the smallest things. I am sure it is beginning to resurface as you get older. Get married as fast as you can before you slip into the age of mood swings,” she said.

I looked at my aunt. I wanted to continue the defensive, but it was not going to help much.

Was I a moody person? Is it true my attitude was making me stay single? Lwantondo of all names? My grandmother must have not liked me that much so she gave me that name.

Above all else, must I get married?

Liquid Telecom Kenya, Kenet Boost Internet for Students, Making Speeds 25 Times Faster

By Lilian Mutegi

Kenya Education Network (KENET) and Liquid Telecom Kenya have migrated Kenya’s education and research institutions onto connections that are up to 25 times faster than were possible in the past.

The new connections are increasing the total Internet capacity distributed to KENET member institutions using Liquid Telecom Kenya’s network from as little as 200 megabytes in 2009 to now 6,000 megabytes in 2016, as each member is progressively connected at higher speeds.

At the end of a three year programme of connection, the partnership will deliver high speed Internet to more than 500,000 students and 20,000 members of staff across Kenya, most of who were previously suffering challenges in Internet access.

“The upgrades have been made essential by the changing educational landscape,” said Professor Meoli Kashorda, KENET Executive Director, who said the majority of students and staff now rely on the Internet for learning and research: “They now view it as a necessity.”

“The increase in Internet traffic has been phenomenal, with students acquiring devices that can access Wi-Fi, while institutions are using the Internet more. The Internet is changing ways of learning,” he said.

This shift to greater Internet use ties with research showing that Internet access is key to delivering improved grades and academic performance. One study at the Federal Urdu University in Pakistan found that students who spend more hours studying on the Internet were averaging B+ to A- grades, while those who used it less were averaging B to B+.

According to fourth year student Lewis Muchiri from Kenya Methodist University, the faster Internet speeds have transformed his own learning. “With faster internet, I am accessing research papers, E-books and other learning materials that have helped me save time and focus more on my studies. We used to spend a lot of time waiting for pages to load, but today, with faster Wi-Fi, we even study from our smartphones,” he said.

Providing faster and easier Internet access to students in Kenya and the rest of Africa is a key aim for Liquid Telecom.

“Getting the country’s educational institutions and students onto high-speed Internet is an important step for Liquid Telecom Kenya, and aligns with our mission of achieving Internet access for every African and accelerating the benefits to society and the economy that come from high-quality Internet,” said Ben Roberts, CEO Liquid Telecom Kenya.

KENET’s upgrade of its connections through the deployment of the new Liquid Telecom Kenya technology follows from a partnership of several years between the two organisations.

KENET is mandated to provide affordable and cost-effective Internet connections that serve large numbers of students simultaneously. “Liquid Telecom Kenya has been our primary and back-up provider for a long time and its network is the most affordable of all providers,” said Professor Kashorda.

Liquid Telecom now provides 70 per cent of KENET’s leased line Internet capacity, and is in the process of upgrading the distribution network capacity by installing new equipment on member sites and increasing the reliability and quality of connection.

Kenya: Liquid Telecom Kenya, Kenet Boost Internet for Students, Making Speeds 25 Times Faster

By Lilian Mutegi

Kenya Education Network (KENET) and Liquid Telecom Kenya have migrated Kenya’s education and research institutions onto connections that are up to 25 times faster than were possible in the past.

The new connections are increasing the total Internet capacity distributed to KENET member institutions using Liquid Telecom Kenya’s network from as little as 200 megabytes in 2009 to now 6,000 megabytes in 2016, as each member is progressively connected at higher speeds.

At the end of a three year programme of connection, the partnership will deliver high speed Internet to more than 500,000 students and 20,000 members of staff across Kenya, most of who were previously suffering challenges in Internet access.

“The upgrades have been made essential by the changing educational landscape,” said Professor Meoli Kashorda, KENET Executive Director, who said the majority of students and staff now rely on the Internet for learning and research: “They now view it as a necessity.”

“The increase in Internet traffic has been phenomenal, with students acquiring devices that can access Wi-Fi, while institutions are using the Internet more. The Internet is changing ways of learning,” he said.

This shift to greater Internet use ties with research showing that Internet access is key to delivering improved grades and academic performance. One study at the Federal Urdu University in Pakistan found that students who spend more hours studying on the Internet were averaging B+ to A- grades, while those who used it less were averaging B to B+.

According to fourth year student Lewis Muchiri from Kenya Methodist University, the faster Internet speeds have transformed his own learning. “With faster internet, I am accessing research papers, E-books and other learning materials that have helped me save time and focus more on my studies. We used to spend a lot of time waiting for pages to load, but today, with faster Wi-Fi, we even study from our smartphones,” he said.

Providing faster and easier Internet access to students in Kenya and the rest of Africa is a key aim for Liquid Telecom.

“Getting the country’s educational institutions and students onto high-speed Internet is an important step for Liquid Telecom Kenya, and aligns with our mission of achieving Internet access for every African and accelerating the benefits to society and the economy that come from high-quality Internet,” said Ben Roberts, CEO Liquid Telecom Kenya.

KENET’s upgrade of its connections through the deployment of the new Liquid Telecom Kenya technology follows from a partnership of several years between the two organisations.

KENET is mandated to provide affordable and cost-effective Internet connections that serve large numbers of students simultaneously. “Liquid Telecom Kenya has been our primary and back-up provider for a long time and its network is the most affordable of all providers,” said Professor Kashorda.

Liquid Telecom now provides 70 per cent of KENET’s leased line Internet capacity, and is in the process of upgrading the distribution network capacity by installing new equipment on member sites and increasing the reliability and quality of connection.

Liberia: Bwiaa Erects Anti-Ebola Billboard, Donates to Clinics

The Booker Washington Institute Alumni Association (BWIA) has unveiled a welcome and anti-Ebola billboard near the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County.

The association also made a donation of faucet-fitted buckets to two key clinics in the community.

A release from the association says the red and white, clearly-inviting modern billboard of high quality design and printing was erected through a financial support from a businessman who is a member of the BWI Board of Governors.

The outgoing president of the BWIAA, Mr. Jonathan Paye-Layleh, said the billboard was one of many initiatives undertaken by his administration.

Explaining the purpose of the project, Paye-Layleh said the association was touched by the devastating impact of Ebola to erect the billboard which carries both welcoming and Ebola prevention messages.

In addition to its welcome and farewell messages, the billboard has the inscriptions that read: “Make Ebola prevention a way of life and stay safe” as well as “Join the global fight to defeat Ebola”.

“This is our way of identifying with efforts still being exerted to get the public to appreciate the need to protect themselves from Ebola,” Mr. Paye-Layleh said.

BWIAA’s former president and current chairman of the association’s Board of Advisors, Mr. Mohammed Kanneh, cut the ribbon to the billboard, cautioning the public to continue fighting until Ebola no longer poses a national threat.

Also in remarks, the oldest BWI alumnus at the program, General Paul T. Wennah of the Class of 1971, a former dean of boys, called for greater unity among BWI graduates so that the alumni association will grow from strength to strength.

The incoming president of the BWI Alumni Association, Mr. Koffa Tenbroh, and his corps of officers, who will be taking over on June 25, were present at the ceremony.

The billboard launch precedes the celebration of BWI’s 87th founding anniversary which is slated for Saturday, June 25.

Liberia

Court Officer’s Role in U.S.$33K Check Scandal Exposed

Drama unfolded last Friday at the National Labor Court when Justice in Chamber, Associate Justice Jamesetta Wolokollie… Read more »

Liberia: Roberts Flight Minister Council Meets in Liberia

By Joe Abban

A one-day extraordinary meeting of the ministerial council of the Roberts Flight Information Region(RFIR) was held Thursday, May 5, at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County.

According to the Ministry of Transport in Monrovia, the meeting was in continuation of an earlier ordinary meeting of the council of ministers held in Conakry, Guinea in March this year. The release says ministers of the regional body deliberated on the succession plan within the organization, among other matters.

During the opening session, Liberia’s Transport Minister, Madam Angela Cassell Bush, wholeheartedly welcomed her colleagues, Hon. OyeGuilavogui, Minister of Transport of Guinea, and Hon. Leonard BalongoKoroma, Minister of Transport of Sierra Leone, and members of their delegation to Liberia and expressed optimism that the meeting will be characterized by mutual understanding so that it will achieve its objectives to forge regional cooperation.

The release added that the Guinean Minister of Transport Guilavoguiexpressed delight for being in Liberia for the first time and considers Liberia as his home. Mr. Guilavoguicalled on his colleagues to engage the meeting with open minds so that pertinent issues especially, the succession plan in the organization that was not resolve during the last Ministerial Council held in Conakry can be amicably laid to rest.

The release added that a close meeting was suggested and unanimously agreed upon by the ministers that members of the Technical Committee of the RFIR which comprised of the Director General of Civil Aviation of member states, and the Secretariat headed by the Secretary General.Press release

Liberia

Amnesty Wants Mrs. Gbagbo Handed Over to ICC

The global human rights organization Amnesty International says it welcomes the trial of Mrs. Simone Gbagbo but wants… Read more »

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