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Liberian President Celebrates 71st Birthday in Sinoe County

president.jpgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Thursday marked her 71st  birth anniversary in the southeastern city of Greenville, in Sinoe County, with a renewed commitment to continue to pursue her reform agenda for the growth and development of Liberia.

At an Intercessional Service at the First United Methodist Church in Greenville, the President assured Liberians that  she would remain focused on policies intended to move the country from war to peace, from disunity to unity, from poverty to prosperity, and from dependence to independence. full story

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10-year-old Liberia boy missing in Minnesota since Wednesday


The Crystal, Minnesota Police Department is asking the public to help locate a missing ten year old boy. Barway Edwin Collings, a young of the Liberian community in Crystal, MN was last seen near his apartment building in the 5400 block of Douglas Drive North on Wednesday, March 18t. Full Story

First Ebola case Reported in Liberia after weeks

AFFBA9D5-96F9-4B80-B4BB-35C908CD0207_cx0_cy9_cw0_mw1024_s_n_r1.jpgOfficials in Liberia have reported the country's first new case of Ebola in weeks, ending hopes that the nation had beaten the deadly virus. Officials say the new patient has been transferred to an Ebola treatment center in the capital, Monrovia. Liberian health workers had discharged their last Ebola patient on March 5, raising hopes that the country could soon be declared Ebola-freefull Story

Fallah calls for the Resignation of Liberias President Sirleaf

FallahA1.JPGA US-based Liberian Financial and Software Systems expert, Mr. Austin S. Fallah, has called on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to immediately resign due to the alleged high rate of corruption in her administration.  He noted with concern that Liberians in the diaspora are now confronted by other nationals on how Liberia is no longer admired as the first African country that produced the first female president, but one of rampant corruption and the lack of fortitude to curtail these alleged financial malpractices. Full story

OLM Suspends Executive Director indefinitely

OLM_leaders.jpgThe Organization of Liberians in Minnesota has suspended its Executive Director, Mr. Wayne D Doe, who worked for the entity on a volunteer capacity for what they called time indefinite. In a press release signed by the Chairman of the Board, Zubah Gayflor Kpanaku, Jr., states that Mr. Doe was being suspended indefinitely for very poor performance and lose of confidence by members of the Board of Director. Here is the full version of the press release:


mawolo.jpgOn the news of the passing of a great son of Liberia, a comrade and brother, Mr. M. Tarnue Mawolo, Jr., on Sunday, August 25, 2013 and of his interment on Saturday, September 14, 2013, my wife, Rashidat, and I are deeply saddened by the loss of this truly great son of the soil. We stand by the family in their hour of grief and wail, and pray God Almighty’s grace upon his soul and comfort for his family. Indeed, a true comrade and brother has been lost, indeed, a great loss to the Liberian nation and people. full story

Brooklyn Park to Hold First La Vida Zane Event on September 21

news_img_1860.jpgBrooklyn Park residents will have a chance to see their streets from a new perspective when their community hosts its first La Vida Zane event on Saturday, September 21 from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. The event will be held on Zane Avenue starting at 69th Avenue and ending at Brooklyn Blvd. The event is organized by ACER, Inc., with financial and technical support from the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross), through an initiative to support “open streets” events across the state. full story

Austin S. Fallah's Speech at BENDAs 5th National Convention

FallahA1.JPGLet me seize this opportune time to say a very big thank you to God Almighty, my parents, my teachers and professors, particularly Mr. Writhers D Nyenie-Wea, and Rev. Nat Friday of the Bethel World Outreach Center.” Mr. Chairman and members of the Board of Directors of BENDA, distinguish guests, fellow Liberians, ladies and gentlemen.full story

Why Bentol and the BENDA Organization

wtolbert.gifThe Bentol Development Association held its 5th Annual Convention from Friday, August 16 – Sunday, August 18, 2013 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. As they convene in their forum, it is expedient to reflect on this community and organization and see where its all started, what they are all about and why its is important to keep the touch of Bentol burning everywhere, anywhere and here in the diaspora.The Bentol Development Association (BENDA), a non-profit community-based organization was recently founded by the citizens and friends of the City of Bentol, Montserrado County, and R.L living in the Diaspora. full story

Joy World constitutes Board of Deacons, Joe Lavien becomes Chair

 100_9473.JPGThe Joy World University Church of Minneapolis in Minnesota has ordained and installed a new corps of deacons and deaconesses, and reconstituted the Board of Deacons and Deaconesses, the Peoples News has confirmed. These ordained are Deacon Joseph Vah Lavien, Chairman; Deacon Judy E Vansiea, Co-Chairman; Deacon Emily Badio-Meh, Secretary; Deaconess Sarah Arthur, Treasurer; Deacon Alfred Minor, Chaplain; Deaconess Zean Payweyne, Deacon Annie Doeyou, Deacon George Gibson, and Deacon Melvin Howard. Full Story

Corkrum Mess-Up Brownie Samukai - After Releasing Secret Recording

 sumakai.jpgUnconfirmed report emerging suggests that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is very angry with Defense Minister Brownie Samukai and has asked him to honorably resign after secret recordings exposed him scorning her and disparaging the regime. The Executive Mansion has made no such official pronouncement but sources there said "the President is vexed" has described the Minister's statement as being "hypocritical and deceptive." Samukai has admitted that the recording is his voice. full story

Austin Fallah to Address the Bentol Development Association 5th Annaul Conference

fallahA234.JPGA prominent Liberian scholar and financial management expert, Mr. Austin Fallah, will deliver the keynote address at the 5th Annual Convention of the Bentol Development Association (BENDA), slated to convene in the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota from Friday 16th August to Sunday, 18th August 2013.  full story

House of Representative Passes National Budget

 220px-Liberian_Capitol_Building.jpgThe House of Representatives has passed the 2013/2014 Budget in the sum of US$582.931 million with priorities in the health, energy and education sectors. Following two months of scrutiny, the lawmakers reviewed the budget upward showing an increment from the initial US$533.262m submitted by the Executive Branch to US$582.931. full story

Augustus Emery Nacopay Major to be Laid to Rest

augustusemerymajor.jpgThe celebration for the joyous home-going of the Late Augustus Emery “Nacopay” Major will commence on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 at the hour of 5p.m., with the removal his mortal remains from the Samuel A. Stryker Funeral Home and taken to the Stephen Trowen Nagbe United Methodist Church, Tubman Boulevard, Monrovia, Liberia where Wake-keeping Services will be held at the hour of seven 0’clock Post Meridian. Funeral Rites will be said at nine 0’clock Ante Meridian on Friday, August 23rd, 2013 at the same edifice to be followed by interment at the Kaiser Memorial Cemetery in Virginia, outside Monrovia. Full story

Liberia's 166th National Oration by Cllr. Varney Sherman

 vsherman.jpgYour Excellency, Madam President; Mr. Vice President; Members of the Cabinet; Your Excellencies: Mr. Speaker and Mr. President Pro-Tempore; Your Excellencies: Honorable Members of the Legislature; Your Honors: Mr. Chief Justice and Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia;  Foreign Dignitaries and Foreign Residents; To You, Especially, Your Excellency, President [Olusegun] Obasanjo; My Fellow Liberians; Good Morning, Good Morning and Good Morning: full text

Finance Minister Amara Konneh delivers Oration at Liberia's 166th Independence in MN

 FINANCEMINISTER.jpgThank you Miss Sharon, for the warm introduction. I am humbled by the many commendations paid me.  It is an honor to be with you all here in the Great State of Minnesota. I must say I am especially honored to have been invited to serve as your orator for the 166th celebration of our country’s independence. I want to recognize the leaders who are joining us here today, including Minnesota State Governor Mark Dayton; Brooklyn Park City Mayor Jeffery Lunde;  full text

Wynfred Russell on "A New Vision for Monrovia"

City-Hall-Monrovia-8554.jpgIn the last few years, the city of Monrovia has gone through a dramatic transformation under the leadership of acting Mayor Mary Broh. From the unsightly piles of garbage at nearly every street corner to the stench of wastes flowing through open drainages; the City is now an oasis of hope and promise. Ms. Broh has inspired many Liberians to take pride in their capital city as the champion of the value of cleanliness. Ms. Broh has inspired many Liberians to take pride in their capital city as the champion of the value of cleanliness. It is now time to build on her legacy and take the City to even greater heights with the structures and systems she put in place and with the dedicated staff she left behind. full story

Liberian Episcopalians Ready for 8th Annual Gathering


Liberian Episcopalians across the United States are expected to converge on the North Carolina on the weekend of April 5-7, 2013 for their 8th Annual Gathering under the banner of the Liberian Episcopal Community in USA or LECUSA. Full story

Murder in the Cassava Patch films in Minnesota

cassavepatch.jpgThe African Career, Education & Resource, Inc. (ACER) presents a special screening of Murder in the Cassava Patch. The semi–formal gala affair takes place 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM at North Hennepin Community College Fine Arts Theater (7411 85th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park), on Friday, July 27. It will include an hors d’oeuvres reception, performances and a question and answer segment with the film director, Yor-El Francis. Suggested donation is $5. full story

"Be Proud of your Cultural", Veep Boakai urges Liberians

Jboakia.jpgJuly 18, 2012, Monrovia-Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has called on Liberians not to look down on their culture, take pride in their nation, saying Liberia is a mosaic of cultural identities, a great country despite reservations some may have about the cultural practices of the country. He said our culture reflects the nation’s diverse ethnicities and long history. full story

Mackeline Wilson to Launch New Book

Liberian Lutherans gear up for Convention in Minnesota

Liberian born Lutherans resident in the United States are expected to hold their first national convention under the banner of the Association of Liberian Lutherans in the Americas (ALLIA). The convention will be held from August 10-12, 2012 at River of Life Lutheran Church, 2200 Fremont Ave North, Minneapolis, MN 55411. Full story


OLM hosts National Vision 2030

ellen_sirleaf.jpgGovernment of the Republic of Liberia (GOL) Consults with Citizens in the Diaspora: In collaboration with the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM), National Vision 2030 Comes to Minnesota on Sunday, June 3, 2012. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza, (2200 Freeway Boulevard, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430)to begin at 4:30. The Delegation and Panelist from the Liberian goverment will include Mr. Stephen Manley—Atlanta/Minneapolis Lead, Mr. Lee Mason, Mr. Zubin Cooper-Media Consultant, Ms. Sedia Williams, Mrs. Gladys Beyan, National Steering Committee Member and Professor D. Elwood Dunn, Member NV Technical Group. full story

The Rev. Canon Burgess Carr is dead

carr.jpgThe death is announced of the Rev. Canon Burgess Carr,  a veteran Liberian priest and therologian who for seven years headed the All Africa Council of Churches, Partnership Officer for Africa in the World Mission Unit of the Episcopal Church Center and an advocate of freedom and liberty in Africa. According to an announcement from St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Snellville, Georgia and news report from the Episcopal News Service the Rev. Canon Carr died on Sunday, May 13, 2012 in his sleep in Snellville, Georgia. He was 77 years old. Full story

OLM has New Executive Director & Financial Director

The_OLM_Exec.jpgThe Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM) has named Mr. Wayne D. Doe as the Executive Director and Mr. Edwin K. Bombo as Finance Director of the organization on a Pro-bono basis. The OLM has been operating without an executive director for about two years since the resignation of Mr. Christian Harris. It has been a struggle and a difficult task for the Board attract anyone to the positions. full story

Amb. Sulunteh Presents Letters of Credence at the White House

obama_and_salanteh.jpgHis Excellency Mr. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Liberia to the United States of America, presented his Letters of Credence to President Barack Obama on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. According to a dispatch from the Embassy of Liberia in Washington, D.C., full story

Charles Taylors fate hangs in the balance, how will he be sentenced?

charlestaylor.jpgOn April 26, 2012 the former Liberian Leader and warlord, Charles Taylor was found guilty by the panel of International judges at the trial in The Hague of aiding and abetting crimes against humanity and war crimes during the Sierra Leone civil war. The next important step in the trial is the sentencing. The Presiding Judge Lussick, in announcing the verdict, made it clear that the prosecution had failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Taylor was part of a joint criminal enterprise, the greater or the main crime. Full story

Dr. Levi B. Zangai's .Statement of Appreciation

gbcc.jpgOn behalf of the Grand Bassa Community College (GBCC) and in my own name, I wish to express our profound thanks and appreciation to Odebrecht Construction International, Arcelor Mittal Liberia and Buchanan Renewables for your support to their College.The purpose of this program is as follows: First, to congratulate and certificate the students who have completed their traineeship and internship in our joint Technical, Vocational, Administrative and Employability Skills Training program. full text

Neekee Konway Bernard's Death Announcement

isamom.jpgThe Bernard, Konway, and Walker families announce with profound regrets the home going of their mother, sister, daughter, and cousin, Ms. Neekee Konway Bernard.  She was only 59 years old. This sad and heartbreaking event occurred on Friday, May 4, 2012, 7:55 PM at the NC Little Hospice in Edina, Minnesota preceding a brief illness. full story

Liberia Renews Focus on Jobs and Youth through New Presidential Advisor Appointment

Dolo.jpgThe man who was quoted as saying that the "Liberian youth are consistently clustered toward the bottom in employment, education, health, and other well-being indicators" is now the new youth czar in charge of empowering youth, improving education, as well as creating jobs and new opportunities, arguably the most powerful youth advocacy position in Liberia. As she completes critical appointments for her second term administration, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf named Dr. Emmanuel Dolo as her new National Youth Advisor on May 3. This appointment is not subject to confirmation by the Liberian legislature. full story

Liberian Episcopalians a successful Annual Gathering in Georgia

Liberian Episcopalians residing in the United States concluded a successful Seventh Gathering in the Atlanta, Georgia over the weekend of April 13 – 15, 2012 under the banner of the Liberian Episcopal Community in USA or LECUSA. Keynote address of the gathering was delivered by Mr. Clemencea Urey, Coordinator of the Episcopal Church of Liberia Sustainability Initiatives, who also represented the Episcopal Church of Liberia. Full story

Guilty, Guilty, Charles Taylor Guilty of War Crimes

CharlesTaylor008.jpgFormer Liberian leader Charles Taylor has been found guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes during the Sierra Leone civil war by the penal of International judges at the trial in The Hague. "The chamber finds beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is criminally responsible... for aiding and abetting the commission of the crimes 1 to 11 in the indictment," Judge Lussick said, as he delivers the verdict. full story


Providence Police Officer, Sgt. Max Dorley, a Liberian, to be laid to Rest

stgdorley.jpgFuneral ceremonies or a celebration of life for Sergeant Max Dorley, a Providence police officer who died last week in a cruiser crash, is scheduled for Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence, Rhode Island. According to the obituary Wake keeping for Sergeant Dorley will be held at Nardolillo Funeral Home  on 1278 Park Avenue Cranston, RI 02910on Thursday April 26, 2012 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. full story


VEEP Boakai extolled ties with the Democratic Republic of Congo

Jboakia.jpgCapitol Building,VPO, April 19, 2012-Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has extolled the long standing ties between Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo and expressed satisfaction  on  the appointment of a Prime Minister by President Joseph Kabila. Vice President Boakai made these comments when Madam Nena Marie-Helene Okitundu Ayaki, Charge d’affairs of the Embassy of the DRC near Monrovia paid a courtesy call on him. full story


Liberian Foreign Minister in Brazil for Open Government Partnership meeting

ngaf.jpgMAIN Liberia’s Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan is in Brazil at the head of a Liberian Government delegation to attend the annual meeting of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in the Brazilian city of Brasilia. Minister Ngafuan and delegation will represent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the High Level Open Government Partnership Meeting. Also expected in attendance are United States Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton; Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania; Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil; and Nika Gilauri, Prime Minister of Georgia. full story


gbcc.jpgThe Grand Bassa Community College (GBCC) is expected to celebrate the trainee and internship completion program of the college in partnership with the Odebrecht Construction International, Inc. (OCII). The program will be held on Friday, April 20, 2012, 2:00 P.M., GBCC Main Campus, Bassa High School Auditorium, Tubman Street, Buchanan City. full story


ACER Hosts 3rd Annual Career, Education & Resource Fair

size_550x415_Fair20pic1.jpgBrooklyn Park, MN –Although the unemployment rate has fallen over the last year, many African American and African immigrant families are still feeling the effects of a struggling economy. But, help is on the way. This is the motivation behind the third annual fair organized by the African Career, Education & Resource, Inc. (ACER). The event takes place on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Hennepin Technical College, 9000 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park, MN 55445. full story



Liberian Episcopalians gear up for 7th Annual Gathering

Liberian Episcopalians residing in the United States are expected to converge on the Atlanta, Georgia on the weekend of April 13 – 15, 2012 for their 7th Annual Gathering under the banner of the Liberian Episcopal Community in USA or LECUSA. full story

Former Lands And Mines Minister Honored

Janjay.gifThe former Minister of Lands, Mines & Energy, Roosevelt G. Jayjay, yesterday received a certificate of appreciation for successfully handling the affairs of the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI) over the years. Mr. Jayjay's certificate of honor was presented to him by Dr. James Kollie, Deputy Minister of Finance for Revenue at the Ministry of Finance during the regular monthly EITI Multi-Stakeholders Steering Group (MSG) meeting in Monrovia. Full story

Emmett Trinity is the next President of LCANJ

Hon. Benoni Tarr Grimes and Caroline Wynnie Tie Knot

With a flawless combination of solemnity and fanfare, Benoni Tarr Grimes Saturday wedded Caroline Galimah in St. Paul, Minn. With a backdrop of one of the largest Liberian wedding gatherings, Grimes, the publisher of the People-to-People online news outlet, officially took in marriage the hands of his best friend, Caroline, also lovingly called Caro. full story

Former Caldwell Commissioner Concerned About Bridge

Benoni_T_Grimes.jpgA former Commissioner of the Township of Caldwell, Benoni Tarr Grimes says the Caldwell Bridge is a time bomb and if nothing is urgently done by the Government of Liberia to have the bridge reconstructed in the shortest possible time, it may collapse. Mr. Grimes expressed fear that the bridge is a major bridge that is leading and connecting to other parts of the city and if that bridge collapses, it will create serious problem as the township of Caldwell and other cities beyond Caldwell would be disconnected from Monrovia and its environs. Full Story




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