Month: February 2017

Voters’ Hesitation in the Ensuing 2017 Election: “The Case of the VR Process”

On February 8, 2017, a week after the voter registration process started, the National Election Commission (NEC) declares to have registered one million Liberians across 15 counties, 73 electoral districts, and 2,080 registration centers (New Dawn Online, 2017). This claim comes amid a  plethora of challenges and limitations the Commission is facing, including, for example, insufficient resources, unqualified VR staff, unsatisfactory awareness and sensitization campaigns, equipment malfunctions and lack of security personnel at some VR centers. From the day the Commission released the registration information, many Liberians found it difficult to trust and accept. Moreover, the Commission is considering an extension of the VR process. But here is the thing about these elections, thousands of our fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters both in rural and urban communities across Liberia who are eligible voters, are hesitant about this whole voter registration process and are angry and disenchanted over the entire election. By that, I mean, their vote has not produced any positive change in their living conditions. Some even hold the view that most of our politicians are liars and that they all do not mean well for this country. In this case, what do we do as ordinary citizens, politicians, advocates, NEC officials, etc.? That is the question that we must ask ourselves now and come up with a solution that will mitigate this situation. To mitigate this problem,...

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Togolese Striker Saves Opponent’s Life

Francis Kone has been labeled a hero after a bizarre incident at the weekend. The Togolese striker took immediate action during a Czech league game after the opposing team’s goalkeeper, Martin Berkovec, was knocked unconscious just after the half-hour mark by his teammate. Kone stuck his fingers in the unconscious Berkovec’s mouth in order to retrieve the goalkeeper’s tongue.  He acted fast to ensure Berkovec did not swallow his tongue which could have easily ended fatally. The Slovacko player claimed that this was not the first time he’s performed such an act.  Instead, he’s done this three times prior to...

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Another African Leaves for China

Nigerian Brown Ideye has joined the recent surge of players taking their talents to China. The former West Bromwich Albion player will join his countrymate John Obi-Mikel and Gabon international Malick Evouna at Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda. The 28-year-old made the decision to leave Greek club Olympiakos and sign a three-year deal with the Chinese club, who are set to open their season next month. Tianjin Teda finished in 11th in the Chinese Super League last season and they are hoping that the inclusion of both Ideye and Obi-Mikel will see them move up in the table....

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South Sudan in Crisis as Famine is Declared

Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan according to an announcement from the South Sudan government and three United Nations agencies.  They claim the tragedy is a direct result of a prolonged civil war and a continuing economic crisis. Around 100,000 people are on the verge of starvation while more than 40% of the country’s population, five million people, are in need of urgent help. More than one million children are suffering from acute malnutrition, meaning they are at risk of death. Since South Sudan’s independence in 2011 they have struggled with civil war, a collapsing economy and a refugee crisis. The war has affected farming and how civilians would normally grow and produce their own food. It leaves them little choice but to scavenge what they can to survive. The UN’s World Food Programme, along with nongovernmental organizations, want to do what they can in order to save as many lives as possible. Serge Tissot, of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, understands the ongoing tragedy. “Our worst fears have been realized,” said Tissot. “Many families have exhausted every means they have to survive.” The UN World Food Programme has been very much involved in the effort to get these people food over the past week or so releasing sacks of food during airdrops and even landing helicopters to give food handouts. Unfortunately it is not enough. ...

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Afcon Champion Latest Player to Move to China

Cameroon’s Christian Bassogog has become the most recent player to accept a move to China. The 21-year-old was named player of the tournament as he helped his nation secure their fifth Africa Cup of Nation’s trophy in Gabon. Bassogog made the decision to leave Danish side AaB Fodbold after he received an offer from Chinese Super League club Henan Jianye which he could not refuse. “AaB have sold Bassogog to Chinese club Henan Jianye FC for a record transfer for AaB,” the Danish club said in a statement. The fee is believed to have been around $8.7 million. Before...

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